How to Re-organize Your Bookshelf Using (Il)logical Categories

vintage classic books from author s.m. stevens bookshelf

Moving to a new home, as I recently did, means a fresh start at one’s bookshelf — a chance to wander through the collection, re-visit old friends, and maybe pluck out a few titles that have fallen out of favor and deserve a more loving home. It’s also a time to re-organize your books in … Continue reading How to Re-organize Your Bookshelf Using (Il)logical Categories

The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

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I love the U.S. Women’s national soccer team.  My infatuation is rooted in my youth. I grew up with soccer, in a small Maine town where the school population and budget were too small to support a football team. My three brothers played, and the teams regularly won regional and state titles. And I reveled … Continue reading The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

The Ebook vs. Printed Book Debate

photo of kindle e-reader, bookmark and paperback book

Once Upon a Time Once upon a time, an author named S.M. Stevens decided to weigh in on an age-old debate: Which is better -- a traditional hardcover or paperback book; or an e-book accessed on an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble NOOK, or the newer Kobo? Here is her story. … Continue reading The Ebook vs. Printed Book Debate

Childhood Emotional Pain is the Source of Some Chronic Adult Physical Pain

Connection between emotional and physical pain depicted by woman in chronic pain lying on black floor #metoo

Driving home in the car two days ago, surfing the radio stations per usual, I caught an NPR story about the connection between emotional and physical pain in adults suffering from chronic "medically unexplained pain” like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia. The notion that emotional and physical distress and pain are all connected will … Continue reading Childhood Emotional Pain is the Source of Some Chronic Adult Physical Pain