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Daily rituals can make a marriage thrive

May 31, 2011 --

How to Make a Marriage Thrive
by Chantelle K. Dockter, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
CCCOW.org

Here I sit, halfway through our 5 ½ hour plane ride back to Portland, OR. My husband and I just spent a glorious week in Maui, without kids! We adore our little girls, but man is it nice to have a break now and then to just focus on us.

The trip was everything we wanted it to be (minus the chest cold we both caught…but nothing a little Maui sun can’t cure!) A time to relax, recharge, and reconnect. It has been a busy and stressful 2011 in the Dockter household so far, and this trip could not have come at a better time. We did what we love to do: runs on the beach, massages, golf, dinners out, and soaking up the rays. I even read three whole books; actual adult books with no illustrations or sound effect buttons to push.

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Remembering women veterans: Patty Berg — Golf star & Marine

May 30, 2011 --

Remembering women veterans: Patty Berg — Golf star and Marine

Many people think women golfers are a recent phenomenon, but the story of Patty Berg goes back a half century. Patty Berg helped create the LPGA in 1948 and was the LPGA’s first president.   Berg won 15 major titles which is an all-time record for a woman golfer.   Berg also served in WWII as a Marine lieutenant.  This memorial day Oregon Women’s Report would like to remember this great American veteran and outstanding athlete Patty Berg.

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Being a veteran makes it harder to find work for women

May 28, 2011 --

Being a veteran makes it harder to find work for women. 12% of women veterans are unemployed compared to 8.6% civilian women in a report cited in this Fox News video. See more below.

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Photo Album: First Lady Wind Hair Days of Obama, Bush, Clinton

May 27, 2011 --

Photo Album of First Lady Wind Hair Days – Michelle Obama, Laura Bush & Hillary Clinton
By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

This week Michelle Obama made news on her England trip for twice having a bad hair day with the English wind blowing her hair amiss.   Bad hair days, or should we say “wind malfunctions,” are not uncommon to Presidential First Ladies who are under the scrutiny of the camera 24/7.  So I decided to highlight some of the other windy moments from Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton to remind everyone that even our highest honored ladies are just like the rest of us.

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Don’t let Oregon soak our kids in the name of sports

May 26, 2011 --

Don’t let Oregon soak our kids
By Evergreen
Oregon writer

This month I went to an elementary school soccer game and I was surprised that the parents let their kids get drenched in a downpour. The photo shows the sidelines full of parents donning umbrellas (the unofficial spring flower of Oregonians). The rules are that a game is never cancelled due to bad weather. What? This is Oregon after all. I asked to the parents, “Do you really mean never?” Their reply was that this was the golden rule and they have never seen a game canceled despite horrible weather.

To make the whole rule more absurd, was the fact that once the downpour began, most of the kids did not have rain jackets. Some had a thin cloth jacket which only absorbs water like a sponge. Of all the things that schools do to shield kids from danger, I can’t believe that letting them play in the rain did not make the list. We have schools that ban chocolate milk and other forbid playing dodge ball.

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Remembering Memorial Day

May 24, 2011 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

Many consider Memorial Day weekend to be the unofficial kick-off of summer. Some families camp and others go to the beach. When I was growing up, my parents made sure we always observed Memorial Day and I mean really observed Memorial Day—the day set aside each May to remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to our country.

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Five ways to LET GO of stress

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“LET GO” of Stress . . . Even if it’s Only for Five Minutes a Day
by Olivia Rossi
Your Personal Trainer

Stress. It can be positive and get you started or negative and hold you back. Like a tight fist, it takes up residence in that space between your ribs just above your waist. That’s where mine lives. It’s also the home of those “butterflies in your stomach” and your “gut instincts.” It can take the form of frustration, anger, fear or, on the positive side, happy anticipation. What can you do with that stress instead of letting it rule your day? How can you deal with it so it doesn’t take you for a ride on its “vicious cycle?” How to LET GO? There are five answers in that question. Even one can help.

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Being a confident single woman

May 23, 2011 --

Why Not . . . Be A Confident Single Woman?
by Shannon Ables
Simply Luxurious Life

“If you’re not happy single, you won’t be happy taken. Happiness comes from within, not from men.”

Being single should be one of the most enjoyable times in your life. And whether you are single right now or not, we all should be at some point in our lives.

The freedom, the choices, and the options are endless. As long as you have the confidence to claim it and celebrate it, you’ll spend your time living the exact life you want. Follow this checklist and you’ll be exuding confidence that will knock everyone’s socks off and leave you enjoying every single minute.

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Harder exercise elevates mood

May 22, 2011 --

To Feel Better, Exercise Harder: Study
by Health Day News

Vigorous exercise offers more of a mood boost than less strenuous exercise, a new study finds.

U.K. researchers compared 11 sedentary people who did moderate and high-intensity exercise. Their mood was assessed before, during, immediately following, and 20 minutes after they did the workouts.

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Time Magazine “Men as Pigs” cover asks the big question

May 21, 2011 --

Photo of the week:

Time Magazine has a new cover that hits at the heart of the week’s tragic news of powerful men going under to do sexual scandals. The Time Magazine cover is not out yet but has already made many TV news mentions. Time is playing right into the recent rape allegation of the head of the International Monetary Fund and also to former California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger and the love child divorce.

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