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  • Hiding Behind the Pulpit with Bipolar Disorder
    I have an illness that affects nearly 1 out of every 17 Americans, and affects 1 out of every 5 families. This disease is chronic in nature, and can only be controlled, not cured. It ...
  • Too Much Togetherness Solution: A Hat
    As a child I remember my great aunt saying irritably, “I promised you ‘for better or for worse’ but not for lunch!” ...
  • When Everyone Else Is Married with Children
    It started in my mid-twenties. At first it was a slow trickle, then the downpour exploded. Almost all of my friends started getting married. I was a bridesmaid so many times that ...
  • Yoga Journey
    I started going to yoga classes when I was a sophomore in college. This was in 1995, so the yoga craze had not yet begun. I didn’t know much about yoga, but liked ...
  • Quitting Therapy
    Yesterday I quit therapy. This was a big decision; one I thought long and hard about. Psychotherapy has always been helpful, but I simply didn’t want to go anymore. My sessions had ...
  • An Unlikely Reminder of Personal Growth
    I think it really sucks you jumped to such a conclusion before taking anything I would have to say into consideration and also feeling the need to tell me of your planned selfish act. Based ...
  • Three Men, One Month: The Match.com Journey Continues
    I have now been on roughly a month’s worth of Match.com dates. None of them was completely awful, but some were definitely better than others. Date One: The Liquid Hater I started with a man I ...
  • Mother’s Day Thoughts by a Mommy of Angels
    I have been thinking. I have 6 Angels waiting for me in Heaven. I have miscarriages. The couple weeks surrounding Mother's Day contain several significant dates for me anyway. May 8th was the 7th anniversary ...
  • My Relationship with Running
    Running has become one of my favorite things. It provides me with goals that are measurable, is 100% for me, clears my head, and provides me with an immeasurable amount of confidence and self ...
  • Match.com — Again
    I gave in. I signed up for Match.com again. Awesome new men were not appearing in my life without any effort on my part, so I decided to try online dating again. Online dating ...
  • Another Antidepressant Journey
    Today I have spent a lot of time on the phone with both a nurse and my psychiatrist. Our big topic of the day? How to get me off Celexa. I started ...
  • Sylvia Plath’s Legacy
    For someone who has only read her biography and never read any of Sylvia Plath’s actual poetry, I spend an awful lot of time thinking about her. That’s because I suffer from chronic depression ...
  • Back to Match.com?
    Currently, I am interested in two men. Neither is viable as my new boyfriend. Dating in my 30s is different than dating in my 20s. I am able to more accurately assess ...
  • Health Insurance: The Eternal Battle
    Health insurance is a subject that weighs on me and keeps me up at night. Every once in a while my insurance situation is sorted out and the worry briefly lifts, then something happens ...
  • Are You Doing Enough Cardiorespiratory Exercise?
    There are many types of cardiorespiratory exercise options, including running, biking, hiking, group aerobics and climbing stairs. Everyone has a preference—often I speak with people who say they only like to use the elliptical ...
  • Exercise Diary of a Personal Trainer: February
    Ever wondered what a personal trainer does for her own workouts? I work at a gym and am there six days a week. Exercise is my life and my livelihood. Because of ...
  • Facebook: Enough Already!
    I have now heard it said by a few different people: Facebook is over. The social networking tool that the world fell in love with has become so thoroughly embraced that it is ...
  • Budget Living and Beliefs
    “Am I selling out if I don’t buy the $14 deodorant?” This is a question I was asked last week by a good friend. The obvious answer to this question is “Who needs ...
  • Going Broke as Slowly as Possible
    There is no question, living within a tight budget is as much fun as a visit to the gynecologist. Possibly even less fun, because a visit to the gynecologist is one afternoon, whereas budget ...
  • My First Trip to the Psychiatrist
    It seems that life is made up of a lot of different “firsts.” The first time you leave home, the first time you have sex, the first full-time job you accept, your first apartment, ...
  • December Festivals: A Celebration of Diversity
    Companies spend millions of dollars on diversity training to help workers become more sensitive to each other's cultures, traditions, and practices. School boards now regularly struggle with the tension between wanting to celebrate the holiday ...
  • 12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays
    The Christmas season is upon us once again, and once again we find ourselves balancing between our work or studies, hanging out friends, scheduling time ...
  • The Subway Run-In
    Sometimes when you go through a rough phase in your life, something happens to show you that the phase has ended and you’ve moved on. I’ve just had this experience and am overjoyed to ...
  • Choosing Happiness in Our Lives Revisited
    Ten years ago, I wrote how we often make the choice of something else less important over our own and our loved ones' happiness. This article has generated a lot of positive comments over ...
  • 5 Secrets to a Successful Long-Term Relationship or Marriage
    There have been a thousand or more articles written about how to have a successful long-term relationship or marriage, but none that seem to capture some of the core ingredients I've found important in relationships. ...

 

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