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Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Dairy-Free Rosh Hashanah

That would not be for me. That would be for our guests. Here I am, minding my own business, when it comes to my attention that our visitors have a number of food issues. Since our family table, holiday or not, is generally laden with a variety of offerings… not a problem. As I hear…

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Adoption and Long-Standing Jealousy Issues

I recall when our children came home from Russia as preteens. Some had constant jealousy issues: I had doled out more peas to one than another. Literally counting them on their plate, they were sure that I had planned on slighting them…. Years later, the same issues resurface repeatedly. No one is counting tiny bits…

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Stretching for More in Home and Business

Are you ready to snap? Welcome to the rubber band life, where stretching is the only way to take new territory. Your average parent doesn’t like the idea of stretch marks, whether in the physical body through birth, in your wallet and sense of privacy through invasive adoption costs and questions, or the later psychic…

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AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws. But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive…

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Turning Around Your Mood

It might be your kids, your coworker, your mate or your mother-in-law. Some folks are always out-of-control, flying off the handle, becoming angry or staying depressed. They never seem to be in charge of their emotions. They act or react without even thinking that the same patterns may be stopped. Immediately. Without a whole lot…

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Preventing Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Obviously, if you don’t want to be affected by poison ivy, sumac, oak, you need to get rid of them from your yard. Easier said than done. But what if you come into contact with the plants while out hiking or working somewhere? If you act quickly, you need not suffer with a painful rash…

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Monday Mottoes – #155

“I think I can, I think I can,” said the Little Engine That Could. Perhaps you remember something from your childhood echoing that 1963 inspirational cartoon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9xO98kcBU). Nowadays, cartoons seem to have different messages, yet that encouraging word will never grow old. Today, so many give up after engaging in any initial exertion. Their tenacity,…

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I Believe the Female Fox Newscasters

It’s not difficult to anyone whose head is not in the sand. I mean, what’s with the heavily made-up, mini-skirted women of Fox News? I’ve wondered that for years. I don’t get it. Maybe I work in much more conservative realms in our nation’s capital, but when a grown woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut top…

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Women in Danger Worldwide

It’s dangerous out there, people, and particularly dangerous for women in a whole lot of the world. Things are not getting better, and if anything, becoming worse in an ever-widening swath on the globe. In an election year, there’s a need for decisive steps to save our country and those elsewhere requiring help. It’s not…

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Sleep Deprivation and Psychosis

I am concerned about someone who’s been working too much, going ‘round the clock and actually exhibiting a change in personality. Not for the better. She has transformed so much, in such negative ways, that I began to research what temporary or long-term sleep deprivation could do to a person. Studies indicate that the mental…