Why I Broke Up With Facebook

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  A year ago, on my birthday, I noticed that I’d only received one or two “Happy Birthday” messages on my Facebook timeline. I knew from seeing other people’s birthday greetings that mine were pretty paltry in comparison. I felt stung and a bit shamed. And isn’t that the true shame? Is it not sad… Read More »

Son of Saul Gripping For All

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Son of Saul A Gripping View of Holocaust Hell If you’re a Holocaust junkie like me, or even if you’re not, see this film. I’ve gobbled up countless books and movies on the subject. And still, nothing comes close to the gripping reality and cinematography portrayed in this film. No prelude, no introduction, just life… Read More »

How to Retire in the Life You’ve Always Wanted

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How to Retire in a World of Your Own Making Best Advice, Ever By Bob Leone When my mother and father retired in the late 1970’s their plan was pretty simple: start collecting social security, put all their money in bank certificates of deposit which were earning 8-12% annually, sell their house on Long Island and move… Read More »

Best Retirement Countries For Cheap Living?

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Think Italy. Southern Italy. One of the Best Retirement Countries for Cheap Living By Eileen Rivkin I grew up in the sixties, in a section of the Bronx called the “Coops” (short for “cooperatives”).  Cooperatives were a new concept in socialized living. Built by members of United Workers’ Association in 1926, The Coops encompassed three full blocks and… Read More »

How To Travel To France With An Elderly Parent

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How To Travel To France With An Aging Parent “Off The Beaten Path” Tours – A Review My mom is 81 years old. I’d describe our relationship as strained and turbulent. We’ve suffered through great trauma and “family dysfunction” together. It hasn’t been easy. Nevertheless, she is my mother; the only one I have. And I love her. A few… Read More »

How To Stop Asking: “Where Are My Glasses?”

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GORILLA GRIPS ARE GREAT! (The Rest All Suck) I’m no spring chicken. I’ve got impaired vision. Can’t read the fine print anymore; can’t see from far away either. I was wearing bifocals up until a couple of months ago. Then, I found Optix Air contact lenses. They’re great. They’re extended wear, so I keep them on 24/7… for… Read More »

Nazi Atrocities Against Women…

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Nazi Atrocities Against Women… And Other Living Creatures  SKELETONS AT THE FEAST–A Book Review First, I need to come clean and tell you something. I’m a Holocaust junkie. I don’t know why (though I’ve got theories), but I’m constantly devouring books about the SS, Hitler, and his Nazi regime. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not at all… Read More »

What Is the Vegan Diet? (Part 3–”Well?”)

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I Was A Vegan For 1 Month   WHAT I LEARNED In Part 1 of this blog, I shared with you the “Why” behind my decision to go Vegan. In Part 2, I explained “How” I got started and and how I made it work. Here, in Part 3, I’m going to answer “WELL… what did you learn”? There are lots of people who really know how to… Read More »

What Is The Vegan Diet? (Part 2, “How?”)

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Once Upon A Time… … I Lived Vegan For 1 Month In Part 1 of this blog, I shared with you the “Why” behind my decision to go Vegan. Here, in Part 2,  I’m going to tell you “How” I got started and and how I made it work. In Part 3, I’ll answer the question “Well (what did you learn)?” I.… Read More »

ECCO– The Sneakers Women Love to Love

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ECCO Women’s TerraCruise Lite Sneaker   Pillowy, Yummy Rubber Soles. Product Name: TerraCruise Lite Sneaker Manufacturer: www.ecco.com Overall Ranking: 5 Stars (out of 5, on the “Diana” scale) Weight: 7.8 ounces Retail Price: $130 Price I Paid: $109 Purchased From: Amazon Website: http://www.amazon.com Product Description: Light-weight, free-breathing, and wildly versatile, this multifunctional shoe is designed from the ground up for summer… Read More »

Female Libido Booster FDA Approved

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FDA Approves Controversial Female Libido Pill, “Addyi”  Sprout Pharmaceuticals Does The Happy Dance Today, Sprout Pharmaceuticals celebrates a hard-won battle to distribute their newest drug, Flibanserin (aka, “Addyi”)– which they will advertise as an effective treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD. Sure does take me back a few years… …seems like just yesterday when Viagra hit the market. Think it was about… Read More »

What Is HypoActive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)?

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What Is HSDD? Newly Manufactured “Disorder” Has Newfound “Cure” Today, Sprout Pharmaceuticals celebrates a hard-won battle to distribute their newest drug, Flibanserin (aka, “Addyi”)– which they will advertise as an effective treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD. Which begs the question: What is HypoActive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)?     I remember, about 20… Read More »

Great Little Book About Depression

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If You Don’t Understand Depression… …READ THIS BOOK Depression is not easy to describe. But, for me, it feels as if: My soul is diseased: Sick with fever, chills, vomiting and fatigue. My heart is black: Ripped into pieces, doused with acid and set on fire. My psyche is filled with hate, despair and agony. But don’t take it from… Read More »

What Is The Vegan Diet? — (Part 1: “Why?”)

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Living Vegan For One Month   WHY? (Part 1) Once upon a time, in 1981, I was a wee, young lady traveling in Italy. Strolling down a cobblestone alley, I happened upon a grocery store. In the meat section was a packaged, whole chicken with the head and feet attached. I Was Absolutely Grossed Out. This was possibly… Read More »

Torn Meniscus Surgery Recovery Time

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Torn Meniscus Surgery Recovery Time It all started one day when I was 47 and playing tennis with my boyfriend at the time, Allaistar. I leapt and lunged sideways to return his volley and– Snap. Crackle. Pop!  I’m down on the ground in an instant; helpless as a newborn fawn. Allaistar said he could hear the snapping from the… Read More »

Best Rated Dishwasher – Bosch

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Bosch Rated Consumer Reports Best Dishwasher Shhh! Don’t talk for a second.  Just listen. Do you hear that? If your answer is “no,” then you must be standing in my kitchen right now. Because I’ve got the dishwasher going full tilt and … it’s perfectly SILENT. Not a peep. That’s because I bought a Bosch.… Read More »

How To Treat Arthritis In The Knee

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  Arthritis In The Knee– What To Do? Well it  happened: I Got Old.  Never saw it coming. Well, maybe a little bit. When I was in my early 40s (“not old” yet, by my standards), I noticed that walking up and down stairs felt… um, kinda “creaky” on the knees. Nowhere else, just up and down… Read More »

How Do I Get Passport, Wallet & Purse Protection?

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  How To Thwart Pickpocket Thieves I. “Old School” Pickpocketing Two years ago, I went on a two-legged business trip (Chicago>New York) with a “third leg” tacked on at the end to attend my godson’s wedding in Boston. While in Chicago, I absent-mindedly left my wallet in cafe. (Or it was lifted from my purse while eating, dunno).… Read More »

What is Barre Fitness?

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  “What Is Barre Fitness,” You Ask? There’s a new craze in fitness programs called “Barre Fitness.”  You’ve heard about it, right? It’s all the rage. Strangely enough, I go to a class at The Dailey Method, which incorporates many Barre traditions.  Strange because, if you know anything about me, you know that I hate exercise. I… Read More »

Will Addyi Pill Increase Libido for Women?

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New, “Female Viagra” to Increase Libido for Women? Ah, the mysteries of sexual desire. For me, Billy Crystal summed them up best with this line from his 1991 blockbuster, City Slickers: “Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.” Of course, that’s not true for all women. In fact, just last night, my new friend, Leslie,… Read More »