Archive - January 2017

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How Can I Lower My Risk of Heart Disease?
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What Women Need to Know About Heart Disease
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Inauguration Day…and a Call to Action
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Downhill Skiing Advice: Straight from an Amateur
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Getting Happy, One Small Step at a Time
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Going Home, and Returning There

How Can I Lower My Risk of Heart Disease?

Last week I wrote about the myths of heart disease and how heart attacks present in women.  In today’s post, I’ll describe how we (both women and men) can lower our risk of this number one killer in the United States. Heart disease in women doesn’t get the press it deserves.  But the unfortunate facts still remain. ♥Only 1 in 5 women thinks heart disease is her greatest health risk. ♥Approximately one woman a minute dies from heart disease. ♥Women don’t necessarily have the same symptoms of heart attack that men do. ♥And 90% of women have at least one…

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What Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

The media is a powerful entity.  And when it comes to its portrayal of heart disease, the danger in that power is especially evident.  We are left to assume that heart disease is a man’s disease.  That men die from heart attacks.  That men need to watch their cholesterol, lower their high blood pressures, and start exercise programs.    While this information is certainly true, we are getting only part of the story.  Who is missing? Women.  Lots and lots of women. Young and old, across ethnic groups and body types, heart disease is very much a woman’s disease.  Nearly…

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Inauguration Day…and a Call to Action

  “Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.” – David Star Jordan Even the dashboard for pulseonparenting.com is feeling it:  the daily inspirational quote came from Star Jordan’s timely words.  Timely, in that they were posted on MLK, Jr., Day, and timely, in that Friday is Inauguration Day. Whether you look ahead to this always historic occasion with anticipation or with dread, I think about another of my favorite sayings. Be the change you want to see in the world. Many who voted for our PEOTUS did so looking for change; many who did not want…

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Downhill Skiing Advice: Straight from an Amateur

  Sigh.  Always a ski bunny and never a bum. Trust me, I don’t flatter myself with that statement.  Although the bunny hill is one I can “Lindsey Vonn” (sort of) I can’t do it carrying a steaming cup of joe.  I’ve really seen that happen.  Nor can I “shred it” while carrying a bin of paper files (yup, seen that, too).  Talk about taking the office with you. But there is something I do bring down a slope, and that thing is fear.  I don’t need speed.  Or bumps.  I certainly don’t need “air.”  But I do need the…

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Getting Happy, One Small Step at a Time

Another new year…already!  Did 2016 even happened?  Maybe I just slept through it.  No.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t get that much rest… It’s that time of year we resolve to make positive changes in our lives, or better yet, to not resolve as the former seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Whatever it is we have made a resolution to do or become just doesn’t come to fruition.  That’s why last year I simply decided to make “the happiness project” a goal, not a big “R.” Last January I posted “The Happiness Project”  where I described my goal, through daily reflection and writing,…

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Going Home, and Returning There

“There’s no place like home.” “Who says you can’t go home?” “Home is where the heart is.” Where you once belonged. In song, on the silver screen and in narrative, home is a nostalgic subject.  Home can be many things…a state of mind, the place we lay our heads every night, or who we are with.  What it means to one can mean a very different thing to another. Since I left nearly 30 (30!) years ago, I have called my hometown home.  As we pack our bags, it no longer confuses my children when I say we are going home to visit…

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