Worse Than a Toothache

Dear Reader, Do you have dental insurance? Sorry, to be so direct, but this is an important issue. I have heard numerous complaints about the dire state of the U.S. healthcare system, but I feel that most of these complaints are about doctor’s visits and medical procedures, not dental appointments. As a kid, going to... Continue Reading →

Thoughts for Hire

Dear Reader, Do you have a side hustle? I am a big fan of the gig economy (although there are a number of super valid criticisms) and for the past few years, I have been an active part of it. I work part-time at more than one job and in the past, I have taken... Continue Reading →

Warning, Error, Failed to Compile

Dear Reader, “Opening your mind” and “learning new things” are all well and good until you actually do them…. I try to be an open-minded person and I generally impulsively go wherever my interests take me. This is the attitude that compelled me to take an advanced optional statistics course in grad school. If you... Continue Reading →

Cheers to Life Unstructured

Dear Reader, There is a very curious time of the year between Christmas and New Year’s Day when the days blur together into one seamless stretch of time. If you are lucky enough to enjoy this period of vacation, which the Germans refer to as zwischen den Jahren (“between the years”), then you know the... Continue Reading →

(Don’t) Gotta Love It

Dear Reader, Do you also force yourself to like things or is that just me? Good habits can be hard to form, in fact, sometimes they must be forced. When I was younger, I was not a big fruit eater. The first time I started eating fruits regularly (scarily enough) was not until high school.... Continue Reading →

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere

Dear Reader, Once again, I’m going to write about sugar. If you follow my blog, you may remember that I am trying to cut down on my added sugar intake (more here). That, like most things in life, is easier said than done. After a few weeks trying (to greater and weaker effect) to cut... Continue Reading →

You Can’t Buy Elbow Grease

Dear Reader, Buying used products can be hit-or-miss. While I have been very happy and grateful to buy and receive used clothes and supplies, every once in a while I am blown away for all the wrong reasons. My most recent used purchase was a beautiful red bicycle… or so it seemed. If you follow... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas — Lite

Dear Reader, Merry Christmas!! And what a Christmas it has turned out to be! Christmas time is the “most wonderful time of the year,” but does this sentiment ring true in 2020? I, like very many of you out there, was unable to have a family gathering this Christmas. Scrolling through Facebook, I see that... Continue Reading →

Grin and Barre It

Dear Reader, Fortunately, the pain came as no surprise. Not too long ago, I read the book Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin (more here). In the book, Martin recounts her experience in a barre exercise class with a flock of fit, well-to-do mothers. She describes how her muscles trembled as she... Continue Reading →

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