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“I Need My Dining Room for the Hedgehogs”

Written by Karen Jessee. Posted in Organizing.

This was the response to my last question, “Would you like to have your dining room be a dining room again” during a phone consultation. And upon the first visit, true enough, the dining room was filled with cages of sleeping hedgehogs; nary a table nor china cabinet anywhere.  

Meet Christine Matarese, a certified hedgehog rescuer, whose passion began in the 90s after recognizing that these “spiky balls of love” were the pet for her, and later realizing that these little creatures actually needed to be rescued.  

Childproof Your Sex Life

Written by Dianna Palimere, PhD, LCSW. Posted in Sexual Health and Healing.

Approximately 80-90% of couples report that their relationship satisfaction declined once they had their first baby.  I would never profess the belief that you can childproof your sex life right after you’ve had a baby.  Generally, for at least the first 6-9 months a postpartum female’s hormones have not returned back to her pre-pregnancy levels.  If she’s breast feeding, her estrogen levels are very low; which causes low libido.  Low estrogen levels also cause vaginal dryness, another reason why she may not be too enthusiastic about sexual activity during that timeframe.  

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

Written by Kathryn Pincus. Posted in Self Growth.

Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. A feeling of contentment sets in immediately—not the fabled “runner’s high” or anything as dramatic as that—just a sense of calm and happiness, a transcendence over my daily milieu. As I enter this physical state, my mental state begins to wake up and roam freely. The caffeine I consumed an hour earlier may be the catalyst, but the real reason for my mind’s exploration is the fact that it is blissfully unoccupied. There are no televisions blaring in my ears, no Facebook pages flashing before my eyes, and no teenagers asking me where their football jersey could be. My thoughts can wander to varying and random subjects. Often, I get stuck on a particular subject and begin to analyze, dissect, and elaborate on it, and I being to compose a piece of “writing” in my head, as if I were attempting to persuade some illusive audience.

Too Much?

Written by Danny Singles, PT, DPT, MA. Posted in Excercise.


Nice weather inspires an extra mile or two. Cheering at an interval class leads to setting a new personal record with kettlebell swings. An extra hour gardening means the job gets done sooner. Trying kickboxing for the first time? Push it to keep up with the class! Who wants to be left behind? 

Recipes from "A Change of Appetite"

Written by Diana Henry. Posted in Recipes.

A Change of Appetite
Where healthy meets delicious
By Diana Henry
Photography Laura Edwards

The cookbook chronicles Diana Henry on her year-long culinary journey towards lighter and healthier but no less delicious food.

What happened when one of today’s best-loved food writers had a change of appetite? Here are the dishes that Diana Henry created when she started to crave a different kind of diet—less meat and heavy food, more vegetable, fish, and grain-based dishes—often inspired by the food of the Middle East and Far East, and also drawing on cuisines from Georgia to Scandinavia.  These are dishes packed full of unusual flavors that are that just happen to be healthy.

How Technology and Health Influences The Beer Industry

Written by Sean Strauss. Posted in TECH-ADDICTED.

Technology has worked its way into every aspect of human life.  Everything from health to toys- to infinity and beyond.  Researchers of the future may consider our generation as an evolution point where smart phone and person have become one.  Through sites like Twitter and Facebook, never ending conversations have been started about everything under the sun, as well as the sun.  Trends come and go daily, one thing that was popular a week ago can become something that is lost and forgotten on the World Wide Web.   In this article, we are going to be covering a topic that is near and dear to many, Beer.  For American’s Friday could be considered a national beer holiday after a long week of work.  Technology has become a big part of the drinking process, so that people can drink more responsibly, more stylishly, and more healthily.

HIBERNATION

Written by Danny Singles, PT, DPT, MA. Posted in Physical Health.

The cold sucks. Ok, I said it. In case that first sentence was not clear enough, I am not a fan of the cold. In fact, I don’t like it at all. It just makes me want to grow a beard and hibernate. In college, I used to grow a beard every November through March and try to stay indoors as much as possible during that time period. When I braved the cold to attend classes (apparently, most teachers did not want to hibernate like I did), it was always as quickly as possible. School, home, school, home. Extra sleep during those months was always welcome.  Strange hibernation and facial hair habits aside, sleep is a very important part of our lives.

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