Tag: anxiety

Countdown to the Winter Solstice: Toot-Toot-Tootsie

I want to talk about FEET. Wait! I know, I know. Feet can evoke such strong reactions. Often horror…some people don’t even like to look at their own feet. But stick with me a moment as paying attention to our feet can be vital in surviving the grim days of winter. It gets dark early... Read more »

Aaaaand we’re off!

Black Friday combines my two least favorite activities: crowds of people invading my personal space and shopping. I think I would actually choose the teeming masses over the shopping, but I opt to sit the whole thing out. You might be a masochist person who loves Black Friday and good for you. However you spend... Read more »

Safety Scissors and Crushed Spirits

A friend of mine is an art teacher, and to my surprise, she told me that in many schools, children are not learning how to use scissors. She has taught in a number of settings and has been stunned to see kids who do not even know how to correctly hold scissors. My friend theorized... Read more »

Our Either-Or Thinking and Snow

It snowed here in Chicago. Not a lot. But still. And it’s not even Thanksgiving. I know this isn’t unprecedented, but I hate when it happens. On our way home last night from a family dinner out, the snow was quietly falling. There was not much traffic (people with good sense were already in for... Read more »

Have We Forgotten How to Play?

Because of work-related changes in my life, my schedule has changed drastically. I am now in charge of structuring my own day. Although I’m very good with hard deadlines and timeliness (Have I mentioned I’m 75% German?), I’ve discovered that I’m not so good at doing this on my own. (I blame that remaining 25%.)... Read more »

“Some days are like that…even in Australia.”

The movie version of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day recently opened, and commercials are regularly popping up on television. (Note: Yes, I still sometimes watch regular TV with commercials. I may not be young.) Like other children’s books adapted for the movies, it looks like the filmmakers added... Read more »

Life, the Universe, and the Beauty Parlor

When I was a kid, my mom worked in a beauty shop, so I spent a lot of time with her there—and I loved it. Everyone was so nice and in a good mood most of the time. The customers (almost all women) came in knowing they’d be pampered and left feeling beautiful. As my... Read more »

“The Angst Is Coming from Inside the House!”

  It’s hard to listen to the news lately. So much of it seems frightening and overwhelming. When it gets to be too much, I tend to seek solace in ignorance, which I recognize is not the healthiest coping mechanism. But the closer we get to our “angst limit,” the fewer options we have available... Read more »

Colombian Women’s Cycling Team’s Ladybits Set the Internet’s Hair on Fire

Apparently, women cyclists in Bogota, Colombia, shocked the world with their new uniforms. Pearls were clutched! Fainting couches broke the falls of swooners! What caused such an outrage? The swath of fabric that covers the cyclists’ pelvic region was “flesh” tone or, as other described it—“NUDE.” (Well, it’s “flesh” tone or “nude” if you’re white,... Read more »

“Can We Talk?” … About Fat Shaming?

Following the death of comedic icon Joan Rivers, NPR’s “Fresh Air” played excerpts from interviews she has done throughout the years. In 1991, she told Terry Gross that she constantly dieted and believed that she was fat. Gross seemed perplexed by this, stating “But you’re so thin. Do you really believe that you’re fat?” Rivers... Read more »