Category Archives: psychology

“Drynuary”: Buoyed by a commitment device

Week 3 – Into Week 3 buoyed by a commitment device. I’m switching over from counting days to weeks now. That puts me into Week 3. Yes! I read an article recently (Goodbye Booze, For Now) by another Drynuary follower, … Continue reading

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“Drynuary”: Adding up the savings

Day 8: More on adding up the cost savings. As I mentioned yesterday in my tips posting, I’m big on tracking and measuring progress. I stole the counting costs idea from a friend. She used this a few years ago … Continue reading

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Making sense of vacations

What do you tell people when you return from vacation? Perhaps a tale of something gone wrong, like the painful encounter with the Viennese train police a few minutes after our 72 hr travel card had expired. Perhaps a blow-your-socks-off … Continue reading

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“You white people all look the same to me” and the “out-group homogeneity effect”

We were stuck in the grocery store parking lot as the sun was setting in a sketchy part of town. My Singaporean visitors were wondering how this adventure was going to run its course. A group of women hovering around … Continue reading

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A simple visit. It’s beyond words.

Downshifting into a simple visit. No activity wrapped around it. No agenda. Time suspended. Continue reading

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I’m marinating in cell phone waves, and so are you

Most cars I pass on the road contain humans with an electric device glued to the side of their head. Tables at restaurants are cluttered with these devices; they silently flash and entice the onlookers away from their culinary experience. … Continue reading

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No Photography Permitted – what a relief!

I have this idea that I’m going to be able to somehow bottle up my vacation, the sounds, the smells, the sights, the whole experience in the oodles of pictures I take on trips. I snap, focus, position, frame, change … Continue reading

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