Christmas: You Either Love it or You Hate It
In my experience, Christmas (if you celebrate it) is one of those things that you either love or you hate. Personally, I love it. I’m deeply passionate about all things Christmas: the food, the movies, the decorations (consumerism wins again), and the time spent with friends and family. It’s something that I look forward to […]
Story of an Entire Life
My grandfather (Pa) died three years ago, and his memoirs were recently published for his family and friends to read. He wrote his memoirs before he got sick, and they tell the story of his life from start to finish, bit by bit. He writes about many pranks played on family members when he was young. […]
A Tiny Pick-Me-Up Dose mid-PhD
I have been told many, many times that I am wasting my time getting a PhD because I’ll just end up unemployed and poor. It could very well happen, I guess. Still, after being part of the workforce for over a decade, I believe I have a unique skill set that should allow me to […]
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A (non-fatal) heart attack
Recently, my mother had a heart attack. It was unsettling and a real wake up call for me.
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On women in sport
“My dad obviously played footy and when I was born people felt sorry for him because he didn’t have a son to play footy someday and carry the Phillips’ name. So dad I know you’re watching and mum, I hope I’ve made you proud and we can stick it up [to] those people who said […]
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5 Tips to Deal With Stressed Family
OH BOY. Family is a doozy at Christmas time—I feel like no matter who I ask or how well their family work together, that wonderful combination of holiday stress and a lot of people just makes things hard to manage. Read on for tips to deal with THE INTENSITY.
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Managing a Family Christmas
A family Christmas can be a stress-filled, tense time. You’re packing a room with family members who may have not seen each other since last holiday gathering, who may not get along at the best of times. You add forced cheer and (perhaps) alcohol and the pressure to have a wonderful day. This can combine […]
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What’s the ‘Correct’ Way to Netflix?
I’m a long-time believer that to Netflix is, obviously, to watch every episode of something back-to-back while you wear your pjs and ignore your responsibilities. Some people might argue that Netflix and Chill requires a second person to be present, but I believe that the classic Netflix experience requires solitude. (This may just be because […]
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