Category Archive for 'Emotional Wellness'

My neighbor is having a tree taken down. She’s lobbied the county for years to have it cut and apparently today is the day. Which is fantastic for her, but a pain the behind for me. Because the bane of working from home when you live where I do is the constant barrage of noise […]

New Year’s Gifts

Do you struggle with the concept of a New Year’s Resolution? Do you buckle under the pressure of obligation? Does having a bevy of “shoulds” hanging over your head dampen any sense of excitement you have about beginning a fresh, new year? Maybe your answer is, “No.” Maybe you thrive on setting goals, big or […]

I took a shower this morning – it’s not an everyday thing for me – and afterwards, as I plucked through my closet to figure out what to wear, this thought flashed through my head: You really should put on some jeans and wear a real outfit today. You have the time. There’s no reason […]

Bus Spotting

I’m not sure how it began, but my two older kids, W and M have been bus spotting for the past few weeks. M keeps a pedometer in the car, and every time she or her brother spots a bus, she gives it a shake. They’re up to six hundred and something buses. Given that […]

Last night the second of the two nurses infected with Ebola in Dallas arrived at Emory University Hospital which is within a few blocks of my house. I send Amber Vinson healing thoughts and wish her caregivers strength and resilience, as I thank them all for their sacrifice and service. When we drove home from school […]

Two Cans of Paint

See these two cans of paint? They’ve been on my back porch for about two months now. Here’s what I think when I see them: Ugh. I can’t believe the painters just left those cans of paint there. There’s paint all over the cement now. Why didn’t they just take them? I don’t want them. By […]

Back-to-School Breakdowns

Let me tell you a little secret about me. I was a History and Religious Studies double major in college. (That’s not the secret part.) Both majors required hefty, hefty reading loads and lots and lots of writing. At the start of the new college semester, when I would get the syllabus for each course, […]

When Things Hurt

I got a hangnail on my thumb last week. I picked and poked at it and it got horribly infected. It hurt like the dickens. So of course, everything I did for two days somehow involved my thumb. I banged it on the faucet in the bath. I cut it on an eggshell while trying […]

My friend Monica at High Heels and High Chairs (Do you read her blog? You should.) posted a link to the story about Facebook’s “research” on whether news feeds affect what users post. Monica said it reminded her of our social media trigger discussion. It’s almost too much to bear, is it not? I mean, we’ve […]

In response to this post about social media triggers, you guys shared a lot. I heard from you all via email, text, in person, in comments on the post, and via Facebook about social media posts that, while on the surface are benign, get to you for some reason. I promised then that we would revisit this […]