Living a Resilient Life: Lessons learned from my Grandma

For much of my adult life, I’ve been fascinated by the ways people sustain their resiliency in the face of tough times. This interest led me to focus my dissertation research on the topic and collaborate with my colleague Dr. Lynn Schmidt on a book we’ve co-authored about women, career adversity, and resiliency. This professional interest has recently taken on a deeper meaning with a discovery of a fascinating document created by my Grandma Connie shortly before her death in 1985. Connie spent all of her life in California. My uncle Don, Connie’s brother, wrote about her in one of his regular opinion columns in the Miami Herald in the 1970s: She worked as a legal secretary by day during the

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