Random Thoughts

Stepping Toward Happiness

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they need to choose life. As Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her new book The Signature of All Things, “she knew that the world was plainly divided into those who fought an unrelenting battle to live, and those who surrendered and died. This was a simple fact.” What’s […]

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The Great Divide

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Here’s today’s technology quiz, although it’s not measuring exactly what you think.  Ready? Here we go, True or False: Your television has more than one remote control. You have had to ask one of your children to come into the room to turn on the TV. More […]

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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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