A strange thing happened to me a year after I retired from my teaching career and transitioned to a full-time writing career—at some unknown point I seemed to lose my ability to make decisions. This was brought home to me when I realized it had taken me two weeks to make my annual appointment with my dermatologist, a decision that I would have had no problem making on a 35-minute lunch hour or the 4-minute pass-to-class time when I had been teaching. (more…)
Recent news has brought to our attention women who are continuing to be first in their field of interest. They continue to make “Her Story.” Other women’s achievements continue to accumulate. We are calling these women—pioneers; we want to profile them in this month’s article. (more…)
Are you bored lately? Let’s look and see what’s out there! First, sit back, relax, and grab your laptop or tablet. Oh, and grab that cup of coffee.
There are Meetup groups right at your fingertips. The site proclaims, “Join a local group to meet people, try something new, or do more of what you love”. Pick a subject and a location. Bingo. You can choose from Photography, Food and Drink, Music, Movements, and so on. So much to choose from. Don’t like what you see, well then, start your own group. Perhaps you are a murder mystery fan and would like to join a group solving a murder mystery. Join and do a search. There are also companies out there hosting these games where you can join in on the fun with others. (more…)
Whether you’re focused on fitness goals, a plant-based diet or simply cooking more, you can lean on beans to help achieve your goals and provide the foundation for a flavorful meal.
The U.S. is the global leader in quality, dry bean production thanks to state-of-the-art harvesting equipment, handling practices and production processes. With more than 10 varieties, U.S. dry beans are renowned for their nutritional qualities and low carbon footprint. Beans require less water and fertilizer compared to other protein sources while also increasing biodiversity. All of these are crucial to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (more…)
Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. It provides your body with the necessary oxygen and nutrients vital for daily survival. If you want to improve your overall health and protect your heart, simple changes in your lifestyle and diet can make a big impact.
For these changes to stick, focus on adding more healthful foods, rather than just taking things out of your daily diet and routine. (more…)
If you’re a senior with diabetes, you’re not alone. The statistics are eye opening — more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
If you’re a senior and have diabetes or help care for a loved one with diabetes, you probably have a lot of questions. Thankfully, technology has advanced incredibly over the last decade, and can now change how people manage diabetes for the better. (more…)
Pauletta B., a woman with hearing loss, became increasingly embarrassed by having to ask people to repeat themselves so she could understand them. At first, she just smiled and pretended she could hear what they said. Ultimately, her worsening hearing loss forced her to retire early from the job she loved.
Hearing well is essential to communication. Diminished hearing can negatively affect your relationships and your career, as well as your sense of self-esteem and ability to stay mentally sharp. The constant effort of straining to understand others may fatigue the brain, often leading those suffering from hearing loss to withdraw from life. Hearing loss keeps people from enjoying life to the fullest. (more…)
Alice Vaught skipped her flu shot one season. That was the year she got the flu.
“I felt like I was dying. Within a couple hours I was unable to move. It came on so quickly, and I wasn’t aware of how severe it was.”
Unfortunately, the flu often strikes quickly and without warning, potentially leading to severe and sometimes life-threatening health problems. It’s an infectious disease that must be taken seriously — especially by those who are most vulnerable. (more…)
Even though you try to be a good “dog parent,” chances are you may not think of everything when it comes to your furry best friend’s well-being. But if you notice that your dog’s breath is unpleasant, it may be time to up your doggy care game. Bad breath can be a sign of poor dental health, which in turn can have a negative impact on your dog’s digestive system, kidneys, liver and heart.
Taking care of your dog’s health is important, so it may be a good idea to spend more time focused on your four-legged pal’s mouth, helping you avoid potential problems down the road.
1. Check your dog’s mouth
While you may take your dog in for periodic professional brushing — which is a great idea — frequent checks and brushing at home can help you notice problems earlier. While you’re brushing, look for problem signs, such as:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Inflamed gums
- Tumors in gums
- Cysts under tongue
- Loose teeth
- Plaque and tartar build-up (yellowish brown coating around gum and teeth)
If you spot any of these issues, make an appointment with your vet.
2. Dental care
Any dog can become accustomed to brushing if you’re calm and gentle — and reward your pup with a dental chew that’s good for teeth, like The Missing Link’s Smartmouth dental chews. Your vet can demonstrate specific brushing techniques.
Start gradually, building up to 3-4 times per week.
- Kneel or sit in front of your dog. When your dog is relaxed, gently open their mouth, then touch their teeth and gums. Start with short sessions and reward good behavior with a dental chew.
- Pick a toothbrush designed for dogs, with softer bristles — some even fit on your finger for easy use. You’ll need toothpaste made for dogs, as human toothpaste can be harmful to your dog.
- When you think your pooch is ready, let them taste a little toothpaste first. If they respond negatively, try a different flavor. Brushing will be easier if it seems like a treat!
Unfortunately, most commercial dog foods don’t necessarily promote your dog’s dental health, and could be contributing to dental plaque and stinky breath. Since no single dog food provides all the nutrients your dog needs to live their best life, consult your vet for recommendations to boost overall health and oral health, especially depending on your dog’s breed, age and health condition. Dogs can benefit greatly from additional supplements that promote health from the inside out, fresh food and/or prescription dog food.
4. Dental chews
The Missing Link’s Smartmouth dental chews are an easy and yummy way to clean your dog’s teeth. Dental chews aren’t a replacement for home brushing, but a great way to help maintain the good work you’ve started. Their unique ridges clean teeth, and reduce plaque and tartar while freshening breath. Smartmouth dental chews also deliver a daily vitamin supplement to help support healthy gums, healthy skin, shiny coat, better mobility and overall health and wellness. While you’re checking off that list of all you do for your dog, you can also check off “daily superfood vitamin supplement,” too — all while your dog just thinks they’re getting a tasty treat.
By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure your dog lives healthier and prevent painful oral infections. And no more dog breath!
