Women and Morality: What Has Changed?

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Boomer Life

“Has the idea of morality changed for us? I mean, one hundred years ago, what was considered moral for women?” A female colleague of mine asked me this at a Friday end-of-the work week dinner. We love discussing complex questions when we get together, and the idea of morality is always a topic that prompts a good discussion. She gave all of the women seated at the restaurant food for thought, as it were. (more…)

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Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

August 26 is known as “Equality Day.” That is because on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. Interestingly, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify (there were 48 states at the time – Hawaii and Alaska weren’t states yet) and the margin of that vote was – ONE. In previous columns, we have profiled a number of suffragists including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, and Carrie Chapman Catt. In this column, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s enfranchisement, we profile other suffragists without whom the movement would not have been successful. (more…)

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Great Grilling Ideas for Easy Home-Cooked Meals

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Food and Drink

Any summer day is the perfect day to fire up the grill. Simple or elaborate, gas or charcoal — any type of grill can impart flavors and textures that make home-cooked meals extra special. No need to cook indoors and heat up the kitchen when the outdoor grill is ready to go. (more…)

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How the Right Kind of Sugar Makes All the Difference

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Health

Everyone is becoming more health conscious today, and that means people are paying closer attention to what they are eating throughout the day — from items that are bought at the store to food that’s made at home. The hard part for consumers is interpreting food labels, especially when it comes to ingredients one might have concerns about, such as the type of added sugar. With so many varieties of sugar available, it is important to understand the differences between them, what they are best used for and the role that they play in the flavor of different foods. (more…)

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Here Are 6 Ways Running Can Address Today’s Anxiety

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Fitness Over 40

If you’ve ever experienced that almost Zen sense of calm just after a workout, you understand the positive effects exercise can have on your mental health.

By now, most people know about the physical health benefits achievable through running and other fitness activities. But in these mentally and emotionally taxing times, it’s more important than ever to understand how exercise can help control the stress and anxiety we feel in response. (more…)

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How Do You Prepare for the Future When Life Is So Uncertain

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Finance and Money

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to present health and economic challenges, it is difficult to focus on anything other than the present. It’s important, though, not to lose sight of the years ahead and to take steps that can put you in a better position when we emerge on the other side. (more…)

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Tips for Making Safe Digital Payments During the Pandemic

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Technology Tips

In a time of global crisis — pandemic, economic or political — fraudsters and scammers are willing and ready to prey on people. These ‘bad guys’ take advantage of vulnerabilities by offering false employment offers, bogus cures and treatments and fake promises of assistance and products. (more…)

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5 Simple Ways to Show up for Small Business

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Business

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Whether in a busy city or a sleepy suburb, we depend on the many beloved local shops and services that contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Where we shop matters, and now more than ever small businesses need our support as they recover and rebuild from the effects of the pandemic.

Small businesses will play a vital role in helping communities around the world get back on their feet. They account for more than half of global employment, and COVID-19 has hit them hard. As a result of the pandemic, 43% of small businesses say they only have money to last six months. Women- and minority-owned businesses have been hit especially hard.

The pandemic has changed the way we shop, work and live — rapidly increasing digital commerce including online shopping, delivery services and curbside pick-up. For small businesses to meet these new essential expectations, they must adopt digital tools across their consumer experiences and back-office operations.

As a long time champion of small businesses, Visa is committing to help 50 million small businesses around the world enhance their digital offerings as they begin to reopen and rebuild. This includes the easy-to-adopt contactless payment technology that has become as much a part of the safe shopping experience in stores as face masks, hand sanitizer and glass screens, and ecommerce technology online.

As individuals, we all play a vital role in supporting the success of locally owned businesses to help our communities thrive. Every effort adds up, so consider these five simple things you can do to support local small businesses:

Make shopping locally a habit

Exploring neighborhood businesses is not only good for the economy, it can make you feel like a real part of your community. Make a daily effort to shop from small businesses for your needs — you’ll likely discover new locally sourced goods, and service providers who cater directly to local taste. From food and clothing to haircuts and car repair, there are many small business owners who would love the opportunity to help you. Use the Back to Business search tool at usa.visa.com to quickly search for local businesses that can help with your needs.

Pay it forward with a gift card

Supporting small business owners now is critical for small business owners. Buy gift cards for neighbors, friends and family as a thoughtful gesture to brighten their day, or just for yourself for future use. It a great way to support local merchants with a revenue stream while they’re operating under limited circumstances — keeping their doors open and workers employed.

Become part of the community on social

Social media platforms have become more than a marketing tool for small businesses — they are vibrant digital communities and can be as unique an experience as walking around Main Street. Sure, you can help grow a small business’s online presence by liking them on social media. And leave them a positive online review so others who might shop there feel confident they’ll have an excellent experience. Even if they don’t have a social media page, you can mention them in your posts to remind your network of your favorite local businesses. But you can also get involved: Yoga studios, wine shops and taprooms, local craft centers and more are all offering virtual experiences and online transactions that keep one-to-one connections alive.

