Ever since the outbreak of Listeria from bagged salad greens (eight times in 2012!), I've been paranoid about washing my greens. Even if they come bagged, and the bag is marked "triple washed," I pay no attention. Out comes my salad spinner (what a great invention - can't live without it) and rinse...and rinse...and rinse. I mean, who wants Listeria, which can multiply at refrigerator … [Read more...] about Something I’ve Always Wondered About: Should You Wash Bagged Greens?
Since yesterday was Valentine's Day (hope you all had a good one!) , you might have already figured out this is not going to be about protecting your heart in the area of LOVE. (For that advice, I hand the reigns over to a relationship expert like Alisa Bowman, and her popular blog, Project Happily Ever After.) Instead, since February also happens to be the month that celebrates heart … [Read more...] about What Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease
I like to think that every generation learns from the prior generation and steps things up when it's their turn. This one thing is for sure: I always thought that we knew more about being healthy than our parents did. C'mon, look at us! We're the gym-goers, healthy eaters, obsessed with our input as well as our output. We're the healthy generation, the enlightened ones who know a thing or two … [Read more...] about Shouldn’t We Be HEALTHIER Than Our Parents Were??
My first-born child turned 27 yesterday. TWENTY-SEVEN. How did that happen so quickly? The details of his labor and birth - a three-plus day affair (from the Friday night my water broke to the Monday night when he finally decided to finally show up) - remain crystal clear; I can even recall the smell of birth - yet the last 27 years are sometimes tough to sort through and remember with the same … [Read more...] about Email Makes Me Cranky. And Stressed-Out, Too.
I know a lot of people who can duck out of life's stresses by meditating. They look all peaceful, with colors floating all around them. Kind of like this picture. Me? I can't do it. That's not for lack of trying. In my travels to various spas - one of my very favorite ways to relax and learn about what's new in exercise, diet and healthy living - I've come upon, and experimented with, … [Read more...] about I Can’t Meditate. But I Can Still Relax (and so can you).
Please don't call me a Scrooge (okay, go ahead if you must), but since the holiday hoopla started just about the time Halloween was winding down, I'm really tired of it by now. The endless catalogs cluttering my mailbox; the flash sale pop-ups each time I turn on my computer - they're like those pesky black flies that keeping dodging the swatter and are impossible to kill! - the commercials at … [Read more...] about Ho Ho… Ho?
I recently - clad only in a small towel - entertained a roomful of young, strapping able-bodied men in my hotel room. Some of them were firemen. I don't know about you, but there"s something quite sexy about a guy who will risk his life to save another's, as well as run to the aid of a damsel in distress (no, i didn't mean "undress..." or maybe I did). Intrigued? Curious? Suspicious? Abandon … [Read more...] about Feeling Vulnerable
My first reaction when I heard the recent story of the bullying of a 16-year-old high school girl from a small town in Michigan was thank-goodness-I'm-too-old-for-this-kind-of-thing. But then, on second thought, I realized that bullying, though many times associated with middle and high school years, can go on way into adulthood, with actions like sexual harassment, manipulation, shaming, verbal … [Read more...] about Bullies, Be Warned! (There is Kindness in This World).
I once knew a woman who told me she took away her son’s cell phone to punish him – and then ended up having to buy a new one because she couldn’t remember where she hid it. I thought it odd at the time; after all, how could you possibly misplace something as valuable and important as a phone? Until I did it myself. I lost my cell phone and didn’t find it until…well, it’s kind of embarrassing, … [Read more...] about The Freezer That Rang (and other tales of memory loss)
What's Fear Got to Do With It? Strangely enough, I've been blogging for a pretty long time - almost five years - yet have dragged my feet getting my OWN blog off the ground. It's been a long time in the making. Why? Not sure... but I have a theory: FEAR. What a formidable emotion fear is. It's powerful enough to silence us, make us hide, procrastinate, make excuses (oh, do I have lots of … [Read more...] about Welcome to my Blog!