heat wave and best intentions

Today, I’d hoped to announce?finally?the launch of The Indie Pub podcast. That’s not going to happen. We’re at the beginning of a heat wave here in Portland, and I’m laying low for a bit. I’ve found that my ideal temperature is around 58 degrees F. I start to have trouble when the thermometer sails past […]

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the hidden challenges of chronic illness

According to 2005 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every two adults in the United States suffers from at least one chronic illness. In many cases friends, neighbors, co-workers and even family members have no idea of the diagnosis, and much less the challenges of daily life with […]

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changing habits

Several months ago?probably while I was making a pie?I heard an interview on Fresh Air with New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg about his new book, The Power of Habit. What I remember most about that interview was Duhigg’s story about how he broke his “afternoon cookie habit” by paying attention to both the […]

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ambience

When I want to be productive, I find it’s helpful to not only pare down visual distractions?and prevent getting interrupted by a dog or cat every 3.7 minutes?but to literally set the tone for my work as well. I don’t do well in settings where there’s noise. It doesn’t matter if it’s heavy machinery or […]

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pacing myself

I’ve been working on a blog post for the Oregon News Incubator about making choices to combat media overload — at least, I’ve been thinking about writing such a post. But it seems that everything gets in the way. There’s a reason I’ve not been blogging much in recent months. As many of my readers […]

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a week later

I have to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who posted supporting comments in this space, who emailed me encouragement and commiseration privately, and who sought me out face-to-face to express love and concern. Things have been rough, though there have been some very real bright spots as well. By the time last weekend rolled […]

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