Get it curbside, or on your porch

Although social distancing has changed the way some small businesses can work, many are going above and beyond to meet customer needs. Ask about options like curbside pickup or touch-free delivery, which are becoming another indispensable part of our new normal. Buy online-pickup, in-store orders including curbside, jumped 87% year over year by late March, according to Adobe Analytics. And as shops re-open brick-and-mortar locations, many owners are integrating social distancing, increased cleaning and reconfiguring in-store layouts to help keep customers and employees healthy.

Purchase with purpose

By choosing to make a purchase from a small business, you help support an entrepreneur’s dream and help them get through extraordinary times. You’ll also find that many small businesses in your community are reaching out to help others during the pandemic — whether it’s a restaurant donating food to front line workers, or a local distillery making hand sanitizer for the neighborhood. To help support small businesses during this time when many are struggling, there are ways you can get involved just by shopping.

With more than 30 million small businesses estimated in the United States alone, you have the power to make a difference. These tips can help you support local businesses now, so the community prospers in the future.

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Useful Tips for Virtual Car Buying

Comments (0) August 2020 KW Magazine, Auto and Car Care

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Online car buying has become more popular in recent years. Instead of having to go out to visit dealer lots, car shoppers have found it’s easy to look at inventory, set up test drives, secure financing, negotiate price and complete the purchase — all online, from the comfort and safety of home. (more…)

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Find Ways to Stay Connected While Social Distancing

Comments (0) Boomer Life, July 2020 KW Magazine

The COVID-19 pandemic presents daunting challenges for many seniors and other vulnerable populations. Social distancing and shelter-in-place requirements are necessary for their continued health and safety. But with it comes the risk of social isolation, and the mental and physical tolls this can take. (more…)

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Dream of Summer by Planning Your Ideal Outdoor Space

Comments (0) Home and Garden, July 2020 KW Magazine

If you’re dreaming of summer, imagining how you could be relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine — or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis — here are some tips to help kickstart the planning process when the time is right for you. (more…)

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5 Essential Steps for Managing Blood Sugar

Comments (0) Health, July 2020 KW Magazine

In the U.S. alone, 28.1 million people are living with diabetes, and an added 7.2 million are living with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 84 million American adults have prediabetes, but nearly 90 percent of them don’t even know it. (more…)

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Brighten Summertime Dishes With Fresh Grapes

Comments (0) Food and Drink, July 2020 KW Magazine

Warmer weather is finally here, and that means more daylight for activities of all types and ideally more time for relaxation. Whether family members choose to spend their time playing outside, tackling home projects or getting creative with crafts, it’s easy to work up an appetite for tasty summertime food. Crisp, juicy grapes serve as an easy snack — whether fresh or frozen — and a special ingredient in simple but creative new dishes. (more…)

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How to Make the Most of Summer Holidays This Year

Comments (0) Food and Drink, July 2020 KW Magazine

While traditions may be a bit different this summer, some things can still remain the same. Finding new ways to celebrate our favorite summer holidays make for a great opportunity to reunite with small groups of friends and family members — safely. With a little thought and creativity, holidays such as the Fourth of July will still be as fun as in years past. (more…)

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Emotional Distress and Financial Upheaval

Comments (0) Finance and Money, July 2020 KW Magazine

The global coronavirus pandemic has caused emotional distress and financial upheaval for people around the world. Many Americans are dealing with daunting issues that could jeopardize their financial future, whether it’s unexpected health care costs, unemployment and loss of income, the market’s impact on 401(k)s and other investments, or the need to postpone retirement plans. With these COVID-19 disruptions come financial anxiety and increased emotional concern that can become all-consuming and greatly impact your mental health. (more…)

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Worried You May Have COVID-19? Here’s What You Can Do

Comments (0) Health, July 2020 KW Magazine

Whether you’ve had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms you’re worried about, or you belong to a vulnerable population (such as being over 65), you may be worried. You also may be unsure about how or where to get tested. It’s understandable that you may have concerns about going out to get a test administered, too. (more…)

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Sweet Relief! 4 Reasons to Reach for Fresh Cherries When Coping With Stress

Comments (0) Health, July 2020 KW Magazine

Stress is a common part of anyone’s life, and individuals have long sought natural remedies to alleviate it. Surveys have shown that Americans are turning to plant-based diets for reasons such as improving overall well-being and mood, and with good reason. Many fruits and vegetables contain specific wellness-boosting properties, with the cream of the crop touted as superfoods. Sweet cherries are certainly among them. (more…)

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Thinking About a Road Trip? How to Get Back Behind the Wheel Safely

Comments (0) Auto and Car Care, July 2020 KW Magazine

As the nation considers a safe and socially-distant return to work and travel, states are loosening restrictions on stay-at-home orders. As your car may have sat relatively idle over the last few months, the following tips can help ensure your vehicle is ready when you are, while you, the driver, stay informed and safe. (more…)

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Pandemic Spurs Innovation for Small-to Mid-Sized Businesses

Comments (0) Business, July 2020 KW Magazine

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt normal day-to-day operations of small- to mid-sized businesses and nearly half of the U.S. workforce hangs in the balance, employers are taking creative measures to reset their go-to-market strategies and offerings. By changing their operations to meet the demands of their customers, businesses can not only stay relevant but keep their staff employed and thrive in the new economy. (more…)

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Emotional Fatigue in the Time of Political Upheaval and Covid-19

Comments (0) Health, July 2020 KW Magazine

Most of us have what I call the ‘garden-variety’ of stress. Deadlines, childcare, parents, co-workers—daily issues that are not outside of the parameters of our daily lives. It’s challenging but somehow, we can, and do, deal with it all.