Do you read? I mean, real books, magazines; tangible objects you can hold in your hand? I do. Oh, I love my ebook reader for sure, but there’s something about holding a real printed book in my hands that thrills and comforts me. (more…)
It is rewarding to acknowledge that women paved the way for television as we know it today! In addition to being in front of the camera as actresses, they ran production studios, innovated with new types of programming and set the stage for the television industry. Let’s learn about some of those trailblazers. (more…)
Recipe: Hash Brown & Chive Goat Cheese Quiche
“One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch,” says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. “It’s the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an added bonus!” (more…)
Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more — these days, they’re everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.
Americans express growing frustration with fad fitness, social media “fitspiration” and the many myths believed to be true about health and wellness. Here are some commonly-held misconceptions about fitness and the real truth behind them: (more…)
Before you reach into that jar of CBD gummies, or add some CBD oil to your bath, proceed carefully. Do you really know what’s in that “miracle cure” that you purchased online or at the health store for anxiety or your aching back?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a component of the cannabis plant lacking the “high” associated with marijuana, and right now products claiming to contain CBD are everywhere — from gummies to cocktails, ice cream to hand cream, and more. An estimated 64 million consumers, according to a January 2019 Consumer Reports survey, have tried products containing CBD in the past two years alone. (more…)
Many previously taboo subjects — like menopause — are more openly talked about today. But instead of discussing the real experience of menopause, it’s often used as a punchline — like jokes about hot flashes. Myths about this stage of a woman’s life abound, making it hard to sort fact from fiction. (more…)
We’re often told when we can’t make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there’s a healthy reason to do so.
Gut health is about more than just healthy digestion. It’s linked to your immunity and overall well-being. (more…)
Wine connoisseurs know something even more important than facts about vintages and varietals: It makes a big difference how your wine is served. From the correct temperature to the glass you drink from, how any wine is presented can change the entire experience. (more…)
For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air quality to reduced physical activity due to an indoor sedentary lifestyle.
People of all ages are starting to make a change, embracing the outdoors for all the benefits it can provide to their mental and physical health. Since there are opportunities for getting outdoors nearby wherever you live or travel, there’s no better time to commit to getting outside than in 2020. (more…)
Adding or remodeling a bathroom is a popular home improvement project in 2020. Whether it’s a simple powder room, a useful three-quarter or a grand master bath, it’s worthwhile to research the top trends so you can create a space that is functional while also increasing your home’s overall value. (more…)
The issue of sexually inappropriate action by men toward women and women toward men, is one that is finally being strongly addressed and sanctioned. Under the umbrella of sexual inappropriateness falls lip kissing and tongue thrusts from virtual strangers or even from a friend of a friend of a friend. (more…)
Perhaps it will not surprise you if we add composing music to the list of traditionally male-dominated fields. The women composers whom we know through history persevered against tremendous odds and discrimination, in order to actually compose and then have their music performed and known to the general public. In this month’s column, we learn about some women who were music prodigies; they demonstrated their aptitude when they were quite young. Let’s discover more about these accomplished women composers. (more…)
When setting New Year’s intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that’s not always the right mindset for success.
The key to external success starts within. Learning how to focus on yourself means putting self-care first to properly prepare yourself to take on your goals. Start with these tips as a guide to self-improvement in 2020. (more…)
While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year. The demand of holiday spending can lead to worry of unpaid credit card bills, which can lead many to put themselves on a strict “money diet.” As you reflect on the past year and the goals you want to set for yourself, you may want to put financial wellness at the top of your list of resolutions. (more…)
Sitting is nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax.
However, sitting for a long period of time can lead to some adverse health effects. According to a recent survey commissioned by Preparation H, 63% of Americans admit that staying seated for an extended period has resulted in butt pain or discomfort. (more…)
As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run better, from your digestive system to your nervous and circulatory systems. Vitamin D can help your body ward off diseases, while also boosting your mood and helping to fight depression. It also enhances the body’s absorption of calcium, which helps form and maintain strong bones, and aids in maintaining muscle strength, healthy body fat levels and body tissue health. (more…)
When you completed last year’s small business tax return, did you run into surprises? Deductions you could no longer take? Changes in the tax code that left you regretting choices you made last year?
You may have discovered you can no longer deduct for entertaining, so hold off on buying sports tickets for clients or potential investors. And unless you made big investments in your small business last year, you may not know that the cap on what you can invest in new equipment for your business doubled. (more…)
The technology market for older users is booming. With the world’s 65-plus population poised to hit one billion by 2030, manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to put digital products into the hands of this lucrative market.
But while they may be purchasing laptops, smartphones and tablets, many older users say they still don’t feel confident about using them. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego Health Sciences department found that many times frustration with new technology made older adults unsure of their ability to use it, leaving them unmotivated to even try. (more…)
Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.
“The year 2020 brings new innovative technologies to enable us to address the unique challenges we face as we age,” says Lisa Cini, president/CEO, Mosaic Design Studio and BestLivingTech.com. “Even the simplest tasks, like going to the bathroom, turning on the faucet, or cleaning up afterward can be difficult or dangerous for aging adults, but by integrating the latest gadgets into our home designs, seniors can remain safe, connected and independent.” (more…)
As you gear up for a new year with new goals, now is the time to ask yourself if your wheels need a refresh. And there’s no better time, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that tires be replaced every six years regardless of the number of miles driven. Research shows that improperly maintained tires are one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents in the U.S., particularly among teenage drivers.
So, for this resolution, there’s no gym membership required. No dietary changes. No dusting off the bookshelf or hours of self-taught YouTube classes. (more…)
A friend of mine was concerned about the upcoming holiday season. Recently married to a man with two adult children, she and her husband were at a loss as what to do about traditions.
“The kids have been wonderful about accepting me as part of their lives and I wanted to do something special for the holidays.” (more…)
Are you pleased with who you are? Pleased with what you’ve done in your life? Pleased with your business, your relationships, your state of mind?
