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Money Can Buy Grand Memories

April 25th, 2007

By Brian H. Breuel Putting aside a college fund for your grandchildren is sensible and admirable, but remember to enrich their lives and yours in the here and now. I would imagine every grandparent has thought, if not promised, that their grandchild will have opportunities that only we as grandparents can provide. And as unlikely as that claim may be in fact, we know from the first moment we hold that new generation that we do have something unique to offer. And yet, when we begin to think of ways to deliver on that promise, we tend to revert to the more obvious vehicles, such as custodial... Read More

Easy to Follow Instructions – Or, Learning to Curse in Any Language

April 15th, 2007

A friend recently gave me a sign that says, “The Queen is not accepting an audience today.” And today is one of those days. At least until my language improves. (Insert heavy-duty, royal sigh here) Have you ever bought a product that required “some light assembly” only to find that the manufacturer speaks with forked tongue? I want to date that guy because he obviously doesn\’t know “heavy” from “light.” Opening the box, you find an instruction sheet with pictures (thank the good Lord) but also inside is a bag of 1,002... Read More

Finding Purpose: The Five P\’s

April 13th, 2007

…by Prill Boyle We are born to dream. Think about it. Where would we be, who would we be, without our dreams? Most of the great inventions of the world, much of the forward movement of human civilization, have been fueled by dreams. So it should come as no surprise that for many of us, finding purpose means putting our dreams into action. For the past seven years, I\’ve been interviewing people who later in life have done just that. And in writing a book about the experience, I realized a dream of my own. Analyzing what I\’ve learned in the process and how it might apply to... Read More

How to Write a Bio That Attracts the Media … and More!

April 13th, 2007

…by Suzanne Falter Barnes 1. Stack the facts up front. Begin with your most impressive facts. “Mary Louise Green is a nationally known painter whose work has appeared in numerous major gallery exhibits.” (Mary Louise has, in fact, only shown in four galleries, but they were in different parts of the US, so that counts as ‘numerous\’ and ‘national\’.) 2. Don\’t ramble on about passions and purpose. This bio needs to sell you, not your philosophy. You can mention it in passing (“which helped her discover a deep love for teaching art.”) Generally,... Read More

Menopause and Tinnitus: Burning Issues for Women\’s Health

April 13th, 2007

Menopause is a point in a woman\’s life when she stops menstruating for a full year and this can be overwrought with many symptoms, some bearable and some discomforting. Menopause symptoms like mood swings, loss of libido, extreme fatigue, hot flashes and weight gain are a cause of concern for most women. However, less common symptoms like Tinnitus- ringing or buzzing in the ear- change of body color and sometimes a sensation akin to electric shock under the skin may be worrisome. Medical opinions associate Tinnitus with menopause. According to many studies, this ringing in the ears is... Read More

A Gem of a City

April 13th, 2007

Antwerp has had a long reputation as one of the world\’s great diamond markets, but in recent years, this Belgian city, just 45 minutes from the capital of Brussels, has become something of a gem itself. Once home to artists Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp has now become a center of fashion and home design, and a modern city that still honors its medieval heritage. In its very early history, Antwerp was a maritime city, owing its very existence to the river Scheldt. Through the centuries, the city center and the port eventually diverged, and today Antwerp\’s... Read More

“How Do You Know It\’s Love?”

April 13th, 2007

Real love and real romance, the kind that lasts a lifetime, that\’s what most people want. So why does dating have a bad rap? And why do more than half of all marriages end up in divorce? The answer\’s pretty clear when you look at what most people settle for, or worse yet, put up with. But, the fact is, there\’s a world of deep spiritual connection, great adventure, and rich unfolding romance . . . all available when you know what you\’re looking for . . . and how to let love lead every day. In our twenty years of being together (nineteen married) we\’ve conducted... Read More

Mission Possible

April 13th, 2007

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. – Psalm 139:16 esv I can finally see my lawn with bright green shoots of new grass sprouting all over the place. We\’ve had so much snow this past winter that for a while, I felt like God had us inside a giant snow globe, and every so often, He\’d give us a good shake. With every snowstorm, as enormous flakes floated to the ground, I thought about how each flake is unique. Just like people. Did you know there is no one else... Read More


April 13th, 2007

In the late 17th century, Lord Chesterfield, an English writer and politician, wrote to his son, “Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” Three hundred years later, we still heed this advice from the fourth Earl of Chesterfield. Yet doing it well doesn\’t mean doing it perfectly. The 21st century workplace requires more than doing something well. More accurately, today\’s adage should be: “Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing.” That\’s the secret people who are winning at working know. It\’s action, not inaction, practice not theory,... Read More

Use It or Lose It

April 13th, 2007

We\’re familiar with the above expression, and know that “use it or lose it” applies to the brain as well as the body. Brain fitness is a hot new topic – as we age, is it possible to maintain the same level of cognitive ability? Let\’s take a look at our three-pound dynamo – our brain. Comprising about 2 percent of our weight but consuming close to 20 percent of our energy needs, this vital organ needs to be kept in the best shape possible. It had been, for about a century, a basic tenet in biology that brain cells don\’t regenerate-that once the brain... Read More