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 Study Dude—Stephen King Sans K-12

Do you want to write like an illiterate?  Like Stephen King stripped of K-12?  Like J.  K. Rowling at a loss for how to handwrite the letter “H”?  I’d bet you do—that is, if you love Shakespeare.   Some say Shakespeare, an illiterate, honed his mastery in adulthood.   Others say he had a ghost writer.   As… Read more »

The Fit Student—Reward Yourself!

What brings you pleasure?  Lunch at a comedy club? Lunch by a still pond?  Or lunch loaded with Redbulls and ballpark franks at a spelling bee? I once got highs over perfect math grades.   I’d stare at math textbooks until midnight, solving problems.   A 100% exam scored a victory.   Anything else, meh.   Yet, I fretted… Read more »

The Fit Student—Danica Patrick’s Abs

New Year’s has just passed.   Now imagine your next ten years.   Will you sport an Indie 500 pinup body or a Papa John’s Pizza belly? I’m a fan of Danica Patrick.   Her abs, that is.   Okay, and her racing. Papa loves races.   He buys sports cars, tweaking mufflers so they rev with “bite.”  He even… Read more »

The Study Dude—Yesterday’s Insanity

Today’s critical thinking once sounded crazy.  Would Elvis have considered today’s options for gender?  That he could become a woman who loves women but identifies as a man?   A product of critical thought, stemming from feminist theory on gender. So, what’s wrong with critical thinking?  In my view, critical thought has a victim mindset.  A… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Itty Bitty Lightbulbs

Does wisdom expire? Well, some words of wisdom go cliché—like worn-out metaphors. For instance, I sigh when I read how leaders should act as servants. I nod-off when I read the 80-20 rule. There’s nothing new in either. But some wisdom we can’t escape. Consider the guilt felt when we fall behind in courses. Or… Read more »

The Fit Student—Gym Etiquette

If you plan to make gym-going a lifestyle, learn the etiquette. First rule for new gym-goers? Don’t chat—especially if you’re female. You want to keep training for as long as possible, right? Then, don’t get duped by Ed the gym playboy. Truly, he doesn’t mean well. I’m in my fifties or sixties, you might think…. Read more »

The Fit Student—Smoke Shows

Did your dreams ever go up in smoke?  A waitress called my dyed hair a smoke show.  But I desired more than smoke shows—I craved Nobel prizes, Saddledome events, half-a-million-dollar television shows.  Crazy? Yes, desire swallows all. I desired to win a Nobel prize for measuring the travel of thought.  Let me explain. Years ago,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Washboard Bellies Get A-Grades?

How do you reward your study spurts?  With ten-minute washboard-ab workouts?  Ten-minute zombie zone-outs?  Or ten-minute roasted prairie dog pig-outs?  I’ll opt for all three. But rewards mean little when lacking structure. During my undergrad, I studied steady: 30-minute sessions; 15-minute breaks.  I scored the highest grade in most every math class.  To quash resentments,… Read more »

The Study Dude—The Toothless Grin of Critical Thinkers

Are universities puppets for the powerful and wealthy?  Well, ask yourself, Who funds the theory?  And Who says what counts as critical thinking? Today’s universities seem more political, less practical, even less economical than ever before.  I saw an AU business thesis, not on economic matters, not on shareholder dividends, but on postcolonial feminism in… Read more »

The Fit Student—Nuzzling Noses

What if you spend months writing an A paper, but get an F?  What if, instead, when you saw your grade, your eyes blinking tears, a dove gently perches on your shoulder, startling you, nuzzling soft feathers against your neck? I used to crumble with criticisms.  They crushed me, kept me small, snatched away my… Read more »