Posts tagged: social isolation

How I Caught the Cooties and How I Got Rid of Them

Working in a chilly corporate environment, with clear distinctions between the people that mattered and those that didn’t, I came down with that dreaded child hood disease: the cooties. My marriage to a man whom I once dearly loved and thought would be my life partner ended when I was 50. The social scene in … Continue reading How I Caught the Cooties and How I Got Rid of Them

House sharing: the promise, the peril, the reality – a true story

Two couples, one twenty years older than the other, bought a large vintage home on Chicago’s south side, near the University of Chicago, in the 1970’s. Six adults combined resources and made a commitment to live graciously and harmoniously together. Sometimes the harmonious part was a stretch. Over dinner in March 2003, the owners described … Continue reading House sharing: the promise, the peril, the reality – a true story

Eye Contact – the forgotten courtesy

We thrive on healthy human contact, or shrivel for lack of it. Our social connection with each other has deteriorated to the point that, on the street, eye contact with others has become the exception rather than the norm. The eye contact taboo probably began when Ronald Reagan emptied the mental hospitals during his first … Continue reading Eye Contact – the forgotten courtesy