Mental/Emotional Health

The New Normal

  Senior year was supposed to be the last hoorah of my college experience. I was at the end of an extremely exciting chapter of my life with graduation soon arriving, a celebratory trip to Florida with friends, and a…

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 10, 2020

7:12 AM The dirt is soaked from the storm last night, but I push through. My dog is out with me while I garden today—usually she prefers to sleep in until about 8, so it’s an unusual occurrence. I stop…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 9, 2020

How to sew a face mask WHAT YOU NEED: A fabric square, preferably tea towel or t-shirt, around 20x20 Patience Sewing needle and thread (OR) sewing machine Pins Deep breathing exercises Fabric ties, 18” in length and ¼ to ½…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

7:01 AM I like gardening in the mornings. It’s productive. Not the way I hoped I’d be productive during this (finishing a novel, industriously cleaning, checking off all these little life boxes), but productive in the sense that I’m working…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  There’s a lot in my day-to-day that I'm cutting out for these diaries. I edit out my excruciatingly long skincare routine. I cut the daily useless minutiae of my day, the sad avocado toast for breakfast and tuna from…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 6, 2020

7:05 AM I’ve been trying to put together interesting ways to describe my days but it turns out that without going somewhere—or even the potential of going somewhere—I don’t do much. I was writing out a general schedule of my…

Soul Sanitizer

NEW ORLEANS - The Rev. John Restrepo, a priest stationed at St. Dominic Church in Lakeview for the last four years, had plans to go visit his family in Atlanta a few weeks ago … but they had other ideas.…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 2, 2020

  Until last week, we had a seemingly endless, ridiculous and seriously chaotic group text going with 18 of our friends. It began as a 12-person text after the social distancing order and then, once we hit the subsequent shelter…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

My husband Mark and I traveled to Italy the year we got married. On that whirlwind, eight-day trip, we immersed ourselves in the culture and brought back more than one custom to incorporate into our day-to-day lives. I learned to…

Self-Care in the Time of a Pandemic: One Editor’s Story

  So, it’s week 3 of my self isolation/social (aka physical) distancing/cooped up with my also working husband and our 2.5-year-old and, well, I’ve got some beauty issues. Back in September I got bangs for the second time in my…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  For the past 15 years or so, I’ve worked to explore and create routines and rituals. Yesterday’s diary entry outlined a few of my routines — morning meditation, afternoon tea and an evening walk — but I didn’t go into…

Corona Diaries: Monday, March 30, 2020

  As of about 20 days ago — despite having been a magazine editor for the past seven years — it seems as though I’ve been dropped back to my newspaper reporter days. Daily story deadlines, keeping up with breaking…

Twists and Turns

  We are closing out weel one of intense social distancing and, those who can, moving to working at home. Parents are having to deal with online classes and homeschooling, whole companies are trying to figure out the best ways…

I Didn't Think I Was Stressed

  I’m working from home; I have my dog at my feet, another pot of coffee brewing and relative security. I’m in comfortable clothes and my bed’s made and because I don’t have to commute, I have time to get…

10 Ways to Alleviate Stress

An international pandemic isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time—it’s left us stuck in close quarters with loved ones and roommates, working from home, and feeling a lot of anxiety and stress. Here are ten things you can do today…