We have moved to Greensboro, North Carolina

Today is the day the North Carolina Acupuncture Board will be looking over my transcripts. In the midst of packing up all our belongings in Maryland, I managed to submit all the material North Carolina requires. I have started to…

A Happy Surprise While Unpacking Boxes in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dear Alexis, Congratulations! Your poem “Empty Souls” has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Rattle Poetry Prize. The award is $500 and publication in this winter’s issue of Rattle. The poem is also eligible for the Readers’ Choice…

Swollen Parotid Gland – Is it a Messenger?

It all started when Julie ate a sour olive. The gland puffed up like a balloon then subsided. It happened years ago once or twice, but never since. The gland would get hard when she chewed her morning cereal but…

Wise Words from Frida Kahlo to Diego, Her Husband

“I’m not asking you to kiss me, nor apologize to me when I think you’re wrong. I won’t even ask you to hug me when I need it most. I don’t ask you to tell me how beautiful I am,…

On Overwhelm? Get Horizontal!

When stress is over the top and you feel like you’re on overwhelm, instead of breaking a dish, or barking at your child, try going horizontal for 10 minutes or more. Let yourself chill out. If you can open a…

Religion and Politics: How to Avoid Stress When Someone Tries to Engage or Challenge You

From the time I was a child, my family used to say, “never discuss religion or politics.” If someone makes a political comment and you are not in agreement with their stance, you don’t have to get into a tangle….

Moving: It’s No Picnic!

Psychologists says that next to the death of a loved one or divorce, moving is right up there when it comes to stress. It’s not just the move itself–it’s the preparation which includes so many decisions: what to keep, what…