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YouSaid September 2016

Going solo
Thank you for publishing the story, "Surviving suicide loss." [ActNow column, MWP, July 2016]

My brother Luke died by suicide 12 years ago and it still hurts when I think of how much my daughters or my boyfriend would have loved him, how much I wish I could introduce them to him, or just how much I would enjoy sharing an irreverent comedian's monologue with my little brother.

We do not ever stop missing these beloved people who left our lives too soon, but most people do not know what to say. Kathy [Magnuson] offered some good ideas in her column, but I would like to add one more option. It is more than okay to say, "I don't know what to say, but I am thinking about how you might be missing your brother (or your son or whomever is now gone)." Saying something is infinitely better than saying nothing, in my experience. I even think saying "the wrong thing" is better for the promotion of thought and healing than saying nothing.

I am so grateful to those people in my life, usually those who also understand loss, who give me permission to talk out loud about how I do still mourn this and other important lives that have been lost. I usually only have about two or three minutes of something I want to say, but it always helps me to share it with another person. It is part of how I heal.
Christine Jaspers, St. Paul

Living out as a trans woman
I appreciated the profile story of Miranda Foslien. [MWP, August 2016] It was terrific! She has such a strong and interesting perspective - thanks for highlighting it.
Jill R. Gaulding, St. Paul

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Well done
I have been a reader of the Women's Press I think since the start. I was so delighted and impressed with the July 2016 issue [theme: Going Solo] that I wanted to take a moment to let you know.
This is why I liked it:
• The articles were varied.
• The content seemed deep and rich with different perspectives.
• There was a combination of quick, short articles and several that were more in depth.

I read no platitudes - just a lot of smart women bringing an abundance of new knowledge to the readership!

Kudos! Thank you.
Jeanne Bailey, St. Paul

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