Two feature films have been released in recent months telling the stories of the lives of historical women – Judy and Harriet – about Judy Garland and Harriet Tubman, respectively. In addition, a documentary has qualified for Oscar consideration of another historical woman – Marilyn Van Derbur Atler – an incest survivor whose documentary is titled Miss America By Day. These women join a number of others profiled in our book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America whose stories have been told through feature films or documentaries including: (more…)
What are the benefits of baking from scratch? Mostly, it’s fun, and your whole family can join in. On top of that, nothing tastes as good as fresh baked treats right out of the oven. For another bonus, it makes the whole house smell great. But perhaps the most important reason to bake from scratch is that you’ll know exactly what’s going in everything you make. (more…)
Lacking culinary inspiration as winter sets in? Keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week? Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?
We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes is a gentle nudge from a friend or a fun new idea to spark your motivation. Below, find three simple ideas to help you live your best life and boost your mental and physical health. (more…)
How do I plan for a comfortable retirement? This question is top of mind for many Americans. Yet how to afford that dream retirement remains a mystery to most. According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 42% of working-age people have tried to calculate just how much they need to save to live comfortably in retirement. (more…)
Entrepreneurs love a challenge. But when starting a small business, there’s one challenge that can prove especially difficult: technology. Savvy business owners know they need the right technology to compete in today’s market. But the price can be prohibitive, and many business owners just aren’t familiar with all the different infrastructure, systems and software they need to be successful. Thankfully, having deep pockets isn’t the only solution to your tech problems. Here are some of the most common technology challenges small businesses face and how you can overcome them. (more…)
The winter months, which are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters, are approaching. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you’re not ready or able to adopt?
Hartz Loving Paws is committed to supporting companion animals in shelters through product donations and volunteer events. Hartz is partnering with the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area in Texas to share opportunities for you to give back to pets in need if you’re not ready or able to adopt. (more…)
A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 88% of U.S. adults admitted to losing sleep due to staying up late to watch multiple episodes of a TV show or streaming series — and this number jumps to 95% when looking at 18- to 44-year-olds.
The same survey shows that Americans rank sleep as their second most important priority, following family. But actions speak louder than words, and it’s not just TV shows that are taking precedence over sleep. Two-thirds of adults have lost sleep due to reading, 75% of men have lost sleep watching sporting events, and 72% of those aged 18-34 have put video games ahead of bedtime. (more…)
“Oh my God, you look fabulous!” all six of us exclaim to our friend, Jennifer, whose wedding is in two days. We’re gathered for her pre-bridal party at a tony restaurant in NYC and we haven’t seen the “bride-to-be-second-time-around” for over three years while she was working in Florida for her magazine. She’d met someone last year and was getting married again. We’d all kept in touch by phone and emails and were excited for her. (more…)
How comfortable are you in your own skin? Is it okay with you to be who you are and how you are? Can you enter a room without a concern for what folks in there think about you, or do you have to summon up your courage to just walk into the room?
I didn’t have a concern about any of this growing up. I forged ahead based on my own decisions, but life his me like a sandblaster after my second son was born and I felt forced into introspection. That was fifty years ago and in the interim, I have learned. I often feel as if I have a PhD in Life Itself and as tough as the lessons were, they were worth it. (more…)
Sometimes we’ll read a book or hear a story and think: “This ought to be made into a movie.” There are quite a number of women authors whose books have been made into movies – movies that we know and love! In this month’s column, we discuss the authors of some of these books, as well as the movies that resulted from their creative efforts.
A screenwriter, playwright and author, Anita Loos’ 1925 book Gentlemen Prefer Blondes became a bestseller. The stage adaptation, which she wrote, opened in 1926. The silent film era movie for which she wrote the titles and screenplay was released in 1928; it did not achieve much success. The stage version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was reworked to become a musical that opened on Broadway in 1949 starring Carol Channing. The movie version of the musical opened in 1953. It achieved much greater success than the silent film era version and starred Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Later in her life, Loos wrote columns that appeared in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
Novelist Pearl Buck lived primarily in China until she was in her forties. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth, describes Chinese life in the early 20th century. It was the best selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932. The movie, The Good Earth, was released in 1937 starring Luise Rainer. She won a Best Actress Oscar for playing the role. The screenplay was in part written by future Oscar-nominee Tess Slesinger. The movie also won in the category of Best Cinematography and received nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing. The first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Buck was honored in 1938 in recognition “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.” Buck has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
A former journalist, Margaret Mitchell wrote one novel, Gone with the Wind. It not only won her the 1937 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Award, in that same year, Mitchell sold the motion-picture rights to David Selznick. Mitchell had begun the novel in 1926 when she was recuperating from an ankle injury; she refined the novel over the next nine years. Gone with the Wind has sold more than 30 million copies and been published in 40 languages. The 1939 movie starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable. The movie won eight of the thirteen Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel. The movie was filmed with movie lenses using the nonreflective glass recently invented by physicist Katherine Blodgett. Mitchell intended to write another novel but tragically died before she was able to do so.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings. Her 1938 novel, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, received the 1939 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. MGM purchased the motion picture rights and the movie was released in 1946. It made Rawlings famous. Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman played the parents. The movie won Oscars for Best Cinematography, Color and Best Art Direction – Interior Decoration, Color. Jane Wyman was nominated for Best Actress and Gregory Peck was nominated for Best Actor. The other Oscar nominations were in the categories of Best Film Editing, Best Director and Best Picture.
Ayn Rand’s classic novel, The Fountainhead, was released in 1943 after she worked on it for seven years. That same year she sold the film rights to Warner Bros. and was hired to write the screenplay. The movie was released in 1949, was directed by King Vidor and starred Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Even though Rand wrote the screenplay herself, she was highly critical of the film. Then she changed her mind and said that “The picture is more faithful to the novel than any other adaptation of a novel that Hollywood has ever produced.” Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957 is considered her greatest work, and was her last completed work of fiction. A 1991 survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month club revealed that Atlas Shrugged was deemed the second most influential book among adults, after The Bible.
Novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist Alice Walker received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award, for her 1982 novel The Color Purple. The novel takes place in Georgia and focuses on the lives of African-American women. The movie was released in 1985 and received eleven Oscar nominations including a Best Actress nomination for Whoopi Goldberg and two Best Supporting Actress nominations for Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery. Walker was instrumental in the resurgence of knowledge related to Zora Neale Hurston, an African-American writer and anthropologist. Walker coined the term “womanist” meaning a black feminist or a feminist woman of color.
Novelist, editor, professor, and essayist Toni Morrison was also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. She received the award in 1987 for her novel Beloved. Later she would receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first black woman to receive the award. The citation included “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.” Beloved was made into a 1998 movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 2012, Morrison received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama.
Women participate and contribute to every area of our lives. These women authors and the movies that came from their creative works, as well as many others, almost all of whom we have not heard about nor learned about in school, across all fields of endeavor, are profiled in our book, Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Help us by continuing to tell women’s stories. Write women back into history!
Jill S. Tietjen, PE, is an author, national speaker, and an electrical engineer. After 40 years in the electric utility industry, her professional focus is now on women’s advocacy, worldwide. She blogs for The Huffington Post, speaks nationally on the accomplishments of women, nominates women for awards, and continues to write books (8 published to date), following in the footsteps of her bestselling and award-winning book, Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America (written with Charlotte Waisman). She is a frequent keynote speaker as her positive energy and her ability to relate to the audience result in inspired and energized listeners. The recipient of many awards, her induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010 remains one of her most treasured.
Charlotte S. Waisman, Ph.D. is a national champion and advocate for women as a professor and keynote speaker. A corporate leader, executive coach, and facilitator, she conducts leadership workshops nationally.
Work demands paired with family demands make modern life extremely busy. Meetings, deadlines, housework, kids’ homework, practice and much more all vie for your time. What’s the secret to keeping on top of it all? Research shows the power of positivity can work wonders in managing stress, staying productive and boosting happiness. (more…)
Self-care — the practice of taking care of oneself — has become a hot topic across generational groups, with sleep, stress management and fitness as key areas to build better habits. But where to start? Here are three tips for practicing better self-care. (more…)
By Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
Did you know that 78 percent of people with a financial plan pay their bills on time vs. only 38 percent of people who don’t have a plan? Or that 68 percent of planners have an emergency fund while only 26 percent of non-planners are prepared to cover an unexpected cost? Stats like these from the 2019 Schwab Modern Wealth survey reinforce my belief that everyone — no matter their financial situation — can benefit from a financial plan. (more…)
According to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time struggling through long disorganized lines, fighting massive crowds of frantic shoppers, and worrying about whether that must-have gift will still be on shelves at the mall. (more…)
Here’s something you may not know: All-season tires are only meant for year-round driving if you live in the extreme southern United States.
For everyone else, it’s vital to install a set of tires that protect them in snow, ice and frigid temperatures. In some places in North America, doing so is even a legal requirement. All-season tires are not built to provide traction on winter roads. (more…)
If you’re running a small business, chances are your budget is tight. You may consider buying new PCs a luxury you can’t afford, at least not right now. But if your employees are working on computers that are five years old or older, this could actually be costing you serious money.
How do older computers result in your business throwing money away? (more…)
The criteria for what we want in our lives changes as we get ‘older and wiser.’ Or, is it that maybe we become wiser as we get older because we are more willing, and more vocal, in stating our preferences and letting our wants be known. The second act of life is a second chance to meet that criteria. (more…)
I have learned that Life is a perfected learning experience. Have you seen that in your life? For me, one of the things I enjoy most are the results I create out of my learning experiences. St. Paul nailed it when he called this life the schoolmaster state. I was one of those kids who loved school and did well at it, so the idea of a lifetime of school just thrilled me. (more…)
As more women boomers are becoming successful entrepreneurs and carving their own niches in a variety of fields and industries, 50 is definitely the new 30.
Similar to Civil War heroines like abolitionist-spy Harriet Tubman or surgeon-activist Mary Edwards Walker, today’s 50-something women entrepreneurs are hardly getting the recognition they deserve. Be that as it may, this doesn’t mean that their contributions do not have huge impacts on society. (more…)
After twenty years in business, I realized I felt trapped. In my forties, I wondered how I was going to retire, and not have to travel all the time. I also wanted to leave a legacy; something that would live beyond me. Something had to change.
Back in my twenties, I had job as a waitress at a conference center. One woman speaker blew my mind. I had this vision of being a speaker like that; one who could galvanize people into action. That one experience changed a thousand decisions I’ve made since that day. At that time, there were hardly any women on the speaking circuit, so it seemed unlikely I could succeed. I decided to bet on myself anyway. (more…)
Women participate in every area of society including in the arts and culture. Women ballerinas are a key component of the art form. In addition, women laid the foundation for, developed and innovated in the art form of modern dance. In this month’s column, let’s learn about some of these groundbreaking dancers and choreographers. (more…)
Fall marks the beginning of back to busy — back to school and the office, back to sports and other activities, and back to a season of social occasions with family and friends. Healthy, portable snacks such as fresh California grapes play a key role in providing energy and hydration to help power the day’s activities.
Make-ahead dinners are ideal when everyone eats dinner at a different time due to different schedules. Chipotle Chicken and Grape Tacos calls for rotisserie chicken — leftover chicken works well too — heated in a quick-blended chipotle sauce and then finished with California grapes and other toppings for make-your-own tacos.
A quintessential fall dessert can be the showstopper for weekend meals or special occasions. Grape Apple Sheet Pan Pie pairs two fall fruits, apples and fresh black California grapes, in a flavorful and richly colored filling nestled in a buttery crust. Using fresh black grapes delivers a depth of flavor and lovely color to this dessert. This sheet pan pie makes enough for a large crowd or for extras to keep for another meal.
