Posts By: Marie Well

Marie Well

I’m Marie Well, as in healthy well. At least, that’s my aim—to get well and make you well. We all have woes, from breakups to cancer to hoarder houses. I’m here to fix those woes—with tips mixed with my own tales.

Why read me? I’ve got a track record of fixin’ stuff. I’ve cured myself of anxiety. For a decade, I had anxiety attacks that struck almost daily. When not stricken, I’d write Voice articles, mostly on how to combat stress.

And then my world changed. One week went by with no attacks. A month. A year. Two years. And counting.

Now, I want to skyrocket our health—and bolster our creativity. After all, nothing soothes better than strokes of paint or tones of music or reps in a gym.

So, let’s get fit, creative, and well with Marie Well.

The Fit Student—Cycling Tips

Want a student-friendly way to blast to class and back?  Tired of standing at the bus, getting snow kicked in your face by motorists?  Then jump on the environmental bandwagon: the bicycle. Cyclists live fit and healthy but carry their share of road rage tales.  I have many scary cycling stories, too. For instance, I… Read more »

The Study Dude—Win A Grades with Tricks

Do you dance like Michael Jackson to Wii games?  Do you cycle like Lance Armstrong after doping?  Well, whatever you do well, do the same with studies. Learning how to win A-grades takes time and tricks.  To get the A’s, we need to master mnemonics, reading strategies, exam tips, and note-taking skills. But how do… Read more »

The Fit Student—Lupus, Toe Fungus, and Lower Grades

Coffee and chips?  Or water and pumpkin seeds?  Just like aiming for an A+ in studies, aim for the same in diet.  Those fast food lifestyles, not unlike cramming, translate into horrors: lupus, toe fungus, and lower grades. Some aim for moderation in their diets.  For me, not so much.  I’ve turned into a crazed… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Description Spiffs Style

Have you ever written freestyle?  If so, did a twist in words hurl you in a new direction?  That often happens with descriptive writing.  One tweak, and your story shifts. Author Lee Childs rambles like a talk-show host without a guest.  Too descriptive for me.  Too freestyle without a fence.  But that’s his style.  Yet,… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Rumbles

Stressed over studies?  Can’t sleep at night?  Keep reading the same page, yet nothing sinks in?  It sounds like a bad case of student stress.  And student stress leads to physical problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome. I never had anxiety during my undergrad or grad studies coursework.  But I stressed-out once I started working… Read more »

The Study Dude—Vocab for Witches’ Warts

Attention spelling bee kings and queens.  I have a challenge for you.  You’re top-notch?  Well, then, spell the word beginning with “c” for the bubbles growing on a witch’s nose.   The answer?  Carbuncle.   As students, we’re always looking for bigger, better, and more exact words to get our meaning across, or at least to pad… Read more »

The Fit Student—Celebrities with Low Self Esteem

Cocaine.  Womanizing.  Kardashian egos.  No wonder celebrities struggle with self-esteem.  But what about self-esteem for a greeter at Walmart, doomed to no Hollywood stars on the Walk of Fame? Today at the mall, I went window-shopping.  A boutique store-clerk looked at me, horrified, brushing off my chitchat, rushing me out the door.  When I looked… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Wing it On Stage

Ever start a speech with a sudden faceplant?  If so, you’ve wobbled into the world of improv! Improv requires acting on the spot—without any scripts.  Improv also teaches teamwork, risk-taking, inner-critic blocking, and desire-awareness says Kate Goodman in her book, Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools… Read more »

The Fit Student—Eggheads Don’t Crack

Devils get edgy around eggheads.  Why?  Eggheads don’t crack.  Less Alzheimer’s.  Less dementia.  Less foggy brains. And devils love reruns of Friends, hate the Fifth Edition of Nonparametric Statistics.  Love Pablo’s Pub, hate Spa Lady.  Love Big Macs, hate organic bananas. Eight months ago, I ate McDonald’s.  I never hit the gym.  And I had… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Snarly Puppets and Snoop Dog

What do snarly puppets, Snoop Dog, and I have in common?  My older brother. As a child, my brother directed a drama piece.  All the kids on the block starred, including me.  The bit part I played marked a highlight of my youth.  Yet my brother stopped directing after managing our talentless crew.  Deep down,… Read more »