Highly Recommended: Guy Winch’s Book, “Emotional First Aid”

Guy Winch's writing resonates with me because it’s practical, whether he’s explaining how to make an effective apology or discussing the keys to recovering from failure.

The Extra Burdens Faced by Young People with Chronic Illness

From years of writing about chronic pain and illness, I’ve learned that young people carry several extra burdens, especially when their disability is invisible.

8 Life Lessons from the Winter Olympics in Sochi

Here are eight life lessons to take away from the 2014 Winter Olympics...

Oscar Films That Realistically Depict Life for the Disabled

Here are twelve Oscar-nominated films that are strikingly honest in their depiction of the disabled.

More Confessions of a Sick Person

When I’m alone, my eating habits are fit only for my dog to see.

Has “Downton Abbey” Jumped the Shark?

Read about Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes' frustrating relationship, Bates and Anna's miseries, Lord Grantham and his money woes, Mrs. Patmore and her yelling, the mopey Mr. Molesley.

A Not-To-Do List For Caregivers of the Chronically Ill

The National Family Caregiving Association found that over 60% of caregivers who provide at least 20 hours of caregiving a week suffer from depression.

5 Tips for Handling a Bad Mood

I don’t get in bad moods very often, but it happens and, to be frank, it feels awful. Here are five suggestions for skillfully handling a bad mood.

Top 10 Things I Learned from Writing Two Books

To my great surprise, I’m now officially the author of two books. If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d ever be a published author, I’d have said, “You’re kidding, right?”

My New Year’s Wishes for the Chronically Ill

Here are my hopes and wishes for the new year...

All About Kindness: Quotations, Reflections, and Photos

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” —Eric Hoffer

Six Common Misconceptions about the Chronically Ill

My hope is that it won’t be long until these common misconceptions become uncommon ones as people become educated about what life is like for those who suffer from chronic illness.

Autumn's Fullness and Beauty: Quotations and Photographs

Autumn is the season of contradictions. It’s often associated with the melancholiness of endings; yet it’s the season of harvest and thanksgiving.

4 Things I Won't Forget Should I Regain My Health

I’ve been chronically ill since I contracted a viral infection in 2001. Were I to recover, I’d take these four hard-earned lessons with me into the land of the healthy.

Halloween Riddles and Ridiculous-Looking Pumpkins!

Q. What did the skeleton say to the bartender? A. I'll have two beers and a mop.

The Better Way to Face Setbacks and Sorrows

When Rosanne Cash's musical career was put on hold due brain surgery, she was asked if she thought, “Why me?” She replied “No,” that she found herself saying instead, “Why NOT me?”

You Don’t Have to Believe Your Thoughts

I was an expert at making myself miserable by taking a neutral thought, turning it into a stressful one, and then spinning that stressful thought into an even more stressful story.
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A “Before” and “After” Snapshot of Chronic Pain and Illness

Here is a "before" and "after" snapshot of life with chronic pain and illness, some of it lighthearted, some of it not.

The Forgotten Victims of September 11, 2001

On this anniversary of that horrific Tuesday in September, I’ve been reflecting on the bride and groom’s experience...

About My New Book "How to Wake Up"

I don’t see “awakening” as a one-time deal. I understand it to be a potential that arises over and over, every moment that we’re willing to engage our life as it is.

Romanticizing the Past Makes Us Feel Bad about the Present

When I find myself putting "old" life on a pedestal, I realize this is a distorted view of the past that serves only to make me feel bad about the present.

As Summer Simmers, Refresh Yourself With These Reflections

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." —James Dent
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A Not-To-Do List for the Chronically Ill

I recently I realized I could benefit from a not-to-do list that would remind me of limitations I often ignore either because I’m in denial or because I want to please others.

Chronic Resilience: An Interview with Danea Horn

People need concrete tools for learning how to live with grace and purpose despite their health challenges. Danea Horn's book, "Chronic Resilience" offers those tools.

Who Didn’t Say That? Ten Surprising Misattributed Quotations

“Quotation: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” —Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Don’t Be Intimidated in the Doctor’s Office: Six Strategies

Here are six strategies to help ensure you make the most of your time with the doctor.
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Four Common Misconceptions About the Bill of Rights

People often complain that the Fourth Amendment serves only to help criminals. But this is incorrect.

In the Kingdom of the Sick: An Interview With Laurie Edwards

Laurie has written a social history of chronic illness in America, titled In the Kingdom of the Sick. This was a major undertaking and Laurie has succeeded most admirably. In a starred review, Booklist calls it, “an indispensable book for anyone with or concerned about chronic disease, and everyone interested in the health professions.”

Is Free Will an Illusion? A Guest Post by Joan Tollifson

This is a guest post by Joan Tollifson. See my introductory paragraph to learn who Joan is and why I asked her if I could share this piece.