Author: Halley Bock

Serving Up Discourse for the Holidays: How to Navigate Post-Election Family Gatherings

The table is set, the turkey is in the oven, and holiday décor nests “just so” in every nook and cranny. It’s a familiar scene but this year it’s set against the backdrop of rabid political discourse. Instead of carving the bird amongst jovial faces, we’ll likely be cutting tension amidst guarded interactions. This is the fear I hold as I ready my “blue” self to spend the holidays with my very “red” extended family. And given the amount of press inquiries I’ve received asking for my advice on how to handle this situation, it appears that I am...

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Why We Were Shocked: The Loss of Connection

On Wednesday, November 9th 2016, I woke up to the news that Donald Trump had been named President Elect. Like half the nation, I was stunned. Reeling. As a gay woman, I was terrified. In a daze, I paced circles in my living room – the questions filling my head: How could this happen? Where did this come from? How could so many of us, myself included, be caught so off guard? I had no answers at the time only a profound sense of loss. I grieved for my gender, for my brothers and sisters in the LGBT community,...

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The One Question I Will Never Ask My Kids Again

The other night my 6-year old daughter, Uma, and I were relaxing on my bed before it was time to say good night. We were reading, chit-chatting, and enjoying each other’s company. At one point, I looked over and asked her, “Uma, what do you want to be when you grow up?” And as soon as the words left my mouth, I was struck by the absurdity of them. It’s a question I was asked many times growing up and it’s a question I hear many others ask. It seems innocent enough right up until you actually HEAR the...

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The Art of Being Yourself

In this smart, powerful, and eye-opening TED Talk, Caroline McHugh reveals her insights on individuality — what keeps us from embracing our own uniqueness and how to fully possess it. “Life is large. But most of us don’t take up nearly the space the universe intended for us, we take up the sweet space around our toes, which is why when you see somebody in the full flow of their humanity, its remarkable. They’re at least a foot bigger in every direction than normal human beings. And they shine, they gleam, they glow. It’s like they swallowed the moon. And all the work...

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Toxic Relationships: A Look Under the Hood

Every time I see an article about Toxic Relationships on my newsfeed, I click on it. I’m like a moth to a flame when it comes to this particular subject, perhaps because of the HUGE impact that remaining in a few toxic relationships has had on my life. One cost me my job and livelihood and another cost me a close friend. Anytime something goes south in my life, I work to understand it. If I can reverse engineer, puzzle out, decode, or make sense of an aftermath, I will. Like most people, I’d much rather avoid a second lesson, preferring to stick...

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