California grapes multitask beautifully as a snack, an ingredient and a refreshing dessert, so keep the refrigerator well-stocked!
For more ideas, visit grapesfromcalifornia.com.
Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Grapes
Yield: Makes 4 servings
-1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
-1 clove garlic
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 tablespoon honey
-2 tablespoons adobo sauce
-1 tablespoon lime juice
-3/4 cup chicken broth
3 cups pulled rotisserie chicken
8 corn tortillas
1 cup halved California grapes
1 avocado, cut into eighths
2 radishes, sliced
2 ounces queso blanco, crumbled
Cilantro for garnish
In a blender, combine the onion, garlic, cumin, honey, adobo sauce, lime juice and chicken broth; blend until smooth. In a medium saucepan, combine the blended sauce with the chicken. Cover and simmer on medium-low, stirring often, for 6-8 minutes, to thicken the sauce and re-heat the chicken. To serve, place the tortillas on a serving platter and top each with chicken, grapes, avocado, radishes, queso blanco and cilantro.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 490; Protein 34 g; Carbohydrate 42 g; Fat 21 g (39% Calories from Fat); Saturated Fat 5 g (9% Calories from Saturated Fat); Cholesterol 90 mg; Sodium 360 mg; Fiber 7 g.
Grape and Apple Sheet Pan Pie
Yield: Serves 16
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup ice water plus additional if needed
3 pounds Granny Smith or other tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced (about 9 cups)
4 cups black California grapes
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Demerara sugar for garnish
To make the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and toss with flour. Smash each cube of butter flat with hands then stir in the cold water with a fork. Knead lightly until dough comes together in a ball. Transfer to a floured work surface and roll into a 10 x 15-inch sheet with a well-floured rolling pin. Fold each short side into the middle and close like a book. Fold it once more to make a thick block and cut in half. Wrap each piece in plastic and chill at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
For the filling: In a large bowl, combine apples, grapes, sugar, flour, lemon juice and pinch of salt; set aside.
To assemble the pie: Heat the oven to 375 F. Roll one half of the dough out to an 18 x 13-inch rectangle. Transfer to a 10 x 15-inch heavy baking sheet; place in refrigerator to chill while rolling out the top sheet. Roll out the remaining dough to another 18 x 13-inch rectangle and cut with a pastry cutter into 1 1/2-inch wide strips. Transfer the filling into the pastry and spread evenly. Lay the dough strips on top of the filling in a lattice pattern and crimp the sides together. Mix the egg with a tablespoon of water and brush the top of the pie. Sprinkle with Demerara sugar and bake until filling is bubbling and crust is nicely browned, about 45-50 minutes. Let cool, then slice and serve.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 560; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrate 74 g; Fat 28 g (45% Calories from Fat); Saturated Fat 17 g (27% Calories from Saturated Fat); Cholesterol 85 mg; Sodium 220 mg; Fiber 5 g.
The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you’ll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines — and how to serve them — will not only please everyone, but will make everything about your get-togethers easier and more fun. Pairing delicious wines to serve along with your meals does not have to be complicated. (more…)
Women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections, and they’re equally tired of the stigma that comes with them, reveals a new national survey.
Key findings of “UTIs: The Burning Truth” by ellura, the urinary tract supplement, found that 3 out of 4 women (76 percent) feel they are judged from others as lacking good hygiene and living a promiscuous lifestyle, common misconceptions attached to UTIs that contribute to emotional trauma, often as frustrating as the physical pain UTIs cause. The truth? Sex is a common risk factor associated with UTIs, but estrogen loss from menopause and various medical conditions also increase risk. (more…)
The traditional notion of retirement — a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure — is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 nationally representative Americans 62 and older, 24% of those who did retire chose to re-enter the workforce.
Delaying retirement or returning to work may influence your Medicare decisions. Here are some points to keep in mind if you plan to continue working past your 65th birthday or return to work. (more…)
Resourceful thieves and cyber criminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers’ sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people even more vulnerable than ever.
Think about it: Have you ever stored credit card information on your phone for added convenience to make payments in a checkout lane? Do you ever store passwords in apps to transfer funds between accounts? And what’s to keep hackers from accessing a wireless network you check your email on while you’re grabbing a quick cup of coffee? (more…)
I’m not one of these people who jump on every health bandwagon. So when it came to the newest catch-phrases such as gluten-sensitive or gluten intolerant, and many of the people I know were afraid of becoming a victim to this ingredient and began buying foods that swore they were free of that nasty gluten, I kept right on buying products that still had gluten.
I certainly knew about how gluten can adversely affect some people. A good friend of mine was taken to the emergency room three times from major stomach discomfort that were found to be caused by gluten. Her description of how she felt was frightening. Her stomach, she said, felt as if it was being squeezed and pummeled. It swelled. Then it felt as if something heavy was being placed on it. I felt for her deeply and was glad I wasn’t gluten intolerant. (more…)
The newspaper business has welcomed women for many years; women have had much success as both publishers and editors (leadership positions) since the time of the American Revolution. For example, a woman was the first to publish the Declaration of Independence with the names of the signers. A woman was responsible for publishing the Pentagon Papers and breaking the Watergate story. These women newspaper publishers and editors had to overcome many obstacles in order to pursue their calling. Let’s discover some of them. (more…)
A wise man shared with me some challenges in his life. We’d talked about potential solutions, but at the end he said “Naw, it’s my bed. I’m sticking with it.” I so admired that, because one of things I have learned is about persevering, or as he said, sticking with it.
I learned about sticking with it through my years of running away from problems. I changed jobs a lot. I moved into many different homes and apartments. I dated a lot of men. I thought of myself as a runner, not a perseverer. (more…)
With our busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to make time for sex, which may help with mood and intimacy within a relationship. So, with all these positives, why should women want to give up one of life’s most pleasurable pastimes? Because they’re too tired, not in the mood or too dry to try. (more…)
As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?
