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My Winter Tool Kit for Attacking My SAD

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I am gradually assembling my winter tool kit. I’ve finally admitted to myself that this Seasonal Affective Disorder is a problem. I feel a little weird about this, to be honest. On the one hand, I am fiercely protective of this diagnosis for all people. We have a legitimate, physical illness. Our brain chemistry is […]

Brain Fights

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Some days, I get really tired of my own brain. Like today: I got a great sleep last night, so I should be well rested and alert. But I’m not. I’m tired and dragging and my concentration sucks. And the irony? It’s probably because I have two deadlines coming up, and the slightly elevated stress […]

Winter/Summer SAD

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So yesterday, after a horrible week of feeling unable to settle down, I sat under my therapy light for the first session of the season. It was also a sunny day, after a few rainy days. A crisp, cool, perfect autumn day, but I didn’t venture outside until the afternoon, so I’m not sure how […]

Take Back the Winter: SAD, Labels, and Light Therapy

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Do you know what kind of person you are? I do. I have a pretty little list of labels now, and I have to admit, I kind of like them. Weird, right? I mean, we usually resist labels because Ugh. They make us feel icky, like we’ve been pigeonholed and we’re stuck as stereotypes and […]

Christmas Peace

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Dear reader, it’s Christmas tomorrow, and I’m rebelling. It has been a glorious rebellion. This will be my new December tradition, I think. I have said no to pretty much everything this year. And yes to the very basic necessities: knitting, thinking, drinking coffee, and hanging out with my kids. I said no to every […]

Win a Portrait AND Beat Cancer! Here’s How:

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Cancer sucks.  And when you’re six and a half and you’ve been getting chemos and lumbar punctures and crazy steroids and numerous pokes for two years and you still have a year to go, well… that really sucks. Every year, my best friend and her family join in the CN Cycle for CHEO fundraiser event […]