Who am I?

The name’s Cally and I am an aspiring writer who lives with eczema (and topical steroid withdrawal currently). To help distract myself from the ever-present itch, I like to write about whatever comes to mind especially if it relates back to eczema and/or my life. As eczema forced me to traverse away from the beaten path and my detailed career plans, I am constantly reinventing my story.

For those who like the pedigree:

  • BA in Biology, Swarthmore College, 2014
  • Certified Bone Builders Leader, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 2016
  • 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher through CorePower Yoga, 2016
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2018
  • Information Specialist for FemFusion Fitness (Apr 2018 – Oct 2018)

Still curious about me and my life outside of eczema?

  • I am married to a lovable Montana mountain man (since January of 2017) and we have a daughter (born summer 2018).
  • I am trying to become fluent in German (and then French) so I can raise my baby girl to be multilingual. My husband is doing the same, but with Spanish instead of French, and then we plan to teach one another. Any advice on raising a polyglot (and learning a second and third language the best) is welcome.
  • I am a flâneuse and so I love to go on adventures by foot (though wandering for hours in all weather can be tough because of the eczema). I like walking through towns/cities and through the woods, but I am known to traverse the miles in-between as well, lost in my own thoughts.
  • I very much love nature: from the new growth and colors of spring to the harvest and festival feels of fall. My favorite color is green and I love growing things. My most prized plant is my magnolia tree seedling, though my goal is to grow a field of marshmallow, and fill a future sunny kitchen with pots of herbs with which to cook.
  • I love watching horror movies (and apparently I’ve developed decent taste in the genre, as discovered by having similar preferences/thoughts on movies as do critics). However I am an unorthodox consumer in that I hate being exposed to jump scares, gore, violence, and scary uncanny faces/movements. If you are interested in some recommendations, contact me.
  • My love for libraries is unparalleled. I thank them for their shaping of me into who I am today. I also have an overcommitting problem in that I love to get books from the library, but too many to finish before they are due back (even after multiple renewals). I will probably mention libraries a lot, from my adventures in them to why we need to keep them around. I wouldn’t be surprised if I become a librarian down the road. Also I like reading (I figured that was a given though) and giving recommendations so if you are feeling a certain kind of way and would like a book to fit that mood, try out my Book Rx project.


I am NOT a medical provider/expert: None of my blog posts are intended to be taken as medical advice for your unique self. They are more for general information acquisition- to whet the appetite for self study and research, and hopefully to entertain. Should you have specific questions relating to your health or specific conditions, please contact a medical and/or health professional.

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