I am Seattle based and have written professionally about parenting, cooking, penguins, and more. I am a photographer, too.
Starting this May, as you near the western edge of the Woodland Park Zoo, you may wonder how it is that you’ve been suddenly and swiftly transported to the arid, rocky coast of Punta San Juan, Peru.
So charming is the illusion, and so meticulously designed is the park’s naturalistic new Humboldt penguin habitat, that you’ll want to spend significantly more time with the black-and-white birds than you did in the past.
The Humboldts’ new Seattle home — a huge improvement over the smaller, old-s...
On a Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after the double wallop of my son’s 17th and daughter’s 15th birthdays, I wake with a headache and chills. Normally, starting my day sickish would be moderately disappointing. But it is mid-March 2020 and I live in Seattle, the current epi-center of Covid-19 in the United States. I think, Oh God, and mentally run through the previous week’s outings which involved only a handful of necessary supply grabs.
Despite the few expeditions into the wilds of s...
When you go on a first date, you might ask your dinner/coffee/hiking companion some variation of the usual and mundane inquiries: Where do you work? What do you like to do? Where are you from? Etcetera. Those questions are important, of course. It's good to know what external forces have shaped your date's life.
Finding out what really matters
But if you want to understand what really matters to the person you're choosing to spend time with, consider the 2015 infamous New York Times' story, "...
You arrive at your college campus of choice, summer’s heat giving way to cooler nights. The school marching band practices nearby, snares and brass echoing between dorms. Then Friday night comes (or, let’s be honest, it could be any night of the week), and your friends decide to head to a party with kegs and a makeshift cocktail bar. Everyone proceeds to drink excessively. You want to partake in the fun, but how can you imbibe without good times turning to regret? Or worse.
The National Insti...
Research has shown that many high school seniors who hadn’t considered attending a community college before COVID-19 emerged worldwide, will now add two-year schools to their roster of options.
Come September, more students than ever will pivot toward attending local community colleges instead of traditional, often far from home, four-year universities.
The issue of community college credits not being transferrable was a common fear in past years, however, that scenario is becoming less and l...
The plastic chicken tray from Whole Foods infuriates Otto. In Germany, he says, there is none of this excessive-packaging bullshit.
I apologize on behalf of America, I say and throw the tray in the trash. He glares at me. The city won’t recycle it, I explain. It says so on the website.
Later I find the tray on the windowsill filled with damp soil. When I poke the dirt, a tiny seed rolls into view.
Other bits of garbage show up around the house. A torn pair of underwear becomes a dishcloth. Th...
Your presentation is due tomorrow. The dog is throwing up and needs to visit the vet. You’re arguing with your brother over whose turn it is to help your aging parents with a home project. Your heart pounds, your breathing accelerates, and your stomach twists into hard knots. We’re all overly familiar with acute stress and its symptoms. They are a primitive fight or flight response meant to boost enough energy for you to spin-kick a threat or run far away.
The Negative Effects of Stress
It is the night before a final exam and college kids all over campus are asking the eternal question: should I buy a bunch of energy drinks, snap on the headphones and pull an all-nighter, or am I better off going to bed at a reasonable hour but losing study time?
You dream of feeling calm and capable, ready to take on your days no matter what unexpected chaos comes your way. Instead of handling hardships with aplomb, though, you’re more likely to freak out.
How do you attain a level of zen that allows you to take each thing as it comes with grace? One proven method for helping quiet your mind and bolster your mood is repeating meaningful mantras called self affirmations.
We all go through hard times. Sometimes it’s as clear-cut as a broken bone or being overlooked for a part in the school play. Other times, our 99 problems may include something deeper and more mysterious to us, like a mental health issue we’re having trouble understanding and dealing with on our own. But as a teen, how do you approach adults to get your point across without freaking them out?
First of all, realize that lots of people struggle with mental health. You may be surprised by how ma...
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