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21 Ways to Deal with Sadness

Depression gets a lot of press and attention these days. But sadness is a different thing. Sadness is the feeling that comes from an unhappy event. Now, if you don’t deal with it, sadness can become chronic and lead to depression. This is why you might want to learn to deal with it when it […]

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10 Tips for Those Who Dare to Be Alone

I’m sure many of you already saw or heard reports about the recent study that a majority of people would rather give themselves an electric shock than spend 15 minutes alone in a room. More men than women would shock themselves, but still, there are a lot of people who’d rather feel pain than be […]

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10 Reasons I Love Fútbol (That’s Soccer, for Ya’ll Americans)

I didn’t grow up in a sporty family. Our primary sport was reading, punctuated by a few bicycle races in Europe (see #5). In fact, I can’t even remember a single sporting event on the TV in our house growing up, except the Olympics. Which, oh, yeah, my dad was in for skeet-shooting, and oh, […]

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Why I Won’t Wear Makeup Again…Ever

I was like most girls when I was little (well, almost). I loved getting into my mom’s and sisters’ makeup drawers. I loved playing with Barbie. I even wanted to be a fashion designer. Of course, there was the other side of me—the part that came out typically around my brother: We’d make parachutes and […]

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Ode to Tom Robbins

I vividly remember my first Tom Robbins book. It was Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and I first spotted it in my father’s reading pile. “What on earth,” I thought to myself, “was my dad doing with a book that looked so very interesting?” I did what any good daughter would do: I “borrowed” it. […]

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Your Body Is Your Body

A few weeks ago, I finally got up the courage to take a group Iyengar yoga class in New York City. Now, I’ve been doing yoga for 17 years, so you’d think I’d be all over that studio. But no, I prefer to study one-on-one with a teacher, free from constantly comparing myself to anyone […]

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The Case of the Stinky Shoes

The other night, I walked into my teenage daughter’s bedroom to say goodnight and my eyes-in-the-back-of-my-head alarm went off. “What is that smell?” I asked. The odor was a bit like fire, petroleum, and toxic chemicals, mixed with an electrical malfunction. Generally bad stuff. Dangerous stuff. “I’ve been smelling it too,” she said. We both […]

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Vindication for Lazy Parents (Like Me)

The other day, while driving into New York City, I heard a radio interview with Dana Goldstein, author of the recent Atlantic article “Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework.” The article discussed two researchers from Duke University who went through 30 years of surveys to determine what really works when it comes to parental […]

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