But when your mind becomes overwhelmed with stress—I mean non-stop-no-where-to-hide, flight-or-fight stress—then the body suffers. This is something that has been happening to a lot of us lately. Unremitting stress from the political mess we’re in to the frightening aspects of a pandemic has left us emotionally fatigued leading to physical exhaustion. There’s even a syndrome named for this condition—EFS

EFS or emotional fatigue syndrome occurs when someone is under such intense stress that it not only impacts their nervous system but causes physical problems as well. That’s it in a nutshell. Unremitting stress causes emotional damage which in turn causes physical damage. In order words, both mind and body suffer from the stress-assault.

I know what I should do to de-stress, we all have some type of coping mechanism that helps us in “certain uncertain” times. But when even that mechanism begins to shatter and not work, we are in danger of a compromised personal health system that poses a real threat to our physical self.

So—what to do about it? Is there anything we can do about it? The answer is yes and we should begin as soon as possible.

Most of us are creatures of habit and of comfort. We don’t like things that are not only unfamiliar, but that we view as threatening. The unrest brought about by a lack of a solid leadership, infighting in political parties, outright lies, and a lack of partisanship that is so desperately needed—coupled with the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic—builds up to a boiling point in our minds and adds to our stress. Our body suffers.

We need to step back, take a breath, and see, not the whole horrible situation, but what is right in front of us. You will never climb a mountain if you only look at the enormity of the climb. You have to deal with each step as it comes. Try to consider stressful situations in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective on what is happening at this time.

Accept that these are events out of your control. Unpleasant? Absolutely. Frightening? Sure enough—but out of your immediate control. You can do something by empowering yourself

Anxiety arises when we feel powerless to control a situation. Instead of concentrating all our thoughts on what we cannot do, we need to focus on what we can control in our lives even if it’s an act as simple as taking a walk. This simple act alone makes us feel empowered.

You also need to mentally distance yourself from the constant barrage of news being broadcast all day and night. Yes, we do need to be informed but we also do not need the mind to be overwhelmed with dire situations all the time. Our always-on heightened level of concern is mentally exhausting and emotionally draining. Turn off the news and definitely turn off social media. Take a break and take a breath.

Practicing mental distancing by reading, watching a movie, some type of physical exercise that incorporates music, or simply listening to your favorite music, provides for time when you’re not thinking about politics or Covid-19 and gives you the opportunity to take a timeout from worry or anxiety about current conditions.

The mind and the body are so solidly connected. Emotional fatigue is a serious problem that must be addressed so that we can begin to heal both mentally and physically. Take a step today to focus on creating an emotionally healthy environment for yourself.

© copyright 2020 Kristen Houghton all rights reserved

Kristen HoughtonKristen Houghton’s new book, Lilith Angel, was published in April, 2019 and is already in the top “fiction top five” by Nielson Ratings. She is the author of nine novels, two non-fiction books, a collection of short stories, a book of essays, and a children’s novella. The first four books in her best-selling series, A Cate Harlow Private Investigation, are now available in a special boxset. She is also the author of the Horror Writers of America award-winning Quick-Read, Welcome to Hell.

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Women Justices and Judges In History

Comments (0) July 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

The United States Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of holding virtual hearings during 2020 due to the pandemic. Justice Ginsburg even participated remotely from her hospital bed! Determined and persistent women have participated in our legal system as judges and U.S. Supreme Court Justices now for a century. Let’s learn about some of these pioneering judges and justices, all of whom have been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Florence Allen

A woman of many firsts, Florence Allen did her undergraduate work (Phi Beta Kappa) at Case Western University. Since the law school at Case Western did not admit women, she began her law education at the University of Chicago in 1909, the only woman in a class of 100 students. She finished her degree at New York University Law School. Although second in her class when she graduated in 1913, she did not receive any job offers from the New York legal firms (the same situation faced decades later by Ruth Bader Ginsburg) so she moved back to Cleveland, Ohio.

Allen was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1914. In 1919, she was appointed assistant prosecutor for Cuyahoga County. After the 19th Amendment enfranchising women was ratified in 1920, her friends urged her to run for a judgeship. She then became the first woman elected to a judicial office in the country. In 1922, she became the first woman elected to the highest court in any state, when she won the election to the Supreme Court of Ohio. In 1934, she became the first woman appointed and confirmed to a federal appeals court judgeship when she began service on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Constance Baker Motley

Like Florence Allen, Constance Baker Motley was also a woman of many firsts. Although she decided at age 15 that she wanted to be a lawyer, finances were an issue. After receiving an offer to have her college paid for her, she enrolled at Fisk University and then transferred to New York University from which she graduated. In 1946, when she graduated from Columbia Law School, she was only the second African-American woman to have achieved that milestone.

