How often has it happened that you end up in an argument; be it with your significant other, a friend, a family member or a colleague; and you just can’t seem to get your messages across or you struggle in finding an effective resolution for an often simple situation? I’m a bit of a hypocrite […]
If you don’t like to be stared at, don’t come to rural Illinois! There are some rare plants here in rural Illinois that are sensitive to the touch and that are quickly evolving. At first, besides their sensitivity to touch, they began […]
Hiking is kinda a love or hate thing. You either love the early wake-up calls, toe blisters, the totally adorable hiking boots, and dirt in every crevice, or you despise it. There really isn’t an in between. I, for one, love hiking. I used to hike maybe once a year with my family to work off […]
Many people suffer from depression and sorrow. Many take pharmaceutical antidepressants and regularly go to clinics to receive therapy. Of course, for some, it may involve issues based on heredity and diet. For many, it entails accumulated psychological problems. Most, when they were much younger, did not have such issues; in youth, they […]
I love food. I love to eat it, prepare it—and read about it. Even before I was out of the crib, I had a gastro-literary fixation: the drawing of bread in Richard Scarry’s Busy World, Busy People, which I demanded to see daily. Once I’d graduated to print, obsession reached a new, active level. The […]
It’s unseemly, my grandmother would have said, to be obsessed about body weight – although she certainly was obsessed with hers. It’s true; it is unseemly, especially for someone of my age. But I am. As I have spent much of the summer alone in Hardwick, Vermont working on a book, and as I know […]
I first learned that I was *clinically* depressed after I took Burn’s diagnostic. It was a bit of a shock, frankly. I had thought that I was mildly depressed, not severely depressed, and I was terribly confused about treatment, resources, and just what to do, period.