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Billion Acts of Green

As spring approaches, what better time to reconnect with our planet than to observe March 25’s Earth Hour and April 22’s Earth Day? I sashayed over to http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ to glean some cool Earth Day ideas, and what greeted me? Billion Acts of Green...

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Fairly Certain meets When Harry Met Sally

My friend Bill and his wife were both showing horses in a Texas competition, one of their many friendly rivalries. Although Bill had one of the best performances of his career, to his surprise he failed to place even in the top ten. His wife, on the other hand, was...

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Earth Hour 2017: Welcome To The Dark Side

Earth Hour is held 20:30-21:30 hours (8:30-9:30 p.m.) in your time zone on the last Saturday of March. This year it will be March 25. This symbolic day is observed in order to conserve energy and draw the world's attention to the decline of the environment due to...

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To Label Or Not To Label

My girlfriend recently purchased a package of OSCAR MAYER Selects Angus Beef Franks. When she got them home and started to prepare her meal, the odor from the package told her to pick something else for dinner. They had gone bad. When she wrote to the company to...

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Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling During A Storm

I don’t know about your Nor’easter, but my Nor’easter dumps a lot of snow! But it’s so lovely. When I go out in the middle of it to feed the birds (those little flying mosquito-eaters), I shovel a bit.

“What?” you exclaim. “You shovel in the middle of the storm?”

Of course I do. Now, in the middle of the storm. Why should I? Let me count the ways.

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Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling Lessons

If you are going to shovel for exercise, Wiggle Writer applauds you. But if you live in CT, you haven’t done much shoveling this year, so be a savvy shoveler. This is how you convert shoveling from an overuse injury producer, into a healthy full-body workout:

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Don’t Take Reviews Personally

I have heard several times that authors should not bother reading their book reviews because they take you on a emotional roller coaster ride. Me, I read every single one. (What can I say? I’m a new author. And I don’t mind roller coasters.)

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SMART Goals for the New Year

Now, it’s your turn. Share a goal with your teen you would like to achieve by June. That makes you accountable, too. Come up with an appropriate reward for your achievement. Then create a reward the two of you can share when you both reach your goals. Teamwork!

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6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Overeating

Is this the scenario of your post-holiday feasts? Bodies strewn all over the living room furniture. Belts loosened. Groans of regret fill the air. “I’ll never eat that much again!”

Fifteen minutes later the hostess enters the room and announces dessert is ready. Groaning ceases. Bodies haul themselves into upright positions. Glazed eyes become focused. “I suppose I could manage just a little bit of something-something.” The living room empties and the dining room overflows.

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The Mom Tribe

The steady stream of passengers making their way to their airport departure gates suddenly breaks down into a series of eddies around which men swirl as the women are halted by one quavering word.

“Papa?”

The young voice instantly brings nearby mothers of all ages, creeds, nationalities, and ethnicities to a state of alert so high, Homeland Security is jealous.

“Papa??” The little voice rises in pitch and volume, kicking into gear the auto-locator inherent to members of The Mom Tribe.

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10 Mistakes To Avoid In English

Having trouble with English? Of course you are. English is one convoluted confusing language, unlike the blissfully simplistic realm of Science. As a Wordsmith, and not as a Science cruncher, let me share 10 Mistakes To Avoid In English. Flammable, Inflammable, and...

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Back to School

The first hint that school is around the corner is the suddenly cool evenings in August. The second is the first orange leaves scattered among the trees. The third is the endless commercials for Back to School sales. I decided to celebrate the return to academia with my own way…

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My Lucky Day

Officer Mandel wasn’t terribly excited about my plan to go sit under the biggest tree this side of the Mississippi (some silliness about trying to run in flip-flops across three lanes in the middle of rush hour traffic, and leaving behind my AC). The officer sat behind me, flashing lights providing a buffer against the traffic that had been previously zooming around the curve.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

I just got slashed by a talon while trying to rescue an animal. It just goes to show, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. OK, yes, the talon belong to a turtle...Correction...A tortoise (I just looked up the difference between a turtle and a tortoise). But he was a really...

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Final Exams Prep

If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards Final Exams Prep Again. You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of exams? I have a way to minimize it.

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Inner Tigress by Priscilla Wainwright

I met a remarkable woman last month. Priscilla Wainwright was smart and sassy...and fighting an illness. She was on a mission to help women reclaim the inner feminine strength with which they were born, their Inner Tigress. You can learn more about The Inner Tigress...

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8 Hours For Everything Else

But don’t stop there! Find ways to increase your activity at home. I asked the very creative members of CTRWA what they could do at their homes to increase their daily activity. Here’s some of what they came up with:

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