Motley worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund with the famed Thurgood Marshall. She was the first African-American woman to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and she won nine out of ten of those cases between 1961 and 1963. The first woman to be elected to the New York State Senate (in 1964), she became the first woman to serve as Manhattan Borough President in 1965. In 1966, President Johnson appointed her to the U.S. District Court, the first African-American woman to hold a federal judgeship.

Sandra Day O’Connor

Unable to find work after graduating third in her class from Stanford University’s Law School because of her gender, Sandra Day O’Connor worked without pay for a California county attorney in order to get experience. After returning from overseas, she established her own successful practice in Arizona, as law firms would not hire her. In 1965, she was named assistant attorney general for the state of Arizona. After being named to fill a vacancy in the Arizona State Senate, she successfully was re-elected to two terms and served as the Senate Majority Leader. After her election to several courts in Arizona, President Ronald Reagan named her the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. O’Connor served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 24 years.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could not find employment as an attorney after she graduated. She was tied for first in her law school class, having been a member of the Harvard Law Review and the Columbia Law Review, but she was a woman, a mother and Jewish. She entered Harvard Law School in 1956 but completed her law education at Columbia Law School after her husband was offered a job in New York City. She spent time in academia and worked to advance the cause of gender equity. The first woman tenured at Columbia Law School, she later became the American Civil Liberties Union general counsel. In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and she was confirmed. Justice Ginsburg has now been celebrated in film both through the documentary RBG and the feature film On the Basis of Sex.

Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic and first Latina justice on the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. Born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Sotomayor is an avid New York Yankees fan! She also knew by the age of ten that she was going to become an attorney. She was admitted to Princeton University on a full scholarship already convinced of the importance and value of education. She entered the Yale University Law School, also on scholarship, and served as editor of the Yale Law Journal during her time there.

Upon her law school graduation, Sotomayor became an assistant district attorney in New York County. Sotomayor joined a private law practice in 1984 where she specialized in intellectual property litigation, international law, and arbitration. Sotomayor wanted to be a judge since elementary school, and she achieved that ambition in 1992 when she was appointed by President H.W. Bush and confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. A trailblazer, she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998. Her many honors include honorary law degrees and the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College.

Women participate and contribute to every area of our lives.  These amazing women justices and judges, as well as many others, almost all of whom we have not heard about nor learned about in school, 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! Tell young women especially, that their dreams in any field of endeavor or interest, can become a reality.

Jill TietjenJill 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 WaismanCharlotte 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.

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Napping Your Way to Health

Comments (0) Health, June 2020 KW Magazine

To be honest, I was always someone who ridiculed the idea of taking a nap during the day. I equated it with ‘getting older’. If I took a nap I was admitting that I was old! Memories of my grandmother and my mother, taking afternoon naps beginning in their late fifties, sent a clear message to my subconscious—naps were for old people. (more…)

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A Tribute to the Strong Women of Oklahoma

Comments (0) June 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

Some of the economic issues that are resulting from the pandemic of 2020 evoke images from the Great Depression and the drought of that same time. The combination that resulted in Oklahoma led to it being referred to as the “Dust Bowl.” We thought a tribute to the strong women of Oklahoma was fitting. (more…)

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Elevate Comfort Foods With Delicious Havarti and Blue Cheeses

Comments (0) Food and Drink, June 2020 KW Magazine

At a time when you may be craving comfort food more than ever, specialty cheeses make it easy to bring a little more indulgence — and a lot of flavor — to your home-cooked meals and snacks. Simply switching to different varieties, such as a buttery havarti or a sharp blue cheese, can easily elevate your go-to dishes. (more…)

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What We’ve Learned From Working at Home

Comments (0) Business, June 2020 KW Magazine

The recent transition to widespread working from home has shown that the experience has been both educational and eye-opening for many. Working at home means learning to cope with distractions, space constraints, managing time with family and learning new skills. And, according to new consumer research, it has also meant reassessing what is most important.

A nationwide survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of LG Electronics reveals the many ways working from home has challenged and surprised Americans.* (more…)

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8 Key Tips: Focusing on Your Financial Health During Times of Crisis

Comments (0) Finance and Money, June 2020 KW Magazine

It will take some time to adjust and recover from the major disruption experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many consumers are figuring out how to cope with challenges when it comes to their financial health. (more…)

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How to Take Charge of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Comments (0) Health, June 2020 KW Magazine

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Our nation is sharing in an experience with the COVID-19 crisis that will serve to reshape the future of our communities, our work, our families, and each and every individual. With so much attention focused on the diagnosis and treatment related to the virus, we recognize that those feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, and even substance use may impact substantially more of us than a COVID-19 diagnosis. (more…)

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5 Tips and Tricks to Fuel Your Fitness at Home

Comments (0) Fitness Over 40, June 2020 KW Magazine

Face it, finding time to achieve your fitness goals while balancing work and home life can be a struggle. However, while many people are spending more time at home, here’s a great opportunity to start fresh with a new fitness routine.

Here are some helpful tips for helping you live your best, healthiest life:

1. Create a realistic schedule

It’s a lot easier to blow off your at-home workout than a one-on-one training session or group class. What’s the secret to success? Put your fitness routine on your calendar! Instead of telling yourself, “I’ll exercise after I’m done with work,” switch your thinking to, “I’ll exercise at 6 p.m,” that way you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable. Pro-tip: Make sure it’s actually written in your calendar and set an alarm to remind you.

2. Prioritize sleep

To maximize the work you put in during exercise, be sure to get enough rest every night. A full night’s sleep aids your muscle growth, enhances muscle recovery, regulates weight management and can help boost your metabolism. Turning off electronics and other distractions at least 30 minutes before bed helps you fall asleep faster and achieve a higher quality sleep.

3. Designate a fitness space

You don’t need a full in-house gym to have a successful workout, but it is important to think about what you’ll be doing. Yoga, core exercises or Pilates only require enough space for a yoga mat, whereas a cardio workout may need a larger area or harder surface. Consider your preferred activities before you set up your space and try to set up camp somewhere quiet with few distractions.

4. Stay hydrated

Caffeinated energy drinks are a trendy pre-workout beverage, but they can lead to negative side effects like jitters and energy crashes. The best way to avoid cramps and fatigue is to drink water before, during and after a workout. Sports drinks with electrolytes are a good option for high-intensity exercise, but be mindful of their sugar content.

5. Add fueling ingredients to your diet

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner recommends incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your diet that support your fitness goals.

“It’s important to fuel your body with high-quality ingredients all the time, but especially when you are being more active,” said Blatner. “For example, eggs make a perfect pre- or post-workout snack or meal because they offer superior nutrition. Eggs contain vitamin D, which aid in muscle recovery and strengthening bones. Plus, they contain vitamin B12, which can help boost energy and keep you fueled throughout the day.”

If you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious meal that will help keep your fitness goals on track, try the Fish Taco Bowl:

EB Fish Taco Bowl
Time: 25 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

2 fish fillets (flaky white fish works best with this recipe)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup kale
1/2 cup corn
1 cup black beans
1/2 avocado, sliced
2 cups cooked white rice
4 Eggs (large), scrambled

Preparation:

Cook 1 1/2 cups of white rice as directed.
Mix cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder in small bowl. Rub generously over fillets on both sides.
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add fish and cook about 3 minutes each side until almost blackened and fish is cooked through. Remove from skillet and shred with fork.
In same skillet, add garlic, corn and kale. Stir and cook until kale is wilted. Add beans and cook until heated through.
Crack 4 eggs into bowl and whisk. Pour eggs into kale, corn and bean mixture and allow to sit for a minute until they begin to cook through. Then scramble everything together.
To serve: Layer rice, egg, corn, kale and bean mixture, fish and avocados.

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Daydreaming of Travel? 5 Ways to Save Money Now on Future Trips

Comments (0) June 2020 KW Magazine, Travel

As the world seeks a “new normal” following the advent of COVID-19, many Americans are looking forward to taking trips again — albeit safer, carefully chosen vacations.

A mid-May survey by research firm Destination Analysts found nearly seven in 10 Americans greatly miss vacationing, while more than half miss the planning itself. Forty-five percent predict they’ll take at least one road trip between now and the end of August, and 20% anticipate engaging in air travel during that time. (more…)

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Going Digital Is a Powerful Tool for Small Businesses

Comments (0) June 2020 KW Magazine, Technology Tips

If you own a small business, or frequently shop at one, you know that COVID-19 has instantly changed everything. As brick-and-mortar shops have had to temporarily close to customers, the need to adapt has never been greater.

For small businesses willing to reinvent themselves, going digital — or ramping up your digital operation if you already have one — can help weather the storm. There are plenty of tools available to help your business survive — and even thrive — through the pandemic and beyond. (more…)

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Tips to Get Your Car Back in Gear After Idling for So Long

Comments (0) Auto and Car Care, June 2020 KW Magazine

During a season that’s usually devoted to adventure, many of us have been forced to stick a little closer to home. When it’s finally time to return to our globetrotting ways, it’s vital to make sure our vehicles are ready.

That means taking active steps now, while our cars are mostly idle. How do we make sure they’re in top shape for the journeys to come? There’s no one better to ask than Charles, the Humble Mechanic, whose YouTube tips have helped millions get the most out of their vehicles. (more…)

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A Sense of Community

Comments (0) Boomer Life, May 2020 KW Magazine

In my grandparents’ neighborhood there was a man who was pretty much what today we would consider to be homeless. He was a former soldier who had some mental health problems that kept him from being able to hold down a job and he had no permanent address. He walked with a pronounced limp from a combat injury and, because of PTSD, he rarely spoke. (more…)

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Tips for Celebrating Mother’s Day From Afar

Comments (0) Holidays, May 2020 KW Magazine

This Mother’s Day, you may not be able to be with your mom in person due to social distancing. The time apart may be difficult for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t honor your beloved mom in other thoughtful ways that don’t require person-to-person contact. (more…)

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Healthcare Heroines

Comments (0) May 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

As the world confronts the coronavirus, we wanted to tell you the stories of women who helped fight earlier health scourges.  These healthcare heroines include Alice Evans, Gladys Dick, Louise Pearce, and Florence Seibert. (more…)

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Cooking With Beef: Chuckwagon Beef & Pasta Skillet Recipe

Comments (0) Food and Drink, May 2020 KW Magazine

Families across the country are spending more time at home, which means home cooking has taken on new meaning. Using foods in your pantry and freezer to create meals everyone will love might seem challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be cooking wholesome dishes to please all palates.

