Happy Birthday, Weight Watchers

The 50th anniversary issue of Weight Watchers magazine talks about “Losing through the decades.” “People have done some pretty outrageous things in the name of slimming down, from popping dangerous diet pills to eating cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” writer Hallie Levine Sklar concludes. What’s the best approach? “We know now that the […]

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You can take it off

I’ve been reading a book called The New Way to Eat and Get Slim by Donald G. Cooley. Some of the advice sounds a little dated, and it is. The book was first printed in 1941. In the first chapter, Cooley is encouraging. “You have thought about reducing for a long time. You have watched […]

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Lean on

“Lean on the world to save women and girls,” says Kathleen Parker, a Washington Post writer, whose column was reprinted in the April 10, 2013, issue of the Dallas Morning News. Parker recently sat next to Sunitha Krishman at the fourth annual Women in the World summit. Sunitha is a former Hindu nun who rescues […]

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I bought the book

I read the Time magazine cover story about Sheryl Sandberg and her book Lean In. I heard an interview with Sandberg on National Public Radio, and I listened to the audio book. And, then, I bought the book. In fact, I bought two copies of Lean In—one for me and one my daughter. The book […]

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Advice from the trees

Trees are splendid symbols of hope and growth and strength. “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”—Chinese proverb “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”—Chinese proverb “I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my […]

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Eat more fruits and vegetables

If you need another reason to eat a healthier diet, a new study links sugar consumption with diabetes. “For every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent,” reports Mark Bittman in the February 27, 2013, issue of The New […]

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Lots of intelligent women

During the 1860s, women couldn’t vote, and they didn’t run for political office. Most of them didn’t have a career outside the home. But, some of them were well educated and had remarkable influence on the men in their lives. I am amazed at the number of intelligent, well educated women described by Doris Kearns […]

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Melancholy, not depression

Abraham Lincoln had bouts of melancholy, not depression, says Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals. “Unlike depression, melancholy does not have a specific cause,” she writes. “It is an aspect of temperament, perhaps genetically based.” The root of Lincoln’s melancholy was his empathy, Goodwin believes, “derived in large part from an acute sensitivity […]

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Adhere to your purpose

Abraham Lincoln sometimes suffered from melancholy. However, even during the worst days of the Civil War, he “refused to surrender to the gloom of defeat,” writes Doris Kearns Goodwin in her book Team of Rivals. Goodwin says that Lincoln once wrote to the son of his wife’s cousin when the young man was miserable at […]

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Don’t die until your dead

Actor Dustin Hoffman, who’s 75, just directed a movie for the first time. AARP The Magazine in its February/March 2013 issue reports that Hoffman asked Bill Connolly, one of the stars in Quartet, “What’s the movie about?” “Don’t die until you’re dead,” Connolly replied.

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