Archive for September 2015

I made my teacher's life miserable, but now I'm walking in her shoes

I’ve been teaching for more than 25 years, and over the years I’ve had the chance to reflect on the kind of student I was. Not in the academic sense, but in the personal sense. What was it like for my teachers having me in class? Mrs. Burke is a teacher I think about quite... Read more »

I threw my prescription in the trash and learned four things

I threw my prescription in the trash and learned four things
I think it would be fair to say that I’m ambivalent about all the medications that I take. From thyroid medication to depression and anxiety medications to sleep medication, I sometimes feel like an utter failure. Some days I just want to wake up and not have to take a pill. I want to be... Read more »

I don't radiate "hug me," but thanks for hugging me anyway

I don't radiate "hug me," but thanks for hugging me anyway
I don’t think I radiate “hug me” to most people, but it’s not because I don’t like hugs. It’s just because I’m awkward. The European side of my family do the “shoulder” hug and cheek kiss. I can never remember if I’m supposed to kiss one cheek or two and am always unsure which cheek... Read more »
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Resolution Chronicles: learning to trust my doctor and accept my insurance company

Resolution Chronicles: learning to trust my doctor and accept my insurance company
My insurance company, pharmacy, my doctor and I have to work together to get prescriptions filled. If the system breaks down, I will suffer the consequences. It’s not personal when the system breaks down, but it affects me personally. Last month I had to pay out of pocket for five pills of a prescription because... Read more »

Mr. Robot season finale is tonight, and I’m afraid it’s going to break my heart

Mr. Robot season finale is tonight, and I’m afraid it’s going to break my heart
The Mr. Robot season finale airs tonight. It has been a critical sensation on the USA network this summer, a moody drama that at one level is about cybersecurity and hacking, at another about mental illness, but at heart about loneliness. In the first episode, Elliot Alderson, the main character, ends up between a wall... Read more »