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—Names that Flower

Hope blew in the day Cuddles nicknamed me “Nicee.” Names spark hope and sometimes save necks—but always pep up writers’ pens.  So, observe—and name—the whatchamacallits of the world, says author Barbara Baig (2015). To master names, buy kids’ encyclopedias.  While reading an encyclopedia of science, I learned makeup comes from petroleum—yes, grease á la ground—ooze… Read more »

The Fit Student—Fillet-of-Cotton-Candy

Do you get heebie-jeebies from 100% dark cocoa?  Grossed out by sewage-lips from Buckley’s cough syrup?  Cross-eyed from steaming showers?  These things might not feel good.  But are they healthy? I believe the best gauge of health is sickness.  History’s healers surely studied health while sick.  Why?  Sore tummies make us sensitive to foods, heat,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Gone with the Words

Learn how to paint words—in your writing, life, and dreams.  Creative people think thoughts as vivid as movies, says author Barbara Baig (2015).  So, daydream Gone with the Wind in words.  But first, study your dreams. Once, I awoke during a dream, but the dream kept playing.  So, I quietly watched the dream like a… Read more »

The Fit Student—Last Swallow of Sweet Potato Pie

The day Papa dies marks the day my telomeres shrink. But let’s backtrack. Daily, I munch flaxseed, fruits, veggies, bran, and beans—yes, fiber.  (Fiber-bombs scrub small intestines in ways worthy of bowl-selfies.)   I sleep 8 ½ hours, weightlift, shadow-box, and eat like David Suzuki fasting after a Burger King binge.  Despite all that, nausea and… Read more »

The Fit Student – Compassion

Did you ever get denied an empty seat taken by a “ghost”?  Or open doors for strangers who soak you with love or sock you with anger?   Whatever the woe, tame that temper. Take scenario one—love: As I walked past a storefront, a middle-aged woman appeared in the parking lot.  Her shoulders slouched.  Her strides… Read more »

The Study Dude—War on Win-Win

Want the secret to getting an A?  Use simple language sprinkled with big-words.  That’s what the dean I knew did on her ascent to deanship.  Her papers sounded grade-two jammed with jargon.  That way, she didn’t pickle herself as either too stuffy or too stupid. To gather jargon for your essays, use critical theory—any theory. … Read more »

The Study Dude – Word Lust

Grab a grand vocab—and romance it. I made a file of delightful words I named “Wordlist.” But crazy spellcheck named it “Wordlust.”  Perfect, I thought—a play on love for words. My vocabulary shriveled.  So, I stared down a dictionary nightly.  I learned that words have multiple meanings that don’t mix or make sense.  And whenever… Read more »

The Fit Student – Double-Double Trouble

Do you want to control your emotions?  To suck back tears and never moan?  To stop scuffs that break out while ordering McDonald’s double-doubles? Well, I’d love to seem smooth and suave—like Audrey Hepburn.  So, I Googled royal etiquette: cross legs at the ankles, fold hands on lap, lift chin parallel to the floor, and… Read more »

The Creative Spark – Unstuck Studies

Do you get stuck when studying?  Well, don’t stop seeking solutions.  An answer will appear as fast as a semi-truck driver sneaks shipped bags-of-oats for his pantry. Here are some tips for busting creative blocks, as partly gleaned from Beth Brown’s blurb in Noah Scalin’s book Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get and Keep Your Creativity… Read more »

The Fit Student – Summers in the Sun

I taught English to Japanese.  The Japanese claim the longest lifespans—and best diets.  They eat Miso soup, made of fermented beans, that is brimming with probiotics.  The Japanese hardly blimp out either—a single plate of Canadian grub feeds a Japanese family-of-four. But McDonalds sprouted in Japan, luring Japanese youth to fatty diets.  Sushi and plants… Read more »