Food Safety Tips To Protect Your Health This Summer

No one wants to be sick in the summer, especially from tainted food. Food left out in the heat or improperly cooked is a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, and Salmonella. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want it in your body, whether it’s chemicals, preservatives or harmful bacteria (good bacteria for a healthy gut is OK). If you are as concerned about the foods you buy to eat, be equally mindful on handling them safely. Keep the sizzle in your summer with these food safety tips from the nonprofit Stop Foodborne Illness (www.stopfoodborneillness.org): Remember

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The Lost Kitchen-Fearless Fabulous You June 19

In “The Lost Kitchen,” a daughter writes a memoir of caring for her mother with advanced #Alzheimers. The more than two dozen recipes she shares capture memories of her mother and remind us that writing and cooking can be therapeutic. Meet poet and author, Miriam Green, on #FearlessFabulousYou June 19th 12 oon EST W4WN Radio – The Women 4 Women Network Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestReddit

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Rules Matter Unless They No Longer Make Sense

I was never great at following directions or rules. I always tried to rework everything and asked too many questions. It was more why and why not than okay and I accept. I spoke up and disregarded people who told me to “shut up.” Rules do matter. Guidelines are good. But if they no longer make sense and seem archaic, then speak up and figure out a way to rewrite the rules. For years – centuries- we’ve lived in a country where rules and laws were made and set by a majority of men. But times change and rules should as well to stay current with the times. They need need revisiting, especially when

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My Dad Wasn’t Perfect. And I Forgive Him.

My Dad told off-colored jokes, made suggestive comments about women and was the first to plant kisses on a woman’s cheek and embrace her without asking. He did it all with a sense of humor and good nature because he thought women were amazing. He married an exceptional one and raised another and he put us both on pedestals. When I’d blush or roll my eyes at his off-color comments, he’d laugh and nudge me saying, “Melanie, your Dad’s just a Dirty Old Man.” People who knew my Dad would understand that he would never do anything to intentionally insult

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When a Moment Counts, You Learn To Count Every Moment

The call came. A friend died. It was unexpected. Our friend had been living with cancer for several years but was managing well. We’re not sure what happened. There was an accident.  A head injury. Clots formed. After release from the hospital, all seemed fine. Then pain, clots, more treatment. All seemed to improve, until cardiac arrest stopped him in his tracks. Gone in a moment. A family left behind to pick up the pieces. I am haunted by the sequence of how it came to be; the what ifs roll through my head at night. There may be many factors involved in my friend’s death; cancer treatment compromises the body in

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