Whether you prefer stomach, back, side or curled into a fetal position, the way you snuggle into the pillow may affect your breathing patterns, neck and back pain, and circulation. A less-serious effect, but one most people would probably like to avoid, is an increase in facial wrinkles. (more…)
Did you know nearly 1 in 3 people think they’re more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council?
But successfully saving for retirement doesn’t have to be a fantasy — or scary. Chances are you’re better at saving than you think. Have you put kids through college? Bought a house? Purchased a car or two? You’re probably better at achieving financial goals than you give yourself credit for. The careful planning and savings skills you’ve already used can help you reach your next big financial goal: a secure retirement. (more…)
Whether you’re hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there’s no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers for another sweat session. However, when results seem to plateau or schedules get busy, you might begin to question your commitment to a fitness routine. (more…)
Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it’s far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don’t necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body needs. (more…)
It’s that time of year, when the weather’s cooling down and everyone is inviting friends over for a great day in the sun or evening feast. Make sure your cookout stands out as one of the best end of summer memories by offering everything your guests will need for a seriously amazing time.
Here are some sure-fire ingredients for having an awesome cookout. (more…)
Growing a business requires strategy, persistence and money. Even the most successful business owners occasionally need extra cash to expand their operations. However, getting this funding through a bank can be an uphill battle.
That was the case for Kate Lester, owner of Kate Lester Interiors, a luxury design firm based in Southern California. After Lester’s business took off, she set her sights on opening a retail space to attract even more clients. (more…)
If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you’d fare?
According to the results from a recent survey by Mercury Insurance, 1,890 respondents did not do so well. The meaning of the “yawning” emoji was correctly identified by 85% of the respondents, but only 31% of quiz-takers correctly identified the meaning of the “lane reduction” road sign. Additionally, 71% knew the “in love” emoji, but the “keep right” road sign was correctly identified by only 51% of quiz-takers. (more…)
Should you wax or should you shave? These are the thoughts waxing, excuse the pun, through my mind as I contemplate my long-awaited vacation. I’ll be living in bikinis so this is an important decision to have to make.
When you’re going to a resort in the Caribbean for two weeks one of the things you really don’t want to be bothered with is shaving your legs and other, um, necessary areas. Underarms, hey, no problem; quickly done in the shower daily. But legs and the nether-regions, need to be hair-free preferably with no stubble. Like a Vegas show-girl, you are going to need a ‘complete wax-over’. I know all about this; I interviewed a show-girl several years ago and was totally amazed at what she goes through to achieve the sexy, glamorous image she portrays onstage. Can you say a loud, “OUCH”? (more…)
We women are a remarkable bunch, don’t you think? The ability to conceive, carry, and deliver children is nothing short of a miracle and requires skills that men don’t think about much as they pursue their roles in life. Men deserve their just rewards in this marvelous process and I do like to include them. It’s that “it takes two to tango” thing.
I thought my role in life was to become a nun, so I spent six years in the convent exploring that idea. The result was I felt there just had to be more somehow, someway, so I left the convent to discover just what that something else might be. (more…)
The Civil War affected everyone, both in the North and in the South in the U.S. We are reminded of this time in our country’s history as we follow the recent events in Washington, D.C. at the Treasury Department. There are many discussions surrounding the timing and design of the revised $20 bill that would show Harriet Tubman instead of Andrew Jackson on its face. Many women played important roles during the war. Escaped slave Tubman was a spy, a scout and a nurse during the Civil War. Mary Edwards Walker was a decorated surgeon. Mary Chesnut documented what daily life was like in her dairy. Clara Barton became the “angel of the battlefield” for her ministrations to the wounded. And, many years later, Margaret Mitchell’s book set during the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, would become a significant movie event. Let’s discover more about each of these women. (more…)
Planning a party doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving delicious wine with a charcuterie board — a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a fairly basic spread can look elegant, while providing your guests with inviting, impressive flavor combinations. (more…)
With the summer season in full swing, entertaining heads outdoors, with leisurely BBQs and picnics forming the backdrop for gatherings of family and friends. Choosing a great wine to pair with the menu is a thoughtful touch, but white wines aren’t the only options during the warmer months. Even as temperatures rise, versatile red wine deserves a place on the table, and these quick tips can enhance your understanding and enjoyment of wines all summer long. (more…)
Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating “mindfulness” practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health benefits like improving your memory, sleep and immune system; reducing stress and feelings of loneliness and increasing compassion toward others and yourself. (more…)
Close your eyes and imagine your perfect ocean voyage. Are you peaceful and serene, gently floating toward exciting ports? Do you imagine a leisurely trip, with a delightful itinerary and plenty of time to explore your ideal destinations?
If that’s the picture of your dream cruise, chances are you’re imagining a small ship. While the typical cruise may conjure the image of a huge, noisy, floating party, there are better options — with travelers like you in mind.
Here are five advantages of traveling on a small cruise ship: (more…)
The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputational setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller businesses can take a proactive approach to developing ethical business leaders and business cultures. In doing so, experts say businesses can achieve benefits for their bottom line, their employees and the common good. (more…)
When it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to be spontaneous and optimistic or stick to a formal plan? Understanding your financial personality can be important on the journey to reaching your financial goals, whether it’s something short-term like buying a home or longer term like your dream retirement. For some of us it’s simply about finding a better balance between spending and saving. (more…)
We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.
While most of us do everything we can to protect our children and grandchildren from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in the home caused by burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking or poisoning. That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant when checking for potential safety hazards in and around our places of residence.
Take the time to evaluate whether your home is as protected as it can possibly be from preventable accidents. Consider using the following checklist as you take a close look at potential safety hazards in your home. (more…)
If you’ve read my articles over the years, you know how important your skin is. Comprising 12-15% of your overall body weight, consisting basically of 3 crucial layers, containing thousands of miles of tiny capillaries and covering approximately 20 square feet (I wouldn’t want to be the scientist conducting that experiment…) the skin serves as the body’s largest organ.
