Episode 198 – Beat The Blahs

    Episode 198 – Beat The Blahs

    Ever been bored? Tired? Aimless? Joyless? Unmotivated? All the above?  All at once? You may be a victim of “the blahs”: that wah-wah-wah-wah feeling that makes you want to sit down and do nothing, and then feel bad because you’re doing nothing, because you have so...
    Episode 197 – Be Like Jello

    Episode 197 – Be Like Jello

    In the days following my breast cancer diagnosis, I wrote in my journal, And then there comes a time when you get stinkin’ sick of thinking about mammograms and tumors  and treatment options and hormones and radiation and percentages of chances this will come back and...
    Episode 196 – Keep Something Special

    Episode 196 – Keep Something Special

    ​In 1991, my friend Iris went to the movies at a Regal cinema, and bought a drink to go with her popcorn. The cup was red and white with a mean looking figure on the front, and –in honor of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator 2 movie that had been recently...
    Podcast Episode 195-Make Friends with Not Knowing

    Podcast Episode 195-Make Friends with Not Knowing

    Not knowing is hard sometimes, right? I want to know stuff, don’t you?  I want to know about people’s checkered pasts.  I want juicy details about people’s stories, and reasons why some people can’t do right, and explanations for why they do what they do. And being...
    Podcast Episode 194: Make An 8-Minute Phone Call

    Podcast Episode 194: Make An 8-Minute Phone Call

    Ever hesitate to call someone you’d love to talk to because you just didn’t have time?  Guilty. I know how it is. When I want to “catch up” with a friend, I want a good hour, anyway. But with this mindset, I end up not calling at all, and so I’ve missed many, many...
    Podcast Episode 193: Get by with a Little Help from Your Friends

    Podcast Episode 193: Get by with a Little Help from Your Friends

    If you’re anything like me, you hate being needy. Maybe your first inclination in difficulty, like mine, is to announce, “I’m FINE!” to the general public, even if you’re not.  Fall down a flight of stairs? You’re FINE!  All manner of mayhem swirling around you? There...

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