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  • Mind & Body

    Just Ranting

    One of the bloggers I’ve come to know (virtually) over the past couple of years is Allison Arnone of the blog AA. One of my favorite features on her blog is the series she…

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    Be Your Own Good Boss

    I’ve been teaching since I was 22 years old. In the 1980’s, when I started my teaching career, there was very little training offered to graduate students in English before we were put in…

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    Heading Off Stress

    The last couple of weeks have been pretty stressful. The saga began when I felt warm air blowing out of our central air vents one evening–never a good sign. Especially not when the forecast…

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    This Is Your Life

    This is your life: You are born into a family with a history. One child has already died. As children themselves, your parents endured abject poverty. Their greatest fear, now, is loss of control.…

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    The Travel Paradox

    All my life, I’ve lived with this paradox: I love exploring new places, but I hate to travel. This is true in spite of the fact that I spent many huffy teenage hours at…

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    Wearing It Well

    Last week I went to my stylist for my usual haircut and color. This time, though, I told her I was done coloring my hair. I expected her to try to talk me out…

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    Positive Pressure and Negative Stress

    Has anyone ever told you that you’re too hard on yourself? That’s a comment I’ve heard on more than one occasion. I usually laugh it off and respond with something like Are you kidding?…