a cozier ecology

I've struggled with IBS, the allopathic doctor's catch-all term for "We have no clue what's wrong with your poo'ing system," my entire adult life. But being at home on a sort of grown-up winter break, I started doing some fresh reading, and I stumbled on this whole thing about the human microbiome. It sounds very…

To your health, Julia

What is health, these days? If, like me, you started answering that question by sitting on your butt reading articles online, you find out that health is yoga girls doing handstands surrounded by cacti, the rippling muscles of Paleo-powered weight lifters, and beaming food-gurus holding up clean salmon-tumeric bowls. Health is illustrated on Instagram and…

Currygiving, or, fixing Thanksgiving

Last night I enjoyed a tasty slice (or three) of pizza at a local spot known for its arty, gourmet pizza combinations. I realized I was tense... but why? Oh, right. Thanksgiving is two days away. I'm not even doing the whole Thanksgiving shebang this year, but just the angst of year after year of…

a bit of Shana and Donny.

"I feel like any conversation I have with any man right now is going to end with him mentioning a girlfriend... or just being a weirdo," I said to my brother on the phone yesterday. "Maybe it's a full moon thing, like that one Archie comic, you remember, when he dressed up in a wig…