Learn from my mistakes: Questions to ask before accepting a job teaching English abroad

I am just finishing a job teaching English in China. Unfortunately, it turns out that I was hired by a nightmare employer. I won't go into all the details, but by reading my suggestions you can guess what kind of problems I ran into. I would like to make some suggestions so that you don't make the same mistakes if you decide you would like to teach English in another country.

How community theater changed my life

One day in fall 2010, my roommate Grace turned to me and asked if I wanted to audition with her for an all-female Shakespeare troupe she had found advertised on Craigslist. I immediately said yes. I had no idea then that that one "yes" would end up changing my life…

What to pack for a loved one's hospital stay

In the past few years, my partner has had to stay in the hospital twice, and both times, I stayed with them. They have one more surgery coming up which will, hopefully, be the last one. There's plenty of advice on how to pack for them, but this time, I'm determined to get it right and pack sensibly for my own stay. Here's how I'm doing it…

A tale of unconditional love this Father's Day

Father's Day is this weekend and that can always be a complicated time for a lot of us.

But here's a tale of divergent personalities coming back together to celebrate a birthday (and father's day!) with love and compassion.

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Why electroconvulsive therapy was the closest thing to a magic bullet I’ve found for my depression

When I requested electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) from my psychiatrist, she was shocked that I was actually requesting it. Nearly every medical professional I spoke to on my ECT journey made a concerted effort to sing its praises and try to convince me to stick with it. I didn't need convincing, and I am incredibly glad that I stuck with it. ECT has helped me in ways that no other treatment has, lifting me out of a 15+ year fog of depression and making me much more capable of functioning like a "normal" adult.

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An extremely relatable bathroom adventure with shapewear

On this particular evening I was in full Spanx. I did look great in the dress, but I had not thought about how bathroom breaks would work. I took a bathroom break during the award ceremony and it was exhausting.

I'm totally going to overshare here…