On CNN a few weeks ago I was asked whether I agree with the sentiment that Tim Tebow’s religious displays in football games are overdone and out-of-place. “Oh yes,” I replied, “it certainly is. Faith should have no place in sport. Indeed, I believe that the only thing that should be allowed at football games are truly dignified displays like women jumping up and down in lycra with pompoms and cleavage, and bare-chested, pot-bellied men with their teams written across their stomachs, and people wearing cheese hats on their
Archive for January 10th, 2012
Modern life has been hard on sleep. Millions of people resort to sleep aids, either over the counter or by prescription, in an effort to pass the night without insomnia or disrupted sleep. But as common as it is for us to complain when wedidn’tget a good night’s sleep, there’s a very common disruption that tends to get overlooked: OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea. The name is becoming more common, unfortunately, because OSA has joined type 2 diabetes as a condition largely stemming from the national epidemic of obesity.
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Many people think that sleep apnea is snoring, but although it's frequently associated with snoring (commonly a wife will bring her husband to the doctor with complaints about being kept awake), apnea is a different
Agapi Stassinopoulos, motivational speaker and the author of Unbinding the Heart (Hay House, 2012), stopped by my kitchen today.Agapihas given seminars worldwide for both men and women, working to empower them to recognize their individual gifts and create the lives they want. Her new book, Unbinding the Heart, invites readers on an inspiring journey of inner exploration to reconnect with their true selves. In it, she shares 32 personal, heartfelt stories full of insight and humor, including a story about the love of food her mother imparted in her as a way of bonding and celebrating life. Visit her website atunbindingtheheart.com
There is traditional therapy — the kind that often involves years of exploring the sinewy terrain of one’s psyche — and there is life coaching, an alternative approach to therapy. According to Martin Seligman, the founder and pioneer of positive psychology, life coaching revolves around the essential question: Do you want to be pulled by your future or driven by your past?
Carol Kauffman, founder and director of the Institute of Coaching and an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, put it differently in an interview in the trade publication “Coaching at Work”: “The difference is that in therapy you follow the trail of tears with a goal of healing,” Kauffman said in the interview. “As a side-effect, people’s levels of function and job satisfaction go up. In coaching, you follow the trail of dreams with the goal of igniting the person to be their
I’m not sure what my expectations were when I went to Southwest Virginia for a week a few months back. The only part of Virginia I had glimpsed before was Arlington, which, as one native told me, is worlds away from the sliver of the state that’s closer to Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky than to our nation’s capital.
This is the South, where the Civil War is reenacted regularly and still the topic of many conversations. Surprisingly, though, I only saw one confederate flag, but many mixed feelings of what that flag
This is the second installment of a five-part series. Read part one.
Up the stunning R478 coastal road, full of scoops and cuts, pleats and tucks, bights and coves, where the cold Atlantic is engaged in its never-ending battle with the rocky shore: By mid-afternoon, we pull into “The Cliffs of Insanity,” as so aptly termed in The Princess Bride. Ne The Cliffs of Moher, they are the most visited outdoor site in country and were short-listed for one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature (but didn’t make the final cut). Beyond the capacious car park there is one spectral man-made structure overlooking the 702-foot-high cliffs, a gray tower built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien, a descendent of the first High King of
Note: The following contains spoilers if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 15 of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” entitled, “A Hot Piece Of ‘A.’”
The second “Pretty Little Liars” episode of 2012 picked up almost exactly where the first left off, but it was infinitely better than its predecessor.
After Hanna, Spencer, Aria and Emily debate whether the alleged “A” was a “him,” “her,” or an “it” — Emily’s going with non-”him” due to running prowess, or lack thereof — they get in a real fight that rivals their fake one from the previous episode.
They have to decide what to do with their tormentor’s locked phone, but Hanna thinks it’s an opportunity to talk about evil step-sister Kate moving to Rosewood. The others, Spencer and Emily in particular, are not having it and suggest they go to the only person in town who has hair as shiny as they do: hacker extraordinaire
Our troops are many things to many people. Heroes, parents, diplomats, victims, villains, victors. But as the GOP Primary races roll through New Hampshire this week, there is one thing that all of America must understand they’re not: political props.And that’s not just my opinion, it’s the law.This is why so many of us in the military and veterans community were so shocked and outraged last Tuesday night when we saw Corporal Jesse Thorsen step up to the microphone in uniform and endorse Ron Paul for President. We know the law–the military law under the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military
“I feel stupid,” someone said the other day. “I consider myself well-informed, but I have no idea what the term ‘austerity economics’ really means.”
