The art of walking

The San Diego Pain Summit is still swirling around in my head, an unreal amount of thoughts and ideas associated with all I learned, was exposed to, and talked about there, that it’s hard to even know where to start. I have roughly 4 draft posts in the wings right now because there’s too many directions I want to go


Focusing on the whole of us, not just our pain: initial thoughts from the San Diego Pain Summit

This past weekend I attended the first annual San Diego Pain Summit and I can’t even begin to put into a cohesive string of words all that I am thinking, nor can I come close to formulating into a single blog post all that I learned during the course of three days of thought-provoking presentations from a stellar line-up of speakers. On top

I want to tell you a story

The last month in Colorado has been incredible, and incredibly healing for me. The mountains, the crisp air, the river, the trees, and the sky – oh the sky! – a sky that surrounds you and dwarfs you and makes you think differently about the world – the universe – and our place within it. It’s grand. It’s awesome. It’s inspiring.

Boredom and wonder, we could use more of both

Remember how awe-some childhood was? How the simplest things could capture your attention, ignite your imagination, and fill you with a sense of awe and wonder? How you could entertain yourself for hours with nothing more than a couple props (usually crafted by your own hands) and your own creativity? Something lost We lose that sense of wonder somewhere along


It’s ok to talk about chronic pain

After my flare at the end of last year (which I talk about a bit here), and the months of getting through it, I started reading a book on pain called Pain: The Science of Suffering, by Patrick Wall, the guy who literally co-wrote the textbook on pain. I took my time, just recently finishing it, and figured I’d share some of

On reading (dangerously) and writing

I have been an aspiring writer for as long as I can remember. Which means that I think about writing all the time but rarely write outside of schoolwork. And when I do write, I’m mortified when anybody actually reads it. (Funny story. I began writing a novel a few years back,  I was so worried that someone would actually read this novel in


Resolutions: Failures and Successes

Did you make a new year resolution this year? I didn’t. I’ve never been big on making resolutions. I’ve had the same resolution for as long as I can remember: eat slower. And it’s been the same resolution for as long as I can remember because I still eat too damn fast. Like every meal will not only be my last,

Sleep: A quick post

Are you getting enough sleep? Do you feel rested in the morning? Energetic? Ready to tackle the day? This time of year things can get busy and good sleep can be one of the first things to suffer in the name of getting shit done or thinking about all the shit that needs to get done or attending holiday parties


Successes and setbacks: Finding balance and direction

These past two months have been a bit of a whirlwind for me, with some pretty awesome successes but also some pretty spirit-crushing setbacks. It can sometimes be hard for me to figure out where the balance is between successes and setbacks and what direction is the best way forward when I feel like I’m taking two steps back for

The power of language in body image

I’ve been talking about language a lot lately, mostly in regards to pain and wellness and such, but it’s important in all aspects of our lives. One such area that I’ve been thinking about and talking about a lot lately is body image. So I figured what the hell, why not write about it, too. ;) Body image is another