Do you really believe there’s a way to win?

By now, you’ve heard both sides of the Squid Game paradox. It’s drawn more people to Netflix’s streaming subscription service than any other series to date even though it’s been criticized for its stilted dialogue and histrionic overacting. On one hand, you’ve got to see it. …

Listen up, seniors! Hear’s* what’s happening.

The FDA just announced it will begin allowing for the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids as early as next fall. …

People have good reasons for leaving their dead-end jobs

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone? — Joni Mitchell

Nothing says “back to normal” like meeting up with your friends for dinner and drinks at your favorite crowded, poorly-ventilated restaurant or watering hole. …

The FIRE movement has a lot to teach us about life

I was initially drawn to the FIRE movement because I needed frugality mentors. I wanted to learn to live on less for a specific reason for one year, not as a general lifestyle that I’d practice forever.

But I’ve learned so much more from my mentors than how to live…

Maybe hard work will help you get there; then again, maybe not

I remember sitting in front of an employment agency recruiter in my 20s, trying to get help with finding a job. She asked me what I could do, and I said “Anything.” I learned quickly, I told her, and I worked hard. …

While I don't believe "too much" is a problem for everyone, your acupuncturist friend is on to something. Excess consumption harms our environment, which is my primary problem with it.

And of course, the less we need, the less we need to earn. The less we need to earn, the more time we have to spend as we like. I personally enjoy being productive and don't see it as the antithesis to a high quality of life. I can't imagine the Chinese practice of lying flat would be very fulfilling for me but to each their own.

I could get behind buying less though, and needing less, in general. I'm trying to think of a way to celebrate Christmas without getting caught up in the shopping frenzy. Any ideas?

Because there’s no place like sane for the holidays

It’s October; is your tree up yet? If not, you’re running behind, because the Christmas shopping panic is right around the corner, and this year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.

There are problems in the supply chain, and container ships filled with wannabe Christmas presents are stacking up in…

When will we become equals under the law and in our culture?

I’m facing a major repair in my kitchen, and one of the more unpleasant aspects of arranging for it is that it comes with reminders of my second-class citizenship as a woman. You see, my husband and I have developed a division of labor that’s not based on traditional gender…

You don’t have to quote everything you’ve ever read

I love reading your stories, really, I do. But in the interest of having an open and honest reader/writer relationship, I’ve got to come clean about something that’s been getting on my nerves. You’ve got this annoying habit of breaking up the flow of your narrative with quotes. Sometimes, you…

But make sure that actions are consistent with characters

Relationships are important to our physical and mental health, but when they’re bad, they can destroy us too. In my thirties, I was in a destructive relationship with a man almost twice my age. He didn’t hit me; he didn’t call me names, but the relationship felt abusive because I…

K M Brown

Retired psychotherapist who loves a good story.

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