What I did to feel better.

What I did to feel better.

Today I want to tell you what I did to feel better. Home isolation has its ups and downs. One day you’re flying high and cleaning the baseboards with a Q-tip, and the next day you’re drinking tequila and watching squirrels out the window. There is no in-between. I didn’t create those two sentences...

I Hugged Until I Couldn’t Anymore

I Hugged Until I Couldn’t Anymore

I Hugged Until I Couldn't Anymore. I’m a hugger. I like to hug. I typically, but not always, give a warning like, “I’m coming in for a hug.” There’s usually time for the huggee to get their arms up. But, again, not always. Sometimes it’s me hugging people the way a panda snuggles a bamboo tree. I...

Worry Is What You Do

Worry Is What You Do

Worry is what you do… (If you want to hear me read this 4-minute piece you can listen here: https://inside-stories.simplecast.com/episodes/inside-stories-covid-19-stories-2 I'm at about 2:38.) My daughter called yesterday. “Mom, They’re running out of gloves and masks. She’s 23 and still in...

I Thought You Said This Would Work

I Thought You Said This Would Work

I Thought You Said This Would Work This is both the title of my new book and what I say to my writer friends, agent, and publisher. I say, "I wrote this book, do you like it? Is it working?" And my people say, "Sort of, kind of, maybe, almost. Try this." Then I go back and I work and write and...

A Quick Question. I Need Some Tips

A Quick Question. I Need Some Tips

Quick question. Who here has gone on vacation entirely alone? No conference or professional meeting to take up your time, no friend waiting at the airport to whisk you off for a chat. Alone. Alone. I’m asking about solo traveling. Sacajawea without the hangers-on, Lewis and Clarke. Amelia Earhart...

So many confessions, so little time

So many confessions, so little time

So many confessions, so little time. Hi, I’m Ann Garvin, and I like my screen time. Hear me out. I like my screens, but I also enjoy quiet time walking my dog outside. I like to stare into space and read real books. I love talking to my neighbors, going to listen to music, eating dinner with...

Hard To Get, Hard To Keep

Hard To Get, Hard To Keep

Hard To Get, Hard To Keep. In almost thirty years of teaching health, I find that I still want to talk about health stuff. You’d think I would be sick to death of trying to help people feel better. But, I’m a stubborn little know-it-all and I can’t stop myself. So here goes. I was giving a talk on...

Last Night I Had A Party In My Bed

Last Night I Had A Party In My Bed

Last night I had a party in my bed. No, this is not another essay about my dating life. This is a public service announcement that might revitalize the Just Say No campaign of the Nineties and is a good example of my non-perfect life. If you ever thought that I had a perfect life. Which I don’t....