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There Is Nothing Wrong With You

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditMy Dad used to say with a wink, “there is nothing like a good shtupping to make you feel better.” Well (cringe) he said many inappropriate things with his dirty sense of humor and we just rolled our eyes and groaned. But a little intimacy and pleasure seem like a much better choice than many of the self-help remedies being marketed to people these days, not to mention all the pills and supplements that promise cures and then mention- in small type- dozens of potential side effects. It all starts with the premise: Something is not right in your […]

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My Husband Has Another Woman. It’s OK.

My husband has a new gal-pal to chat with, Amazon’s Alexa. Should I be worried?

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Exploring Pause-Abilities

Sometimes no news is good news compared to bad news!

Sometimes pushing the “pause” button can be a good thing.

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Lessons from a 10-Year Breast Cancer Survivor to Her Younger Self

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestReddit– and to those facing the breast cancer journey You’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer and you are numb and scared. Your world just turned upside-down. Let me help you set it right. I am 10-year survivor, diagnosed August 6, 2009. I was in your shoes that day, shocked, freaked and little ashamed that I’d allowed my health to get away from me. You see, I am a control freak in so many parts of my life. Yet, my world then felt spiraled and out of control. But not for long. The few people I told at first all […]

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Are Antibiotics Making You Sick?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditRecent news reports indicate that diagnosis of colon cancer among individuals under the age of 50 has been steadily increasing. While one’s diet may be a contributing factor (among others), overuse of antibiotics may also be a problem. The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals at average risk for colon cancer have their first colonoscopy starting at age 45. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. If colon cancer is not detected early, it can pose a greater health risk. That’s one reason an increase among young people being diagnosed who have not yet been screened is concerning. Medical and nutrition experts both […]

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Food Safety Tips To Protect Your Health This Summer

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditNo one wants to be sick in the summer, especially from tainted food. Food left out in the heat or improperly cooked is a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, and Salmonella. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want it in your body, whether it’s chemicals, preservatives or harmful bacteria (good bacteria for a healthy gut is OK). If you are as concerned about the foods you buy to eat, be equally mindful on handling them safely. Keep the sizzle in your summer with these food safety tips from the nonprofit Stop Foodborne Illness (www.stopfoodborneillness.org): […]

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The Lost Kitchen-Fearless Fabulous You June 19

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditIn “The Lost Kitchen,” a daughter writes a memoir of caring for her mother with advanced #Alzheimers. The more than two dozen recipes she shares capture memories of her mother and remind us that writing and cooking can be therapeutic. Meet poet and author, Miriam Green, on #FearlessFabulousYou June 19th 12 oon EST W4WN Radio – The Women 4 Women Network Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestReddit

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Rules Matter Unless They No Longer Make Sense

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI was never great at following directions or rules. I always tried to rework everything and asked too many questions. It was more why and why not than okay and I accept. I spoke up and disregarded people who told me to “shut up.” Rules do matter. Guidelines are good. But if they no longer make sense and seem archaic, then speak up and figure out a way to rewrite the rules. For years – centuries- we’ve lived in a country where rules and laws were made and set by a majority of men. But times change and rules should as well to stay current with the times. They need need revisiting, especially […]

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My Dad Wasn’t Perfect. And I Forgive Him.

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditMy Dad told off-colored jokes, made suggestive comments about women and was the first to plant kisses on a woman’s cheek and embrace her without asking. He did it all with a sense of humor and good nature because he thought women were amazing. He married an exceptional one and raised another and he put us both on pedestals. When I’d blush or roll my eyes at his off-color comments, he’d laugh and nudge me saying, “Melanie, your Dad’s just a Dirty Old Man.” People who knew my Dad would understand that he would never do anything to intentionally […]

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When a Moment Counts, You Learn To Count Every Moment

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditThe call came. A friend died. It was unexpected. Our friend had been living with cancer for several years but was managing well. We’re not sure what happened. There was an accident.  A head injury. Clots formed. After release from the hospital, all seemed fine. Then pain, clots, more treatment. All seemed to improve, until cardiac arrest stopped him in his tracks. Gone in a moment. A family left behind to pick up the pieces. I am haunted by the sequence of how it came to be; the what ifs roll through my head at night. There may be many factors involved in my friend’s death; cancer treatment compromises the body […]

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