Monthly Archives: December 2006

carnival of eating disorders #1

welcome to the first carnival of eating disorders!

if you’re not familiar with blog carnivals, you may think this is an odd name – this link here will tell you more about blog carnivals.

this carnival contains articles about bulimia, anorexia, orthorexia, body image and overeating gathered from other blogs.

i’d like to tell you right off that this carnival is Continue reading

real life experience: bipolar and medication

this is a message i received from one of my artist friends a few days ago (who wrote this under the name of “a manic english person”). he wanted to share his experience with being bipolar (under these copyright conditions):

A few months back I was assessed by an eminent psychiatrist who decided that I had no brain problems as such and that I just needed talk therapy. However my counsellor kept hinting to me that there was something “not right” and that I should get a second opinion, but at the time I just couldn’t understand what she meant. Then a few days ago Continue reading

understanding learning

a few years ago, i put together this list of definitions to answer the question:

what is learning?

acquisition of knowledge
· gain some understanding that we have been able to commit to memory
· a seal of approval on particular thoughts and feelings that we want to stay with us in the future
· knowledge acquisition or gathering
· reading what others have written
· learning is mastery of practical questions of life
· classical conditioning
· a relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of experience

process / systems
· learning isn’t simply a memory that Continue reading

brains and hypertext: jumping from gratitude to coco chanel

after publishing my last newsletter, i received this amusing email from my friend rudolf penner.

After following your links over the “There but for the grace of God go I
quote and finding out that the fellow was burnt at the stake, I ended up at
Coco Chanel’s write-up in Wikipedia.

I know, you’re wondering how I got to Coco Chanel from there but for the
grace of god etc. Well, even if you aren’t, here’s how: Continue reading

happy families, unhappy families

i’m here with my husband’s clan of grandparents, aunts, nieces, sisters, in-laws … i’m really one lucky duck. often i think of the difficult family situations that other people are in and i am just so very, very grateful to be part of families that by and large are loving, accepting, and eager to show understanding and goodwill towards each other.

what an incredible gift! the families that i am part of are not dominated by jealousy, estrangement, controlling parents, family violence and family secrets as so many families in this world are.

i hope i don’t sound like i’m gloating or bragging. i’m just – astounded. astounded that i am able to partake in this great luxury. there was a time in my life when i wasn’t so lucky, when there was pretense Continue reading

the zen of football

another guest contribution from my good husband, glenn:

Besides liking babies, and smoking, I also watch the occasional football game.

Okay, maybe more than occasional.

Actually, my Sundays between September and December, from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening (when I get called away to dinner) are dedicated primarily to watching NFL football. And sometimes Monday nights as well, though over the past few years the Monday night games have not always been worth watching.

After last season, I have to admit it; I’m a Seattle Seahawks fan. Even though having a favourite team can interfere with my picks in the company football pool, I’ve been a fan ever since I started following the NFL while a student in Bellingham and the days of Zorn to Largent, and Krieg to Largent.

I do other things while I watch, which is one of the reasons why I like to watch the games by myself. I also appreciate the freedom to make whatever noise and comments I feel like making. My family knows when good or bad plays happen by the sounds escaping from my room.

In many ways football seems to be all about about strength, aggression, testosterone, but there are more subtle aspects Continue reading

journaling for healing: 15 tips

anyone who uses writing for therapeutic purposes should read louise de salvo’s writing as a way of healing. quite a bit of what she writes is based on james w. pennebaker’s research on writing and health (do go to his web site, he has all kinds of neat little tests on it).

one of the main ideas behind de salvo’s and pennebaker’s work is that in order for writing to be therapeutic, it needs to both describe events and the feelings connected with them. de salvo offers a helpful list of do’s and don’ts, which i’ve reproduced here, with only a few changes:


  1. write twenty minutes a day over a period of four days. do this periodically. this way you won’t feel overwhelmed.
  2. write in Continue reading