Obsession In the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic: What We Need or Are Addicted to
April 3, 2020
Hosted by Diane Dewey
It’s hard to put down the news thread. How can we turn away? One more story may stir the emotions of empathy but also helplessness. Relinquishing this pull-push feels irresponsible. It can also become irresistible. Obsession, and how to put it down, is at the core of This is My Body by Cameron Dezen Hammom, a book that ostensibly deals with one woman’s tested faith and a marriage that is pitted against her intense attraction to someone else. Reality and imagination, collide. How do we manage our thoughts in an overwhelming time? Redefining an abiding faith and love is an ongoing evolution, just as our commitment to caring can take up all our space and leave us feeling empty. What vices do we fall back on to fill the void? What is legitimate territory to stake out to preserve our sanity and that of our loved ones? Find out when Cameron Dezen Hammon, who stared down her demons with acute imperfection, Drops In. She doesn't have all the answers. But hearing her gives us tools.
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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. Where are we now and how do we meet the challenges? Dropping In is a place of discovery. We might believe that our life experiences are uniquely our own. Yet there’s a community of people that are here to bear witness, to relate to, link arms with and support us. They join us on Dropping In, tackling subjects like breaking into your dream business, cultural differences, child abuse, mental illness, shamanism, gender search, religious shunning, and fitting in as a marginalized outsider. These can feel like lonesome tasks. How do others find their power? Listening to their personal truths validates our own. Drop into the conversation to find the common threads, your uniqueness and our shared experience as humans.
My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.
Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.