When preparing to write again, I asked, “ With a world so divided, are personal essays but frivolous noise?” I posed the question to a psychologist friend wise in the ways of healing. She responded, “Nothing is more unifying than shared insights into the human condition.”

So, I begin: After 48 years of law practice, the last 30 as a mediator, my office door is now closed. Soon to enter the 10th decade of my life, I am ever more an observer. I look back on the relationship dynamics of the divorcing couples that chose to mediate their differences. Sometimes angry, always sad, they sought to protect their children and offer respect and kindness to each other. Stories from my professional past evoke personal experiences, intimate stories that may also provide some useful insights. I am the third person in the room, observing both their lives and my own.

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  1. Will read ALL your good stuff, but not right now!,

    How’s the BIG project coming along?

    Staying healthy? Breakfast or lunch sometime the week after next?

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Glad to see your pen is back on the paper. I have saved some selected insights from your past writings and revisit them from time to time. Like a child fixed on a good story teller I find my self saying “tell me more, tell me more”
    Looking forward to you telling me more.
    Steven

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  3. I’m so glad you are writing again!

    I’m busy with orchestra house guests plus preparing for my trip to Ireland with Anne and Robin (a week of horseback riding!)

    Love, Philly

    More later….

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  4. Bea, I’m so excited to be able to read more of your commentaries! Miss you. Sending so much love to you tonight and always.

    Nellie

    On Friday, July 27, 2018, Bea V. Larsen… Commentaries wrote:

    > bealarsen posted: “When preparing to write again, I asked, “ With a world > so divided, are personal essays but frivolous noise?” I posed the question > to a psychologist friend wise in the ways of healing. She responded, > “Nothing is more unifying than shared insights into the ” >

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