Yahrzeit & “Apathy Blanket” (Poem)

Maybe I should have made this into two separate posts.  I'm sure the title has people confused as heck! Hopefully some of you stuck around to find out what it means. “Yahrzeit” is a Yiddish word.  It means “anniversary,” but it typically comes up in the form of remembering the death of a loved one. … Continue reading Yahrzeit & “Apathy Blanket” (Poem)

BOOK REVIEW: You Know You Want It by Carla Robinson

I’ve read 5 books between Slaughterhouse-Five & You Know You Want It, all of which still need reviewing.  However, as the author, Carla Robinson (blogging under "Things Carla Loves"), is a dear friend, who isn’t feeling her (insanely intelligent, empathetic, funny, vivacious) self lately, I felt this deserved a bump up the schedule. Also, she… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: You Know You Want It by Carla Robinson

Everyone’s A Critic – How To Turn Off Negative Thoughts, Part 2

In Everyone’s A Critic – How To Turn Off Negative Thoughts, Part 1, I shared some of the negative thoughts that plague me & tips from my stress management course on “unpacking” them. TANGENT:  If anyone knows the origin of the phrase “unpacking” to mean digging deeper into understanding a subject, please tell me all… Continue reading Everyone’s A Critic – How To Turn Off Negative Thoughts, Part 2

Everyone’s a Critic: How to Turn Off Negative Thoughts, Part 1

For a long time, I’ve wanted to talk about a free stress management course my gym offered.  Unfortunately, ever time I started, a voice in the back of my head piped up: “Stop, you idiot!  No one cares what you have to say.  No one will read your posts.  A 5th-grader could write better than… Continue reading Everyone’s a Critic: How to Turn Off Negative Thoughts, Part 1