Category: Healthy Living

Feeling SAD This Fall? Strategies for Fighting Seasonal Depression

It was raining this morning when I woke up. “Oh god, it’s starting,” I groaned to myself, instantly feeling depressed. I live in the Pacific Northwest.  It essentially rains every day from mid-September through mid-June, sometimes into July. Sometimes we will go a week or longer without a single glimpse of the sun.  It gets so bad that when we…

A Little Touch of Kindness

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”      —  Franklin D. Roosevelt I was walking with my dog Edison today and as we passed,  one of neighbors offered us lettuce. “We have too much,” she said, “Please take some. We are probably…

Terror in the Forest

I’ve never been a huge fan of fireworks. When I was a kid, I saw someone accidentally start themselves on fire with a firecracker on the 4th of July.  Fortunately for that kid his dad was close by and was able to smother the flames before he sustained more than minor burns, but when you see someone’s clothes start on…

Hobbies and Distractions

Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been posting less frequently lately that I have in the past.  Am I out of ideas? Have I lost my love of googling answers to weird questions that plague me, then sharing the answers with you?  No, not at all. The truth is, I’ve been a bit distracted the last few months. I…

Solo Adventures in Foreign Lands

My little brother is out of the country for the first time ever this week.  “Be sure to let me know you’re OK,”  I told him about fifty times.   “Text me on Messenger when you finish your first flight, and when you land in the Philippines.  And at least once day while you’re there.” I know, I’m possibly a teeny…

It’s Nice to Hear Giggling

“Tape the sound of friends laughing together. Save it for a rainy day.”   — Yoko Ono I was hanging out before yoga class last weekend with my friend Betty and, as we often do, we were laughing.  We almost always find something to laugh about when we are together , except this one time we ran out of water with…

The First Sunny Days of the Year

“The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!”                   — Jen Selinsky I had a few errands to run today so I left work a bit early.   As I stepped outside the building for the first time all day, I caught my breath.  It was warm!  And…