Allison Powell

I live off of food from Trader Joe's. I spend my life in a cubicle, a la Office Space. I'm kind of obsessed with the internet. Confession: I take care of people but don't identify as a caregiver.
Moment of Frustration

Moment of Frustration

Feeling frustrated? Believe it or not, today is Moment of Frustration Scream Day. The idea is to go outside at noon and yell it out of your system. I didn't make it up, but Tom and Ruth Roy did. They've apparently been making up holidays left and right and some of...

Dating as a caregiver

Dating as a caregiver

When you're taking care of someone it can seem impossible to find time to eat, sleep, and bathe -- nevermind look for love. It isn't easy, but there are other caregivers out there who are going on dates and embarking on new relationships. Remember, everyone has their...

The thing they never named

The thing they never named

When did the problems begin? By high school she ran away from home. She told me about it. Listening to Bach, windows rolled down, hair streaming in the breeze, done with her old life, driving without stopping, destination Florida. That's what I now know to be a manic...

Advice from Captain Awkward

Advice from Captain Awkward

A question posed to Captain Awkward the other day sounded very familiar: Dear Captain Awkward, One year ago my father passed away. It was a several year battle against cancer that he eventually lost, and I still miss him deeply. My mother has struggled in the...

Life on the edge

Life on the edge

I have no professional qualifications. I'm sharing what I wish someone had told me. Your friend is cutting herself and maybe doing some other self destructive things. 1. Don't freak out. It's a big deal and it's not a big deal. It's really, really common. The odds are...

Cut the crap

Cut the crap

I used to joke that each bit of dignity I lost got me that much closer to freedom. One day I'd shit my pants in public -- then I'd be truly free. Crude, sure, but it's nice to know that each time something happens that is so embarrassing surely I'd die from the shame,...

Pushy relatives are pushing us away

Pushy relatives are pushing us away

My mother in law thinks my husband's disabilities would be cured of he cut out gluten. She thinks the chronic pain world go away with enough tumeric and if he put onions in his socks at night. Despite the fact that he has none of the symptoms of celiac disease and...

Grandma’s ghosts

Grandma’s ghosts

My grandmother made it to 100 before ever calling 911. But one night she could hear someone trying to break into her house. From the balcony she could see a man trying to break the window lock. The police car scared him off. Surprisingly for a neighborhood with only a...

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