The Internet is home to a tsunami of dire calculations, gloomy prophecies, and confusing statistics about life, health, and one’s prospects for joy. It is the worldwide web about cures for which there are no known illnesses. It is usually hyper, rarely gentle, and it is particularly carnivorous when it comes to the souls—and the bodies—of women.
So it is my great privilege to also write a column for the wonderfully attentive, Atlanta-based publication called shareWik.com. Unlike the more regular, news-driven, and highly informative machinery of beepwire.com (where I’ve been thrilled to opine since its beginnings), the culture of shareWIK.com (literally, “Share What I Know”) is health and well-being-centered, revealing, and monitored by the winning combination of a medical professional and its own collective conscious.
‘Sort of Facebook meets WebMD.’
The editor is Diana Keough, a nationally eminent journalist with whom I originally interfaced during my years as a contributing columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Diana, a polished and high-standards chronicler of life who nonetheless thinks of herself first as a mother and family role model, actually loves stories. Hers is a world of listening, noting, speaking up, and nurturing—especially in favor of the transitional, sometimes bittersweet journeys of women between the ages of 30 and 65. Still young herself, she nonetheless is the personal historian of women’s challenges, sensibilities, weaknesses and strengths.
Since women are the ones who give birth, offer the milk of kindness, and suffer the wisdom of patience for all of us, the contents, concepts, and values of shareWIK.com—particularly coming from the seasoned journalism of early to later middle age—are universal and inclusive. Says Keough: “The site’s mission came from what I loved most about my job as a journalist–which was telling people’s stories. And in the telling, I noticed the cathartic release that took place when someone knew they were being listened to and that their tragedy or experience might be able to help others.” Then she adds, more directly from her insatiable wit: “Sort of Facebook meets WebMD.”
Sign on and take in the measured reflections and good advice of a diverse family of professionals in psychology, medicine, wellness, spirituality, parenting, marriage and other issues that are all part of the harvest of life. Even better, join in, as thousands do, in simply telling our stories.
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