Jolene, Soak Me in My Fear

“Does it seem to you that everybody is angry these days?” a friend from back home asked me on Snapchat. “Yes, they are,” I said. But I told him I had learned that anger is a secondary emotion. It’s the more powerful and confident evil twin to sadness and fear. I try to remember that […]

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Remember these?

“Where are your house phones?” I used to ask a long time ago. That was before I carried a pager and would search for a pay phone with a wallet full of quarters. Now they are all charming instead of useful.

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Why Are We Lonely? #endloneliness

My friend Bonnie posted a link on Facebook that contained an image of a letter a 90-year-old woman wrote to a neighbor. She asked her if she would be her friend. All of her friends had died, and she was very lonely. It reminded me of my younger days when I delivered Meals-on-Wheels. So many […]

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Media Fast

My Precision Nutrition program experiment today is to go on a media fast. This program has encouraged me to experiment with lots of things. Some I did. Some I decided I did not want to do. I’m actually getting a little irritated with all the experiments, and I’m an experiment sort of gal. I got […]

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The Permission to Be

I ran today. I tentatively started running again a couple weeks ago. I’m not sure what started it, but I do remember driving home from work one evening when I felt it. That familiar urge to move faster than I could walk bubbled up inside me. I wanted my breath to be heavy and labored. […]

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Just Wishin’

On my way to the gym this morning, one of my favorite songs popped up on the radio. It passed right by my sleepy mind as I rushed to finish a treadmill run and get home in time to wash my hair before work. But it came on again when I turned the key for […]

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It Took Three Years

The last six months have felt normal. I’ve finally built a home, established some bedrock friendships and have a somewhat flexible routine. It’s right on time, too. When I relocate, it takes six months for the newness and excitement to wear off. For six months to a year after that, it’s pretty damn lonely and […]

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A Delectable Mix of Everything

The first time I met via video chat with Jamie, one of my trainers in Tennessee, I was distracted by the poster of Dolly Parton to the left of his head in the video frame. “Are you a Dolly fan?” I asked with a laugh. “Fan” is the understatement of the year. Jamie is a […]

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It’s Chai Time!

The first really chilly weekend is upon us up here in Southwest Michigan, and I’m ready for some warming foods. Last Sunday I stocked up on all the local produce I could find – golden pears, apples, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. I love cooking cinnamon-laced fruit compote when it’s cold, sipping on spicy chai […]

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A Break from the Routine

Last night my friend Jill and I saw the play “Tiny Beautiful Things” in a Lincoln Park theater. The play brings to life Cheryl Strayed’s advice column called Dear Sugar. Several years ago on one of the best vacations of my life, I hiked by day off the Blue Ridge Parkway and read Wild by […]

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