Helen Kobek

Cambridge MA
Helen Kobek is an eclectic, award-winning author/writer whose coverage includes social connection, relationship with nature, disability, and health. Her book Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal with Its Effects without Denial, Bitterness, or Despair (2014) was inspired by her awareness of the prevalence of addiction and social strains in humanity, and is an offering of hope for the betterment of our lives. Her diverse essays have appeared and been featured in magazines and newsletters with both national and local readership. Helen kobek received her B.S. degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College (Boston, MA), became an expert phonetician, and for decades has used her education as an accent modification instructor, teaching people from all over the world how to be understood. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her spouse Jules Kobek, and enjoys her free time being in nature, hosting improv comedy game events, and advocating for local trees.

Helen Kobek's History

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Photo of woman on one knee at base of gator-bagged tree, weeding Just Add Water (Weeding and Mu... Here's a question we often ask ourselves: "What can I do to make a difference - a real difference... Published 8/16/21 9:40am
Photo, brick library facade with construction in progress behind cahin link fence Pay No Attention to that Fence... It looks like a construction site, because it is a construction site - but only on the outside.... Published 8/2/21 10:53pm
Photo: planted-out bed of vegetables Cambridge City Growers: Growin... Born of the coronavirus pandemic, fueled by the ever-present need for human connection, the... Published 6/12/20 11:50pm
Photo: Three adults in reclining chairs with acupuncture needles inserted. Community Acupuncture: Where G... Most of us have heard of acupuncture: a time-tested method of healing ailments and injuries by... Published 2/5/20 9:17pm
Four AV Cube participants  standing back-to-back, dressed in black, wearing anonymous masks, holding TV screens in Harvard Square. Compassion in Gentle Action: T... “Oh, I wish I could make a difference in this tired, harsh world of ours!” many sigh, crouching low... Published 9/13/19 10:34pm
Image of Buy Nothing Project banner. The word "Buy" is colorful, with images of objects. Buy Nothing, Find Everything I... Imagine. Imagine. Imagine needing a thing. It can be any thing: a toaster oven, a cup of sugar (“I... Published 8/25/19 9:14am
Photo: figure of human in dark clothing and hood with hands covering face in apparent shame or fear Have a Narcissist or Sociopath... Have a Narcissist or a Sociopath in Your Life? You’re in Good Company, and There’s a Cambridge... 2 Published 8/12/19 8:16pm
Huge pyramid photo Discovery of Ancient Pyramid i... “I don’t know how no one noticed this huge structure right here in the middle of Cambridge, all... Published 3/31/19 5:57pm
Photo: Jules Kobek sitting at table in coffeehouse, in front of hanging Proletariat tArot images on wall. Wise Walls at 1369 Coffee Hous... Stunning, captivating new art graces the walls of Cambridge's 1369 Coffee House in Inman Square,... Published 2/7/19 12:53pm
Close up photo David Ticchi at microphone Cambridge Blindness Group... Every year, since 1983, like clockwork, the National Federation of the Blind's (NFB) Cambridge... Published 12/23/18 11:05pm
Happy Holidays image, colorful, shining balls of blue, white, green “What Do You Want From Me???” “What Do You Want From Me???” Nah, it’s not like that. Gosh, no. It’s not confrontational or angry... Published 12/16/18 7:44pm
Jackhammer on sidewalk. Pets in Construction Areas = P... Two long-time, loving friends, are attacking each other. Biting, clawing. Raising welts. Causing... Published 11/1/18 11:14am
Close photo of yellow house shingles. Shingles: Prevention and Care... Some of us want not to get house shingles. They usually require unique maintenance (like scraping,... Published 10/17/18 6:48pm
Meme: Two human hands connecting via finger tips touching: Suicide is 100% preventable...Speak up, reach out. Help Each Other Move Back from... Many of us – perhaps you, or a friend – have been close to that edge. That edge of such squeezing... 2 Published 9/25/18 9:08pm
Walking the Walk: Cambridge Bl... Read the brochure for the Cambridge Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) annual... Published 9/14/18 11:09pm
Photo: Erect white momument surrounded by red, white, and pink flowers, low growing. Living with Conscience: Martyr... Surrounded by a cross-me-not mote of tender, multicolored flowers, a monument in honor of Scituate... Published 9/2/18 8:55am
men and women performing active improv on a stage Laughing Out Loud in Our City We humans can be a serious lot, can’t we? Especially these days, whatever “these days” means. Aren’... Published 8/22/18 7:24pm
Photo, black and white, of woman panicking, hands on sides of face, eyes wide open in shock. Losing It (Your Wallet, That I... Incredibly, unthinkably, I’ve lost my wallet three – THREE – times in the past month. I am a pretty... Published 8/12/18 9:07pm
Photo: Three Rock Steady Boxing students punching individual bags. Boxing Up Parkinson's Dis... It can start with a slight tremor, or mere changes in posture or walking. But you can still do what... Published 8/1/18 7:41pm
Distal photo of Gore Street pin oak in front of house, eclipsing it in height. Pith and Sap No More: The Heed... A gentle giant Gore Street pin oak, estimated to be 100 years old, is no longer. This tree lived... Published 7/23/18 8:51pm
Blind woman with black poodle guide dog crossing Mass. Ave. in Central Square Riddle: Why Did the Blind Woma... Answer: To get to the other side, and she most likely didn’t need your help to do it. This riddle... Published 7/2/18 11:21pm
Close-up photo of mosquito on human skin. Mosquitos!!! Bzzzing...bzzzzin... Oh, how the warm spring weather lures us into the great outdoors! We are drawn to the woods, to the... Published 6/28/18 10:03am
Photo: Small bird in flight outdoor with greeb foliage background. When a Bird Flies into (Enters... This can happen anywhere there are houses and birds. This story is about what to do when a bird... Published 6/6/18 9:56pm
Photo: Woman closely cradling newborn, the latter wearing tiny, white cap. Safe Haven for Newborn Babies,... It is impossible to predict how someone will respond to having a baby. There can be the best of... Published 6/1/18 4:46pm
Interview with a Cambridge Car... I recently sat down with a Carrot at the Cambridge apartment of Chris and Liz to talk about... Published 5/18/18 5:23pm
Cambridge Comforts Isn’t comfort the last thing you think about as you move through your sometimes harsh day? As... Published 5/1/18 8:37pm
"Prepare for an Emergency... (Author’s Note: THIS ARTICLE IS NOT ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY IN CAMBRIDGE.) When you... Published 4/6/18 7:51pm
Photo: Jakchammer on city sidewalk, break up cement. Under Construction It happens all over the City, and soon it will start happening to me and my neighbors, right here... Published 4/3/18 6:16pm