As UCSF students, staff and faculty make the final push toward winter vacations, many of us will be going to bed with gluttonous dreams of baked ham and Linzer cookies.

Eating used to be simple. I think that past tense is something most people could agree with.

As the holidays are getting near again, I get so depressed. I don’t know why, but I do. Do you have any advice to help me get out of the seasonal depression? I don’t want to take medicine, and I really don’t think I need therapy. I just want to get through it with a better attitude. I actually don’t think it’s possible, but any ideas you have would be appreciated.

When it comes to baby food, I married a complete and total hippie, although this really only applies to our baby’s food, and not at all to what we, as parents, consume.

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There’s an National Public Radio podcast called Freakonomics Radio that I really enjoy listening to while doing cell culture.

Being in grad school here is putting a horrible crimp in my family life. I have a wife and two young kids, and all my time spent in the lab doing research is just killing me. I can't find the energy to be fully present with my wife or with my kids. I get home tired and frustrated, and even though I tell myself on the ride home my new mantra: "Tonight, I will be fully present," I can't seem do it.

Three years ago I was experiencing almost daily rocket attacks on our compound in Baghdad, Iraq. This Veterans’ Day, I found myself barricaded behind a mountain of books and notes studying for my nursing med-surg exam.

Cape Canaveral, Fla.

This is the first installment of a column to which I will return periodically over the next few years, with learning points I come upon in my own training or in conversation with my clinical mentors.

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With November right around the corner, students are beginning to buy their tickets to fly home for the Thanksgiving holiday.