Thank You for Reading

Readers, Today is the last regular post on this blog. I must step back from my posts for now due to an increase in professional responsibilities. I’m grateful to have had this blog, especially during the pandemic, because it allowed me to do something that could help others using my library and writing skills. I …

Kids Can’t “Self Care” Their Way Out of This

“Kids are resilient.” If you’re like me, you’ve come to cringe every time you hear that statement. It now ranks up there with the words and phrases “unprecedented,” “new normal,” and “out of an abundance of caution.” Thanks to COVID, I’m done hearing these phrases, and I’m done allowing everyone to brush off every trauma …

The “perfect couple” isn’t always “the perfect couple”: Domestic violence in the month of love

It’s February, and retailers are slamming Valentine’s Day in our faces. Some of us enjoy this holiday dedicated to love and romance (if you want to learn more about Valentine’s Day’s origins, check out the History Channel’s website), while others despise it. But when we’re looking at photos and videos of “the perfect couples” on …

It’s a Lifestyle Change, Not a New Year’s Resolution

It’s January 1, and with the new year comes new resolutions; many of those resolutions will be about weight loss. Unfortunately, only 8% of Americans accomplish their New Year’s resolutions (Prossack, 2018). As someone who always had a resolution to lose weight, I feel like it’s an appropriate time to share my struggles with you …

More Than a Red Ribbon: AIDS Awareness

December 1 is World AIDS Day, and the entire month is dedicated to AIDS awareness. The first cases of AIDS in the United States were reported in June 1981. Since then, nearly 700,000 people have died from AIDS-related infections in the U.S., and there are about 35,000 new infections each year (KFF, 2021). Many people …

You’re just fake news!: Faulty Logic in Health Information

In the social media universe, the world is black and white. Memes make bold claims about how to easily solve the world’s problems. But when you really stop to think about the claims being made, you may find them riddled with errors in reasoning. The more simplistic and catchy the claim is, the more you …

Death is certain, so don’t ignore it. Plan for it.

Benjamin Franklin once told us the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Despite death being certain, we ignore it. We try our hardest not to think about it, and we try our hardest to prevent it. We deny its existence until it is inevitable rather than confront the reality and plan for …

What does it mean to be immunocompromised?

Discussions about COVID-19 and vaccines often mention immunocompromised individuals’ risk for serious infection and whether those individuals will need vaccine boosters. But what does it mean to be immunocompromised? Last month’s blog post explored the basics of immunity, so you might want to check that out if you need a reminder of B-cells, antibodies, macrophages, …

B-cells, T-cells, and macrophages, oh my!: Understanding immunity

Now that a large number of people are at least partially vaccinated in the U.S. and COVID is on a downswing, the question has turned from whether vaccines work to how long they work and how well they will continue to work against variants. There are also questions about natural immunity and how long it …