The Alexandria Papers

By Dr. Alexandria Szeman

Alexandria shares articles on Mindfulness, Migraine, Trauma & Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mental Health, Books, and Cooking & Baking.

Alexandria shares articles on Mindfulness, Migraine, Trauma & Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mental Health, Books, and Cooking & Baking.

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Rain! We’ve been having rain for the first time in ages. I’m not sure how much it’s helped fight the wildfires, but it’s helped reduce the smoke and haze significantly. Just smelling the moisture in the air and hearing the rain has been wonderful.(I’m not goi…

 
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I spent my birthday alone, with my cats, and it was the most pleasant day I've had in recent years. I watched old films, most of which were great, napped a couple of times, and snuggled with my kitties. It was a wonderful day. How did you spend your most rece…

 
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Summer. I’ve heard it was supposed to be a carefree, pleasant time. But we’re being plagued with multiple wildfires, smoke-filled skies, drought, temperatures close to 100° (already!), and worse. The “masks no longer required” period disappeared in about a we…

 
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Every time I think I've made some real, i.e., lasting, progress in sourdough bread-baking, I hit a snag, like I did this week. I tried incorporating folding the dough between the first and second rise, per the instructions of various professional bakers, and …

 
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For the first time in my life, I'm enjoying living alone. Though I lived alone for a good portion of my adult life, I thought, when I was younger, that I needed to live with the person with whom I was in a relationship to be "happy" (or, at the very least, "h…

 
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Gosh, just when I think I've learned how to make good sourdough bread, I end up with a loaf with a huge hole -- and I mean a HUGE hole -- between the crust and the actual loaf of bread. The challenge continues...The best place to reach me is Twitter, but you …

 
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The weather here has suddenly gotten quite warm, and it's lovely to see things in bloom. I won't be sending out a newsletter next week, but, as always, the best place to reach me is Twitter, but you can also contact me via my blog/website: The Alexandria Pape…

 
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I spent the last few days doing the same thing I did almost all of 2021: un-cluttering my belongings and then donating a good portion of them. This week, I was trying to unpack some of my clothes and shoes so I could organize my closet -- ⅓ the size of my for…

 
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I’m trying meditation again, for the first time in years, and I remembered why I always gave it up before, returning to mindfulness instead: flashbacks. As a survivor of 15 years of childhood sexual abuse, meditation causes me to immediately start having flas…

 
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Hoping all of you are doing well today and that spring is finally making it to where you live. Last weekend, I made my first sourdough bread in my new place. It was delicious.The best place to reach me is Twitter, but you can also contact me via my blog/websi…

 
#29・

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I finished making my first sweater, and it only took me a year to do it! Okay, so I was un-cluttering, packing, moving, and ending a 27.5 year relationship during that same year, but I did finally manage to complete it. Now I just have to make a few adjustmen…

 
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I've been reading another Agatha Christie novel, and I have to say that she's been a favorite author of mine ever since I was about 7 or 8 and borrowed her books from the BookMobile. Even though I was telling stories from the time I was about 3, and wanted to…

 
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After completing all 7 seasons of AMC's Mad Men, which I thought was fantastic, I began watching Masterpiece Theatre's Victoria, and I'm loving it. Now I'm looking for a good biography of Queen Victoria, so if you know of one, please do let me know.Meanwhile,…

 
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Hoping all of you are doing well today. I’m dealing with a particularly bad hemiplegic migraine, so I’m not writing much. The best place to reach me is Twitter, but you can also contact me via my blog/website: The Alexandria Papers. I’m on Facebook, Pinteres…

 
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Finally, after 9 long months -- months continually interrupted by un-cluttering and moving -- finally, I've begun to make the sleeves of my first sweater ever! I learned to knit and crochet in my Home Ec classes more than 50 years ago, and since then I've mad…

 
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It's been one of those weeks: a migraine attack that lasted all week and then, in the middle of the night last night, turned into a hemiplegic migraine. Sorry for not writing much today, but it's too painful to sit at the computer.The best place to reach me i…

 
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I'm still in the middle of reading Ann Radcliffe's works because I'm currently transfixed by two series: Mad Men, which I missed when it originally aired; and The Gilded Age, on HBO. Both are brilliant series with fantastically flawed characters, great writin…

 
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After watching a mini-series and part of a couple films that bored me to tears, I decided to look up the series Mad Men, which I've heard good things about. I've only seen a few episodes so far, but it's incredible. The acting, the storyline, the writing: all…

 
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I binge-watched "Dickinson" this past week, and it got me interested in re-reading Emily Dickinson's poetry. I've always loved her work, even when I was young and had absolutely no idea why she was considered so radical and revolutionary. I knew it had someth…

 
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I finally remembered to buy myself some flowers this week when I went to get the groceries, and for days the house smelled like roses. It was lovely. I had a quiet week of taking care of myself, so I've not much to write today. Hoping all of you are doing wel…