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Adorable! Video of kid sleeping while skiing

March 31, 2012 --

This is the video pick of the week of a very young kid who fell asleep while he was skiing and caught his videotaping parents by surprise and much laughter. Watch the viral video below.

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Evolution of our children’s questions

March 30, 2012 --

Moments for Mom
By Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Author of He Is Just That Into You

Do you want to do something together?
Do you want to go to the park with me?
Do you want to play a game?
Do you want to watch a movie?

Picture a tenacious toddler pulling on your leg. You’re so tired. You have a hundred things to do. You haven’t gotten out of your pajamas…since Monday. You haven’t gotten around to eating breakfast yet. Do you want to play a game?, tug tug.

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Please give me 20 seconds of courage

March 29, 2012 --

Valerie Wilcox
NW mystery author
Read her Concierge Mystery Series

If I’m still thinking about the characters in a book or movie long after the final chapter ends or the credits have rolled, then I’d say the author or actors did their job. I saw the movie We Bought a Zoo a few weeks ago and something the main character (Matt Damon) said is still rattling around in my head. He told his kids to “Just give me 20 seconds of courage and I’ll guarantee you something great will happen.” I find that line compelling, especially when I feel uncertain about my ability to accomplish something. But we usually associate courage with facing some kind of danger. The characters I write about in my mysteries are always thrust into dangerous situations that require courage or, at the very least, a clever way to overcome an obstacle or the murderous villain in their path.

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Ten affordable accessories to update your wardrobe (now!)

March 28, 2012 --

by Lani Grass
Backstage with Lani


When I work with a client, one of the things I hear most is “I have a lot of clothes but I’m tired of them.” We all invest quite a bit of money in our wardrobes and it’s just not practical to keep buying new pieces just because you get bored with the pieces you already own. The easiest and most affordable thing you can do to update your wardrobe is to invest in new accessories.

Here are my top 10 picks:

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Bring on spring with bright accessories

March 27, 2012 --

by Julie Nolta
Julie Nolta


Around this time of year I’ve about had it with the weather — they’re telling us it’s spring, but it still looks and feels depressingly like winter.  I’m yearning for sunshine but we all know it’s seriously still a few months off.

One way I combat the dreariness is to surround myself with bright colors in my home year round. It makes me happy to walk in and see cheery orange and spring green after all the gray outside.

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If I had a tattoo, it would read “Born to Haggle”

March 26, 2012 --

By Jamie Brazil,
Portland author of Prince Charming, Inc.

For me, bartering is one part personality, one part upbringing. My parents NEVER pay full price for anything, ever. I’ve been negotiating my whole life. My first trip to Tijuana, Mexico felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. Bargaining was not only embraced, it was expected. I love the rush of offer and counteroffer, but it’s not something necessarily associated with “nice girls.”

Guess I’m not all that nice.

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Shoplifting trend moves to stealing Tide

March 24, 2012 --

This video shows how some shoplifters are sparing no expense in targeting bigger items like Tide detergent and re-selling them to other businesses. Watch below below.

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Poem: Dream Man

March 23, 2012 --

Dream Man
by Jennifer Anne F. Messing
Oregon Author, Poet, Columnist & Speaker

Are you my dream man?
Are you the prince I’m looking for?
You might glimpse your lady-love
When you come knocking at my door.

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Photo of world’s longest wedding train


It took 100 days to make this 2,750 meter long wedding dress train which broke the old record of 2,488 meters.

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Be strong for the “Regular Life”

March 22, 2012 --

“If you’re not strong, you can’t do regular life”–How a patient’s words inspired me . . .
by Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer

“If you’re not strong, you can’t do regular life.”  Those were the words spoken by one of our patients who came to visit us last week.  She stopped in to thank us for helping her when she was in our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program a few years ago.  She told us that she still walks everyday and uses her hand weights and resistance bands for strength training.  Just before she left, she stopped and said:  “If you’re not strong, you can’t do regular life.”  I asked if I could quote her.  She said yes—and so I am.

Her words led me to think.  What is “regular life?”  For her it became and remains the ability to walk, free of her oxygen tank, free of her medications.  Free.

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