Pilar Gerasimo

- Personal Development -

Doing Something Rash

Maybe it's my imagination, but I've begun to notice this weird phenomenon in my editing work. If I start working on an interesting story, or I get into researching a new topic, I'll often have some sort of direct personal experience with the subject matter. Some of these serendipitous encounters are quite pleasant. Others, not so much.

- Sleep -


The first and last moments of your day can steady or destabilize everything that comes in between. Are your mornings and nights propping you up, or tipping you over?

- Personal Development -

Watching for Signs

For the past few months, my neighborhood has been slowly filling with signs. Lawn signs, mostly – signs about war and peace, signs rallying support for different points of view. One morning last week, I went out for my morning run and noticed that all the signs belonging to one camp had disappeared. Overnight, I presume, one side took down the other side's signs – an effort that would have required both trespassing and stealing.

- Personal Development -

Permission Granted

In the game of Scrabble, there’s a very handy rule that allows you to exchange some (or even all) of your letter tiles for brand new ones. In my experience, this rule is chronically underemployed. People often forget about it altogether – until they find themselves looking at the board and their available letters, and discovering that about all they can spell is plfhxt.

- Personal Development -

Control Issues

This being the Take Charge issue and all, it's tempting to claim that when we relaunched Experience Life magazine a little over a year ago, we knew exactly what we were doing – that we planned it out and made it happen just so.

- Personal Development -

What, Me Worry

When I was a kid, my mom referred to me affectionately as her "worry wart." This was because, from a very early age, I fretted and worried myself silly over just about everything, from whether my toddler tights were on straight, to whether or not other kids would like me, to whether I would grow up to be the sort of adult I imagined I was supposed to be.

Instant Healing

Don't believe in miraculous cures? Go ahead and roll your eyes. It's actually part of this highly effective technique for getting over cravings, phobias, pain, and more.

- Personal Development -

Will and Grace

It starts when some nice clerk ma'ams you at the supermarket. Then you notice waitresses aren't asking to see your ID quite so often. Next thing you know, you're saying things like, "When I was younger," and it no longer sounds even a little bit silly.

Reinforcing Weakest Links

It used to be that as one aged, one gradually accumulated prescription drugs in response to an ever-growing array of symptoms: One for arthritis, one for high blood pressure, one for digestive troubles, etc. Now though, some future-thinking medical practices are assembling networks of diverse medical specialists and technologies with the intent of revolutionizing the standard, reactive approach to mid- and later-life medicine.

- Fitness Tips -

Very Proprioceptive of You!

According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, proprioceptive forms of training – activities, like balancing on a wobbly surface, that require the body to “self-monitor” and adjust based on subtly shifting physiological signals – are very effective in improving dynamic joint stabilization and functional strength. But wait, that’s not all!

The High Cost of Being Hurried

We are a nation of speed freaks. Scheduled to the max, rushed to the point of distraction, we still can't seem to get it all done. Our obsession with productivity may make us efficient, but is it worth it?

- Personal Development -

We’ve Got Mail!

A magazine is always delighted to hear from its readers - even with constructive criticism and gripes. But of course, we especially love hearing when we are doing something right, and when we asked you to tell us what you thought of the past few issues, many of you were kind enough to write and tell us just that.

New Year, New Way

Forget what you think you know about New Year's resolutions. You're about to embark on a fascinating and victorious quest for the body you've always wanted.