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Mobile-phone programs track steps, beats and calories

No smart-phone application — at least not yet — can accelerate heart rates, inflate muscles or trim waistlines. To accomplish that, bodies must be moved, not just thumbs, and calories watched. While apps alone can’t transform a beer gut, they at least offer quite a bit of guidance, and they are legion, offering everything from […]

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Why I Am ABC Network's "Angel of Death"

I get attached to a few primetime television shows, particularly during the dark winter months. I was in mourning when LOST ended its epic run and I have berated the networks for cutting shows mid-season without any regard (or explanation) for their devoted audience. I get that it’s all about ratings and money. For this […]

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I Like the New Year and I Like this Book!

Let’s start out the New Year right! That’s why I chose the i like book for kids. What a clever little endeavor for the New Year. It’s more like a workbook for parents and child. Spiral bound and available in four colors (pink, purple, blue and green), it’s the modern day version of a choose […]

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Kid-friendly music adults will like

Good music for kids requires all the same ingredients of good music for adults: talented musicians, a beat that gets you moving, clever lyrics and a catchy melody. This year’s kids music picks have it all. Some albums are mellow, some are rock, some will make you laugh, some will make you think; but whatever […]

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Cash Only, Please

I have a love/hate relationship with gift cards. When they first came out in the mid-1990’s, I thought they were the definitive answer to the weary and beleaguered, last-minute shopper’s prayers; an easy way to give a gift, in lieu of cash and still look semi-thoughtful. And, of course, to receive one was a ticket […]

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Keeping my family warmer and our bills lower

This is going to be THE MOST EXCITING article you’ll read all day. Of course, I’m going to do my best to make this topic RIVETING, but I’m also wishing desperately that everything else you come across today will be on the boring side. What is this intriguing, fascinating topic?

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Black Friday, indeed

When we met between the racks of better women’s sportswear, I knew I was in for an emotional ride. Her hand, when I shook it, was stiff and cold, wooden almost. I couldn’t discern the material. Perhaps some sort of polyresinous material. Born in a factory, but not without feelings, her body may have been […]

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