Regional Guide to In-Laws

Regional Guide to In-Laws

Seven territories of in-law personalities in the USA … each with a unique flavor. West Coast In-Laws drink their Napa Valley wine and Starbucks coffee while eating their home made macrobiotic muffins. They’re not laid back but ultra-aggressive about lifestyle choices.

By: Dina Koutas Poch

There are seven territories of in-law personalities in this great country of ours. Each has its own unique flavor.

1. West Coast In-Laws

(California, Oregon, Washington)

Three words: Burning Man Festival. Your in-laws live where Manifest Destiny carried them. They come from a long line of gold hunters — those in search of a truer, …

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Who’s Marjory?

Who is Marjory?

She spent her time taking classes, dancing the night away at the local disco and dating a string of loser boyfriends who didn’t treat her well. Marjory frequently spoke of wanting to be a singer, a writer, a school teacher, a wife and mother.

By: Eileen Kisailus

I once knew a woman named Marjorie. Actually, I knew her when she was younger. We sort of grew up together, but our friendship gradually faded like most young relationships do. However, over the years we have run into each other, or I kept tabs on her whereabouts through mutual friends or acquaintances.…

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Sword and Blossom — Discovering a Love Story

Japanese Origami

She found a stash of old letters, still in their original thin white envelopes, with foreign stamps and sealing wax. The letters inside were on rolled, thin, hand made “makigami” paper, and many of them contained pressed flowers.

By: Peter Pagnamenta, co-author of Sword and Blossom: A British Officer’s Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman

In 1982 a retired Tokyo teacher was going through boxes in a storeroom, when she found a stash of old letters, still in their original thin white envelopes, with foreign stamps and sealing wax. They were bundled tightly together and there were over …

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My Son is Getting Married!

My Son is Getting Married!

They met at a local gym where each worked out several days a week. Susan had recently moved into the neighborhood and their mutual interest in fitness quickly sparked a relationship.

By: Natasha Morgan

I knew that Jeff was crazy about his girlfriend Susan. He spent every waking moment with her to the exclusion of his long time college friends.

The two met at a local gym where each worked out several days a week. Susan had recently moved into the neighborhood and their mutual interest in fitness quickly sparked a relationship. As weeks flew by they found more common …

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The Future of Caregivers

Caregivers

Community social workers can be fully trained nurses, house cleaners or chauffeurs. The cost is usually minimal but since they are only available for short periods of time, the caregiver problem still exists.

By: Natasha Morgan

Until we become personally involved, we don’t appreciate the difficult challenges that millions of people face when a loved one becomes ill and requires caregiving.

The majority of unpaid family caregivers in the US are women juggling their valuable time between job and family responsibilities. Many otherwise responsible employees are forced to take time off work to meet caregiver obligations. A career oriented woman …

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Are You Ready to Go Dancing?

Are You Ready to Go Dancing?

The once famous dance couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, added glamor and romance to ballroom dancing. Once again, with the advent of popular television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars”, ballroom dancing has taken off with Baby-Boomers.

By: Natasha Morgan

Just when you thought dancing was only for the young, a new trend has surfaced among baby-boomers. Ballroom dancing is enjoying a renewed popularity.

Couples looking for activities they can enjoy together are flocking to local community centers, schools and dance studios. Many are hoping to recapture the youthful spirit they felt in their earlier years.

Dance groups …

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The Personal Side of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Women across the nation were excited at the prospect of a “woman’s influence” on the country’s legislative agenda. Nancy Pelosi, the first woman ever to serve as House Speaker now presides over the first Democratic majority since 1994.

By: Natasha Morgan

The year 2007 marks a time in history that a woman takes on a role in the US government which is only two steps from the presidency. Nancy Pelosi, the first woman ever to serve as House Speaker was sworn in on Thursday, and now presides over the first Democratic majority since 1994.

The 66-year-old San Francisco Democrat, is …

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Nurturing Friendships

Nurturing Friendships

Most of us take friendship for granted. We believe that friends are always there, whenever we need them. Put yourself in your friend’s shoes and think about what they might be feeling about the friendship?

