wendy {dot} blog

A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Emotional Health

The mind…it exerts a powerful Jedi-like force on your whole self. And just like the Force, it can be with you – or not. Emotional health is all about keeping those wheels turning and cogs meshing right upstairs with the ultimate goal of living a satisfied and content (dare I say happy?) life.

Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health

[note – reference previous re-blogged post on benefits of writing] Benefits of Reading Reading has been linked to an amazing array of benefits, including these: Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But there could […]

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Love

I don’t normally write about certain personal details about my family or marriage, but this blew me away so totally that I feel compelled to shout out what a lucky woman I am to have such a fantastic man to share my life with. I am well and truly blessed.

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Sabbatical

Folks, I work for a pretty great company. Every 5 years, all employees get a 2-3 month paid sabbatical, which is almost unheard of outside of academia, at least in the US. The idea is to give employees a chance to disconnect, take a break from routine, and recharge. Time has flown and I’m eligible for mine this year. Hard to believe. Anyway, it was a little surreal to me […]

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Facebook use: less is more (for me)

Facebook has a long track record and sordid history of abusing their users’ trust and privacy, including the most recent and egregious cases currently making headlines with Cambridge Analytica as well as election meddling in the US and Britain. As if that wasn’t enough, it then came to light that they have also been tracking and storing users’ phone call and text message data, including “who contacted whom, what time, […]

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What do exercise, veggies, and writing have in common?

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Part of the mission that drives The Daily Post is to provide encouragement and inspiration to people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators. We often provide tips on how to write or prompts on what to write, but today, let’s talk about why to write. Science stands firmly in support of what many of us intuitively know: writing is good for you. Studies…

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When Lightning Strikes

A couple of weeks ago, the phone rang at 7am. Now you know just as well as I do that almost nothing good comes from unexpected phone calls before 9am and after 10pm and this was no exception. It was my husband, calling me from work. He asked me to turn the news on and wait for a story about the woman in our area who was killed by a […]

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Is News Bad for Your Health?

face in the news

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I turn on the TV (OK, the computer) and check the news, it often makes the world look just a little bit bleaker. I think that with the 24/7 news cycle, we’re all bombarded with so much news, news, news (most of which is bad, bad, bad) that it skews our outlook on things. I knew I wasn’t alone when I came across […]

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