Jo Conklin

Jo Conklin

Jo Conklin is a full-time psychology student in Atlanta, Georgia. Her long history of eclectic interests and a passion for research informs her writing, which explores topics ranging from social justice and gender or sexual identity issues, to gardening, cooking, home remedies, lifehacking, urban exploration, alternative spirituality and living gluten-free. After 11 years of administrative work with the State of Michigan, she quit in order to attend college and pursue her dream career in social psychology. She moved south in 2012 with her partner and two cats, and spends her spare time on hobbies (reading, sewing, gardening and crafting), home-making, and volunteer work with homeless LGBT youth.
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  • Five Tips for Gluten-Free Baking
    With the right equipment and know-how, you don't have to give up your favorite baked goods when you have to give up gluten.
  • Moving Long Distance with a Cat
    After driving 900 miles in a moving van with two cats, I learned a lot of lessons that will help you reduce your cat's stress during a long-distance move.
  • Gluten Free Living: When Your Pets Make You Sick
    When pets eat food with gluten, they create a cross-contamination risk for Celiacs and others with gluten sensitivity. Check your pet food ingredients and change brands to keep your pets from making you sick.
  • My Plus-Size Wardrobe on an Undersized Budget
    Using sales, thrift stores, sewing, and professional alterations or tailoring, you can accumulate a high quality, well-fitted plus size wardrobe for surprisingly little money.
  • Gift-Giving Guide for Work and School
    What do you give? How much do you give? Who do you give to? When the envelope or e-mail comes around the office, or when your child's school year is ending, here are some general guidelines to help you decide the perfect gift.
  • 5 Tips for Home Decorating
    You can discover and interpret your own personal decorating style through the use of an inspiration board, and use inexpensive tricks like decluttering and painting to give a room a new look.
  • First Person: Student Loans Are How Dreams Are Subsidized
    I took unsubsidized federal Stafford loans to return to school in my 30s. While I will rack up an enormous amount of debt before I am finished, it is worth it to follow my dream.
  • Six Money-Saving Gluten-Free Tips
    Six cost-cutting tips to bring down the price of eating gluten-free, based on four years of experience shopping and cooking for a gluten-free household.
  • 10 Do's and Don'ts When a Friend Comes Out
    Most people want to be as supportive as possible of a friend who comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer, but many don't understand what their friend is experiencing or expecting. Here is a handy guide to understanding.
  • Stomach Bugs: How to Feel Better Fast
    A guide to recovering quickly from illnesses that cause vomiting and nausea, including food poisoning (E.Coli) Norovirus, Gastroenteritis, and stomach flu. It is important to control the nausea, re-hydrate, and avoid further irritation to the stomach.
  • Five Tips for Memorial Day Camping in Michigan
    Whether you hit a state park or private campground, a Memorial Day weekend camping trip takes some extra planning to have a great family weekend.
  • Bones: Season 9 Should Be the Last
    Despite my nostalgia for the great first seasons of Bones, I have to admit that the show peaked in its third season, and continues to decline.

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