In which I write a letter to Rainy Day…

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Dear Rainy Day, Benjamin Zander tells a story about how his father used to say something along the lines of, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Having grown up in the mid-west, and participated in my fair share of tornado warnings, I question if there may be exceptions to this rule. For […]

Terra Incognita

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It’s February already; long past the time of ‘new year’s resolutions.’ The truth is, January this year, hit me with a thud. It was both good and wonderful, mixed with sorrow and lament. And so it’s February, and I’m just now writing this entry, although I did think a little about my tradition of ‘choosing […]

The Empathy ℞ Part 3

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Conversations about Empathy It was a crisp autumn day in September, and I was walking my local downtown with coffee in hand. On this particular afternoon, I was accompanied by a person (someone I happened to like a great deal) but someone who liked to … we’ll call it “summarize” other people. He had this […]

Why Chase?

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So you know when you’re reading textbooks, and they have those little boxes to the side with extraneous information? Say, you’re reading about the revolutionary war, and there’s a little box about Quilting in Colonial America? Or you’re reading about the landing on the moon and you find an aside telling you about Walter Cronkite? […]

The Empathy ℞ Part 2

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A while back, I wrote a post regarding empathy and how cultivating empathy was a necessary pathway to wellness. I do not believe empathy is something that immediately comes to people’s minds when they’re talking about wellness. I say, ‘I want to study nutrition’ and you think, Food? Calories? Exercise? Weight loss? And perhaps rightfully […]

The Empathy ℞

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This morning as I opened my Google mail, I was intrigued by an e-mail from The Institute of Functional Medicine regarding a 2012 study published in PLOS ONE. The experiment involved a specific genetic trait and measured the response regarding the placebo effect. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome were put in one of three categories: 1) They were put on a long waiting list […]

A Cartography of Transitions

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Disclaimer: The author spent minimal amounts of time doodling the featured atlas—as such it’s exact and precise validity cannot be fully held to any serious scrutiny. Should a passerby attempt to use this map as any kind of functional guide, they should do so at their own risk recognizing that exact details may, and most […]

Springtime and Transitions

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It’s that time of year where you have no idea what the weather is going to be. It could be rainy, foggy, sunny…even bordering dangerously close to toasty; one just never knows. Yesterday I had a tank top, this morning a sweater, this afternoon I couldn’t make up my mind at all. It’s spring, and […]

Moth Girl

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It happened again last week–“you’re so quiet.” I get this comment so frequently that I sometime feel I need to go the washroom and look at my back in the mirror to make sure I don’t have some secret sign written on me like ‘kick me’ only mine would say something like ‘really quiet girl–please […]