Category Archive: Psychology

How Long Are You Willing to Stand in Line? Are You Willing to Walk Away?

Have you ever been walking down the street, only to stumble upon a line out the door and around the corner, usually at a popular gelato shop or a famous sandwich place?  Naturally,… Continue reading

Artisanal Overkill

I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming a little more wary of certain catch phrases that keep popping up in many of our consumer products today, and especially in our food. I… Continue reading

You Are What You Eat

I’ve realized that I’ve been on a burger quest most of my life.  We are relatively spoiled for choice when it comes to finding your favorite burger spot in Seattle.  If you have… Continue reading

Pessimists, Optimists, Vulnerability, and Happiness

When someone asks whether I’m an optimist or a pessimist, I joke by repeating the saying that “the glass is half-empty and filled with cyanide.”  Not exactly Schopenhauer I know, but awfully funny. … Continue reading

Corporate Babble-Speak

I’m disclosing up front that it’s been a while since this American Taitai has worked in a formal corporate office setting. And I’ve discovered that since I’ve stepped outside of the corporate and… Continue reading

Friendship and the Seattle Freeze

Did you know the Seattle Freeze is eight years old? Now I’m specifically talking about the etymology of the term “Seattle Freeze,” and not necessarily about the reserved demeanor (perceived or actual) of… Continue reading

News Hangover

We’ve been through a heavy-hearted week of shock, disbelief, anger, and fear.  Most of us have probably been following a lot of bad news this week, be it on the atrocities of the… Continue reading

What to Do When Your iPhone is Stolen (or Weekend Liberation)

Last Friday night just as the weekend was getting underway, I had the unpleasant experience of having my iPhone stolen.  Bummer, but it was my own damn fault.  I’ve learned my lesson (put… Continue reading

Take Note, Note-Takers

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending my first writing conference.  It was a lovely and inspiring time to learn from amazing faculty, and was capped by a stirring keynote address… Continue reading

A Pack-Rat’s Philosophy

I’m someone who loves to travel and plan trips.  Now I’m talking specifically about personal leisure travel and not business travel for all you hardened road warriors out there who are on the… Continue reading