I hate going to the dentist - especially when it's of the oral surgery variety. My mouth has had so much work done that if it were my face I'd look like a Joan Rivers wanna-be (may she rest in peace). And every time, minutes before my scheduled appointment, I'm so tempted to call their office and say something like, "Sorry, but I can't make it today. My car got a flat and I'm stuck on the side … [Read more...] about 5 Things A Flat Tire Taught Me About Life
The end of summer is approaching (contrary to popular notions it does not end Labor Day but instead, on September 22). Wah. Summer’s end means many things to me. No, my kids won’t be returning to school – those days are long past. As such, I won’t be navigating my way through the aisles with them to pick out new school supplies, either. Big sigh of relief. I may be putting those days behind … [Read more...] about How To Keep Your Summer Look Going All Year Long
Early this morning as I sat outside sipping my morning coffee, I glanced up at the sky and took this photograph. Yesterday was raining; today the clouds began to lift and the sky unfolded to resemble the one I remember so clearly from this day, 14 years ago. I remember, after being nearly hypnotized by the images unfolding live on television, suddenly feeling an overwhelming urge to get … [Read more...] about Yesterday in New York
The end of the summer is upon us and I'm feeling blue. How did that happen so quickly? My favorite season, gone in a flash. While some reasons for my sadness are easy to pinpoint (I loathe winter), others are somewhat within my realm of understanding (read below), while still remain tough to define, floating in a space that feels so personal yet is, at times, so difficult to grasp. Summer's … [Read more...] about The End-of-Summer Blues
Remember coloring books? It was always relaxing, comforting and fun to dive into my shoebox filled with Crayolas, plop belly-down on the floor and settle in. Hours later, I'd emerge with my works of art. Thinking back, I realize there were a few types of distinct coloring book personalities: 1. The OCD: They'd never, ever colored outside the lines. If the color ran outside the black line, they'd … [Read more...] about Playing With Crayons (Adult Version)
Lately, I've been thinking about what makes us feel happy. Maybe it's because it's summer – something that always made me unequivocally happy – and right now, I'm not feeling that familiar adrenaline-fueled kind of euphoria happiness. Really, when you think about it, that's perfectly normal, isn't it? I mean, how can one thing – summer- erase all the other so-called stresses that enter our … [Read more...] about 5 Easy (and free!) Ways to Be Happier
I got a short email today from one of my readers: "My skin used to be so oily, I was always complaining about the shine. And now that I'm going through menopause, things have changed. It's so dry that it feels like my face will crack! I'd like to get some oil back. Any ideas?" I can relate. My own skin used to be so oily and greasy that I'd never go anywhere without those anti-shine wipes. I … [Read more...] about Beauty Q: Help for Dry Skin?
I recently received an email from a reader, bemoaning the brown spots on her face, asking my advice on ways to treat them. "Aside from wrinkles and dry skin, I'm now finding these brown spots popping up on my cheeks and forehead. It seems that every time I look in the mirror, there's a new one. Any advice is welcome!" Aside from doing a lot of health-related research, I do my fair share of … [Read more...] about Beauty Q: Help for Brown Spots
Have you heard or read about the latest fashion-is-bad-for-your-health fiasco? Apparently, skinny jeans are new health hazard - especially if you squat in them. In case you missed it (and it was really hard to miss it, since it was recently ALL over the news), a 35-year-old skinny jean-wearing woman in Australia was taken to the emergency room and had to have her jeans cut off of her. After … [Read more...] about Why I’m Not Giving Up My Skinny Jeans
The word “fat” is so confusing – whether it be the type that we wear on our bodies or the type we put into our bodies. Good fats, bad fats, healthy fats, trans fats. What does it all mean? Let’s start with the one that’s been in the news lately – trans fat. A brief history: In the early 1900s a German chemist named Wilhelm Normann discovered a way to turn vegetable or fish oils from liquid … [Read more...] about Wondering About the TransFat Ban?