Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

Ask. Listen. Learn. Love. How to interview your parents, capture their stories and make memories.

We celebrated Father’s Day in grand style last weekend with a wonderful lunch at the new Porter Creek restaurant, flowers, candy and a card. 7 year old Grant all on his own found the perfect card for his dad, with a … Continue reading

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15 things to do when you’re sick, injured or stuck at home

I hurt my knee last week and struggled though my clinic day, limping and grimacing. The good news is a little bit of rest, ice and Aleve did the trick, and I was back at it Monday, zipping (almost) from … Continue reading

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What is growing in the garden of your mind?

Did ever grow anything in the Garden of your Mind? You can grow ideas In the Garden of your mind   It’s good to be curious about many things You can think about things and make believe All you have … Continue reading

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Drowning Doesn’t Look or Sound Like Drowning

Despite gray skies and cooler temperatures on Memorial Day Weekend, Grant and I christened the summer and went to the pool. We were the only ones there, but the lifeguard came out of the pool house and sat with eagle … Continue reading

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Beauty bullying: it’s got to stop.

“That outfit is totally inappropriate. Does she think she’s seventeen? Looks ridiculous.” “I can’t believe she’s eating a donut. Has she looked in the mirror lately?” “Wow. She’s going to the gym… again? She’s already so skinny. Talk about obsessive.” … Continue reading

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Your guide to the ultimate power nap.

What do Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Capuchin monks and top-performing military pilots and astronauts all have in common? They are all proud, devout nappers! While some people view napping as “lazy,” or something that’s only appropriate when … Continue reading

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Start a foolish project.

 “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah… it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” ~ Rumi I put the finishing touches on my painting — a vibrant peacock with rainbow plumage — and leaned back in satisfaction. … Continue reading

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Less clutter. More light. How to exfoliate your skin and life.

As a facial plastic surgeon who sees many beautiful faces, I often preach the merits of regular exfoliation. A gentle exfoliant removes dead skin cells and accumulated grit from the surface of your skin, leaving you fresh-faced and glowing. It’s … Continue reading

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The slippery slope of “just one more thing…”

It was the end of a long, challenging day at the medical clinic. Up at 5am. Finish charts on my computer. Take Grant to school. Directly into the office. Patient appointments in the clinic. Staff meetings over lunch date. More … Continue reading

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Stress: it’s not “funny” or “cool.”

Have you ever seen this comic by Randy Glasbergen? It’s a classic. “I’m learning how to relax, doctor,” the patient in the strip says. “But I want to relax better and faster! I want to be on the cutting edge … Continue reading

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