Category: Blog Posts

Yoga: Your Secret Weapon for Managing Menopause

Hot flashes? Mood swings? Insomnia? Dry itchy skin? Anxiety? Menopause is no joke, but you’ve got options.  Check out my guest post on the Unfold blog to learn more about how yoga can help you navigate the long transition into menopause. You can read it by clicking here. If you’re in the Portland area and want to learn more, sign up for…

I Bet You Think This Blog is About You

I was having coffee with a friend recently, the way you do, and mid-way through a story she was sharing she stops and says,  “Don’t write about this!” She was joking (I think) and I of course would not share anyone’s personal story on my blog.  But it got me thinking about the way people connect to the blog.  There…

Bellying Up to the Crow Bar

“They were relentless, brilliant scavengers with a keen sense of craftiness, and no human being could outwit them. The kind of cunning mischief and competition that a murder of crows possessed was unbeatable.”                      ― Rebecca McNutt My roommate has developed a close personal relationship with the neighborhood crows.  First she started…

The Original Rose Bak

Thirty years ago today the world lost the original Rose Bak – my grandma. Oh sure, there have been other people named Rose Bak throughout the years, but my grandma was truly an original.  One of a kind. Grandma was born in Chicago in 1914. She grew up in the Polish neighborhood of West Pullman with her six brothers and…

What Dogs Do When They’re Alone

I came home today to find the comforter bunched up in the middle of the bed, my pillow on the floor, and my ipad on the pillow.  Best I could figure, while I was gone my dog Edison couldn’t get comfortable on the bed,  so he settled onto a pillow on the floor to check his Facebook account on the…

National Dog Day: How Dogs Changed My Life

According to about a million posts on social media, today is National Dog Day. It’s one of those made-up holidays, like National Pretzel Day and National Talk Like a Pirate Day, but seeing everyone’s sweet dog pictures reminded me of the many dogs who have come into my life over the years. I got my first dog when I was…

The Darker Side of Weight Loss

(Originally published June 2011) Many thanks to Colleen at Bee Fit for inspiring this post.  I just read Colleen’s post about “The Darker Side” of weight loss.  It’s a great post if you haven’t seen it: http://www.thefitbee.com/2011/06/darker-side-of-things.html. Losing weight is such a weird experience.  It’s almost like you have an identity crisis.  In my case it was like I’d left —…

Take This Test and Shove It

(Originally published June 2011) I know I’m not going to be popular for saying this but I’ve got a grudge against JFK.  My Grandpa’s rolling in his grave right now since JFK was our first and only Catholic president and therefore was, in Grandpa’s eyes, perfect.  But JFK was also responsible for the unique grammar school torture known as the…

In the Woods

(Originally published December 2011) Today I celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the day I fell in love with trail running. It was December 5th, 2009 and though I’d been running for about a year I’d never ventured onto the trails. I was deeply depressed because in a two week period I’d gone through an unexpected and extremely painful break-up and…