By: CD Mohatta

When we plant a tree, we take care of that plant from the smallest stage of growth. We not only nurture that plant with water, air and fertilizers, but also protect it from any damage. Friendship is one such plant. One has to take care of friends, as one takes care of the plants, one grows.

Most of us take friendship for …

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Are You an “Empty Nester”?

Are You an

Allowing “empty nester” feelings to permanently take hold, can lead to severe depression. However, recognizing the symptoms, you’ve taken the first step toward creating a happy lifestyle for yourself.

By: Natasha Morgan

You’ve spent the better part of your life raising children and looking after your family; now you find yourself quite alone. Separation anxiety can be painful for anyone but especially for those of us who no longer share our home with a spouse.

Loneliness can visit all of us at times but, allowing “empty nester” feelings to permanently take hold, can lead to severe depression. However, by recognizing …

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Romantic Love Can be Experienced by Everyone

Romantic Love

Romantic love involves caring and a desire to be responsive to the other person’s needs. It is comforting to believe that as we age, we become better at giving and receiving love.

By: Natasha Morgan

Most women, no matter what their age, will not admit to being old. My grandmother at 85 and living in a senior’s home, quietly whispered to me one day that her only complaint was that the place was so full of “old” people. To further demonstrate this theory, studies have shown that we think of people reaching old age only when they are at least …

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Coping with a Retired Husband

Sleeping Husband

Some retired couples have elected to take up hobbies together such as painting, tennis or golf. Taking lessons and learning to do new things will provide common goals. Others feel happier when they retain separate interests.

By: Natasha Morgan

The famous quote “I married him for better or for worse, but not for lunch” is a reoccurring theme among women who have newly retired husbands.

We all have routines that have been developed over a life time and when they suddenly become disrupted, we can get frustrated, annoyed or even furious. Take for example Mike, who is a retired …

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Memory Foam Mattresses …The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Memory Foam Mattresses

Sometimes, a memory foam mattress is referred to as a NASA foam mattress. It is able to mold itself to the shape of any object that puts pressure on it and can slowly return to it’s original shape.

 

By: Charles “Chuck” Harmon

Are you thinking about buying a memory foam mattress? Are you confused about all the hype and confusing claims made by the different advertisements for memory foam?

I’ve set out to clear the air, remove the “smoke and mirrors”, and put into one article all the true information you’ll need to make a selection that will thrill …

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How Equitable is Your Relationship?

How Equitable is Your Relationship?

Women now hold a legal position that is deemed to be more equitable. As women become better educated and hold greater jobs, we may expect to see more evenly balanced relationships.

By: Natasha Morgan

People are most content when they feel that their relationship is a fair one. None of us wants to feel exploited by others; nor do we usually like to take advantage of others.

In any personal relationship people can have different preferences for their social activities, family income distribution and living accommodation, to name just a few. How we handle them, can make the difference between …

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Finding Happiness in Your Treasure Chest

Finding Happiness

Our level of happiness is based on our thoughts and our thoughts are a reflection of what’s in our minds. Happy people spend their effort adding to their Treasure and Hope chests.

By: Gary Mosher

If you haven’t been able to find a lot of happiness in your life, maybe you’re looking in the wrong place. Our level of happiness is based on our thoughts and our thoughts are a reflection of what’s in our minds. We can begin the quest for happiness by separating our memories into three separate chests:

The Treasure Chest of the mind is where we …

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Bathroom Safety Tips for Your Family

Bathroom Safety Tips

Common bathroom accidents include scalds, fainting from heat, falls on slippery floors, and head injuries from falling against bathroom fixtures. To prevent accidents, your bathroom should be equipped with grab bars, bath mats, and bath rails.

By: Clive Chansa

Bathrooms are a particularly dangerous part of the home. It’s a dangerous place for falls and injuries to occur. Common bathroom accidents include scalds, fainting from heat, falls on slippery floors, and head injuries from falling against bathroom fixtures. It is important to install devices designed to prevent accidents — such as grab bars, bath mats, and bath rails.

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