Annoying behavior that's (unfortunately) revealing.

Anger tells me more about myself than just about any other emotion.  Maybe not specifically anger, because I’m not a very angry person, but certainly impatience.  And that tone of voice we get when we’re annoyed?  One of my least favorite things when I hear it coming out of my mouth. After going through a series of trials, minor and major, I realize this behavior refutes what I think I know about what kind of person I am.  ...more

Arguing--Fun for the Whole Family!

When our friends Markus and Almut had their third child, we asked him how it was to go from being a family of four to a family a five.  He's a Classics Scholar—insightful, deliberate, a little quirky with a pleasing neurotic edge.  "Well, it's less…monolithic," he said, making the shape of a column with his hands.  "Four is just so tight.  With five, there's more movement.  It's more dynamic."  Then a bewildered look crossed his face.  "Sometimes," he said slowly, "I try to keep them all in my head at the same time and I can't."...more

POWER OF THE TONGUE

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Are you taking care of yourself?

When you’ve had a really stressful day, week, or even month, or things just aren’t going right in your life for whatever reason, it’s easy to lapse into a routine of sulking, bingeing on unhealthy foods or alcohol, watching trashy TV all day and all night, and generally feeling sorry for yourself....more

These are great suggestions - we are definitely on the same wavelength.  Just today I ...more

19 minutes 35 seconds

19 minutes, 35 seconds.  That's how long I've been on Blogher... at least the last time I checked.  I'm probably up to 23 minutes at this point, but really, who cares about the number of seconds that I've been a member? This post is just mostly for me to figure out how all this works.  Once I've worked out the kinks, I'll actually start blogging.  :-) Just for today, Do not anger, Do not worry, Be grateful, Work hard, Be kind to others -Usui Sensei...more

10 things We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School

There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, whether it will serve as the latter for you remains to be seen. So What Did We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School?*This is partly the advice we would give ourselves if we could go back to day one, an encouragement to those of us still engaged in doctoral and masters coursework, theses, and dissertations, and a chance to express the best of what we know to those thinking about embarking on a PhD or MA program....more
@zibilord I really appreciate the comment Zibi!more

She Works Hard for the Money

Every time I tell someone what I do for a living, I get the same reaction: ‘You have the greatest job’, they tell me. ‘Um, it is a lot of hard work. But I guess it is OK.’ I reply....more

It's Haunting Me...

When I wrote about this last week it made me feel better. I needed to get that out and I felt a lot lighter after writing that. But for some reason this last week or two I've been bombarded with things that are bringing up painful memories and things I just don't care to think or talk about. We haven't been speaking to Katelyn's dad and it's been nice. Drama free....more

What is Shopping Addiction + 10 Ways to Fight Back

About the only thing that psychologists can agree on is that an "obsessive buying disorder" actually does exist. The definition of shopping addiction varies from expert to expert too, but the core factor is impulsive, uncontrolled spending that has a negative, unwanted impact on your life....more

If not me? Who?

Playing What If... I don't know if you read my addendums to yesterday's post but short story long, the agencies and offices I contacted about my little friends either didn't get back to me, or expressed to me that it wasn't their job. APS has a very narrow definition of what "adults in need of protection" are and that definition does not include reference to homeless people camped out in a shack. Crying . I thought APS was supposed to go in and help adults in need of protection! I was naive. ...more