organized closet

Who Are You Now? A Guide to Getting and Staying Organized

The organized enough clothing closet: Get rid of hangers and plastic from the dry cleaners immediately. Group items first by category.

“I know myself, but that is all…”
Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Fitzgerald understood better than most the double-edged sword of the American dream. He also created the character of Gatsby, the iconic self-made man, and yet a tragic one. Today, almost a century later, a vast world of products to buy makes it possible for the average person to reinvent herself anytime she likes. But it is a constant merry-go-round: If you can be anything, what should …

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physician

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death

You can only file a wrongful death claim caused by medical malpractice if the patient dies because of the of a medical professional who was involved in the patient’s treatment.

Wrongful death is a term used when one person dies because of the negligence of another party. One major contributor to wrongful death cases is medical malpractice. As a patient, you have the right to expect proper diagnosis and treatment from medical professionals. Medical malpractice accidents can have dire consequences for the life of the patient. A wrong diagnosis leading to improper treatment or wrong prescription can cost thousands of …

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grief

The Essential Guide to Helping Anyone in Grief

Grief makes us uncomfortable, and we are at a loss as to what to do. Often we blurt out something we shouldn’t. Or, sometimes, we simply do nothing.

I had always considered myself a great friend — encouraging, there to help when needed, sensitive, able to see when people were suffering and how I might comfort them. But when my husband died so suddenly, I soon came to realize that, when it came to helping someone who was grieving … I KNEW VERY, VERY LITTLE!

As I began my own journey of grief, I became painfully aware that in the …

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effects of war

War is Hell and Then There is PTSD

PTSD is the mind’s own grim reaper that has one, single purpose…to kill the human spirit over time.

A few blocks away, a boy on a bicycle peddled in their direction. Although the 13-year-old was never greeted warmly, everyone knew Harvey. His bike had a bent pedal that nicked the frame slightly, warning that he was coming. This morning, his first stop was a block north on Market Street.

As he rounded the corner, two neighbors talking over their fence abruptly stopped upon seeing him. They stared, wondering where he was going. They resumed their conversation only when he’d passed. …

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senior care

7 Easy Ways to Support Caregivers

If someone in your life is a caregiver, you should step up and do what you can to care for them. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems.

If someone in your life is acting as a caregiver, then you know just how demanding this job can be. It is so important for caregivers of all types to be able to reduce stress and find peace and calm in their chaotic lives. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems. Due to the nature of their jobs, many caregivers are so dedicated to caring for

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Bali Indonesia

A Journey from the Boardroom to Bali and Back

He made the bold, audacious, and potentially career-ending decision to travel with his family to Bali on an eight-month sabbatical.

The kids didn’t wake until late morning. One by one they emerged from their jet-lagged slumber. We introduced them to Putu and Made, but there was no time to linger. We were already late for a tour of their school, which we had arranged through Ben McCrory, the school’s head of admissions. Victoria and I rushed them through a quick meal and herded them into the rental car Nyoman would drive.

On the ride to school, Nyoman drove aggressively, leaving …

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elderly travel

Travel Tips for the Elderly and Disabled

When it comes to travel, planning is the first step in a long process of getting ready for a big trip. So be sure to build in extra time for getting around.

Traveling around the world is a truly life-changing experience, which should be available to everyone. Those with limited mobility or access, and certainly those who care for them, often struggle to navigate in a world contains a lot of barriers, either by way of understanding or infrastructure.

There are a lot of moving parts (sometimes literally) to consider before taking off on an adventure. Fortunately, we’ve put together …

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single women

The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women

She has no regrets about remaining single because she’s gotten to have the life she dreamed about since she was a young girl.

By: Maureen Paraventi

It hardly needs to be said that women who remain single lead very different lives than their married counterparts. So why am I saying it?

Society has long focused on what single women don’t have – husbands – while ignoring what we do have: independence and autonomy. The freedom to do whatever one wants, whenever one wants to do it was a recurring theme raised by the women that I talked to.

Traditionalists may …

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missile defense system

U.S. National Missile Defense Scrambles to Defend All American Families

We boomers have repeatedly faced the threat of nuclear missile attack since we practiced duck and cover in elementary school. Many of our generation are concerned about possible impacts to their families as diplomatic and military moves play out on the Korean peninsula over ballistic missile proliferation.

So I thank Rita Morgan for letting me provide this guest commentary to her readers.

I’m speaking up because I have some expertise regarding the strengths and weaknesses of America’s missile defense capabilities. I gained it by working 25 years in the military and in the aerospace industry helping develop the Army’s Mid-course …

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my baby

I Gave My Baby to Strangers

Before I could argue my case any further, the courtroom doors opened and the bailiff called my name. By signing my baby away, to strangers, my life could return to the way it had been.

By: Margaret Mott

I touched my mother’s arm and pleaded in one last desperate attempt to stop the events from unfolding. “Please don’t make me do this”.

“Don’t start.”  She sat stiffly in her black dress, her court attire, as though she was at a funeral.  She was – mine.

Mom insisted that I wear the new white dress she had bought me as though …

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writers

20 Quirks and Strange Habits

James Joyce preferred writing while lying down on his stomach. He used large blue pencils and wore a white coat while writing.

The weird side of famous writers is shown in the infographic below. Read about James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Truman Capote, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O’Connor, Anthony Burgess, Friedrich Schiller, Agatha Christie, Alexandre Dumas, William Faulkner, Lewis Carroll, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Austin, Honore De Balzak, Arthur Conan Doyle and Dan Brown.…

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botox and fat injections

Botox or Fat Injections .. Which is Best?

Many Baby-Boomers are feverishly looking for ways to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, and generally regain a more youthful appearance. Here we compare two popular treatments.

Fat Injections
Fat cells taken from one part of your own body are injected back into another area replenishing the skins collagen layer. This has the effect of smoothing lines and wrinkles and plumping out the treated area.

Botox
Botulinum toxin A is injected into affected areas and the botulinum toxins block the signals that would normally tell your muscles to contract. If an area of the body can’t move, it can’t wrinkle.

What areas

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make love

Can a Man Make Love Like a Woman?

A woman can make love for other reasons besides strong desire. To feel close, or emotionally connected to her partner.  To promote loving feelings.

By: Stephen Snyder, MD

Several years ago, a merchant in my neighborhood learned that I was both an MD and a sex therapist.  The next time I was in his shop, he asked me if I could get him some Viagra.

“How long have you had erection problems?” I asked.

“I don’t,” he answered.  “But my wife and I have been married for 30 years.  To tell you the truth, sometimes I’m too tired or preoccupied …

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save horses from fire

Horse Owners Fighting a Fire

Those who were able to corral their horses and lead them to safety found that after the fire there was nowhere for the horses to return.

The devastating fires in California burned more than 330 square miles damaging homes, displacing animals and causing loss of life.

Horse owners were fighting the fire and trying to save their animals any way they could. One woman managed to squeeze her pony into the back seat of her Honda Accord.

Those who were able to corral their horses and lead them to safety found that after the fire there was nowhere for the …

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diabetes

The New Diabetes Research That Could Change Everything

Diabetes is a disorder that occurs when your blood sugar (blood glucose) reaches unusually high levels. Prolonged high levels of glucose can cause all manner of problems.

You either have diabetes or you know someone who has it. Frankly, it’s a rampant disease in the United States, affecting great swaths of the population.

But despite the widespread nature of it, there is still a lot of ignorance surrounding that what, why, and how of the disease.

There’s good news when it comes to current diabetes research, but because we’re relatively ignorant of how the disease works, we’re not as excited …

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