Jul 01

Female Solo Travel in the Digital Age: Just Flipping Go

While the Internet can be given credit for revolutionizing oh-so-many things, one of the biggies is travel. How the heck did we do it, back in the old days? When we relied on outdated, five-pound printed guide books? And made international calls from telephone booth pay phones? (Or, maybe like me, you just “disappeared” for …

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Jun 16

Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis and Effective Treatment

The comorbid existence of a mental illness and a substance abuse problem is called “dual diagnosis.” Until recently, I hadn’t read or heard too much about it, beyond its basic definition, but was interested to learn that the condition brings about its own set of treatment considerations. Today, Matthew Peters is here to share his personal experience …

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Jun 02

Memoir That Isn’t Memnoir: Tragedy and Levity

Many a memoir covers topics and events of tragedy and trauma; they are about real life, after all, and almost anybody who has ever engaged in a relationship with another two-legged creature is going to have some T&T filed away on their hard drive. (Hopefully they don’t need anything bigger than 500 gigabytes.) Some of …

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May 19

Travel: TSA Precheck in a Nutshell

Whenever I’m in an airport or about to cross a border, my collectivist cultural outlook goes out the car, plane or train window. Elite status? Yes, please. Fast-pass lane? I’m there. Step on some children’s hands in the process of queue jumping? If I must. (Oh, come on, they’re children, they heal quickly.) There are …

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May 05

George Clooney Got Engaged, and We Acted Like Assholes

George Clooney keeps his personal life so private, and held on to his bachelor status for so long, that we, the media-watching world at large, pretty much figured hell would freeze over before he got married again. Plus, that’s what the media told us. Last week’s announcement of Clooney’s engagement caught us off guard, then, …

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Apr 28

Mental Health Treatment and Mass Shootings

After each mass shooting in the United States, there are calls for increased gun control, better access to mental health services, or both. Fuelled by emotion, we seek solutions; I have been right in there, too, simultaneously grieving those lost and asking for system changes to prevent reoccurrences. A bit ago, I came across an …

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Apr 22

Travel: Happy Earth Day to You

I always forget how amazing it feels to connect to the beauty and wonder of our planet until I get outside for a bit, away from the stores and the cars and the people, and then I notice a bug or a leaf or a flower petal, and time comes to a sudden and crashing …

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Apr 14

Pathology of a Daydream: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Look out, the sanctity of daydreaming may be on the path to obliteration. There’s a new psychiatric disorder in our midst, folks, and I almost laughed it off until I remembered this country’s propensity to allow pharmaceutical lobbying to turn blatantly ludicrous things into a part of our everyday lives. That, I fear, could be …

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Apr 07

Secrets Revealed: My Interview for Lorna Suzuki

As per The Beach Boys, “I’m gettin’ bugged driving up and down this same old strip, I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip.” This week, that place is Lorna Suzuki’s blog. Lorna interviewed me for her “featured author” segment, and I’m super chuffed, especially since it was just two Fridays ago …

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Mar 31

Travel: Sandboarding in Namibia

If you’re standing on a sand dune in Swakopmund, Namibia and you’re in a George Mallory state of mind, what do you do? Yes! You put on a helmet, wax up a quarter-inch-thick piece of particle board, lay on it, and rocket down the slope at 80 kilometers per hour! You think I’m kidding? I’m …

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