Painless is feeling good.

Doing the grateful thing- and right now, I have a whole new appreciation for HEALTH. If you don't have health, you really don't have anything. My husband of 25 years, Mike Neal,  is an amazing man with an amazing body. I've been accused (and not unfairly so) of...

Cheap ‘n Easy Beauty Secrets for the Lazy and Incompetent

I’m the kind of woman who burns herself on curling irons and considers shaving my legs the height of party preparation. I’m not fussy, and the truth is, me and beauty products just don’t do well together. In other words, I’m a “natural...

no Florence Nightingale

Growing up, being sick was seen as a sort of moral failing—something you probably brought on yourself through poor hygiene, eating junk food, associating with lepers or some other stupidity. I remember at least one birthday desperately trying to conceal an oncoming...

“The ring doesn’t come off,” he said.

Everyone has a story, and it’s this fascination with people’s stories that’s been such a big part of my life as both a therapist and a writer. In my story, it’s dark out, 4:30 AM, and I’ve already been awake for an hour or two. My husband’s in the hospital on day...

The Upside of Middle Age

I promised an upside blog, and I’ve been hunting for inspiration ever since. This is Thanksgiving morning, and it’s time to pull out of the negativity. So here are some of the gifts of hitting midlife that I want to acknowledge, and invite you to add to. The kids are...

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