I have a doctorate, but I rarely use the title “Dr.” I’ve had bosses who told me to ‘own that title’ and bosses who said my education level doesn’t matter. I’ve been told to add my title to presentations and told to remove it, mostly when others may be “Dr” as well, and there’s a … Continue reading “Owning My Title”
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers A five-star book review – Includes spoilers I ordered Honey Girl as one of my Book of the Month picks a few months ago, and oh how I wish I’d read it sooner. This debut novel by Morgan Rogers was such a surprise for me. I thought it would be … Continue reading “The Surprises of Honey Girl”
May is Mental Health Awareness Month (Week in the UK). My company’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee tried to promote it and mental health support, but I only saw a few posts about it on our Workplace channel. I helped my department launch a campaign for mental health awareness, but I am sad that few … Continue reading “Mental Health Awareness Month”
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson A Five-Star Book Review I went in blind when I started reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, having only seen rave reviews of this debut novel on Bookstagram. I can say now that those reviews were totally on point. This book is beautiful! I describe Ms. Wilkerson’s writing as magic, … Continue reading “Enjoying Black Cake”
Under One Roof By Ali Hazelwood A forced-proximity love story? Why, of course! Under One Roof is one of Ali Hazelwood’s STEMinista novellas, and it does not disappoint. I really enjoyed The Love Hypothesis last year, so I looked forward to picking up this short book. Mara arrives in Washington DC to start her job … Continue reading “Love Under One Roof”
I am not sure how many psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and mental health experts I have seen over the years. I’ve lost count of those visits and of the medications I’ve tried. Since we have moved several times in the past six years, I’ve had to seek new help and new prescriptions every time, and that process … Continue reading “Anxiety, a Psychiatrist, and a Lost Weekend”
It is well-established that experiences in childhood can impact your life as an adult. While literature on the subject continues to grow, a recent study encapsulates this phenomenon for me: Childhood experiences affect family health in adulthood in the expected direction. Even in the presence of early adversity, positive experiences in childhood can provide a … Continue reading “Childhood Experiences and the Influence on My Body”
Some people may define their guilty pleasure reading habits by choosing campy science fiction, mystical creature-human love stories, or smutty dime romances. Kudos to them. I say read what you want to read, because I have a guilty pleasure, too. My guilty pleasure books take place in an idyllic small California town, where the Pacific … Continue reading “Revisiting Sweet Valley High as an Adult in 2022”
Let me tell you a story about one of my most embarrassing moments, one that has been with me since I was in elementary school. One night, I think Mom and Dad wanted to go out on the town, so they left me and a friend at the YMCA for a movie night. We sat … Continue reading “The Popcorn Incident”
I’m at a loss with my body. I want this new installment here will be a way for me to chronicle these challenges and to find some kind of accountability to make changes. This is the first time I’ve publicly documented the scale’s reports, the embarrassment and self-hatred of feeling out of control. This is … Continue reading “My Bookish Body”
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