On Disorder, Grief, and the Dead Moms Club

When your Mom dies, it can really mess you up. I don't need to read one more study claiming to prove that losing your parent unexpectedly while you're young can give you persistent complicated bereavement disorder (which is so poorly understood that it has been placed in the DSM-5 chapter "Conditions for Further Study") if… Continue reading On Disorder, Grief, and the Dead Moms Club

On the Magical Everlasting Material in Our Air, Water, and Blood

It must be the plastic making me sick. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic disease that causes painful, bleeding ulcers in my colon, and I had tried every medication, supplement, diet and stress-reducing exercise offered to me by various doctors, naturopaths, dietitians, and Google, to improve my symptoms. Instead of relief, I… Continue reading On the Magical Everlasting Material in Our Air, Water, and Blood

On the Job of Powder Day Dreams

As a ski patroller, I'm not paid much money. Let's be honest - a more accurate title of this post would be, "How to Justify Getting Paid Fifty Cents Over Minimum Wage To Rescue People While Skiing On Ice, Rocks, And Snow," but in the world of ski bums everywhere, I have the job that powder… Continue reading On the Job of Powder Day Dreams