“Paper or Plastic?”
That used to be a frequent question at the checkout, and often still is. Many of us choose plastic since those little bags with handles hold so much and offer us the ability to carry quite a few, easily, at one time.
Tamoxifen Wards Off Breast Cancer’s Return for More Than a Decade
Long-term study found women taking drug had one-third lower risk of dying
Health Day News
Women who took the cancer-suppressing drug tamoxifen for five years after a breast cancer diagnosis were nearly 40 percent less likely to have the cancer return, and that protection lasted for more than a decade after they stopped taking the drug, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed the results of about 20 randomized controlled trials on a five-year course of tamoxifen vs. not taking the drug. The trials involved 21,000 women from a dozen countries around the world, including the United States, Europe, China and Japan.
Some 15 years after their diagnosis — and 10 years after they stopped taking the drug — women who took tamoxifen still had one-third lower risk of dying than women who didn’t take it.Read the full article and discuss it »
Taking a Meal to a Family in Need is Easy
by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer
Taking a meal to another family is easier than we think. Even for working women, it’s easy to help another family out when there is a death, crisis, new baby, or surgery – or whatever the need may be.
There’s just one thing you need to know about Amy Roloff. And it isn’t about her TV persona, her size, her farm, dwarfism or her fast-paced family life on TLC’s Little People Big World.
It’s about her heart.
As Amy puts it, “Everyone has value and purpose. We cannot give up hope. All my work revolves around kids and their needs.”
That statement sums up Amy’s heart—her core value for living out each day. “It’s not our job,” she reminds us, “to determine what someone’s value and purpose is. It’s our job to help each young person achieve their own highest potential, whatever it happens to be for that person.”Read the full article and discuss it »
“Why do you want to adopt?” It was a question we heard several times when we began the process of adoption nearly two years ago. When an acquaintance of my husband asked him that question, he said: “Life is short. You’ve got to love as many people as you can.” It was the perfect answer. Sometimes, men can really get to the point. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
There were in fact many factors that led us toward adoption, but none more important than the one Alex gave. We have been home with our new son Henry for one month, a tiring but happy month of changes for all of us. Henry is a bundle of energy, an active, happy, social and opinionated two year old. He was born in China and we traveled there in early June to meet him and bring him home. Americans have adopted children from China for many years now, and the majority of children adopted from China are girls. So, it surprises people when they learn that some boys in China are also abandoned and in need of “forever families.”Read the full article and discuss it »
Road Trips in the Digital Age
by Kelli Warner
KMTR-TV Morning News anchor
When my cousin and her family recently prepared to depart for a week to a cabin on the lake, this is what she posted on Facebook: “Got my iPhone, my iPad and my memory foam mattress. Camping, here I come.”
I laughed at her idea of “roughing it”, but it got me thinking. Family vacations have really changed with the advent of technology. For example, when my daughter left to go camping with some family friends this past weekend, she crawled into the backseat with her iPod and the DVD movie, Alpha and Omega, to play on the car’s entertainment system.
Yes, backseat screens that trick the kids into thinking they’re in a movie theater and not embarking on a “long,” two-and-a-half-hour drive through the mountains. To this I say: genius! Because any parent, who’s found themselves in the middle of a road trip with Mr. and Mrs. Bickerson in the backseat, knows that while family time is precious, silence can be golden.
And another thing: Those car games I remember as a child, like “Slug Bug,” don’t work so well after a certain age. Despite highly emphasized “rules of engagement” from my husband and I before the game commences, my daughter ends up black and blue and my son as defensive as a bank-robber caught in the act. Ahem…“What? What’d I do?!”Read the full article and discuss it »
Why Not . . . Get Organized?
by Shannon Ables
The Simply Luxurious Life
I whole-heartedly agree that living a successful, balanced life is possible without working endlessly into the night every day of the week. The key is to be prepared, have a system and stick to it.
Beginning today, I will share ways to help you become organized, reveal the benefits of being organized and help you find a system that will work for you.
Cuddling May Be Key to Long-Term Happy Relationship:
Tenderness, kissing more important to men than women, study finds.
by Health Day News
Cuddling and caressing help boost satisfaction in long-term relationships, according to a new study of middle-aged and older couples.
The study also found that tenderness is more important to men than to women, that men are more likely to report being happy in their relationship, and that women are more likely to be satisfied with their sexual relationship, said the researchers from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
The study included more than 1,000 couples from the United States, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Spain who had been together for an average of 25 years. The participants were 40- to 70-year-old men and their female partners.Read the full article and discuss it »
Just last week I wrote about how actress Mila Kunis made national news for accepting an invitation to the Marine Ball by soldier who sent his invitation by You Tube. (see article Celebrity Mila Kunis says yes to lousy date proposal ). If you watch the video you would agree the the Ball invite proposal video was really low-ball if I can say (pun intended).
A few days later, anotehr Marine made a video. This time he invited 90+ actress and comedian Betty White to the Ball. This invite aimed to be more comedic but still came across as bad taste. You can view it below and decide for yourself. Needless to say, Betty White declined. Then actress Linda Hamilton jumped in to accept. Everything about how this is playing out seems so shallow compared to the fantasy dream like image the media is trying to portray.
Another video shows Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake being intevriewd on the Today Show. This interview too was very low clas. So bad, I feel embrassed for the host.Read the full article and discuss it »
The Paula Deen NW Retreat at NW Naturals Street of Dreams
by Tammy Lefever
“Treat your family like company and your company like family” I recently repeated that phrase from Paula Deen. I decided to get involved with yet another Street of Dreams home.
Actually I owe my career to the Street of Dreams event. As a young mother I started my interior design business out of my home. Being able to design and decorate Street of Dreams homes helped me to raise the wonderful family I have today. When I opened up Interior Motives 18 years ago, it was because my children were going off to college. I thought I had better find something that needed me as much as my children had before they left home…but to my joy, and surprise…they came back! And today together we own and operate Interior Motives in Tigard Oregon. A true family business, through good times and bad.Read the full article and discuss it »
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