Seeking Sanity

Figure skating, most especially ice dancing, is a big part of my life. Pushing onto a back outside edge and watching a perfect arc of white trail behind my blade; flying down the ice in unison with a dance partner; leaning onto the quickness of a perfect turn; centering a spin . Without time on the ice I couldn’t write a single word.

I also wrote about adult skater for WaPo.


  1. Hi. I just wanted to say how great your article on ice-skating was in the Washington Post. It’s closed for comments, so I couldn’t comment there. Thank you!

  2. Jeanne,
    Don’t have your e-dress, so using this to reach you.

    I am and have always have been (well, except for a 2 1/2 year stint at Cleveland Jewish News and a year at a local history mag) a freelancer writer. And I’m a social historian (that’s what the MA is in) so I track “trends.”

    My guess (from looking at the increasing number of new members who are starting out covering hc as freelancers) is that more and more members will come to health care writing without the deep industry backgrounds (at papers, trade publications, etc.) that previous generations of hc journos have brought with them..

    That (not having the deep industry background) is not a bad thing: for what I do (consumer/service journalism), I think I do a great job as a journalist/writer.

    Please, if possible, address that issue/situation (writing about/covering hc without having a traditional journalist’s background) in the program you.

    See you at the conf (where…grin…I’m on a panel about how to survive as a freelancer–my two top tips: find YOUR niche (me….geri/aging/caregiver issues) and cultivate resources (aka experts).

    Be well, Eileen

  3. What college did u go to?

  4. Dear Ms. Erdmann, this is Liying Qian, a reporter at Missouri Business Alert and senior at Missouri School of Journalism. I’m working on a project about “gig economy,” where people work independently or on contract. I’m looking for gig-based workers such as artists, musicians, freelancer and photographers who can provide unique insights about this economic phenomenon. Jacqueline Banaszynski recommended you to me, saying you are a great freelance health and science journalist. I’m interested in your experience and really like to have a chat with you. If you are interested and have some time to talk in the next couple of weeks, please email me. I’d love to provide more information! Thanks.

  5. Hi Jeanne:

    About three weeks ago my wife Roberta (82) & I (92) were stunned to learn Roberta has non small cell lung cancer! Second chemo tomorrow. Cell exploration process has started. Thankfully she’s in good hands Sam Gupta, M.D. , Bryn Mawr Hospital, PA.
    Any advice or suggestions?
    Bill Hirsch
    office 610-687-7792

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  7. Hi, Jeanne.

    This is a voice from the past. Looking forward to reading your articles…. and hello from the west coast!

    Linda Winston (Chirgwin) Tcimpidis

  8. Greetings, just diagnosed with severe arthritis of the multangular right hand joint—like the Trapezium/CMC, and read an undated article by you in the Arthritis Foundation website—how this particular osteoarthritis that I have is not well researched (and how as a 70 y/o male I’m really in the minority population that is usually affected). Otherwise very healthy and a competitive golfer, but now cannot play at all.

    Not a woe is me post here, just want to know when your article was researched and written and seek advice on how to follow up with research of my own. Right now the only road leads to removal of the Trapezium and quite frankly I don’t like the big idea of all these surgical procedures that just remove offending parts be it a Trapezium or a gall bladder or the like. I mean the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone so aren’t we all an interconnected whole?

    Thanks, Rick

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  12. Miss Jeanne, would it be possible for you to just email me back and let me know that this original email was received?! I saw your article about cannabis/CBD in Discover magazine and I felt compelled to write you about my two adult children, thier disabilities and the miraculous results achieved through treatment with CBD oil!!! Their stories are very lengthy and it takes some time to type (one finger) them out so if I know you’re on the other end I will eagerly send you their stories!! Sincerely,

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