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—How to be Perfect

As an angst-filled teen, I vowed to become perfect.  But what did it mean to be perfect, I wondered, as I sat alone on the dark hillside by a creek, lost in delusions, visited by the occasional stranger, comforted by a fire several meters away. Did perfection take all the knowledge in the world?  Yes,… Read more »

Letters to the Editor—A Plea to Megan

I beg you, Megan (the lady who wrote Dear Barb), please don’t leave your husband. I agree with Barb Godin in her recent Dear Barb column. Divorcing a husband, especially when you have children, spells trouble.  Web MD author, Sid Kirchheimer, says, “A new study shows that children of single-parent homes are more than twice… Read more »

The Study Dude—Why Young Adults Need to Study Hard

Young adults need to hit the books hard.  And not just academic books.  Reading, studying, exercising, or improving a relationship is critical, especially for those of us in our 20s or 30s.  Why?  University of Virginia clinical psychologist Meg Jay argues that “the first years of adulthood are the most important time in a young… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Art of Criticizing

The more I study how to criticize, the more I avoid criticizing.  Criticism takes someone else’s shortcomings and makes them our business.  But are they our business? Author Emeka O.  Godwin says it depends: do you aim to crush a soul or build it up?  Emeka says, “criticism is like a sharp surgical knife in… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Finish Your Degree

Dawdling with your AU degree?  You’re not alone.  So, how can you gain momentum to finish your degree?   Faithann Brown, author of Returning to School as a Busy Adult: 8 Practical Tips for Succeeding in Your Degree Program, reveals tricks to successfully speed up your path to convocation. Don’t stop taking classes.  Author Faithann Brown… Read more »

The Fit Student—How the Medical System Fails Me

Has the medical system failed you?  It failed me.  And I watch it fail others. To illustrate, this past week, a friend told me she had vertigo.  Vertigo causes the room to spin, leaving you sprawled on the floor, too dizzy to move.  My friend told me she had been given medication, which left her… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Ace your Paper

Ten years after dropping out of high school, I returned to upgrade.  During those ten years without schooling, I read maybe three books.  I did no writing (outside of songwriting) and I had no need for math.  So, when I returned to upgrade, I faced a brick wall. Weirdly, I’d finished grade 12 advanced math… Read more »

The Fit Student—Feed Your Suzy Homemade Pablum

Are you a student mom, breastfeeding your baby?  Or are you planning on giving birth?  Whichever you do, bring your baby top nutrition.  Homemade pablum could launch your baby into a healthier, happier life.  On the flipside, store-bought pablum can come loaded with sugar and salt.  You shouldn’t feed sugar to a puppy, never mind… Read more »

The Study Dude—How Busy Moms and Pops find the Time to Study

Have you ever wondered how busy moms and pops make the grade?  How they pass grad school while holding part-time jobs and raising a family?  They must have some secrets to share.  And I’ve found a book that tells all.  Faithann Brown, MBA, lays out time-savers for swamped students in her book Returning to School… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Don’t Get Fleeced!

Sometimes creative folks get used.  It happens all the time in business.  Just don’t let it happen to you. Sadly, the way the system works, you need deep pockets to defend yourself.  So, if you get used and abandoned by a large corporation, keep in mind that the legal system favors those with bucks. I… Read more »