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For The Joy of Animals: Turkey Bobbing

Turkey bobbing anyone? We take an all hands — and paws — approach to prepping for our christmas feast.   Do you have plenty of helping hands and paws at your house? MERRY CHRISTMAS and  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~~~ You can find more Macho… Continue Reading →

Lost and Found News: Probiotic Beer, Gut Checks, Toxin Heroes, Team Gut

A round-up of recent, ponder worthy gut health (yes, gut as in part of our digestive tract) news you may have missed: Probiotic Beer may become the new yogurt If you have never gotten on the probiotic (healthy bacteria for your… Continue Reading →

What’s Your Favorite Way To Celebrate The 4th Of July?

The semi-official/traditional Independence Day celebration includes food outdoors with family/friends, parades and fireworks.  But I often wonder if we still love our current ways to celebrate the 4th of July as much as the media does? If given the chance to start from scratch and create… Continue Reading →

To All The Dads

To all the Dads who share in our joys during the early years — cartoons, bike rides, water balloon fights, ice cream, joy rides, Halloween … To all the Dads who teach us practical things — how to swim, ride… Continue Reading →

Music: FLY by Maddie and Tae

Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG.  Their new single, FLY is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. FLY is a… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Betty White, I’ll Never Forget Your Kindness

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the hilarious, uber-talented Miss Betty White.  No one is more deserving than she of the sweet surprise and outpouring of affection she got, in celebration of her 93rd birthday, from the entire cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland…. Continue Reading →

A Disgruntled Snowman’s Snow Fight

We may be disgruntled by the snow, but it is here to stay — at least for a couple of months.  So we might as well find humor in it where we can. I’ve long been a fan and follower of the folks… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Family, Friends, Fun & All The Craziness

Wishing you and yours a wonderful celebration of family, friends, fun and all the craziness of the holiday season! Merry Christmas  and   Happy New year!

Ten Things I Don’t Want to Hear Two Days Before Christmas

Here is my Ten Things I Don’t Want to Hear Two Days Before Christmas list: I have a Christmas lunch at work/school/preschool tomorrow. What would you like to make?  I need to start my Christmas shopping. Can you take me… Continue Reading →

Christmas Spirit, It’s Free

Christmas can be a tough time of year. I know this from experience. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the demands on our time, bank accounts, sanity. For many years, I have struggled to hold onto any kind of genuine… Continue Reading →

What if Fresh Produce Had A Mascot?

When we think of fresh fruits and vegetables, we immediately think “healthy.”  And not about actually feeling better. We think more about all the work — storing, cleaning, chopping, slicing, cooking that it takes to prepare them, and less about the wonderful… Continue Reading →

Featured Book: MIXED FEELINGS by Olivia R. Burton

I read a lot of galleys. A lot of them. My dream is to discover the next big thing before they’re actually, you know, the next big thing. Everybody loves to have a good “I knew them when” story. Sometimes… Continue Reading →

Who Doesn’t Love The Fair?

I don’t.  There.  I said it.  I don’t like the state fair. When the family packed up to make our annual trek, I tried hiding under the couch but someone spotted me.  I tried to beg off for financial reasons…. Continue Reading →

Freezing Eggs, A Perk For Female Employees?

When I read the headline that Apple and Facebook are now offering to freeze female employees’ eggs as a perk of employment, I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone! Is that taking progress a bit too far?  Is this move a way… Continue Reading →

Visitors @ My Window

I have cats. So, when I heard a “thud” at the window, I assumed it was one of my furry kids batting at a bug or fly that had somehow gotten into the house. When both cats appeared from opposite… Continue Reading →

Movie: Jon Favreau’s CHEF

Though I’m late to the party, I’m thrilled to have discovered Jon Favreau’s fabulous film CHEF.   A sleeper hit when it was released in May on a modest budget and with no marketing to speak of, CHEF gained traction solely by word of mouth… Continue Reading →

Is It Possible To Legislate Respect?

Kansas City just became the latest in a list of cities considering a law against street harassment that would encompass everything from catcalls to drivers forcing bicyclists off the road.  Clearly, harassment is a crime, but is it possible to… Continue Reading →

The Art of The Virtual “Smudgy Hug”

Humans are social beings.  We crave human-to-human contact.  Even as machines and technology take over more and more aspects of our lives, we try our best to humanize them. Think of our phones.  We give them names, voices and mannerisms…. Continue Reading →

Sexy Women In Award Shows: Objects? Feminists? Funny?

Both the Emmys and VMA awards this week garnered very strong reactions, both positive and negative for the way women were portrayed. First, Beyoncé’s 16-minute tour de force medley of her new CD at the VMAs was hailed as a… Continue Reading →

How to Raise Gun-Free Boys

When my husband and I first started talking about having children almost two decades ago, one of our concerns was the pervasive violence in our culture. Seeing boys barely old enough to write their names pretending to blow one another… Continue Reading →

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