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It’s not personal

A few summers ago, our family was finishing up dinner outside, everyone done eating except my then 4-year old son. I remember this exchange with him: Levi:  Mom, what's that feeling called? Me:  What feeling? Levi:  That feeling when you're full but you don't want to...

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A Plate of Food: What Do You See?

It's 10:45 AM and I have one of my favorite meals on the planet in front of me: a steaming hot bowl of bún bò huế, a spicy noodle soup that originates from Central Vietnam. I'm sitting outside, overlooking the parking lot of this family restaurant, savoring the quiet...

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The overlooked skill we all need right now

I've been thinking about something Krista Tippett said on her On Being podcast (episode on the pandemic's impact on our nervous systems): "We need to take in what it has meant, this year, that we have become a danger to each other by virtue of our breath." It's going...

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Resources for eating and coping right now

I spotted this on my walk today: An excerpt from a poem by Rilke: Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Seeing this made me want to write you. So many are struggling right now. Prolonged uncertainty, stress,...

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It’s a “work mullet” kind of time.

I laughed when my therapist friend Caley introduced me to the idea of a “work mullet” – business on the top and pajama pants on the bottom. That’s my way of telling you I’ve moved to all telehealth for the time being. I’m reaching out to everyone individually who’s...

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Staying true to you

I was browsing Phinney Books, picked up Gloria Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road from the shelf and flipped to a random page. My eyes watered as I read this paragraph: I’m sitting next to a very old and elegant woman on a plane from Dallas to New York. Assuming...

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Are you a dandelion or an orchid?

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.  ~Maya Angelou   Are you a dandelion or an orchid? The dandelion can survive in just about any conditions. It doesn’t need...

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4 Wishes for You This Year (+ personal news)

If I could grant you 4 wishes this year, here's what they would be: 1.  May you take in the good. You can thank our ancestors for your brain’s negativity bias. After all, their primary goal was to eat lunch, not be lunch. According to neuropsychologist Rick Hanson,...

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