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Welcome to Sweatpants & Coffee! A bastion of comfort and sanity in an often uncomfortable world. We hope that you will feel at home here. Sweatpants & Coffee is the place where you will find everything related to personal acceptance, comfort, and health. We’ll be talking about great reads, delicious recipes, as well as ways Continue Reading

Small Change | Dear Body: I’m Sorry. Thank You. I Love You.

Dear Body, I’m sorry for all the terrible things I’ve said and thought about you. I’m sorry for not paying attention to what you really want and need, and for treating you as though I’m a busy, inattentive parent with a cranky toddler. “I don’t have time for this. Here, have this chocolate bar. We’ll Continue Reading

Things We Love | Plush Coffee Cups & Grippy Socks

Like most great ideas, this one came to me when I should have been sleeping. I was thinking, “I wish I had a cup of coffee. Coffee soothes me.” Coffee at 2 a.m. when I was already having trouble sleeping would not be a good idea, and decaf is against my religion. I just really Continue Reading

Classics Worth Reading | Lady Chatterley's Lover

As time wears on, Connie begins to wither physically, and crave sexual intimacy with a man, and children. Not wishing to hurt or embarrass her husband, she has a secret affair with an Irish playwright, but feels so guilty that she breaks it off. Clifford, noticing that her humor had been much improved during the affair and her despondency after, suggests in his ignorance that she “have an affair, to cheer herself up.”

Young Voices | A 14-Year-Old’s Look at Rape Culture

*Names have been changed to protect privacy This summer I went to Health and Medicine camp at Northwestern University (fondly known as nerd camp). There, we were given a prompt: Pick a public health issue that, given 10,000 dollars, you could create a program to change. The answer–for me at least–was easy: I wanted to Continue Reading

For Here, Please | Get Down To Get Up

Mike told me he was going to put up signs around the neighborhood that said, “Missing: My Serenity.” Like the lost pet signs that occasionally appear on telephone poles and trees. I loved that idea so much I wanted to take it away for a long weekend in New England. So I wrote my own Continue Reading

Review | Reishi Roast: You Can Have Your Coffee & Your Wellness, Too

I love coffee, and for twenty some years, I’ve had a cup or two (or in my college days, maybe three or four, every day) but I haven’t been drinking much coffee at all for over two weeks. My doctor told me not to, for a while, and she handed me some anti-anxiety supplements. Excuse Continue Reading

Kindness Matters | 6 Printable Compliment Cards

Did you know that when you practice kindness, not only are you likely to make others happy, you are increasing your own sense of well-being as well? You probably do know that. It feels good to do good. When we’re kind to others, our orbitofrontal cortex zaps us with a shot of happy juice, the Continue Reading

Notes From A Human Alien: Why I Love Sci-Fi & Fantasy

I was a nerd and a geek before it was cool. I say that not to sound superior or exclusionary – that’s the whole point of nerds and geeks, we don’t exclude; we’re the excluded – but to provide context: I was a skinny, buck-toothed, uncoordinated kid with a too-smart mouth and goofy glasses. I Continue Reading

At The Root Of Things | Goodbye To The Odyssey

As I stood ensconced in the familiar greasy aroma of George’s mechanic shop with the phone to my ear, my husband Kyle’s words rushed in: “I think it’s time we get you a new car.” Tears dammed behind my eyes and clogged my throat. Seconds passed before words could push over an unexpected junk-pile of Continue Reading

Take Your Write-amins: Unshackle Your Voice

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. If you’re too much—bold, loud, opinionated, emotional—they won’t like you. Wait for permission. Be a good girl. Who do you think you are? Any of these sound familiar? This is what society tells you, if you’re a little girl with a lot to say. Continue Reading

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