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Posts Tagged ‘agoraphobia’

Meetings Rethought

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

I had three meetings yesterday. There was a time when three meetings in one month would destroy that month for me. Gradually, by dint of reframing and paying attention to the positive, I got to the point where I could tolerate three meetings in a week. Now I’m up to three a day without undue […]

The Downside of Paris

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Well, no, there isn’t any downside to Paris. But there have been moments which were less wonderful than the other moments. As you walk through Paris, for example, you can take a deep breath of lovely, light air perfumed with fruit and flowers. Then you expel that breath and take in another lungful — only […]

Die Fledermaus

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

I enjoyed last night’s performance of Die Fledermaus a great deal. This was true even though I didn’t feel like going when I left, even though it required driving at night on a scary stretch of road (that is, the kind of road that triggers my agoraphobia), even though I had rather dreaded going. Since […]

Skipping the Watch Party

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

I was planning to go to a watch party tonight. Here’s why I’m not going to it (nor to the symphony, my other invitation): It’s going to start in 10 minutes and I’m not yet through working, never mind things like dinner and getting dressed. Over 500 people have said (on Facebook) that they’re going. […]

Up for Renewal

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Cathy Alter’s Up for Renewal is her story of how she improved her life by following advice in women’s magazines. She seems to be a bit of an underachiever when it comes to self-improvement. Her first month, she took her lunch to work, having learned from Real Simple how to wrap a sandwich in Saran […]

Refrigerator Curriculum

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

My new soap mold has a very elaborate embossed design, very pretty, and well-nigh invisible in an all-white soap. This bar will be for household use. It’s scented with Lily-of-the-Valley, and will be a pleasure to use even if it doesn’t show off the design well. That was the end of the day, though. The beginning […]

Kitchen Week

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

What a day I have ahead of me! My husband wants me to do errands for him in a neighboring town. Since he has, at 4:45 a.m., already left for work, this does not seem unreasonable. However, as many of you know, I suffer from agoraphobia and have an unreasonable response to the thought of […]

Evenings Out

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Here is an important note to myself: I enjoy Chamber Singers rehearsals. I need to make this note to myself and perhaps also to remind myself to come read it next Thursday, because I never want to go, and once I get there I really enjoy the singing. Last night was unusual, because we were […]

The Valley of Death

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

“Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, Into the valley of death rode the six hundred.” This is a very accurate evocation of how I feel right now. Because I have to go with #1 son for him to take his driving test. Not for me to take the driving test. I don’t even […]

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