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Moving On Can Take Courage

fsSlowly I sipped my tea and looked about me — down at the uneven paving on the terrace where Joe had replaced the bricks that summer he and Liza visited, the stone railing in front of which my son-in-law’s parents and I posed with our grandchildren one Mother’s Day (why does seven years ago feel like yesterday?), the little bush under the terrace that grew from a plant my daughter-in-law and I put in the ground the week after my husband, Lee, died. I saw the tiny brick path we’d laid stretching from the drive to the front door. Front door — kind of a joke, since we never used it. Our house was entered only through the kitchen door. It was the kitchen where we gathered, the kitchen where we whispered our family secrets (Dad smoked from various

Going Back To Work Is Tricky For Some Women

gbtwitLanding that first job after a hiatus can be daunting, and many women experience a crisis of confidence. Employer resistance doesn’t help. “Many companies are suspicious if you’ve been out of the workforce for one or two years. If you’re out three to five years, it’s almost as though you’ve lost all your work skills,” says Nick Burkholder, assistant vice president, corporate staffing at CIGNA in Philadelphia.

Then there’s the matter of competition — workers some ten to 15 years younger than you. “They’re fresh, skilled, and vibrant,” says Linda Shepard, 51, who went back to work after a year and a half of caring for her terminally ill father.

Hampered by these obstacles, too many women stumble into any job they can find, no matter how unsatisfying or low paying. Actually, you can do much better …

Going Green: Easier Than You Think!

ggAs a typical American, you create about 4 pounds of trash a day. All those milk cartons and paper bags and apple cores and used-up plastic pens add up to 11500 pounds of garbage a year.

You can just dump it in the trash can and forget about R. But your city or town has a much harder time getting rid of it. Most communities cart their garbage off to landfills or burn it in incinerators. These solutions, however, create their own problems. And it’s destroying wildlife areas, says Lana Thomas of the Indigo Mountain Nature Center in Lake George, CO.

Landfills (huge garbage dumps) can poison the earth and groundwater as some of the garbage leaks dangerous chemicals into the ground. The world’s biggest landfill, Fresh Kills near New York City, leaches about 2 million gallons of toxic …

Helping Your Child Deal With Rejection

hycdwWhen my son, Kevin, was 10, he came home from school one day and mentioned a party that was the talk of the fourth grade. “I wasn’t invited,” he told me sadly. That night, I phoned the mother of the boy who was hosting the festivities. “Sorry, but I left the guest list up to Rob,” she said. Kevin was unusually quiet the following evening. “Are you still upset about the party?” I asked. No, it was more: Rob had made fun of him because I’d stepped in. When Kevin said, “I really wish you hadn’t called,” I felt terrible–and confused. What should I have done?

Rejection is a double-edged sword; not only does it make kids feel unwanted, unloved, or even inept, but it can also stir up emotional turmoil in parents. “Getting rejected can really shatter a …

Feeding The Hungry Rocks!

fthrsA 46-year-old father of five, Syd Mandelbaum attends some 80 rock concerts a year. But he doesn’t go to sing along with the band. Armed with plastic wrap and a cooler, he stations himself backstage, where he collects food for the hungry.

Rock bands typically order up huge quantities of edibles to be consumed during and after concerts. In the past, much of the food would go to waste. Six years ago, Mandelbaum founded Rock and Wrap It Up! (after his success with the Vets Rock series), now an international network of volunteers who collect the leftovers, then distribute them to nearby shelters and soup kitchens.

Most of the volunteers are in their 20s, and for Mandelbaum, getting young people involved is an added reward of his campaign: “It’s a joy for me to show them the power …

Sex And Pain: Unfortunate Partners For Some Women

sapBarbara Davis loved her husband, but she’d begun to dread sex. “The pain was excruciating, recalls Davis, 40, an advertising executive in New York City. She became very timid about wanting to be intimate. “Sometimes, it would hurt so much that we’d have to stop midway.”

At some point in their lives, most women experience at least one episode of painful sex. In most cases, doctors say. the discomfort is transient and doesn’t recur. But for some women, sex is persistently uncomfortable. Although it’s not clear how many are affected, in one study, one third of 324 gynecology patients from the Women Care Center surveyed said that sex was always painful.

Unfortunately. most women don’t volunteer this information to doctors, and doctors rarely ask. Many physicians are uncomfortable delving into sexual matters. says Peter Fagan, Ph.D., director of the …

What Is A Snore Mouthpiece?

Obviously, most snoring mouthpieces aren't this freaky!

Obviously, most snoring mouthpieces aren’t this freaky!

The snore mouthpiece is one of the most phenomenal inventions for snorers. That is the name given to a device that promises to help the snorers of the world. As the definition says, a snore mouthpiece is one that fits into your mouth and helps to keep the airway clear. This allows for easier breathing and once that happens, there is no noise that erupts from your throat at each obstruction. You can see how only a mouthpiece can achieve this result.

The positive thing about this is that it requires no effort on your part except to slip it in when you go to bed. The snore mouthpiece does your work for you. Perhaps, you will have to do some research on the product and spend a little money in acquiring it. You might just find that it is well worth the effort and money because the peaceful sleep you are gaining is priceless. You will most likely see that there are many positive side effects from this one action of yours. It will reflect on the work you do in the morning, it will reflect on your family’s harmony, and it will leave you fresh and energized after a good night’s sleep. You will just have to try it to believe all the endorsements.

