WHERE’S ZAB?? or, notes on boundaries

Working a lot (at institutions that employ me— that kind of work). Work-life balance is tough, and sometimes I spend more time “at work” than is optimal for me. That’s the way it goes— every day on the planet isn’t the Zabby show. There are seasons— and trade-offs. I’m new-ish in two different jobs, which... Continue Reading →

Diagnosis vs. Understanding

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Diagnosis column in the New York Times Magazine, written by Dr. Lisa Sanders. (Yep, I get the Sunday Times delivered. I also take my rescue dog to the dog park, shop at the famers’ market, drink kombucha, and wear athleisure. Bite me). Dr. Sanders writes about medical puzzles— cases... Continue Reading →

take care of your basic needs.

I know a lot of folks who are feeling stressed right now. World events, personal issues, work (always work). What's going on here? Stress. stress stres/ noun 1. pressure or tension exerted on a material object. "the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar" synonyms: pressure, tension, strain "the stress is uniform across the bar" 2.... Continue Reading →

Healthy Eating Fallacies

There are several kinds of imperfect food choices— three I’ve counted here. Some of ‘em are great (#worthit!) and some of ‘em are unfortunate. #1). There’s the “I don’t care, this shit is delicious!” This one is a-ok with me. . . some food is meant to be enjoyed without a second thought. #2). There’s... Continue Reading →

Forest therapy

Shinrin-yoku. No, you can’t order it at the sushi bar. It’s the Japanese concept of forest bathing, and research is promising— spending time in the forest can lower salivary cortisol, blood pressure, and pulse, and stimulate the immune system. One study found that immune the system boost from a day out in nature persisted at... Continue Reading →

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