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This Filmmaker Nails It

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditWatching “Joy Joy Nails,” written and directed by Filmmaker Joey Ally makes you uncomfortable. Like nails slowly tapping a table, it gets your attention.  An official selection at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, the film highlights the untold truth, abysmal pay, racism and sometimes violence that women endure in the roughly 2,000 nail salons across New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, originally inspired by the excellent New York Times investigative report, “Unvarnished.”      Joey is a  young filmmaker with several credits to her name, with a focus on women. Her other films are “Minimum Wage” and “Partners.” Her production […]

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Managing Arthritis and Menopause- Fearless Fabulous You! May 22

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestReddit May is Arthritis Awareness Month and it hits home for me. My Mother experiences painful arthritis, and I see how the condition impacts a person’s mobility.  50 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. That’s about one in 4 adults. 26% are women. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, and it’s the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S.A. (source: The Arthritis Foundation). Dr. Anca Askanase, a rheumatologist with Columbia University Medical Center (Columbia Doctors), joins me May 22 to discuss causes, risk reduction and management of different causes of arthritis. Live 4pm EST W4WN.com and podcast to iHeart.com […]

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A Diet Worth Giving a Try

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditAs a wine and food professional I grapple weekly with temptation and managing my diet. Attending dinners, lunches and wine tastings are part of the job, and I enjoy it, especially when the food and drink are good. But it’s hard to maintain your weight, and we all know eating well is the best defense to stay healthy along with regular exercise. So, I’ve devised “The Try It Diet.” Just give everything a try at least once. Take a smaller portion or a few sips. Then push away the plate or don’t give yourself a refill or second helping. […]

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Ageism- Take a Hike!

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditRecently I attended a movie screening for my friend, Kathleen Squires’ new film, “James Beard: America’s First Foodie.” The screening was hosted by AARP. The trailer before the film was themed “take another look at AARP.” It showed vibrant, sexy, loving and active seniors. That’s right: Ageism, take a hike! According to AARP, about two in three workers between the ages of 45-74 have experienced ageism issues in the workforce. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was supposed to address unfairness, but in 2015, over 21,000 complaints were filed with the government. Management often sites stamina and energy, […]

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A Special Kind of Mother

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditAs we spend today celebrating our mothers who are still living and remembering our mothers who have left us, there is another community of mothers I’d like to recognize. These are mothers living with a hole in their hearts because they’ve lost a child. This past year I know of at least three mothers in my social media community who’ve lost children, all young adults. I can’t imagine the heartache of a mother on Mother’s Day thinking about the child she lost. She’s still a mother in spirit. She may have other children to care for and share the […]

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Tacking Migraines Head On- May 1 Fearless Fabulous You!

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI’m tackling migraines head on (excuse the play on words). Friends and family members have experienced debilitating migraines, and I see how difficult and painful it is for them. Here’s what I learned prepping for this show: More women get migraines (three quarters of all migraine sufferers are women). Men tend to have more cluster headaches. There are different manifestations of migraines (e.g., Migraine with Vertigo, Miniere’s Disease) and different phases of a migraine (prodome, attack, postdome). Migraine triggers can vary by individual. Some OTC and prescription medications can trigger migraines (MOH- migraine overuse headaches). Dietary adjustments, exercise and […]

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The Doctor Will See You Now….But Will You Actually See Him?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI received an envelope in the mail this week from a doctor I never met from a medical facility I never heard of. Inside was an invoice for $57.90. This wasn’t the first “your invoice is in the mail” experience I’ve had in the last several months. Others have appeared from the two hospitals where my husband, David, was treated last August and September for a neurological condition. Thankfully, David is back to normal. But these surprise charges have given me headaches and palpitations. Most of them contain EOBs (explanation of benefits) with charges for assorted doctors and services we […]

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Act My Age? Which One?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI just celebrated my 40th high school class reunion in Chattanooga. I graduated Girls Preparatory School (GPS), a private girls school established in 1906. They say in Chattanooga that you “you can spot a GPS girl” by the way they she carries herself, her poise and her manners. You can see it in her spirit as well. The school colors are black and blue, and students and alumnae are called “bruisers.” Ironically,  Merriam- Webster Dictionary defines a bruiser as a “husky man.” But the more urban definition is “someone who’s tough and doesn’t get taken down easily, someone with […]

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Stop Holding It In!

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditTuck it in. Suck it in. Hold it in. How many times have you heard, read or said this? Well, I say do the opposite: Let it out! I recently interviewed movement specialist Mary Derbyshire for my radio show Fearless Fabulous YOU! The focus was staying agile at any age.  Here is the link. Mary discussed how to sit, stand and move your body without overtaxing it. One thing I learned is that we tend to hunch and constrict our bodies rather than stay loose and limber. I  realized during the discussion that too many of us are too tightly […]

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They Get You By The Nuts

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditWhen I was a young girl, my parents would take me to the local ice cream parlor. My Dad loved hot fudge sundaes and every time he ordered one he would say, “They get you by the nuts.” What he meant was that there was always a surcharge for adding nuts to his sundae. I think of my Dad every time I eat an energy bar. I think they get you by the nuts.   Remember the movie “Mean Girls?” The Lindsay Lohan character, Cady, suggests to Mean Girl Regina that she eat energy bars to lose weight. Regina takes […]

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