Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 31 2013

[Mental Health Hack] Cooler Heads Prevail

Note 1: I’m baaaaack! (I hear this carries more weight when you don’t have to say it every time you write a post.) Note 2:  An obvious but important disclaimer: I am not a doctor, therapist, or the delightful mishmash of the two, a psychiatrist. I am but a lowly psych-student-sometimes-social-services-intern blogger. Calibrate appropriately, consult …

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Aug 21 2013

Non-Auditory Voices and Other Quirks of the Brain

March, in Chicago. I’m on my way to the Art Institute, and already late. Music in, coat up around my ears–it’s March in Chicago, after all. I rush by a panhandler sitting on cardboard under a doorway. Wait. Stop. Turn. I’d attended a class with a friend and had been trying to teach myself sign …

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Aug 20 2013

Kate Makes Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Leaving Columbus for a quick Chicago jaunt…which means I’m on a bus with wifi and readers at my mercy. Evil laughter and all that. These cookies are incredibly simple and good enough to serve as currency (In fact, they’re how I paid for my last bit of couch surfing.) The vegan variation is less tested …

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Aug 19 2013

Monday Miscellany: Theoretical Godlessness, Social Psychology, & Coffee


Today in Social Psychology is a Many-Variabled Beast: that marshmellow test, where children had to do a ‘delay of gratification’ exercise in waiting to eat a marshmellow in return for having two marshmellows as a reward….is actually way more complicated. There’s this article, and also this one. As it turns out, when you try to …

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Aug 17 2013

The Un-Hiatus and Whelm-y-ness

overwhelmed: (adj) the condition of being more than one standard deviation past whelmed.

Internet! I have been gone for far too long. I’m in my last few days in Ohio and have been caught up in polishing off my internship at the Secular Student Alliance (Yes, working there is even better than you’re imagining.), packing up and moving, and facing the fact that after nine months off and working at …

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Aug 05 2013

Falling in Love With People

I think one of my favorite things about people is how they light up when you find exactly the right thing that they love to talk about. Sometimes it’s people–the friends who accomplished something, the family that’s visiting in a few weeks. The new baby and the recently graduated cousin. Or the people who create–the car …

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Aug 05 2013

Monday Miscellany

My friend Robby said something I like quite a lot: It’s hard damn work to be a brain. Not only are there THINGS to be sad about aplenty, but there are like a bajillion frillion chemicals you got to juggle just to keep things in working order at the best of times, to say nothing of …

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Aug 03 2013


Clearing out my drafts–from sometime in May, updated and edited. TW: ED for brief discussion of bingeing and depriving Better I’m sitting in the dark again. My bed is big and wide and green and it’s become my landing place. There’s a bowl on the desk to my left –the last remains of a meal …

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