Random Thoughts

The Wind-Up Clock Chronicle

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger On April 17, 1915, my late uncle’s parents, Tony and Anna Sabatino, selected and purchased furniture to fill their home as newlyweds. Their entire order, totaling $202.45, included the following, and I have the handwritten receipt to prove it: 2 tables: $16.50 and $2 1 stand: $5.00 […]

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Why I Blog: The Top 7 Reasons

Recently, someone asked me why I blog. After all, I don’t get paid for it, and it’s a lot of extra work added to an already crazy-busy life. I think I started posting blogs in early 2009 (although I don’t remember what my first post was about), so that makes it about five years of […]

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What You Really Need To Know About
Health Care Reform (aka Obamacare)

After all the dust settles and democracy returns to sanity, many of us will still be left with a big question: What really is all this health care fuss about anyway, and what does it really mean for all of us? Words can be a trigger for all sorts of crazy emotions, but whether you […]

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Happy 25th Birthday,
Men’s Health Magazine!

Men’s Health Magazine just turned 25 years old, and we had a big party in Manhattan to celebrate. There were celebrities there, like Dr. Oz and Dr. Travis Stork and Dylan McDermott, Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, and Carter Oosterhouse. And there were incredibly talented and dedicated members of the team there, too, many of who […]

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An Ugly Index

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger I thought I had reached my limit when I saw (and ignored) ads in my Facebook feed promoting “sexy eyebrows.” But then I read this: a headline for an article promising insight into what my belly button said about me. That may have actually pushed me to […]

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Celebrate Non-GMO Month! 8 Tips for Shopping & Cooking Non-GMO

by guest blogger Caroline Kinsman, communications manager for the Non-GMO Project With the fall season comes a celebration of the harvest. It’s a perfect time to appreciate traditional, nourishing foods. But nowadays, that means thinking about some things our grandparents never had to—such as whether or not an ingredient has been genetically engineered. GMOs (genetically […]

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Where Is the Love?

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure Someone wrote to me recently with a really excellent question: What is the appeal of books like 50 Shades of Grey, and why do so many women want to be treated that way—with violence and domination instead of passion, tenderness, and freedom? […]

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Climate Change, Fracking, and
Our Children’s Health and Future

by guest blogger Harriet Shugarman, executive director and founder of ClimateMama and a mentor and climate leader for the Climate Reality Project I feel like I live in a parallel universe. The much-anticipated United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report came out on September 27th, with dire warnings about our current […]

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