The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts, by Gary Chapman

My Copy: 9780802412706 (image from 5lovelanguages.com) I'd heard a little about this book in the past, and I can't remember what finally made me select it and buy it for myself. Haven't been in a relationship in ages and with my odd family situation... well, maybe that was part of the incentive to do so. … Continue reading The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts, by Gary Chapman

When you’re of two minds, yet somehow using neither of them…

That's the best way I think I can describe the past week. Realizing that I need to make serious changes, losing sleep over the things I'm NOT doing to help my job situation, making plans... and then just somehow letting things slip away. I've been trying to get back into therapy, but it's been a … Continue reading When you’re of two minds, yet somehow using neither of them…

I know coffee makes me happy, but buying a ton of mugs was probably not the best thing for a depressive episode…

Yeah, the wallet-emptying monster has returned in force, and it's focused on my kitchen. In my defense, I was doing a deep clean and decided to move things around, and that's the necessary evil that started it all. I have plenty of cabinets in my kitchen, but they're generally skinny and deep. It makes it … Continue reading I know coffee makes me happy, but buying a ton of mugs was probably not the best thing for a depressive episode…

Running on Empty: Overcome your childhood emotional neglect, by Jonice Webb, PhD.

My Copy: 9781614482420 (image from bn.com) Running on Empty is a book I needed to pick up and I'm glad I did. We often look at our lives in terms of the things that happened, whether it was great days at the beach or field trips or homework or whatever else when we were kids. … Continue reading Running on Empty: Overcome your childhood emotional neglect, by Jonice Webb, PhD.

When “busy work” is just that, & you finally acknowledge it…

Maybe it's the internet outages I've had the past week, or the odd schedule I've been trying to contend with. Maybe it's looking at things in my old notebooks that just don't gel anymore and I want to make them right. Maybe it's that I just haven't wanted to do housecleaning because I don't have … Continue reading When “busy work” is just that, & you finally acknowledge it…

When you have so much on your plate that you end up getting nothing done…

At least, nothing that absolutely needed to get done. I should've had a clean house top to bottom by now, a bunch of hours of exercise under my belt, lots of music practice, etc. Instead, I ended up wasting days going over my book list, revising and editing what to read and when (and leaving … Continue reading When you have so much on your plate that you end up getting nothing done…

Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery (25th anniversary edition), by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn

My Copy: 9780936077512 (image from bn.com) It's not hard to imagine that the numbers of those suffering from an eating disorder have only increased, even as information about the dangers of eating disorders has only become more widespread. Our current obesity levels are higher than ever before while obsession with body image is about the … Continue reading Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery (25th anniversary edition), by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn

Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery exists. And now my friend might die because of it.

I read this late last night and just couldn't believe the callous behavior from so-called health professionals. It's an awful story of prejudice, shaming, and cold disregard of someone who is calling for help...someone who I would like to meet because they seem to be a ray of sunshine in the world, even while struggling … Continue reading Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery exists. And now my friend might die because of it.

Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…

My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…

Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh

My Copy: 9780692504512 (image from bn.com) This book is an interesting mix of information, largely good, but I just had difficulty with some of the presentation. It's part autobiography, part informative. You certainly get a good grasp of what the author went through in good and bad times, especially as being bipolar wasn't well known … Continue reading Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh