Pink dogwood in Portland, OR. April 2020.

I’m just happy to be here

Upon reaching the cashier in the check-out lane . . . Cashier: Hi! How are you today? Response: I’m just happy to be here. This has been M’s default reply for more than a decade now. He’s always been jovial when he said it, and it rarely fails to elicit a laugh. It’s a solid […]

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Football teddy bear in a Green Bear Packers hoodie, sitting in the sunshine with rocks and flowers.

sports in the age of covid-19, a completely unrealistic approach

It’s going to be a while before we see the return of organized sports. The NBA canceled the remainder of its season after professional basketball players started testing positive for the coronavirus. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. For the moment. it remains possible that Major League Baseball might still happen, though […]

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A tomato kitchen timer.

timed sessions, when time has no meaning

I’ve been wanting to re-start this blog with more regular posts on helpful and constructive topics, but life was always intervening. That seems like an entire lifetime ago. One of the topics I wanted to cover was the benefit of using a timer to help get started on projects, to focus on ongoing work, and […]

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anatomy of a panic attack

I ended the last year by having more anxiety and more panic attacks than usual. I wanted to describe one recent panic attack and how I handled it, because it happened when I was out in public and probably no one was the wiser. This increase in anxiety/panic is probably due to my recent discontinuation […]

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Orange "Courage" silicone message bands. Photo by Jennifer Willis, 2019.

and sometimes, just like that, courage appears

A little over a week ago, I was doing some deep thinking about my work and my life in general. Without going into too much detail, I was considering making some major changes, including walking away from something I love but in which I was finding myself increasingly stymied. I ended up reminding myself that […]

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A path through the woods in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Willis, 2019.

welcome to the club

Earlier this week, I received two queries in a single day about dysautonomia, and I’d gotten a Facebook private message a few days earlier about the headache. I do occasionally get a comment on an old blog post or an email message through my website from someone offering encouragement or looking for answers — and […]

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Flowers and ivy in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Willis, 2019.

(again) I am not dead

Sometimes I go quiet because I’m really busy with fabulous projects and amazing adventures and I lose track of time or simply forget to post to the blog. Sometimes I go quiet on the blog because things have been especially rough and I’ve not had the extra time or energy to write up anything new […]

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