Mid-year check-in

I launched this blog around the beginning of 2022, and while I am pleased with some of the content I’ve published, it is not really the blog that I want it to be. Why? I’m writing it as if I’m an expert trying to “monetize” or create professional clout in an area that I’m frankly…

Harm reduction on vacation

As I’ve changed my relationship with alcohol over the past several years, one of my challenges has been how to go on vacation without over-drinking. Ever since I started traveling internationally about 20 years ago, vacation has been a time to drink as much as I want…which is usually too much. How much is too…

10 reasons to take a break from alcohol

I used to drink alcohol enthusiastically and pretty much daily. Now, I drink only on rare occasions. It took me a lot of years and a lot of long breaks to get to almost-not-a-drinker. Given what I’ve learned about alcohol and how it impacts me, I can conclude that not drinking at all is the…

Why I quit Keto and went Pegan(ish)

When trying to decide how to eat, there are competing messages about what a healthy diet is. The division today seems to come down to plant-based versus meat-centric. My own journey has led me to ask: Why not both? Dietary choices are not religious convictions. It’s always a bit perplexing to me when a vegan…

How to do a full mind-body reset

Every January since 2018 (which feels like about 47 years ago), I have given something up. It started with Dry January. I knew I needed to dial back my drinking, and January seemed like a good time to try a bit of teetotaling. That first year, not drinking meant allowing myself all other kinds of…

Why I’m Grateful I Had Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is never good news, and when I got my diagnosis in April of 2020, the timing was especially awkward. I had had my first ever mammogram right when the city was shutting down for the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. If I hadn’t already had it scheduled, there’s a good chance I…