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Dangers of Getting Pricked

March 29, 2017

Earlier this month, my friend had an outpatient procedure to remove a melanoma from the middle of his back. Everything went great and his prognosis is perfect. For 10 days after the procedure, he needed to tend to the wound and change the bandage. Since this sort of caretaking in the middle of his back was impossible, his spouse happily complied. And it got me to thinking, what if this happened to me? I’ve already had such thoughts, but about more catastrophic health events. Not something so mundane as changing the bandage at a spot I couldn’t reach. (Unfortunately my dog doesn’t have that much dexterity.) So what do we do about it? Let’s brainstorm. How can we create a network to help?

Photo by Aryton Page

Trusted Tools

March 28, 2017

Ceramic art by Katharine Morling

Problem Solving in the Dark

March 27, 2017

When I first saw this key tag, I found the message reassuring. It reminded me of those uncomfortable moments when I realize there’s a problem, but I don’t yet know the solution. I hate those moments. Through the years, I’ve gotten better at finding a way for those moments to be okay. I could also read the key tag in an ominous way. Like there’s something I should know that I don’t. What’s your take?

Power to the People

March 24, 2017

To all those who ralled in support of the Affordable Care Act and went to townhall meetings with your Members of Congress. THANK YOU. It worked!

Illustration by Lisa Congdon

Twin Peaks Fever

March 23, 2017

When Twin Peaks debuted in 1990, there was nothing that came close to the series on television. My friends and I would gather together and watch each episode, like it was a sacred act. Now, there’s so much good TV, it’s hard to keep up. In 2 months, the Twin Peaks revival will premiere on Showtime. I’m so excited. Any Twin Peaks fans out there?

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Reading the Future

March 22, 2017

 

Madame Sofia by Emily Fromm

Feeling of Accomplishment

March 21, 2017

As a Career Coach, I remind clients to celebrate their accomplishments. Looking for work can be a nebulous job with no discernible results along the way. That’s why it’s important to break things down into small tasks, so you can point to a win during the process. And that’s one of the reasons I like to cook, particularly in the midst of other grander pursuits. There’s a beginning, middle and at the end, I can say, “I did that.” What’s like that in your life?

Timmy’s Turn to Mow the Living Room by Shawna Gilmore

Spring 2017

March 20, 2017

In Los Angeles, the entrance of spring is not as dramatic as it is in other places. But today, there was a sure sign as I walked past a tree in the neighborhood bursting with the scent of orange blossoms. This week, I’ve been enjoying the longer daylight and the flowering trees. My parents both died in the spring, so for me, it’s a season that marks the end as well as the renewal of life. What are you most looking forward to as we head into this time of year?

Photo by Sven Hoppe for AFP/Getty

End of Week Zen

March 17, 2017

I’ll be celebrating with my dog, Rose, who turns 12 this weekend. What are you doing for fun?

Weekends by Jean Jullien

The Ultimate Homage

March 16, 2017

A few days ago, the prolific author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal died from cancer at the age of 51. I was not familiar with her work. But earlier this month, I had noticed a heartbreaking column she’d written for the Modern Love section of the New York Times, You May Want to Marry My Husband. Nearing death, Amy cheerfully extols the virtues of her long-time spouse, for the woman who may come next. I’ve often thought what the perfect partner would be like. The description of her husband, Jason, comes very close. I urge you all to read it, and look into her work, as well.

Image via Austin Kleon