It’s been almost six years since the death of my mother, and the holidays still haunt me. Of course, the first few years were the worst, but they continue to be difficult. From November to February I feel as though I am walking in a cloud of nostalgia, missing what used to be and criticizing what has changed now. I feel depressed, alone and anxious for the winter months to be over. Continue reading
Before generating publicity, you and your staff must become familiar with media outlets. These include newspapers, magazines (including trade, regional, general interest and special interest) and local radio and television stations. You should read, listen to and watch these media outlets regularly to understand what they consider newsworthy and how they present it. Continue reading
A few months ago, Postmaster General Marvin Runyon got an earful from disgruntled postal customers about Chicago’s mail service. In typical “bureaucraticese,” the postmaster responded to the criticism by saying, “the situation will be resolved within five years.” Continue reading
The International MOMS Club offers support programs and playgroups across the country. Reach the MOMS Club near or The National MOMS Club, 25371 Rye Canyon, Valencia, CA 91355. Continue reading
If you are a college graduate, your alumni association can be a huge asset in gathering information. Most have networks of grads who have offered to be resources for other alumni and can offer a wealth of information on a wide variety of fields. Continue reading
“Inside-Out Grandma,” by Joan Rothenberg ( 1995, Hyperion Books for Children; hardbound, $14.95, paperback, $5.95). In discovering her Grandma’s secret of wearing clothing inside-out to remember to buy oil for latkes, Rosie learns traditional parts of a lovely Hanukkah celebration. Continue reading
Do not let the humidity of summer get you down. Indulge in these nutrient dense, cool comfort foods and feel the heat dissipate! These recipes are also great for involving the kids, especially if they are bored on those long summer days. Continue reading
Annoying glare that results when sunlight shines directly on the screen can make it impossible to use the computer at various times of the day.
Minimize potential glare by placing the computer at right angles to the windows and by installing window blinds. Continue reading
Before you shop, measure the space earmarked for the computer area and draw a floor plan, noting the location of windows, doors, electric outlets and phone outlets. Also measure any home office equipment you already have and plan to use. Figure the number of linear feet you will need to accommodate materials you need to store, then add a bit more for future needs. Continue reading
Work demands can make arthritis pain acute. It is important to minimize this by staying aware of your body and what it needs.
Get up, move around and stretch every 20 to 30 minutes to keep stiffness at bay. Change positions often. Sitting in the same position for long periods causes muscles to tighten and shorten. This can increase stress on joints, making them stiff and painful. Once stiff, joints have a limited range of motion, which limits your ability to perform even simple tasks. Continue reading