Debbie Ford, Spiritual Leader & Transformational Teacher, Dead at 57

This week, the world lost a truly transformational leader as Debbie Ford passed away, losing her battle with cancer at the age of 57. Debbie was a New York Times bestselling author, teacher, trainer, and internationally recognized expert in personal transformation. Yet it's not the accolades that I mourn and celebrate today. ...more
Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. I interviewed Debbie for a few different articles for consumer ... more

The New Fashioned: A Modern Twist on a Classic Cocktail

For once, my half-hearted gardening pays off. Every spring, I start off with tons of green thumb ambition, then get lazy and quit pulling weeds by August. Things end up growing where they shouldn't go, and unidentifiable stalks of green take over. But there's one patch of leaves I can identify by smell that keeps getting bigger and healthier every year: a gloriously spreading tangle of mint that's slowly taking over the front yard. ...more

Perfect! I'm picturing Betty Draper in dreadlocks.

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The New Fashioned: A Modern Twist on a Classic Cocktail

For once, my half-hearted gardening pays off. Every spring, I start off with tons of green thumb ambition, then get lazy and quit pulling weeds by August. Things end up growing where they shouldn't go, and unidentifiable stalks of green take over. But there's one patch of leaves I can identify by smell that keeps getting bigger and healthier every year: a gloriously spreading tangle of mint that's slowly taking over the front yard. ...more

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The Importance of a Living Will

Many of us forget the importance of having a living will in the event of an emergency. Sheryl discusses reasons for having one at the ready in her post:...more

Living wills are SO important. Not something people like to think about, but once you've created ... more

The Ethics of Concierge Medicine

For those of you too young to remember, Marcus Welby, M.D. was a TV show that began its seven-year run in 1969 and starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind heart and superb bedside manner. The doctor epitomized the type of doctor that is now a thing of the past: The patient, unhurried professional who sat and talked to patients for as long as was necessary, not only to understand the patient's symptoms and complaints, but to understand the whole patient. The type of doctor who would come to you if you were too sick to go to the doctor. The type who could practically heal you with just a touch. For many of us, this type of doctor wasn't a privilege -- it was a right. This is the type of doctor we wish we had today. ...more

I'm not sure how I feel about this, but when it gets right down to it, I think we should ALL be ... more

Why You Should Drink Tea

I'm a coffee drinker. But if you looked in my kitchen cabinet to the left of my refrigerator, you'd think I was a tea addict. The shelves are bursting with every variety of tea imaginable; some popular brews such as chamomile and jasmine, and some others you may not have heard of, such as Yerba Mate and Matcha. And there they sit, virtually undisturbed, unless a tea drinker comes to visit. ...more

I'm SUCH a big coffee drinker, especially since I've been watching Lorelai Gilmore lust after it ... more

She vs. Her: The Decision About Circumcision

Editor's note: Got an idea for a She vs. Her post? We want to hear it! Check out more She vs. Her now. Welcome to She vs. Her -- where we ask two bloggers with different perspectives to make their case. This week: Jennifer Margulis and Amy Jo Wozniak Jones about choosing (and not choosing) to circumcise. ...more

Wow, hot topic here. Love reading everyone's thoughts. Hmmm... I say leave it up to the kid and ... more

Ghoulishly Gluten-Free Halloween Cupcake Recipe

Tragic wails could be heard across the yard and into adjacent houses. Concerned neighbors glanced out their windows to search for the source of such a forlorn sound, for surely something must be terribly wrong. All they could see, though, was a short, sad-looking woman carrying a sobbing tooth fairy back to the car. These cupcakes are for Jenny. ...more

Yay for cupcakes for Jenny! And they're so cute, too.

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Family TV Review: The Vampire Diaries, Season 2

The Vampire Diaries is fast-paced, sexy and shocking, and includes everything you might expect from a teen-based vampire show: angst, dramatic tension, sexy creatures of the night, and a soundtrack that includes artists like MGMT and The Killers. Overall, the TV-14 (V) rating is on target. The Vampire Diaries is edgier than the Twilight franchise. Also note that the books on which this series is based pre-dated Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books by about 15 years. ...more

Melanie - The Vampire Diaries is a good cross between Twilight and True Blood. It's not as edgy, ... more

Family TV Review: The Vampire Diaries, Season 2

The Vampire Diaries is fast-paced, sexy and shocking, and includes everything you might expect from a teen-based vampire show: angst, dramatic tension, sexy creatures of the night, and a soundtrack that includes artists like MGMT and The Killers. Overall, the TV-14 (V) rating is on target. The Vampire Diaries is edgier than the Twilight franchise. Also note that the books on which this series is based pre-dated Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books by about 15 years. ...more

Oh man, I LOVED Dark Shadows, Sheryl. I guess that was the beginning of my fascination with ... more