Half of Life is Showing Up: Flakiness and Relationships in Los Angeles

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As a parent, I recognize that these conversations are on my radar – but more and more I hear people pulling at their hair and saying “kids these days are so entitled”, “what happened to manners?”, “kids can’t pay attention to anything” etc. etc. We reap what we sow. I live in Los Angeles, California. […]

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The Syndemic of the Hot Mess – Reality Television as Disease

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She’s a hot mess. It’s an easy “catch-all” term for the substance using, extension wearing, stalker friends among us. Hot messes never have just ONE thing wrong with them – it’s lots of things. These people need a mega-intervention – stylist, hairdresser, psychologist, trainer, nutritionist, physician, and lawyer. And we scientists actually kind of have […]

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Stress Fractures: Mental Health in our Daily World

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I got pulled over by the cops for a driving violation a few days ago. It was 430 PM and the light where I can typically make a right on red onto a freeway onramp has different rules between 4 PM and 7 PM – no right on red. I am so stressed these days […]

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Baby Shower Gifts – What a Parent Really Needs

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My sister is having a baby – a boy, due in November. It is my first foray into being an aunt. I am so excited about her pregnancy, about being an “Auntie”, about being with a baby again. I have two phenomenal daughters, never intend to have more. I love babies. I actually don’t like […]

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