This Saturday and Sunday, Richman, an Aventura resident, will discuss the way she used humor to bring herself back from the brink as a featured speaker at Wise Women Weekend, an Oprah-esque stress-relieving two days filled with self-help seminars on subjects such as past lives, dream interpretation, hormone health, effective communication, and proper breathing. In its third year, the annual event benefits the Victims Services Center, a local agency that aids victims and witnesses of violent crimes.
Grit and wit intact, Richman advises those who feel hopeless that there are always options. "You will laugh again," she assures, adding that people should try to take each day lightly. "Don't you know that life is a joke and that you're the butt of the joke?" she asks. "What's to take it seriously? There are times in life that are so dark and so dreary that you take yourself so seriously, until you really look at the situation, when you distance yourself and go: ďWhat was that about? What was I thinking?'"