Nov 17 2011
How to Fly on the Sly, Part 1: Conversations
Social Strategies for Restroom Emergencies As IBD patients, we know all too well how awkward it can feel when we urgently need to use the restroom in the midst of conversation. How do we slip away quickly without making a scene? Individu...
Oct 25 2011
Tonight I sit in a coffee shop across the street from a neighborhood movie theater. It seems to belong to a nostalgic bit of yesteryear, when people lived near where they shopped. It’s the kind of theater with only one screen. The sort that peo...
Sep 19 2011
Dear Restroom Designer/Installer/Manager: I’ve said it before, but apparently I have to say it again… If there are shreds of toilet paper all over the floor in the toilet stalls, it means your dispensers suck, or the paper is to...
Sep 15 2011
Underwear: A Brief History
Having patented a wide variety of fabrics, sewing machines and other equipment, George D. Munsing was an accomplished turn-of-the-century inventor and businessman. But perhaps his best-known contribution to the industrial revolution was his pio...
Aug 25 2011
Visiting Alaska is as much a conundrum as an adventure. People here live amongst an odd mix of pioneer originality and mainland modernity. Age-old traditions of seafaring and the rugged outdoors, of hand-hewn lumber and hand-tied fish nets, sta...
Aug 15 2011
Summer is the time of festivals. Since moving to a larger city, there’s so much to do that I have had to learn to say no, a lot. But my recreation calendar is still ridiculously busy. In fact, I think I’ve been to more festivals this summer tha...
Jul 11 2011
Keep on Movin’
Trying to think of ways to stay active despite symptoms that reduce your sense of mobility? There have been times when I’ve felt so lousy that leaving the house seemed nearly impossible. The kinds of exercise I typically enjoy are outdoor activ...
Jul 07 2011
Crap Apps Part II: TP Games!
While perusing toilet-locator smartphone apps in a previous column, I stumbled across a couple of toilet-oriented games for these new wonder-devices. Silly as they may be, it’s at least a little bit of fun to see what whacky things people have ...
Jun 30 2011
Crap-Apps Part I: Smartphone Toilet Finders
As I move across country, I’ve been experimenting with smartphone toilet-locator apps. While I’m pretty good at finding restrooms on my own, I thought I’d have a look at what assistance is available. There are a handful of them, but only a few ...
Jun 06 2011
Doing a Job on Me: Job Search on IBD
I’ve interviewed for a couple of jobs in the last few months. It’s a stressful process—for all the normal reasons of course, but there are certainly some extra considerations for people who live with a chronic illness… so many questions and con...