Dropping the Mask

September 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm





What’s the one the thing you’re afraid to tell someone? That one thing someone could use against you. Whatever it is, telling someone you trust could be the ticket to real, authentic intimacy. That’s what I was seeking out of a recent visit with my family.

I travel home once year for Christmas. It’s usually pretty awkward. My sister makes sure only politically correct topics are discussed at the dinner table. I usually go home disappointed by the lack of connection.

This year I was hoping things would be different. My partner, our daughter and I decided to make our annual trip the last week of summer for a change. I’d just made some pretty big life changes – selling my food truck and moving into a camper to travel the country for a while.

Vulnerability is the Key to Connection – Why are We So Afraid of It?

January 12, 2017 at 1:49 am

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Humans have a fundamental need to connect with other humans. Our survival and well-being depend on it. But most members of modern civilization are starving for human connection for one simple reason – we’re terrified to be vulnerable.

The dictionary defines vulnerability as helplessness, powerlessness, weakness and susceptibility to attack, so it is not surprising most of us aren’t lining up to put ourselves in vulnerable positions, but, in her famous Ted Talk, social scientist Brene Brown says doing so is absolutely essential to forming intimate human relationships:

The Cure for Addiction is Connection

December 21, 2016 at 3:37 am

Addiction is not genetic, nor is it the result of the “irresistible” chemicals in drugs. Addiction – whether to alcohol, porn, screen time or heroin – is the result of human disconnection.




In an ever-more socially disconnected world, addictions of all kinds are on the rise. While governments wage wars on drugs and parents nag kids for being glued to iPads all day, few people understand the root of the problem.

Loneliness – The # 1 Public Health Epidemic Doctors Aren’t Talking About

October 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm

More than cigarettes, alcohol and obesity, loneliness is the single largest risk factor in disease and premature death, said Lissa Rankin – physician, public speaker, and author of Mind Over Medicine – in a Ted Talks presentation last month: