Cultivating Happiness by Giving

If you’ve been following my blog, you may remember that I embarked on a quest to find happiness a while back ago (like, say, January). What can I say? I got busy with other things and dropped my project to be picked up again maybe never. This is one reason why cultivating happiness can be … Continue reading


Book Review: The Lupus Encyclopedia

The subtitle of Dr. Donald Thomas’ newly released book, The Lupus Encyclopedia, is “A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families”–and indeed it is. As someone who is insatiably curious, a lover of random bits of info (I’m the gal you want on your Pub Quiz team), it’s been a frustrating process to glean useful, reliable … Continue reading


Trust Falls and Rage-o-Meters: Classifying Toddler Tantrums

To the man who hit on me today while my son was going into a paroxysm of total toddler rage: Are you insane? Who does that? Why are you attempting to make small talk–as my son screams while attempting a death roll in his stroller? What part of that made you think it was a good time to … Continue reading

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Lupus Awareness Month

May is Lupus Awareness Month, so I didn’t want to let the first of the month pass without saying, HEY, IT’S LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH! Here’s today’s lupus fact: Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. (courtesy of Lupus Foundation of America) I haven’t been able to write much … Continue reading


Fear Is Good, Unless It’s Bad: Life Lessons from The Croods

It seems like you can’t watch an animated feature-length film these days without having an overly didactic moral shoved down your throat. Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney–they all seem to be hell bent on fixing the world’s evils and making you hate yourself for being part of the problem instead of the solution (thank you, Wall-E). Well, … Continue reading


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