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An Intentional Lack of Style Identity

I have style, plenty of it. But recently, I’ve been thinking about my schizo style personality. All over the board. I’ve never met a style I didn’t like. Not that I would wear them all if it’s say, skimpy or grungy…. On the other hand, I could flip from preppy or professional/executive to bohemian or…


Turning Around Constant Negativity

Stress, toxic people, poor self-esteem. There’s a whole lot of negativity and depression just waiting to take nest in your head, if you let it. Don’t let it. When automatic negative thoughts pop up, you must stop them in their tracks and replace them. Think of positive replacement thoughts. Say them out loud. Refuse the…


The News was Greatly Exaggerated

The day had come. After months of snowstorms, and other delays, my command performance with my doctor had arrived. She wanted to see me. She was concerned. I won’t go into all of the details, but she was not the only one concerned. When I finally presented myself in the office, the receptionists informed me…


Monday Mottoes – #77

Food is a funny thing—can’t live without it, sometimes can’t live with it. Every other physical dependency one can kick either gradually or cold turkey. Food—not so much. It always amazes me concerning the regional proclivities of foodies. If you’re around the Boston area, there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts on every corner. In the southwest, you…


Sick and Sweet or Sickly Sweet

We’ve all heard the phrase “sickly sweet”, referring to something or someone who is excessively sweet to the point making someone else ill, if that’s possible, lol. Well, I’m developing a theory of my own, based on current events. You see, in general, our family doesn’t get sick. I make everyone wash their hands once…


Is Putin Autistic or Antisocial?

It’s hitting all of the news sources (outside of Russia, that is) that Pres. Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome. A friend in the know sent me the news, which we both corroborated based on our professional amateurs’ psychological understanding that Putin is plain nuts. (Being an equal opportunity diagnoser, I would say the same could…


In the Waiting Room of Wisdom

The age of wisdom is said to be 18 when one’s wisdom teeth erupt. Petya is on the cusp of it and the day arrived for all four wisdom teeth to be removed. He had not been having problems nor pain. However, the x-rays showed that they were already beginning to press from the sides…


Stress, Exhaustion, and Poor Choices

We are the sandwich generation, squeezed between the issues of needy kids and needy parents. Which leads me to ask: where’s the beef? Where are those who can wear the big boy or big girl pants and do mature things, even in the midst of the storms of life? We all know about stress—loved ones…


To Vaccinate or Not?

Used to be, most every child in the U.S. was vaccinated. Families were acquainted with those of earlier generations who had suffered from various diseases and epidemics. To avoid or eradicate such health risks seemed like a dream come true. Then allegations began that the vaccinations and immunizations caused problems all their own, a large…


How a Gym Can Sabotage Physical Fitness

So we joined the gym in early January. Wrong move because everyone joins the gym then. The place is constantly packed. And quite frankly, that’s interfering with my plans. “When do you want to go?” I ask my son, who is doubling as my personal trainer, not that he’s a trainer, but he’s pretty fit…

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