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More Proof, Laughter Can Boost Heart Health

May 30, 2009 --

HealthDay News,

New research lends weight to the old adage that laughter can be powerful medicine, particularly when it comes to your heart.Two studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Seattle found that laughter not only can reduce stress, which can damage the heart, it can lead to improved blood flow, which can help ward off high blood pressure.

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How to Discipline Your Kids Who Yell at You

May 29, 2009 --

By Jean Tracy, NW Author, Parent Newsletter

Our last blog discussed 3 discipline problems parents have with kids who yell. Did you come up with some solutions? Today we’ll share some of ours.  Do you recall how Drew shouted, “I’m sick and tired of these stupid chores!” Or how Kenzie yelled, “I hate this dinner!” Or how Pete and Peyton screamed about taking turns at the bat?  Franklin P. Jones once said, “You can learn many things from children – how much patience you have, for instance.” As the parent, you have discipline choices for your yellers. Consider the suggestions below:

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Be a simple entertainer, not a perfect one


By Emily from Remodeling this Life
As featured on the 4 Reluctant Entertainers

I can relate to Simple . Frugal . Fabulous!  Can’t you?  I have spent a lot of my adult life reluctant to entertain. I was too caught up in trying to do things “the right way.” I am not the girl who throws parties with perfect china and perfect centerpieces and perfectly put together multi-course meals. I admire that, but it isn’t who I am. I am a simple girl.

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Over 200 War Memorial Sites in Oregon, but remembering is only the beginning

May 28, 2009 --

By Kay Helbling

Our United States military are remembered worldwide. There are over one thousand different memorial sites in foreign countries honoring America’s overseas wartime service. In the U.S., we have 44 National Memorials. In our state of Oregon there are over 200 memorial sites that show our respect and honor the memory and service of all our veterans. I was astounded by the number…two hundred! I couldn’t remember the last time I recalled having seen a memorial to our soldiers, but they are there.

Over the years, communities across Oregon have stepped forward to remember their war veterans. As you travel across the state, if you look, you will find them. You will find them in gardens, schools, parks, and cemeteries.  You’ll even find them on a football field and at a shopping mall. They are remembered on a flag pole in Astoria, a bridge in Bend, a bell in Eagle Point, an amphitheater in Klamath Falls, swimming pools in La Grande, a cannon in St. Helen’s, and a submarine in Portland. There are statues, brass plaques and engraved stones at locations too numerous to mention. You can even sit on a memorial bench in The Dalles.

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Things to Know If You’re Contemplating a Pet


From HealthDay News,

President Barack Obama and his family took their time selecting their new dog Bo, and that’s something everyone should do when considering a new pet, says a University of Maryland School of Medicine expert. “There are many health and safety concerns that should be addressed before bringing an animal into the home,” Mary Beth Bollinger, an associate professor of pediatrics and interim chief of the pediatric pulmonology and allergy division, said in news release from the American Osteopathic Association.

5 tips: Bollinger suggested that anyone thinking about getting a pet:

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Women Need Cave Time, Too

May 27, 2009 --

By Erika Weisensee

In his best-selling 1990’s book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” Dr. John Gray popularized the notion that men need time in “caves” in order to relax and cope with stress. Gray’s description gave guys across the planet (Earth, not Mars) a term that legitimized their need for time alone at the end of a long day.  Now, I don’t have a problem with “cave time.” What I take issue with is the assumption that women don’t also need it. In fact, most women I know would love to retreat to a cave now and then for some solitude.

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Photo: Keep eye on your kids this holiday weekend

May 24, 2009 --

When it says don’t feed the birds…don’t feed the birds!

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Childhood Sexual Abuse Might Spur Early Periods

May 23, 2009 --

HealthDay News

The younger they were when they started menstruating, the more likely black women were to have suffered childhood sexual abuse, U.S. researchers report. The finding suggests childhood sexual abuse may increase the likelihood of early periods. Researchers looked at more than 35,000 women, aged 21 to 69, taking part in the Black Women’s Health Study and found that 43 percent reported physical abuse and 18 percent reported sexual abuse when they were children.

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How to Help Your Child Overcome Fear!

May 22, 2009 --

By Jean Tracy, NW Author, Parent Newsletter

Fears paralyze children. If your child has one fear or many, keep reading. Find out what you can do.  Fear in children is normal. But when your child surrenders to imagined fears, you need to help.

True Story with Words to Avoid When Your Child Is Afraid:

“Dalton, 6, and his dad were in the kitchen preparing to have a snack. Dad asked Dalton to hand him a container of yogurt. When Dalton produced cherry flavored yogurt, his dad, said, “I don’t really like cherry. How about bringing me a different flavor?”

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