Medical Motives for Staying Put

“You’re just naturally cystic,” she said casually. “So, when you start getting mammograms, we won’t be surprised.” It was the “we” that struck me more than the “cystic.” I knew…

Living with (More) Surprises

Do you ever feel that you’ve had to learn the same lessons repeatedly? I learn the don’t-make-promises-before-you-know-what-you’re-getting-into lesson over and over again. When it happens every time, it shouldn’t be…

A Time-Out From the Road

“Do you have the patience to wait ‘til your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving ‘til the right action arises by itself? The master doesn’t…

135 lbs

Hi. My name is Samantha Wu and I weigh 135 lbs. I’ve got tummy fat and the remnants of sprinter legs (for those who have little experience with track, that…

Using Exercise to Counter the Blues

Sense of worth and self-esteem are huge contributions to worsening or preventing depressive episodes. I have noticed over the last few years that my better days were the ones in…

Down with the Sickness

Traveling around the world inevitably means coming down with some form of illness or another. Whether it’s a simple cold picked up from fellow fliers, or the more uncomfortable experience…