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Fitness and Friendship

Fitness and Friendship

Couch potato finds camaraderie in running clubs

I never thought I would be the type of person to join a running club. Picture a subpar physique lacking in muscle and mental fortitude, throw in an admittedly too-long stint of smoking cigarettes, and add an aversion to hills as the cherry on top. However, when I moved to Seattle, I quickly learned it…

Clarity: Defeating Depression

Clarity: Defeating Depression

Seeking help is a starting point, not the finish line

I was 20 years old and in my second year at the University of Washington when I stumbled into a rut. It was summer. I was the only one left in an apartment I’d rented with three other guys that school year. Everybody else had gone home, but I was taking classes and became something…

The Good News About Size

The Good News About Size

It's true: it really doesn't matter

Well, let’s suppose, just for a moment, that bigger is better. I say “just for a moment” because I don’t actually think there are any data to support the idea that bigger penises are more talented, satisfying or even more handsome. They are, however, culturally admired and many men, and some women, fetishize size and…

Dr. AI? Not So Fast

Dr. AI? Not So Fast

Health systems across the state are grappling with how to use AI

For more than a year, Kaiser Permanente has been using artificial intelligence chatbots to help patients navigate care options. Leaders at UW Medicine are working to understand how AI applies to both clinical care and medical research. Overlake Medical Center is integrating AI into many of its business practices. ChatGPT and Midjourney have garnered headlines…

Discovering Taylor Swift

Discovering Taylor Swift

A mosh-pit era music fan attends the Taylor Swift concert and finds a culture of kindness in Seattle

The takeover was complete. King County Council named July 18th-25th Taylor Swift Week, “for serving as a positive role model for women and girls,” the proclamation read. She would become the first artist to play Lumen Field two nights in a row. I said to myself: that’s cool, with a shrug. I was not a Taylor…

The Magicians of Memory

The Magicians of Memory

Could Alzheimer's be cured here? Maybe, right now, that's not the point

For Joel Loiacono, it’s personal. His mother died of Alzheimer’s disease. His father-in-law and several aunts and uncles battled dementia. As regional director for Eastern Washington and North Idaho of the Washington state chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Loiacono has spent the past 26 years working to reduce risk, promote early detection, and offer resources…

Summer of Swipe

Summer of Swipe

A newly divorced mom recounts her first attempts at online dating

“Persians love white girls,” he said before kissing my clavicle. His assertion took me by surprise. The whole situation did. I couldn’t have imagined I’d be necking with a 28-year-old, part-time DJ as a 36-year-old all-the-time mom. How did I get here? A few months before, a wild Saturday night might have involved a babysitter…

Clarity - Confidence or Cash: a Paradox

Clarity – Confidence or Cash: a Paradox

CAN MONEY BUY SELF-ESTEEM? IT’S COMPLICATED.

Sensitive men are having their moment right now, which means it should be my time to shine. I see my therapist every other week. I talk about my feelings. I cried in public before it was ever considered a sign of strength. You want vulnerable? I’m so freaking vulnerable. I’m the kind of guy who…

Letter to Seattle: You must give to receive

Letter to Seattle: You must give to receive

St. Francis volunteer finds meaning in helping others

Letter to Seattle highlights good deeds and positive experiences in our region. This is a letter from volunteer Leigha Bone to St. Francis House, a Seattle nonprofit that helps clients who need clothing, toiletries, home goods, and more Dear St. Francis House, I am fortunate enough to have a loving family and close friends, but…

Heartbeat: Showing Up

Heartbeat: Showing Up

Be there for life’s biggest moments

It’s been an odd wedding season. Basically, a large number of weddings have been on hold because of Covid and now, anxious to finally make their commitment legal, weekend after weekend, couples are lined up with local and destination weddings. The destination weddings have me thinking. It started when I called dear friends from San…

Heartbeat: When Hearts and Heads Collide

Heartbeat: When Hearts and Heads Collide

Perhaps everyone has heard the saying that goes something like “to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results is the definition of crazy.” We all smile knowingly, perhaps even smugly. Of course, that’s true. But we shouldn’t be so smug because if that’s the definition of crazy, we are all…

Clarity - Exasperated and Exhausted

Clarity – Exasperated and Exhausted

Burnout is more complicated than you may think

I woke up in Florida on a Sunday morning with a hangover and a patch of angry red bumps on the small of my back. I also couldn’t find the Montreal Expos cap I had been wearing the night before. I had a Seattle Seahawks game to cover that afternoon in Tampa, multiple stories to…

Letter to Seattle: Little Things Matter

Letter to Seattle: Little Things Matter

A small gesture has big meaning for uplift Northwest client

Letter to Seattle highlights the good deeds and positive experiences in our region. This is a letter from Devin Pullium to Uplift Northwest, a Seattle nonprofit that provides job opportunities and job-preparation services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness. I’ve been with Uplift Northwest since 2016 as a day laborer. I love working with Uplift…

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