Keep in mind, the foundation of a satisfying meal is a versatile protein. Beef is not only an excellent source of protein, it’s nutrient-rich and can be cooked in a variety of ways for meals, snacks and even desserts. The experts at Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. and the Beef Checkoff share some tips and tricks for using beef in your home cooking to save money and time while creating delicious foods for your family.

Tip 1: Store beef safely

Refrigerate or freeze beef as soon as possible after purchasing. Ground beef is a popular option for families, and can safely be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking or freezing. Once in the freezer, ground beef can be stored for three to four months before quality is impacted.

Steaks and roasts can safely be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days before cooking or freezing. Once in the freezer, steaks and roasts can be stored for four to 12 months before quality is impacted. For longer storage, remove beef from original packaging and place into freezer bags or similar air-tight packaging to remove as much air as possible.

Tip 2: Batch cook and meal prep

The best way to defrost beef is in the refrigerator, never at room temperature, so account for 12 to 24 hours to defrost ground beef and steaks, more for larger pieces of meat such as roasts. After defrosting, wash hands well in hot, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and other fresh foods.

Now you can meal prep and plan by batch cooking your beef. For example, when you batch cook shredded beef, you cook a roast in the slow cooker on the weekend or start of the week and then shred so you have delicious shredded beef ready all week long. Remember, refrigerate leftovers within two hours after cooking in a single container or portioned sizes.

You can also batch cook steak by grilling to medium rare (145 degrees F) to medium (160 F) doneness. Once finished, let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before slicing to allow juices to redistribute, then place in your preferred air-tight container for tasty steak at the ready. If you plan to freeze any portion of prepared beef, repackage into the right-size portion for upcoming meals and place in the freezer.

Tip 3: Use beef as a substitute

Beef can be a tasty substitute in place of other popular proteins in family favorite dishes. Love Peking Duck? In this recipe for Peking Chuck, Top Chef finalist Joe Sasto replaces the duck with a chuck roast for a unique Asian-inspired beef meal. Craving calamari? Chicago chef and Food Network regular Lamar Moore replaces the surf with turf in Cowlamari. Does your family adore fried chicken? Enjoy Korean Fried Beef (KFB) by acclaimed NYC chef Esther Choi, a tasty take on this classic dish with a beefy Korean twist.

Tip 4: Make cooking educational

When spending more time at home with your family, cooking can be a great way to bond. What’s more, it’s an educational experience that incorporates elements of math, chemistry, home economics and more. Select a recipe to try together and give each family member an age-appropriate task to do. From measuring and mixing to chopping and sautéing, there’s something for everyone.

For an even more educational experience, check out BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com for a full collection of cooking lessons. With detailed instructions and tips for a dozen different cooking methods, from grilling to pressure cooking, these cooking lessons are a great resource for all levels of home chefs and are a wonderful way to teach the family new skills in the kitchen.

Tip 5: Pair with pantry staples

Whether shredded, ground, chopped or another option, it’s simple to pair beef with pantry staples to make a meal your family will enjoy any day of the week. From tacos to sauces to salads and more, get creative with what you have on hand. Featuring common pantry staples, use this recipe for inspiration. It’s quick, easy and sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Chuckwagon Beef & Pasta Skillet

Photo Credit: BeefItsWhatsForDinner

 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (93% lean or leaner)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1-1/4 cup unsalted beef broth
1 cup dry mini-wagon wheel pasta or similar shape
1/2 cup unsalted ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 cup finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar or colby cheese

Directions:

1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef, bell pepper and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

2. Stir in broth, pasta, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic powder and onion powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta is almost tender. Uncover; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Garnish with cheese.

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The Current COVID-19 Financial Landscape

Comments (0) Finance and Money, May 2020 KW Magazine

The current COVID-19 financial landscape is unpredictable, causing anxiety for people of all ages. With layoffs, unexpected medical expenses, and an ever-changing and uncertain economy, it’s easy to worry. (more…)

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ADHD Isn’t Just a Kid Thing

Comments (0) Health, May 2020 KW Magazine

If you are among the millions of adults in the U.S. who do not know they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the past few months of social distancing have been a particularly steep battle. Our country was instructed to “sit still,” a command children with ADHD hear every day in the classroom and at the dinner table. This can be much harder for some than for others. For adults with undiagnosed ADHD, one silver lining to come from social distancing has been the rare opportunity to slow down and realize how easily they can be distracted and how difficult it is to stay on task. (more…)

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Five Things We Wish We Had Known About Addiction

Comments (0) Addiction/Codependency, May 2020 KW Magazine

Every day in America 185 people die from drug overdose — that’s like a plane crashing each day, day after day.

Families who have lost their loved ones have united to help other families impacted by the disease of addiction and to protect others from this tragedy.

