Author: lauramccain

I like to write, dance, create arty stuff and learn as much as I can about all sorts of things. I am someone who wants to do more. I have a lot of interests and not enough time to pursue them. Mostly I'm trying to figure out how to navigate my way through this existence. Writing helps me to read the map. I live in Bloomington, Indiana and work at Indiana University. I've been in Indiana for 13 years and I'm still surprised that I live here.

A resolution

I’m not going to lie. I’m concerned about the state of the planet. Just read news to find out what’s going on. It’s kind of a mess.

Maybe don’t read the news so often. What if I were to spend significantly less time staring at my iPhone? What if I made more physical art than digital art? What would my life be like if I did some writing with a pen on actual paper?

I can’t change the world, but I can change the way I respond to it.

That sounds like a new year’s resolution.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius Read

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Day out after Christmas

Yesterday the hubby (Ernie) and I had a post-Christmas lunch with his sister and her husband. We went to Culver’s which is new to Bloomington. The franchise is owned by former NBA player, John Laskowski. He was there sweeping the floor and doing other food service activities. Ernie recognized him. They talked for a minute too.

After lunch, we decided to go to a coffee shop on the square called The Inkwell.

The Inkwell bakery in Bloomington, IN
The Inkwell

It’s a nice spacious place with a hipster charm. It’s the type of establishment where people like me go to write a novel.

Inside The Inkwell people sitting at bar and tables
Hipster charm

There was some art on the walls. I should have asked about it.

Wall art
Art

They make a ’homemade’ pop tart at The Inkwell. I had the cinnamon and brown sugar variety and a cafe mocha to drink. The pop tart was tasty, but I would have preferred it warmed up a bit.

I don’t go to enough places like this. I really should get out more often.

It was a nice day to be out and about.

Pace bike
Pace bike
Lime electric scooter
Lime scooter
Bloomington bicentennial sign
Bloomington bicentennial sign
Tree sweater
Tree sweater

Hack your existence

Hey, you’re chewing gum wrong!

Tie your shoes like this and get happy.

Your orgasms could use a refresh.

Don’t drink juice while looking at a bird, unless it’s a cockatiel, but only on Thursdays. 

Cockatiel

Can’t get along with your boss? Blame your pants!

Talk to your milk to get stronger bones.

Did mice cause World War I?

Surprise him with a giant squid!

Learn the secrets of electron microscopy.

Scare yourself sexy!

Stop doing everything now!

You can do everything all the time if you keep trying to stop trying.

Take advantage of the Mandela effect before it’s too late.

Embrace shame for quicker weight loss.

Feet on bathroom scale

Defying gravity is easier than you think.

Can cats cure diabetes? We asked 10 millennials.

Stuff 30 grapes in your mouth for better gas mileage.

Is your boyfriend a wombat? Take this quiz to find out!

Sign: Wombats next 10 km

Is excessive masturbation the cause of climate change?

Finding 10 reasons to hate yourself is just as easy as you thought.

Learn to give by taking.

Is eating cereal on a plate the next big thing?

109 reasons you’re not Beyoncé.

Can you become Beyoncé? We asked Dr. Oz.

Surprise him with a basket of spiders!

Public orgasms. Can the government prevent them?

Are you taking enough advice from Reddit users? Find out what the experts think.

Keeping your balance when you have MS

Balance problems and difficulty walking are two of my most troublesome MS symptoms. Luckily, there are exercises I can do to reduce the impact these symptoms have on my everyday life. 

Cat walking on a fence

Even if you don’t have a neurological condition it’s a good idea to add balance training to your fitness regimen. Start improving your balance with the help of these articles and videos. Consult your doctor before starting a workout program if you haven’t been active for a while. 

Living with MS: Avoiding Falls

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition that affects a person's brain and spinal cord. Some of the most common symptoms are fatigue, visual disturbances, altered sensation and difficulties with mobility (balance and walking).
This list features articles about improving balance, strength, and mobility.

Free From Falls : National Multiple Sclerosis Society

This eight module program is designed to increase your knowledge about risk factors associated with falls and provide you with strategies to reduce your risk of falling.

Exercises to Improve Balance for People With MS | Everyday Health

Balance problems caused by multiple sclerosis can make walking a challenge, but some simple exercises can help.

MS: Exercises for Better Balance and Coordination

Not only is exercise is a good way to improve some of the physical effects of MS, but it can also help you regain balance and coordination. Here are several moves you can try.

Improve Your Balance : National Multiple Sclerosis Society

In order to improve your balance, you may have to lose your balance! You CAN address balance problems by challenging them. By sticking to a program that is safe, yet pushes you to your limits, your balance can gradually improve.

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Improve your balance and stability workout | Move more with MS

Improve your balance and stability workout | Move more with MS

Join Dom, Koz and Samia while they demonstrate some simple leg exercises that help teach you how to stabilise your body for better balance.

Balance Exercises For MS: 3 point Toe Touch

This is a great exercise to improve balance while changing directions. Often times, people with MS feel are fearful and non-confident in their body due to fe...

MS Yoga Balance

A short yoga practice that uses a chair for balance.

Body Balance Meditation — Meditation Oasis

A mind/body approach to physical balance.

Altered

I have admired altered books for several years. I tried my hand at it once, but I didn’t get far due to lack of knowledge and skill.

Last week I picked up the how-to book I bought umpteen years ago and learned that I don’t need a rocket science degree to get started altering a book.

Now I’m on my way. I hope to have a meaningful experience as I create something new from this old crime book.

Maybe I can make it a true crime themed piece. We’ll see what happens.

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Paint on book page

Paint on book page