Green Happy Place

“I’m always afraid my first swim of every season,” a veteran triathlete told me at my second open water swim practice with a local triathlon club. More than a few good swimmers and determined triathletes told me stories of feeling fear or even having panic attacks in open water. A…

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Distracted Medicating and my Brain

Last night, as is my habit, I picked up my pill minder and carefully scanned the labels before taking my bedtime meds. Monday a.m… that seems right, I remember thinking to myself. Maybe I can blame my distraction on the fact that I was preparing for Monday (by getting my gym clothes…

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Let the Dog Bark Part 2: Operant Conditioning Outcomes

Yes, I did let the dog bark and bark…. and the results? First, a clash of philosophies, then a little behavioral science, and then I’ll reveal the outcome. My boyfriend called my training technique “tough love,” his euphemism for animal cruelty. He couldn’t even bear to stick around the nights I  ignored Pixie’s piteous bark-whining to be let…

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