I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
Sorting out my mental inbox from the week…
TIME: “Cleveland Clinc’s New Medicine”
The Cleveland Clinic has opened up a branch for Chinese/herbal/alternative medicine, mainly for people who have health problems that standard Western medicine has been unable to help (like me!). How cool is that?! I’m going to be keeping my eye out for more information about this.
Posts I especially liked:
Tales from the Reading Room: “On Not Being Able to Write”
The Thesis Whisperer: “When are you going to win a Nobel Prize?”
Today’s Author: “27+ Tips I Wish I’d Known About Blogging”
Jag Gym Blog: “What a Headache Taught Me About Procrastination”
I’ve begun re-reading The Hobbit because I needed something escapistly fun to read, because I haven’t read it since junior high, and because watching the first two movie installments made me realize how much I’d forgotten of the story. It’s a delight to revisit!
In Twentieth Century USA I’ve been reading about World War I, Prohibition, and the gangsters—very interesting!
I’m doing a tour through library books on inequality, and one I picked up this week has been really absorbing me: Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class by Robert H. Frank. A central concept of the book is “relative evaluation”—we evaluate our possessions (cars, houses, etc.) based on context more than we realize. This is an interesting point to chew on, and I look forward to seeing the author flesh out the rest of the larger point he is building towards.
I reprised and added to my musings on self-care in a post at my blog CFS, My Curse and Blessing: “Learning the Art of Self-Care.”
Just in case anyone is thinking that I’m amazing for reading and writing all this, let me disillusion you, please.
It’s actually been a tired and therefore slightly down week for me, and sometimes (but not always) reading and writing are what keep my mind “up” when I’m generally feeling low.
However, I’ve taken tomorrow (I’m writing this on Thursday) off of work for a day to rest, sleep, relax, and pamper myself, to hopefully prevent a downward spiral. If it sounds like I’m preaching about self-care sometimes, the person I’m preaching to is me! It’s time to take my own medicine, that’s for sure.