It also serves as the body’s third kidney, second bowel and third lung, assisting to detox impurities and provide protection and respiration to body tissues. Now it’s being found to play a vital role in helping us NOT develop Alzheimer’s Disease and/or Dementia as we age. What a marvel – and what a fascinating discovery taking the scientific community by storm! Let’s take a closer look: (more…)
Noah Webster describes desire as “an emotion or excitement of the mind, directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, sensual, intellectual or spiritual, is expected.” In his second definition he says that “Desire is that internal act, which, by influencing the will, makes us proceed to action.” It’s also “a passion excited by the love of an object.”
Those definitions serve as a foundation from which we can all understand desire even more because it’s incredibly powerful, and I’m confident you’d love to harness that power. First of all, desire arrived on this earth when you arrived because it’s intrinsic to you. I have learned that it’s an innate part of my nature and of yours. And, it’s on automatic. Think of tiny infants crying to be fed. That’s desire at work. Think of a school-aged child working for good grades. That’s desire at work. Think about wanting to get your own apartment or house. That is desire at work. (more…)
Does anyone remember that damned commercial from years ago about yogurt and the “itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie-yellow-polka-dot-bikini” that used taunt those of us yearning for a hot bod in the bikini? Every time I saw it, I screamed, “Stop!” Too many people were influenced by that yogurt promotion. I hate to admit that I was one of them.
I know they were trying to make us believe that if we ate their product, we’d end up wearing that bikini, that cute itsy bitsy yellow one, but that is a load of bull. Nice try guys, but yogurt is not exactly a miracle body sculpting food. (more…)
Women contribute in every field of endeavor – including as architects. Their contributions have been recognized for more than 100 years in this profession. Let’s learn about some of the pioneering women architects in the U.S. including Mary Colter, Julia Morgan, and Sophia Hayden Bennett, as well as a contemporary woman architect – Maya Lin. (more…)
Chefs Laurent Manrique, Roland Passot and Gerald Hirigoyen hold the most envied title of their profession: Maître Cuisinier de France or Master Chef of France. Chefs are chosen to join one of the world’s most prestigious culinary associations through an exhaustive six-month review process that dates back to 1951.
For the three Bay Area residents and San Francisco restaurateurs, being named a Master Chef of France is “a lifetime achievement, significant career milestone and distinct honor” all in one. This year, they are also honored to play host to the organization’s annual Global Conference in San Francisco. They gathered in advance to discuss what’s inspiring them at the moment and how local ingredients shape their dishes. The common food item on their short lists? Pistachios, with which they are very familiar, having seen the many pistachio orchards that line the landscape throughout central and northern California.
“One of our duties as a Master Chef is to participate actively to promote products of ‘top quality,’” said Hirigoyen, owner of Piperade. “Pistachios grown here in California, not far from San Francisco, are superior in color and taste. I love to use pistachios because not only are they a great thing visually, they are healthy, too. They’re buttery in flavor, but the lowest in fat, actually. They can go in toppings, fillings and soups.” (See recipe below.)
The green nut’s versatility appeals to the proprietor of popular Café del la Presse, Manrique, as well. “When I came to California, I discovered the greatness of cooking with pistachios. There are so many things you can do, from savory dishes to sweet. The inspiration is endless. Put them on salads and in pates. Even when you cook pistachios, they keep that wonderful texture and crunch.”
At La Folie on Russian Hill, Chef Passot’s cuisine blends French tradition with contemporary culinary creativity, and features seasonal, fresh, organic and sustainably harvested fare that is locally sourced whenever possible. This includes pistachios. “French cuisine doesn’t have to be rich to be delicious. I use pistachios because of their natural, healthy fats and oils. Plus they have great flavor and give you energy, just eating them out of hand with an aperitif.”
All three attest to the power of pistachios outside the kitchen and snack on the nut for energy during their outdoor pursuits — Passot sailing, Manrique hiking and Hirigoyen cycling.
“Health-wise, pistachios are beautiful nuts in terms of what they contain: potassium, antioxidants and fiber. I call them the Super Nuts, and you will find them in my kitchen and in my bike pack,” said Hirigoyen.
Pistachio Gazpacho with Watermelon and Cucumber
By Chef Gerald Hirigoyen, Piperade, San Francisco
Yield: 4 servings
2 cups Pistachios, shelled
1 medium Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced in 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup Celery stalk, diced
1½ cups Pain de mie (or other soft white bread), chopped
2 small Garlic cloves, degermed and finely chopped
4 cups Cold water
Juice of One lemon
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 cup watermelon, 1/4” cubes
1 cup Croutons
4 sprigs Fresh tarragon
1/8 teaspoon Ground white pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
In a large bowl, combine the pistachios, most of the diced cucumber (reserving a small amount for garnish), celery, pain de mie, garlic and water.
Working in two separate batches, pour half of the ingredients into a blender and puree on high speed until contents are smooth throughout, about 2 minutes, and then transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Strain all of the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass bowl or airtight container, gently pushing all of the liquid through with a spatula or back of a ladle. Discard the solid ingredients.
Season the soup with salt; refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.
To serve, divide the soup into 4 shallow bowls and garnish evenly with the reserved cucumber and diced watermelon. Scatter croutons and a sprig of tarragon on top of each bowl. Season with ground white pepper to taste and drizzle small dots of extra virgin olive oil over the top.
If you love entertaining, warmer weather brings up images of visiting with friends on the patio or deck, and enjoying light summer fare with a delicious, refreshing rosé wine. Now’s the time to make plans, and nothing is more fun than planning a soiree. All you need are the best pairings for summer dishes with wines you and your guests will love.
