A very wise editor once gave me a simple piece of writing advice: write from where you are, not from where you want to be. In naming this blog, “Sanity Break,” my hope is that it becomes a place of trust and honest rambling among persons who are struggling to live life normally—to function at work and at...
10:00 a.m. Accidentally pressed “reply all” to everyone in my company, offering sincere condolences to a co-worker who lost her mom three years ago, which spurred dozens of emails companywide on who died, and whether or not the company should send flowers. Oops. 10:50 a.m. Wrote a premature announcement on a website that I would...
I know that I would be a happier person if I could keep my online chatter to a minimum, spend a maximum of two hours online, and check my email much like I eat: four or five times a day.   So why don’t I do that? Because I am using all the will power...
The following is a fascinating interview by Douglas Eby of another expert on highly-sensitive persons, life coach Jenna Forrest.   Douglas Eby: According to Elaine Aron, author of “The Highly Sensitive Person,” about 15 to 20 percent of people have this trait, which includes being highly aware of both the environment and inner experience. What...
(Image by Stephen Webster/Wall Street Journal) Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck penned an amazingly accurate and helpful article in the Wall Street Journal about the self-criticism that so often accompanies depression and anxiety. Not only was I delighted that she approached such a difficult and complicated aspect of our illness with compassion and insight, but I was...
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Therese Borchard
I am a writer and chaplain trying to live a simple life in Annapolis, Maryland.

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