Category: Self-Help

Channel Surfing in Hotels

I remember when everyone first started getting cable in the 80s. It was magical.  Instead of 4 channels we now had like 30.  And some of those channels played 24 hours a day, instead of ending with the National Anthem and static some time after midnight.  There were a lot more new shows.  And I could watch re-runs of favorite…

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…

Being a Good Friend Even When It’s Hard

“You may have lots of friends now, but only in tough times will you know who the real ones are.”   — Mouloud Benzadi Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of trauma on friendships.  I’ve written about friendship before , but nothing shows you who your real friends are like a crisis.  I’m not talking about a short-term crisis,…

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…

Playing Dress Up

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.”    —  Kate Spade I’ve never been much of a “girlie girl”.  I don’t remember playing dress up at all as a child.  I’ve never had much interest in make-up or clothes or fashion magazines.  Honestly, if I didn’t have to go to work I’d live in yoga pants and never wear…

Does Anyone Actually Understand Taxes?

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”      — Albert Einstein I’ve come to conclusion that there are maybe five people who understand taxes. I’ve been reading the stories about people who are having sticker shock when doing their taxes this year. Many people who have traditionally received large refunds have been getting a nasty…