Rosé wines are lighter than their fully red cousins, often with a fruitier aroma and palate. Many of the best rosés originate from Southern France and Italy, so dishes that complement these wines well are often found among various Mediterranean cuisines, including French, Italian and Greek recipes. (more…)
Summer is here and so is swimsuit season! There’s still time to do a quick assessment and create a routine to get your body ready for sun and fun.
By following three easy steps — reset, realign and repeat — you can commit to making changes to create a healthier summer you.
Do a self-health assessment. Take time to reevaluate your goals and set new milestones. Achieving desired health goals requires you to be honest with yourself in regard to where you are at and what you want to achieve. (more…)
Feeling stressed at work? If so, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 55% of Americans said they are stressed “a lot” during the day, up from 46% in 2006.
In the workplace, stress can affect your attitude, relationships with your colleagues and your work performance. Although a modest amount of stress is normal, high levels of stress can be dangerous to your health and may contribute to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression. (more…)
The financial exploitation of older people is a rampant epidemic in America. A recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed that each incident of financial fraud cost older adults ages 70 to 79 an average of $45,300. And when the older adult knew the suspect, the average loss rose to about $50,000.
As older adults experience more wealth events — from selling a home to making IRA withdrawals — they become more vulnerable to financial fraud scammers. This can often happen when older people lose touch with those who can help protect them. While technology has made lots of things easier, including managing money, it has also increased the ways for scammers to weaponize fraudulent activity. It is more critical than ever to empower older adults to protect their financial accounts — and for trusted family and friends to help them do so, before it’s too late. (more…)
Ever heard the expression, “One bad apple spoils the barrel?” In business this is especially true because hiring the wrong person can negatively affect everyone working around them, as well as potentially harming the reputation of your company.
Turnover is incredibly expensive and can have a ripple effect throughout an organization. Hiring new employees involves the cost of advertising, possibly an agency or recruiter, plus the time and energy spent searching, selecting, onboarding and training new hires. (more…)
Today, we’re inundated with TV ads promoting the use of pads and adult diapers. We hear about mesh surgery going awry and about meds being prescribed. Urinary tract, bladder control and bowel problems are a major issue for men and women alike and it’s one of the most embarrassing aspects of aging, tearing of the pelvic muscles during childbirth, anal or rectal cancer. Many people who suffer with urinary incontinence can also have leaky bowel, and suffer in silence and embarrassment, sometimes confined to their homes. (more…)
After 30 years of painting commercial buildings, Mario Martinez of San Jose, California, had experienced days like this before — grueling hours under a sun-soaked sky, doing back-breaking work. He loved his job, but after spending hours outside he was ready to go home.
Mario bent down to pick up his paintbrush, roller and can. Turning back to look at his day’s work, he paused. His heart sank. He knew something was wrong. (more…)
Recent studies suggest that by 2030 approximately 40 million women will be Menopausal.
That’s a lot of women – and a lot of Menopause-related symptoms roaming around!
Menopause is a herculean process for the female human body to undertake. Declining and fluctuating hormone levels- be they estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, or thyroid can have a significant impact on the body, mind and emotions. (more…)
No matter where we go in 2019 we can be reached at will by the outside world. Cell phones and text messages, Bluetooth and Sync, SKYPE and email; you’re only a click away from being found. Honey, you’re in techno overload!
Everywhere I am, it is rare for me not to see someone without a contact device. I am as guilty as anyone else; I was always connected. But a chance remark by my book editor, Ellen Urban, made me stop and think about how I was allowing myself to be a ‘prisoner’ of all-day technology, every day. (more…)
As you begin to read this article, where are you in your life? Just starting out after schooling? Are you married? Are you single? Are you independent? Are you need dependent on another? Are you confident or are you a worrier? Do you look at each day as a horror to be encountered or as an opportunity to blossom?
For me, the glass has always been half full, and I have a grateful heart about it. That doesn’t mean the glass WAS half full though. In fact, I grew up in poverty, but it was the perfect soil to become self-sufficient as it turned out. (more…)
We wrote about some of the women who were Nobel Laureates a few years ago but there are others! Here is a recap about these famous international awards: The six categories include physics, chemistry, peace, literature, economic sciences, and physiology or medicine. In addition to the medal and the public acknowledgement, each prize comes with the generous gift of one million dollars. Alfred Nobel left full directions and the money to be invested for this award in his 1895 will. Let’s learn about some more of these very accomplished women Nobel Laureates. (more…)
Summertime brings lots of picnics, barbecues and pool parties, along with tasty treats everyone loves to share. Want to make yummy desserts your friends will rave about, but with your own unique twist?
Add exotic new fruit.
Whether you’re making a fruit salad, a pie or another tasty fruit-forward delight, consider making a colorful statement with exotic fruits. Why settle for the usual grapes, oranges or bananas? There’s a world of amazing fruit out there! (more…)
If you’re familiar with turmeric, you probably know it as a spice in Indian cuisine such as curry. Turmeric is mildly aromatic, with a distinct earthy, pungent flavor and deep yellow color. The warm, gingery taste of turmeric can be combined with other spices to create unique flavors that can add incredible depth of flavor for a wide variety of both savory and sweet dishes.
Here are some great ideas for adding the rich flavor of turmeric to your everyday cooking. (more…)
Do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever, and it’s no wonder why; they make for a great weekend activity and are a creative way to add handmade touches to your space. Whether it’s gardening, cooking, or simply being creative, summer is the perfect time to combine your favorite passions into a DIY project.
Chris Lambton, garden and yard care expert, suggests a seasonal project to kick off the summer months that is not only fun to create, but also will be useful for months to come. (more…)
It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear about sun care is true: there are a number of dangerous sunscreen misconceptions out there that can lead to potential issues for the skin down the road. (more…)
We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don’t understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.
Each year more than 2 million people visit the emergency room because of oral health complications, due to things like cavities or gum disease. Many of those cases could have been prevented through routine dental care and exams. (more…)