Linda Benjamin is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Milwaukee. She has been a news broadcaster and has hosted a live call-in self-help show on WEVD-New York. She was also former Supervisor of Program Development for WNET/THIRTEEN in New York.
Essayist Linda Benjamin reads her latest essay in her "Psychobabble" series.
All of us face challenges in life – big ones, small ones, and challenges in between. In fact, there are days when life can seem like a constant struggle to keep all the juggling balls in the air before they come crashing down.
Lake Effect essayist Linda Benjamin reads, "Psychobabble: The Joke About the Hat."
There’s a comic strip – it’s a classic Calvin and Hobbes strip - tacked up in my office. Four panels, all featuring our young hero, which read like this: “Here I am. Happy and content. But not euphoric. So now I’m no longer content. I’m unhappy – my day is ruined. I need to stop thinking while I’m ahead.”
Essayist Linda Benjamin reads her essay, Psychobabble: Maybe Plan B is the Real Plan A.
What keeps you up at night? The clutch on your Honda? Worries about relationships? The Brewers’ chances of making the playoffs? For Lake Effect essayist Linda Benjamin, it’s about her expectations from life.
All I can say is, thank God I'm not suicidal, this being another snowy Wisconsin inside-by-choice-and-will-to-live day.* Serial days of isolation can make a person, who might otherwise be cuddling with a partner or cooking with a buddy, pretty blue. As usual, when it snows, I take to my comfort food-making. And, just at that time, I was making a new recipe for split pea soup.
I went to France for Christmas this year. My son and his petite amie (girlfriend in French) live in Normandy. I had been taking French lessons at L'Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee, but I was terrified to actually speak to a French person in France.
In the Jewish religion when a person dies, their body is buried as soon as possible. After the burial at the cemetery, there is a gathering back at a family member’s home to comfort the bereaved. This is known as a Shiva.