Actually it’s not that complicated, and most of the lesson plan can be found in today’s headlines.
We’ll explain austerity to you in six steps, and we promise it it won’t take more than 900 words. Since adults read an average of 250-300 words per minute – and we know all of you are above average – our little course shouldn’t take more than three minutes.
It’s certainly worth
Willard Mitt Romney’s major claim to the presidency is that, as an experienced, successful businessman, he knows how to create jobs as chief executive. This has prompted close scrutiny of his business, Bain Capital.
That focus misses the larger point: whatever his Bain experience was, Romney’s job creation record as governor was, to borrow a term from Newt Gingrich, pathetic.
Bain Capital was one of many private equity funds that engaged in a wide range of activities to make money for its investors. It was not focused on creating jobs in the economy, but rather saw opportunities to start, purchase, merge, restructure, close, offshore, sell and otherwise manipulate companies to make nice profits for themselves.
That Willard has not a single pang of conscience about what he did because it was posited as how capitalism works is a reasonable issue for a person aspiring to be president to
Last week saw the launch of the new ABC sitcom Work It, in which two unemployed straight guys dress up as women in order to get work. Where have we seen this before? Exactly: the series is essentially a remake of the ’80s sitcom with the chipper and not-so-ambiguous title Bosom Buddies — a kind of Tootsie meets The Odd Couple.
Cross-dressing and comedy go hand-in-hand in all cultures and have for centuries; incidentally, so do cross-dressing and tragedy. From the Ancient Greeks up until the time of Shakespeare, every woman’s part was performed by a man.
Still, in this time of sexual hypertension in the United States, Work It stirs up much
Michelle Williams, I am sorry. Please let me explain.
My first introduction to Michelle was when I casually watched Dawson’s Creek, and it was clear to me that she was the most talented actor on the show. Whether you loved or hated Jen, that character seemed to reflect the friends I went to high school with more than the pouty triangle of Dawson, Pacey, and Joey. I enjoyed her in Brokeback Mountain, even if her performance wasn’t exactly the focus of that
There’s more potential bad news for President Obama’s re-election prospects in 2012. Even as the jobless rate continues to trend downward, a key Republican-leaning voting group that Obama performed unusually well with in 2008 — active-duty soldiers and military veterans — may be on the verge of abandoning him.
According to the annual Military Times poll, support for the president among active-duty personnel has declined from 70% to just 25%, a phenomenal drop in the course of a single year. Obama lost military voters almost 3-1 (68% to 23%) in 2008 but did far better than Democratic candidate Al Gore in 2000, who lost the vote 8-1 to George W. Bush, including, as is now well-known, the critical military absentee ballot vote in Florida.
Florida is the only state with a high concentration of military voters that is also a battleground
Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt, the same bishop who turned the Catholic Mass and that church’s holiest sacrament into a weapon with which to bludgeon LGBT people, does not want dissent within the clerical ranks when it comes to same-sex marriage.
In a dictatorial move, Nienstedt essentially told the priests of his diocese that when it came to the Minnesota Catholic church’s campaign to pass a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, they had two choices: help out or shut up:
Writing for the American Independent, reporter Andy Birkey revealed that Nienstedt’s authoritarian remarks were delivered in a private speech to priests last October. Just to make sure his message reached every priest under his jurisdiction, the archbishop later sent the text of that speech to all priests who were unable to attend. (According to Birkey, Nienstedt’s remarks are only coming to light now because someone within the church leaked the speech to a group called the Progressive Catholic Voice, who released it to the media.) Birkey reports that in the same address, Nienstedt also spoke about sending teams consisting of “a priest and a married couple” into Catholic schools to discuss marriage discrimination with schoolchildren.
