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Healing the Bizarre—Postpartum Depression

February 28, 2009 --

by Judy Dippel
Springfield, Oregon

This article is an excerpt from Judy’s interactive group study book, A Mother’s Companion: Refreshing Hope for Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood Disorders, release in fall, 2009

Ironic as it sounds, I’m passionate about writing about postpartum depression—bringing to light, facts that will dispel myths—and offering the promise of hope and healing to the helplessness we can feel in the midst of postpartum depression. We need not stay in denial or in ignorance. I speak from experience, having endured a lengthy period of postpartum depression, anxiety and panic. Only those who have personal experience with it know how bizarre a condition it is, and how it can begin to unravel a woman, physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Oregon Women’s Report

February 27, 2009 --

Submitted by: Gienie Assink, Springfield Oregon

Hello all, I hope today is productive and wonderful for you.  Through out the last year, I have had the privilege of writing and submitting articles to this magazine.  I’ve learned so many new things like what to look out for when maintaining weight, tips for keeping a neat and clean house and, even new ideas for cooking.  I’ve been blessed by all of you!

Today is my last submission for Oregon Women Report.  I’m sad to go, but I’m excited for what the future holds.  I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your continued support.  Because of you, Oregon Women’s Report has been successful through out the first year, and I appreciate all who have contributed.  Thank you for your comments and advice and for making me smile.  I’ve enjoyed it very much and I’ll miss you!

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Shop online…but be smart

February 26, 2009 --

Submitted by Kay Helbling

Shopping online has become a casual affair. To many of us it has become the retail outlet of choice…no cars, no time wasted, lots of choices, and great prices—a wonderful service, no doubt. But, don’t get comfortable. Shopping online can be a nightmare. My recent experience was a wakeup call. 

I heard about the healthy Acaiberry herb from none other than Oprah Winphrey’s miracle Dr. Oz. Never before had I went online to purchase a product that was introduced to me on television. But, I found a site that allowed me to purchase a trial supply for only shipping and handling fees. Why not? What do I have to lose?
 

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Diet Ad Photo: Is this really fat?

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By Evergreen,

I saw this ad on the internet and was a little taken back by how not obese the pre-diet poster girl was.  Is the diet companies going after 95% of Americans as a new audience?   Am I wrong on this?   Please give me your feedback.

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How I fell in love with the Facebook craze

February 25, 2009 --

By Erika Weisensee

A couple of weeks ago, I did something I swore I never would: I signed up for Facebook. I did it even after a good friend warned me about the trappings of the phenomenally popular online community. “It’s like a disease,” she told me. She was right. Facebook can be addicting. It has some other downsides, too. It encourages people to share mundane details of their lives. And, it forces you to remember another username and password. Yet, for people wanting to keep in touch with friends both old and new, the pros of Facebook far outweigh the cons.

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10 questions to ask yourself about unused space in your home

February 24, 2009 --

Jan Springer, President
Heritage School of Interior Design

If you have spaces or rooms that you do not use in your home consider the following…

1. How is the space used?  By whom?
2. Does the space have a specific purpose?
3. Is it furnished with comfortable furniture?
4. Is there adequate seating with adjacent tables?

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Oregon Comedian in Iraq Diary: Part 2

February 23, 2009 --

Part Two of BACK FROM IRAQ: Diary of a Comedian
By Sharon Lacey,
Portland Comedian.

In Part One, I told of the first two days of my adventure to entertain the troops. At this point in the story, I am still in Kuwait.

DAY THREE: At Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, we’re finding that maybe things aren’t as tough as we had expected them to be. The troops have two HUGE fitness centers, each the size of a football field, with all brand new state of the art exercise equipment, huge flat screen tv’s to watch the Armed Forces Network (AFN), racquetball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts and baseball diamonds outside.

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Deaf Children Can Create Own Sign Language

February 21, 2009 --

Weekend national health news focus:

TUESDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) — Deaf children can develop their own language-like gesture systems that expand in the same way that verbal skills grow in other children as they mature.  That’s the finding from a University of Chicago researcher who has studied deaf children in Nicaragua for many years.

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The REAL You Questionnare!

February 20, 2009 --

Submitted by: Gienie Assink

I recently received one of those forwarded e-mail things I usually delete without opening, because whenever I let myself get sucked in, I am informed in the last sentence that if I don’t send it on to 12 other people, I will have bad luck for the rest of my life for breaking the chain.

I don’t like being threatened, and those things put me in a mood for the rest of the day. (Do not send me any more of them — and you know who you are — or I will construct one of those voodoo dolls with your name on it and use it as a pin cushion.)

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Danger isn’t in Strangers, but in Bad Advice to Kids

February 19, 2009 --

By Ken Niezgoda,
Founder of Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention

Stranger Danger. All parents know the phrase. Many children’s books still include the warning “Don’t talk to strangers”. It almost seems a parental sacrilege to say anything to the contrary.  So how is this a problem? By making a child afraid of all strangers, we use fear as a tool. We offer a problem, not a solution. Kids don’t need to be made afraid, they need practical advice.

What happens if your child gets lost in the mall, gets off the bus in a strange neighborhood, or wanders off accidentally during a field trip? Children need to find a way back to you, but now they can’t ask for help. Remember, you’ve taught them to never talk with strangers.

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