Whether you’re perfectly healthy or struggle with Parkinson’s disease
My experience with the game of golf is incredibly limited. I’ve done it twice. But what I’d like to expound on today is what a short article in the New York Times about Michael J. Fox’s golf hobby taught me about life.
Michael J. Fox is known for his iconic ’80s roles in Family Ties and Back to the Future, and for his decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s is a disorder that’s mostly characterized by severe body tremors. It can happen to anyone at any age; the cause is unknown…
“I’m so angry. And I have no idea where to put it.”
This was Della Street, the firebrand character on HBO’s new Perry Mason series, lamenting the state of her world just a few days into her team’s defense on a murder trial with all the odds stacked against them.
But, she may as well have been speaking for me — and for all of us.
Trigger warning, here’s a list of things we all know and are sick to death of hearing about: There’s a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic happening, the economy and livelihoods of millions of are suffering more…
And it’s looking less and less likely by the day
When the country largely shut down in March and April of this year to try and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, many people were let go from their jobs. In response, Congress put the CARES Act to work: it passed legislation to provide economic relief to the millions of American workers who longer had any source of income.
And then everyone started referring to is as “economic stimulus.” As if the economy were just a little sleepy and needed some caffeine. A little jolt to get it going…
Trump threats, demands, and tantrums will lead to sickness and death
A few weeks back, the culture at large seeming to realize that the coronavirus isn’t going to “just disappear,” there started to be some nuanced, thoughtful conversation around the subject of how to get kids back to school safely.
Then Trump got involved.
It was almost as if the bully-in-chief heard some rumor that middle class voters were afraid of what to do with their kids in the fall, and so he took up the cause in his typical way: by threatening, haranguing, and demanding that those responsible for…
We must commit to the physical act of voting if we want to oust the racist, fascist dictator who currently occupies the Oval Office
Donald Trump has dedicated 2020 to proving himself the worst American president ever elected.
The highest office in the land is currently held by a white supremacist.
That Trump is “casually racist” can be seen pretty much daily. And for those of us who might have parents or grandparents his age, and might from time to time (probably not every day, even then) hear insensitive remnants of racism from times largely bygone, we might be tempted to simply shake our heads in shame and chalk it up to his generation’s lack of evolution on social matters.
But this is absolutely not the case. Donald Trump is a white supremacist.
I’d like to take a…
Learning what takes up a lot of your time — and what doesn’t
Do you know where your time goes in a day, a week, a year? If you start any sort of (effective) weight loss program, one of the first steps is to record what you eat for several days, sometimes even weeks. It’s a part of getting to know where your calories come from, and how can get enough nutrients but fewer empty calories. And it’s pretty essential.
Likewise, if you put yourself on a budget, advisors will tell you to pay attention to and record — actually…
Or others’ racism. Or homophobia. Or ableism, or southpawism…
In the wake of the 2020 Democratic primaries, one of the many anxieties I’m left with is how we put our assumptions about other peoples’ -isms front and center in our decision-making process.
Much has been written about how the recent Democratic presidential primary began as the most diverse in history. In the beginning, there were candidates of African American, Latinx, even Pacific Islander heritage; there were 6 female candidates — surely a record, an openly gay candidate, and candidates ranging in age from their 30s to their 70s.
Especially if you have kids
I sometimes feel like I’ve regressed to a 1950s housewife.
And I don’t even have kids.
I’m unemployed, and my partner works. He works from home due to the pandemic, but he is still gainfully employed — thank god.
Our home life is very happy. But since we’ve added the work life to that happy home, we, like many, many — as in, over 50% of U.S. households —others have had to make some new arrangements.
There’s one unenclosed office in our 900-square-foot starter home. …
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