SnoreRX Is A Great Snore Mouthpiece You Can Try

The SnoreRX is a snore mouthpiece that you use to stop snoring. Only when it is tried on consistently would you know how effective it is. Nevertheless, you do see many reviews online that have been treated like testimonials of this snore mouthpiece. Obviously, it has helped and continues to help many people that are afflicted by snoring. Gone are the days when you had to simply accept it as one of those disgusting things that keeps you and your loved one from sleeping soundly.

Now that there is a recourse for it, it makes sense to acquire a snore mouthpiece and use it regularly. It is not known if it is a habit that can be broken off when you believe things are under control. However, the fact remains that snoring is not really a habit. It is more to do with parts of your body that are engaged in breathing. When there is some obstruction to breathing, the sound emanates as a snore. The sound is loud when the obstruction is big. This is a simplistic way of describing a snore; however, it should do for the lay person. The medical jargon may sound different and the mouthpiece is explained as a device recommended by physicians the world over to counter the snoring effect.

Or Good Morning Snore Solution: A Game Changer

Reading a Good Morning Snore Solution review that you can trust is very important before buying the product because it will let you know its pros and cons, particularly the things that you can get from your money. Continue reading →

Older Adopted Kids Look For Help

oaklfTrapped in foster care, these older, often troubled, kids yearn for a real home. Now they’re getting a second chance to be loved–thanks to a bold new adoption plan.

A middle-aged woman with wavy blond hair stoops down so she’s eye-level with a slight, dark-haired girl gripping a bowling ball. The woman whispers a few pointers to her pint-size partner, and the girl confidently flings the ball down the lane.

Woman and girl watch it fly, knocking down all but three pins. They jump up and down with glee, giggling and clapping. It could be any mother and daughter on a Saturday outing, but this pair happen to be complete strangers, and this little girl has never had a mother who loved her.

How Nina Aguilar, 42, and Tiffany, 8, came to be bowling together this day in Aurora, …

Gateway Drugs – Know The Warning Signs

gwdsGateway drugs is a term used frequently by the media and in textbooks. Generally, alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco are described as “gateway” drugs, drugs that can lead to later abuse of other chemicals.

What is the connection between using tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana and later use of other drugs? Some studies from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicate that young smokers are 14 times more likely to abuse alcohol than the general population. These smokers are 100 times more likely to use marijuana and 32 times more likely to use cocaine. The spokesperson from Legalize Ohio, naturally, disagrees.

There are probably as many specific reasons as there are young drug users.

* Tobacco or alcohol users may be trying to avoid problems, stress, or boredom. Without coping skills, alcohol may no longer work to make the …

Pets: Sometimes Great, Sometimes, Holy Terrors!

petsAnimal-behavior experts will tell you that barking is a perfectly normal behavior. However, in some situations it is not. One of those situations is if you are a person.

“Roouf!” says John C. Wright, a volunteer at the Bay Area SPCA. He is standing by his car in a parking lot in Atlanta. Wright, a certified animal behaviorist, is demonstrating an antibark collar that emits a high-pitched tone when it detects barking. Wright’s bark is friendly enough, but it appears to have unnerved the owner of the Toyota parked beside us.

“Roouf!” he says again. The collar beeps in his hands. The Toyota owner locks her door.

It’s my fault. I asked to see Wright’s “bag of tricks,” a briefcase he keeps in his trunk but rarely uses. He doesn’t believe in gadgets. Like his counterparts in …

Sorting Out Sibling Rivalries

sosrMost of us go to heroic lengths to head off tensions between kids: We divvy up bags of M&M’s into precise portions, give artwork equal representation on the fridge, buy each child new sneakers when only one really needs them. Unfortunately, as we know all too well (and according to sources), none of these tactics guarantee harmony.

“Sibling rivalry is a redundant phrase — if you have siblings, you have rivalry,” says Susan Witt, Ph.d., professor of family and child development at the University of Akron. “My kids have actually fought over who gets to throw away the dryer lint!” Yet it’s not just children’s inherent sense of competition — or even jealousy or anger — that spurs confrontations. Sometimes, parents themselves unwittingly fan the flames of rivalry.

Here, common mistakes well-intentioned parents make-plus the right …

Eating Disorders Hurt More Than Just The Victim

edpDiana was slowly dying. She’d gone from weighing 125 pounds to barely 50. Eve her doctors were pessimistic — but I refused to give up hope.

My 14-year-old daughter was about to graduate from junior high, and I’d decided to get her a gift. But when I asked her what she wanted, I got a very strange response. “The only thing I want,” she said, “is to lose some weight. Is it okay if I drink some liquid diet meals instead of eating lunch every day?”

I was taken aback. Obviously, this was not what I had in mind. Besides, Diana wasn’t really overweight. “I don’t know,” I told her.

“Please, Mom,” she begged. My friends all do it. I just want to lose a little weight.”

Diana, my only child, five feet three and 125 pounds, looked like …