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 Creative Spark!—Make’em Giggle

Do you want to stir smiles when you present your research?  Make an audience burst into giggles at a planned pause?  Have a happy crowd surround you after your speech, begging to know your speaking fees?  Of course you do! Everyone wants a warm audience.  But sometimes we face self-doubts: yes, the what ifs of… Read more »

The Study Dude—Universities Held Hostage

“We all shared the same symptoms; first nausea and vomiting, followed by severe stomach cramps and migraine headaches.  Then fever and flu-like symptoms ….  There was a continual battle of thick mucus, one that made it hard to swallow and discharge.  …  Around four a.m.  … I was awakened to a frightful scream from my… Read more »

The Fit Student—Detox: Flesh, House, and Brain

You study at home, right?  Beware!  Your home may harbor toxins that seep into your flesh, stifle your study power, and even cause brain cancer.  No, I’m not talking about Netflix and Domino’s.  I’m talking about radio waves, chemicals, and pesticides. For one, nonorganic foods contain pesticides.  When pesticides were sprayed on author Cliff VanGuilder’s… Read more »

The Study Dude—Study Like a Biology Olympian

Why study for an International Biology Olympiad? After all, it’s a high school competition and if we’re at AU we’re well beyond that, aren’t we?  But studying for mastery gears us for goals. The skills that we’d learn practicing for something as intense as an Olympiad would surely translate into better habits for all our… Read more »

The Fit Student—Nature’s Cure for Midlife

Certain woes mother nature clearly intended.  To treat these woes, go natural, not medicinal. To illustrate, mother nature willed menopause onto all women.  That’s half the world’s population.  So, I argue it’s best to treat menopause naturally—but long before it hits.  Especially before the hot flashes. So, why naturally, not medicinally? For one, hot flashes… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—The Secret to Crafting Fine Art Exhibits

Do you have an inner artist?  A wannabe designer who never got over kindergarten finger paints?  A tech happy tinkerer who wants to mold a NASA jet propeller? Ever since I saw my first Banff Centre art installment, I fell in love.  The abstract messages in each design made you think.  The digital clown laughing,… Read more »

The Fit Student—Plant Your Habits

Everyone in our lives plant seeds in our psyche.  Someday, those seeds may blossom.  My brother’s love for acting spurred me to perform in school plays.  My step-father’s love of sports turned me into a gym junkie.  My Grandma’s love for style nudged my own style up a notch.  But my boyfriend’s passions for fitness,… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Practice Music like a Pro

Do you want to write music like a grade 2 piano pro?  Or do you want to practice music like a genius? If so, here are my song writing tips followed by practical advice from a musical-master. First, listen to music for beats, lines, repetitions, variance—or a bell at the end of a chorus.  Study… Read more »

The Fit Student—Sick

Have you ever felt so sick you could hardly sigh?  Take care, because sickness may be your fate if you eat the Western diet. Health author Kerry Knutson’s mom would say “On a good day I can get up, shower, and maybe lick a stamp” (location 158, 95%).  Not long ago, I got similarly sick. … Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Wounds

Everyone bears wounds.  And many of us are jinxed with a smorgasbord of scars. But we can learn from movies and books.  That’s because film and fiction characters open our eyes to the world of wounds.   Often, fictional characters enter scenes damaged but heal during the final act. Recently, I got hit with a bad… Read more »