November and Caregiving

by Denise D. National Family Caregiver Month Happy National Family Caregiver Month! November is the time to recognize those who do the essential, but generally hidden and unpaid, work of caregiving for a family member or friend. Chances are, you know a caregiver. As Rosalynn Carter famously noted, ““There are only four kinds of people […]

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Disease and Medicine in History

by Jennifer K. I love a good disease book. What (you may ask) makes a good disease book? First of all, I want to learn what the disease does to the human body. In clearly understandable layman’s terms, tell me about the disgusting symptoms, the horrifying rate of transmission, the tragic death toll. Anecdotes full […]

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Taking Care of a Person with Dementia

by Denise D. The Loneliest Job? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, it’s easy to feel alone. For one thing, the person you are caring for is changing. A relationship that has been a mainstay of your life is no longer the same. Your loved one […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Nonfiction For People who Think They Hate Nonfiction

​By Kaley C. I always thought I hated nonfiction. I’d try to read it on my lunch breaks or after work, but found myself unable to focus and suddenly in need of a nap or snack. I kept choosing books I felt would be interesting subjects, but still couldn’t sit down and read anything like when I read fiction. Eventually, during a […]

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Mindfulness

By Stacey Sometimes life comes at you, making your brain bounce around like a ping pong ball. How do you calm yourself? I like to take my dog for a walk and practice mindfulness, a technique in which one focuses their full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the moment. […]

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Books Gone Viral

The plague. Just hearing this word chills me to the bone (and the thought of being in the midst of one terrifies me). And yet, ever since I first learned about the bubonic plague in middle school, I have been fascinated by plagues as well – both how the diseases work and how humanity has […]

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