If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, if you have a family member, a coworker or a friend in trouble because of alcohol or drug use, these pieces of advice are for you. (more…)

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Social Distancing Presents Hackers With a Virtual Playground

Comments (0) May 2020 KW Magazine, Technology Tips

Being home 100% of the time has become the new norm for many Americans, as social distancing is implemented in communities across the country to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Connected devices are being used virtually nonstop, as the homebound stream shows to binge watch and video chat with friends to help pass the time. Unfortunately, most residential computing networks aren’t regularly maintained and monitored to protect against security breaches. This presents hackers with a virtual playground of which to take advantage. (more…)

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COVID-19 and Market Volatility in 2020

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Finance and Money

Thoughts and ideas by Ronit Rogoszinski, CFP®

Just as we continue to hear of the spread of the coronavirus and the markets continue to experience significant downturns, let’s address these troubling times head-on. As hard as I know it may be, I strongly encouraged you to focus on the long-term plan you may have already developed, and then let’s put this into historical and emotional perspective and top it off with a “what’s next” set of ideas. (more…)

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Shelter-In and Read a Good Book

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Boomer Life

Okay people, listen up. This isn’t a drill—we’re in a crisis—a pandemic—and we need to be able to get through this with our mental health intact. We’re being told to Shelter-In to avoid getting or spreading Covid-19, a deadly serious virus.  We need diversion. (more…)

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Civil Rights Activists in History

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

We learned recently about the woman whose heroic action laid the groundwork for Rosa Parks more well-known experiences.  Her name is Irene Morgan and in 1944, she boarded a Greyhound bus in Gloucester County, Virginia.  Although the bus had few passengers when she got on, at Saluda, Virginia, many people boarded and she was asked to relinquish her seat to a white passenger.  She refused.  The sheriff arrested her and she resisted.  She was jailed and later fined for resisting arrest.  The NAACP took her case: Morgan v. Virginia.  She was represented by Thurgood Marshall and her case went to the U.S. Supreme Court – where on June 3, 1946, the justices ruled 7-1 in her favor.  In her honor, an historic marker was recently unveiled.  It was placed at the point where she got on the bus.  In this month’s column we feature women whose groundbreaking efforts helped gain civil rights for all in our country.  All of the women profiled in the paragraphs that follow have been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Eggs Beyond Breakfast? Yep – Here’s How!

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Food and Drink

Eggs are a classic breakfast food — and for good reason! They are loaded with high-quality vitamins and good fats, making them one of the most nutritious foods in the world. But eggs aren’t just for breakfast. You can add their superfood nutrition to just about any recipe, any time of day. (more…)

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Flower Trends That Stand the Test of Time

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Home and Garden

Like classic pieces in your closet that can be worn season after season, some flowers have become staples for decorators and gardeners alike. Available in a variety of bold colors, Wave® Petunias and Cool Wave® Pansies are a low-maintenance must-have for creating high-impact design in outdoor spaces. Like your little black dress or your favorite pair of jeans, these versatile flowers can be styled in fresh ways to create an on-trend look that fits your space and lifestyle. (more…)

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Top 5 Secrets to Getting Noticed and Snagging That New Job Opportunity

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Education

We’ve all been there: You embark on the job hunt and you’re full of excitement for what’s ahead — but you sometimes feel like one name in a sea of candidates, trying to figure out the hacks to break through, get noticed, and land that interview (and job offer!). (more…)

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How to Build a Women’s Health Toolkit During the COVID-19 Crisis

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Health

Want an appointment for your vaginal health issues? Many doctors’ offices are shutting down for anything other than emergency care or diagnosing and treating people for COVID-19. This leaves many women with lack of access to their doctors when experiencing non-urgent, but highly uncomfortable issues. (more…)

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Common Dilemmas of Working From Home and How AI and Smart Tech Can Help

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Business

As more people work from home in lieu of commuting to crowded corporate offices, people are in their homes in greater numbers than ever before balancing both job-related tasks and home responsibilities. From sticking to a set work schedule to allocating a certain area of the house as a home office, people are thinking of interesting and useful ways to better their experience when working from home. (more…)

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5 Top Tips to Deep Clean This Spring

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine

This year spring cleaning is more than ever about the deep clean. Spring typically inspires a little more time dedicated to cleaning, in fact, a recent survey commissioned by Bona and conducted by Harris Poll found that more than half of U.S. adults say that the start of spring triggers extra cleaning in the household. While in the past it might have been more about simply dusting hard-to-reach corners and cleaning out the fridge, this year it’s also about deep cleaning and disinfecting for health and safety.

Here are a few tips to deep clean this spring for anyone tackling the task. (more…)

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Expressing Sympathy During This New Normal

Comments (0) April 2020 KW Magazine, Boomer Life

Experiencing the loss of a loved one is always difficult. In today’s environment of “social distancing”, we are even more challenged in finding ways to reach out and connect to those who need comfort at a time of loss. (more…)

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Why I Lost My ‘Courage’ and How I Got It Back

Comments (0) Business, March 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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Women Still Pioneering!

Comments (0) March 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

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…)

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Bored? Not!

Comments (0) Boomer Life, March 2020 KW Magazine

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.

Meetup Groups

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…)

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Global Recipes to Get Lean on Beans

Comments (0) Food and Drink, March 2020 KW Magazine

beans

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…)

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5 Ingredients for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle – Plus a Delicious Salmon Recipe!

