Building a BRIDGE: What I learned as DEI committee chair

    In my former career as a news anchor and reporter, I’d often run into people at the grocery store, school events, or out eating – people who recognized me from television. In an attempt to make small talk, or maybe because they really wanted to know, they’d strike up a conversation, asking me […]

When will Black History Month be history?

    “What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.”  – Carter G. Woodson  From the start, Black History Month was meant to be meant to be history.  First celebrated in 1926, “Negro History Week” had, by the mid-1960’s […]

Coping with loneliness part 2: what’s working for me

    Six months is long time to do nothing. Or what feels like a lot less of everything.  Physical distancing, self-isolation, and quarantining are intended to keep us safe, yet these COVID precautions have also produced an unintended result: intense loneliness; a lingering lack of human interaction that leaves us physically drained and emotionally weary. After my last […]

Parenting in a pandemic: how to get through it

  The laundry’s done, the beds are made, and you have plenty to time to savor that morning cup of coffee, right? We’d be willing to guess that may not be the case for many of you… maybe most of you as summer disappeared into fall and back-to-school plans are all over the map… literally. If you’re feeling like you’re running on […]

How to cope with loneliness

  As a writer, I spend more time alone than not.   Under a lamp immersed in a book over a cup of tea. In front of a laptop, toying with phrases until I’m satisfied the words have come together just right. Spending long stretches of time in my own company is a habit, a condition […]

8 strategies for having difficult conversations

  Hey there. I’m hearing from many of you expressing the desire to start conversations with people about everything that’s going on. Yet, there’s a lot of anxiety over wanting to broach hard topics but not knowing how or being afraid of getting it wrong. Race relations, COVID protocols—to wear a mask or not to wear a mask, politics. […]

Anxiety over racism: A path towards peace

  “Okay, it happened. So, now what?” If you’re white, you may have asked that question of yourself and others. Never mind the guilt and worse yet, shame felt in facing the reality of historical injustices, inhumane treatment which befell Black, indigenous and people of color at the hands of white ancestors. Slavery, Jim Crow […]

“Why?”: The search for meaning

  Humans. Wonderful, complex, delightful beings. For all our joys and successes, one of the tough realities about being human is that we all face dark moments in life. We cover them up with forced cheer and programmed responses.  We try to color them in with nice things: a new car or pretty dress. Block […]

If you’re feeling outrage or anger, read this

Feeling stressed out? Anxious? Afraid?  You’re not alone. These are unprecedented times, and we may all be experiencing some form of emotional trauma.  We mostly associate trauma with violent crimes, natural disasters, and war, but that gives us a limited scope. Our unique experience of an event or stressor, no matter how inconsequential someone else might deem it, can qualify as trauma […]

4 mental health tools worth trying

Time has seemed a little wonky in 2020. Days move slowly at home, but months seem to disappear. But one month that’s extra special to us at Sanvello is May. Why? Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share a few ways […]