Homework 2.0

Last week, a New York public school announced it would no longer require homework for students attending grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. [http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/outrage-nyc-principal-dumps-homework-play-time-article-1.2140265]...more

The New Sodium Guidelines – Should We Take Them With a Grain of Salt?

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that new voluntary guidelines regarding sodium consumption are coming soon.  http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/06/fdas-hamburg-promises-plan-for-americans-using-less-salt/#.U7m8evldWuI  Americans consume about 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day – mostly through processed and restaurant foods.  The FDA thinks sodium intake should be reduced in order to alleviate a variety of health conditions face...more

Strategic Volunteerism – Will Non-Profit Board Service Expand Your Skills and Network?

http://sheownsit.com/strategic-volunteerism-will-nonprofit-board-service...One who runs a business, manages a staff, or perhaps raises a family, might question the value or reality of adding volunteer activities. Many cite non-profit board experience as an entrée to new job opportunities, the ability to leverage their networks, and an expansion of their skills.Here are some questions to ask and areas to assess when you are deciding whether to commit to Non-Profit Board Service.1. How Long Is the Commitment?...more

New BPA Hysteria – Fact or Fiction?

As soon as someone mentions BPA (bisphenol A), I recall the glasses and glass holders our family now uses to replace the plastic containers that previously populated our cupboards.  Like many moms, my number one priority is to keep my kids safe.  So of course, I have also been concerned about BPA in the past....more

Negotiating Tips for Small Businesses

http://sheownsit.com/negotiating-tips-for-small-businesses-by-harleylebon/ Recently, I met with several entrepreneurs who have been in business for several years and are respected for their innovation, expertise, and assertiveness in their respective areas. As we discussed a multitude of challenges and joys of owning a small business, one theme seemed common among the group. The negotiation process appeared to be everyone’s weak spot, and all agreed they wanted improvement, more practice, and better results....more

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Eating Locally and Fresh: Is It Possible on a Budget?

It seems that every month brings an ad, campaign, or initiative that attempts to influence what we eat, purchase, or otherwise consume. My favorite Chief of Food Police, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been temporarily thwarted in his effort to limit soda consumption in New York City, so he has shifted his attention to an ad campaign promoting salt reduction. Numerous environmental groups also add to the food police fight by attempting to convince us to eat one type of fish over another due to “sustainability” issues and current species populations. ...more
Well said, Harley.more

You Can't Follow a Rule You Can't Read

My Take on the Latest from Mayor BloombergEarbuds....more


When I was about nine years old, I remember the twins across the street accidentally ate their mother’s laxative medication, which looked like chocolate.  The neighborhood kids stood on the street as the ambulance pulled away with the twins and their mother inside, heading towards the emergency room. They were fine, but it provided a good opportunity for my mother to give me yet another stern lecture about refraining from touching medicine and other items in the house that could be hazardous to my health. ...more

Flu, Colds, and RSV: Do Doctors Discriminate Based on Race?

It’s cold and flu season again, and we desperately seek to remain healthy and avoid the bug that can linger for two to three weeks.  Over the past month, there have been six daily absences in my daughter’s class, with some children confined to home with the flu for an entire week.  Our pediatrician’s office recently announced extended hours in an effort to keep up with the demand. ...more
@harleylebon I agree. Doctors know their patients best. And as you said, these recommendations ...more