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Know Your Biology, Gain Inner Peace

Europe is in an ugly mess and that jobs report the other day made you want to flee to some nice Nordic country that still has jobs and benefits. (Habla Swedish?) We have a better idea.   First, consider: the male response to stress is “fight or...

Buy Sunscreen Without Getting Burned

Thirty bucks for a tiny tube of sunscreen?  Forget the fancy packaging and focus on these factors to get the most protection: DO Choose a higher SPF. Get one between 30 and 50 SPF, reapply often, and zero in on easily missed spots, like nostrils...

Little Goodies Make the Holidays Fun

My three kids and I are united on at least one thing: We love Christmas. It’s such a pretty, homey holiday—the baubly tree, the yummy cookies, the suspenseful advent calendar, the festive meals. It’s the little stuff that makes it wondrous. I...

A Bit of Bragging Looks Good on You

It feels funny to brag—uncomfortable, impolite, even obnoxious. Many women I know tend to downplay their success, even among friends. This shrinking-violet stuff is nonsense. Don’t be scared to celebrate your victories out loud. It’s a part of...

Dealing with Supermarket Mystery Meat

Grilling season kicks off on Memorial Day. But there’s pink slime in the hamburgers! The idea that you could be eating up to 25% “lean, finely textured beef” (a.k.a. LFTB, a cheap filler made from ammonia-treated beef trimmings) isn’t just...

Your Pre-Death To-Do List

Death is a fact of life. So why do so few of us plan for it? Nearly two-thirds of Americans haven’t done even basic estate planning, according to a recent Forbes article. Thankfully, my father wasn’t among them. As I discovered after he died,...

Supreme Court Debates Health Care Law

This has been a big week at the Supreme Court, as justices heard arguments relating to the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010—but is now being challenged.  At the core of the law is the “individual mandate”: the requirement...

Organic’s Dirty Little Secret

Remember when Victoria’s “Secret” came out last December? The lingerie company had been buying cotton for its “fair-trade, organic-cotton” underwear line from a farm in Africa that used child labor. This infuriated customers who assumed they had...

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