Minnesota Catholics: if you put money into the collection plate on Sundays, this is what you’re supporting. Yes, Nienstedt’s bigotry is out of step with the vast majority of American
Regularly playing a one-sided sport that for the most part uses a single side of the body, such as bowling, baseball and racket sports, can cause one set of muscles to become more developed than those on the side that is less used. This can create a serious imbalance in the body.
When I look at clients from behind I can easily see one side of the back shoulder and arm is different than the other. This imbalance can make one vulnerable to injuries, including pains in the back, knee, shoulder and elbows.
Most pain and injuries come from the back being too
Traditionally, in January we clean up our acts — whether it’s organizing closets, basements, offices or our files, we use this time to regroup for the year ahead. Why not also use this time to clean up your online profile? If you are recently divorced, use this as your jumping off point for getting back in to the dating world by signing up with an online dating site. We spoke to countless women who met their husbands online and we want to share their insights and advice for creating a successful online profile. Here are The Garter Brides Top Ten Tips for making your online dating a success!
The truth will set you
Resolutions are lame. There, I said it. Everyone is making them and trying to aspire to healthier, happier living, but do they ever really work out? After a while, the resolutions we make tend to dissolve into sources of guilt or consternation. So, why make them at all? There is a way to avoid the resolutions all together and still be
One of the most profoundly moving testimonies I have ever read on love, and letting go even as you love, is a poem by E.E. Cummings. This is why it is in my upcoming book, Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. True to Cummings’ idiosyncratic taste in punctuation, it is called “it may not always be so; and i say.” The realization that it may not always be so reminds me of an early conversation with a woman I lived with for 13 years in
Every Republican candidate has an economic plan they say will create jobs. The truth is that the ability of any president to directly create private sector jobs is very limited, but he can set the focus and present a plan that his/her administration can follow and solicit the support of Congress and the American people to approve and implement his plan through legislation and funding. The legislation that Congress passes and the president signs can either help or hinder the private sector to create jobs. The funding that Congress allocates provides the fuel to accomplish the plan.
Most of us are familiar with the old adage that small businesses create up to 80 percent of all jobs; however, the new Census Bureau database called Business Dynamics Statics shows that it’s not so much small businesses that create jobs as it is new
Culture Crack Why Our Addiction to Connection Is Changing Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in America
Crack cocaine, one of the most addictive drugs in the world, has the power to change the user’s value system because it rewires the chemistry of the brain. Just as addictive and equally accessible across all walks of society, technological connection also has the power to change the value system of its user. While crack rewires the chemistry of the brain, connection rewires the chemistry of the culture. It’s an addiction that is changing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in
Rick Santorum’s recent statement that marriage is a privilege rather than a right is wildly untrue. Perhaps he sleeps better at night believing that he is denying people a mere privilege rather than a right?
In 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Loving v. Virginia (388
There are so many misstatements, distortions, exaggerations, flip-flops, falsehoods and flat out lies in politics, and particularly in political campaigns, that when a politician displays a rare moment of unquestioned honesty and authenticity, it becomes a major news story. (Remember the obsession with Hillary’s near tears on the campaign trail in ’08?)
After months of the GOP presidential candidates accusing each other of lying about their own records and about the records of one another, we finally experienced one moment of unimpeachable, unadulterated honesty from a candidate. I’m not talking about the moment Newt Gingrich choked up while recalling his mother, or even the moment he let slip his real feelings about black people and food stamps. In fact I’m not talking about what Newt Gingrich said at all, but what he didn’t
Mitt Romney seems ready to wield his version of birtherism as a major weapon in the fall campaign against President Obama. In his standard stump speech he tells audiences that President Obama wants “to replace our merit-based society with an entitlement society.” According to Romney, this means a European-style welfare state that redistributes wealth and creates equal outcomes regardless of individual effort and success.
That’s pretty strong stuff, but of course this doesn’t sound anything like the President Obama who many of us have come to know and criticize. After all, this is the guy who got the top Wall Street bankers and told them that he was the only thing standing between them and the pitchforks. And, according to Ron Suskind, he assured them that he would hold his ground.
The Wall Street boys have not seen much leveling in the Obama years, nor has anyone else in the top rungs of