Try This at Home
Wear “clothes” every day. This is a big stretch for Elizabeth and me — many listeners, however, will find it easy!
Tanya Coke is an old friend of mine; we clerked together after law school. She’s also a former defense attorney and distinguished lecturer at John Jay College, and she’s currently the senior program officer for criminal justice at the Ford Foundation. She writes on issues of criminal justice, trauma, and resilience.
She recently wrote a beautiful, thought-provoking piece for the Washington Post: “Watching my daughter’s resilience lead her to the right path.” She and her family went through a very traumatic time, and Elizabeth and I wanted to hear about how she got through it — both for herself and for her family.
Here’s the quotation that I sent to Tanya:
Zeus, who guided men to think,
who has laid it down that wisdom
comes alone through suffering.
Still there drips in sleep against the heart
grief of memory; against
our pleasure we are temperate.
From the gods who sit in grandeur
grace comes somehow violent.
– Aeschylus, “Agamemnon,” translated by Richard Lattimore
To get through this challenging period, Tanya made a rule for herself: each day, she had to spend time doing at least three of these five things: listening to music, exercising, writing, doing something creative with her hands, or hugging someone close to her.
Tanya offers a very practical Try This at Home tip: if you want to get something clean, the best product is Fantastik with Bleach.
Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth needs to go to the doctor to address her iron deficiency.
Gretchen’s Gold Star: In Episode 149, we talked about making our “18 for 2018” list, and I completed a major item on my list: I’m now up-to-date on making my family photo albums.
- Remember you can request a free, signed, personalized bookplate or signature card (for an e-book or audiobook). Alas, I can offer this only to readers in the U.S. and Canada only, because of mailing costs.
- You can sign up for my free newsletter, where I give a little update, provide links to interesting material, offer a little bonus — or if you want to be updated on my book projects My Color Pilgrimage and Outer Order, Inner Calm.