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What do we do when we’ve lost someone in our lives?

What is our responsibility?  How do we grieve?

And then…what do we do with it?

When we become a survivor of loss, do we have a responsibility to share their story?  And can that help us?  Can it impact the world?

I started examining that when trying to grieve the loss of my grandmother, an amazing woman.

When I woke up from my coma, I didn’t know that I would never see her again.  Later on, I realized that learning about her struggles, as an amazingly resilient woman and Holocaust survivor, I could piece together her memory, learn lessons I needed to learn myself, and also help share her lessons with the world, who needed them now, more than ever.  

What I’d like to ask you Detourists, is…when you’ve lost somebody in your life, how to you grieve?  How do you move on?  Have you mourned their loss in a way that continues their mission, connects their story to the world now, and makes an impact? I’d love to hear about it – send me a note!

FIBERS, a play I wrote inspired by interviews I transcribed with my relatives about my grandmother’s amazing story.



April 7, I am so thrilled to be giving my third TEDx talk in Jacksonville, Florida. The idea I hope is very worth spreading? There is tragedy and loss all around us, which makes everyone of us a survivor. And as a survivors, what is our responsibility?

And how can that responsibility lift grief from our hearts and help us take flight?

The talk is inspired by my amazing grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, and the best cook ever. How have you dealt with a loss in your life? Has that changed you in anyway?

Stay tuned for TEDx April 7…

TEDxFSCJ Barriers Details:

Sat, April 7, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Florida State College at Jacksonville-Kent Campus
Main Auditorium F128
3939 Roosevelt Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Whether we embrace them or break them, build them up or tear them down, barriers exert a tremendous impact on us all.
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, join TEDxFSCJ for its fourth annual conference: Barriers. Nine speakers will explore the many, even contradictory elements of barriers—personal and political, natural and artificial, empowering and constraining.
Check-in begins at 1 pm; our event will begin promptly at 1:30 pm. Tickets are free and open to the public, but all attendees must register.
Be sure to arrive early so you can meet new people, explore “ideas worth spreading,” and sample our Ethiopian food and refreshments!

Check out my first two TEDx Talks here.


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