Comments (0) Heart Health, March 2020 KW Magazine

heart health

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…)

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Three Questions Every Senior With Diabetes Should Ask Their Doctor

Comments (0) Health, March 2020 KW Magazine

diabetes

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…)

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Has Hearing Loss Impacted Your Life and Relationships?

Comments (0) Health, March 2020 KW Magazine

hearing loss

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…)

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Should We Take the Flu Shot More Seriously When Immunocompromised?

Comments (0) Health, March 2020 KW Magazine

flu shot

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…)

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Let’s Talk About Your Pet’s Stinky Breath!

Comments (0) March 2020 KW Magazine, Pets

dog breath

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!

3. Diet

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!

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Catch the Reading Bug

Comments (0) Boomer Life, February 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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Women in History: Television

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

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…)

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Make Brunch Even Better With This Hash Brown & Chive Goat Cheese Quiche

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Food and Drink

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…)

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Fitness Doesn’t Need to Be a Competition

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Fitness Over 40

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…)

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From Gummies to Cocktails, CBD Is Everywhere

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Health

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…)

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Stop Using Menopause as a Punchline

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Menopause

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…)

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Here’s the Scoop on Probiotics

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Health

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…)

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Why the Wine Glass Matters

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Food and Drink

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…)

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Head to a State Park in 2020 for Your Next Vacation

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine, Travel

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…)

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7 Hot Bathroom Trends for 2020

Comments (0) February 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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Lip Kissing is Personal

Comments (0) January 2020 KW Magazine, Relationships/Marriage/Divorce

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…)

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Women Composers in History

Comments (0) January 2020 KW Magazine, Women In History

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…)

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Bringing the Focus on YOU in 2020

Comments (0) Health, January 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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How to Make Financial Wellness Your New Year’s Resolution

Comments (0) Finance and Money, January 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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Give Your Backside a Break: 4 Tips If You Sit for Extended Periods

Comments (0) Health, January 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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Increase Your Vitamin D Intake With This Delicious Recipe

Comments (0) Food and Drink, January 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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2020 Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

Comments (0) Finance and Money, January 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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Getting Grandma on Board With Technology

Comments (0) January 2020 KW Magazine, Technology Tips

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…)

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Tips to Keep Mom, Dad and the Grands Home Safe

Comments (0) January 2020 KW Magazine, Technology Tips

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…)

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New Year…New Tires?

Comments (0) January 2020 KW Magazine

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…)

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New Stepparent? Start Your Own Holiday Traditions

Comments (0) Boomer Life, December 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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What I Have Learned… About Being Satisfied

Comments (0) Boomer Life, December 2019 KW Magazine

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?

In my favorite dictionary (Webster’s 1828 edition) the word satisfied is defined as having the desires fully gratified; made content. Do you feel gratified or content? (more…)

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Biographical Movies about Women

Comments (0) December 2019 KW Magazine, Women In History

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…)

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Peppermint Glaze Recipe

Comments (0) December 2019 KW Magazine, Food and Drink

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…)

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Simple Exercises to Help You Gain Strength in Your Arms, Chest, and Back

Comments (0) December 2019 KW Magazine, Fitness Over 40

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…)

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How to Afford the Dream of Retirement Remains a Mystery to Most

Comments (0) December 2019 KW Magazine, Finance and Money

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…)

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Common Technology Hurdles for Startups

Comments (0) Business, December 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Five Ways to Support Shelter Animals This Winter

Comments (0) December 2019 KW Magazine, Pets

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…)

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Are You a Binge Watcher?

Comments (0) Addiction/Codependency, December 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Cosmetic Surgery-To Tell or Not to Tell

Comments (0) Beauty/Fashion/Style, November 2019 KW Magazine

“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…)

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What I Have Learned…About Staying Youthful

Comments (0) Boomer Life, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Women Whose Books Became Movies

Comments (0) November 2019 KW Magazine, Women In History

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 TietjenJill 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 WaismanCharlotte 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.

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Pimento Cheese – the Best Kept Secret of the South

Comments (0) Food and Drink, November 2019 KW Magazine

One of the South’s best-kept secrets for years, pimento cheese is catching on with the rest of the country. While pimento cheese and things made with it are still only on 4% of U.S. restaurant menus, according to www.datassential.com, that’s an increase of 65% in the last four years. (more…)

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How a Little Positivity Can Change Your Life

Comments (0) Health, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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3 Ways to Improve Your Self-Care Routine

Comments (0) Health, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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DIY Financial Plan in 10 Steps

Comments (0) Finance and Money, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Keep Your Packages Safe This Holiday Season with These 5 Tips

Comments (0) Holidays, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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All-Season Tires Don’t Mean All Season Weather

Comments (0) Auto and Car Care, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Are Outdated PCs Costing Your Small Business Money?

Comments (0) Business, November 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Change of Life: How Women Today Are Making Positive Changes in Their ‘Second Acts’

Comments (0) Boomer Life, October 2019 KW Magazine

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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…)

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What I have Learned…About Creating Results

Comments (0) Boomer Life, October 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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Women in their 50s: 10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs

Comments (0) Entrepreneurs, October 2019 KW Magazine

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…)

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