Are You a Goal Setter?

Dec 31

Are You a Goal Setter?

I USED TO BE AWESOME AT SETTING AND REACHING GOALS. I got over a back injury, out of debt, through undergraduate and graduate school while raising my two sons. I started two new careers,  finished several books, and eight years ago, met the man that would become my husband. Whatever I set my laser focus on, I seemed to be able to achieve. But for some reason,...

Read More

Where Do You Get Your News?

Dec 10

Where Do You Get Your News?

As a Saturday Salon host, part of your job is to stimulate conversation with well-worded questions. Each guest can write their own questions to put in the hat, but you want to make sure you add a few or your own.  Here’s how you do it: Aim for 3-5 questions covering a wide range of topics. It’s always good to write a funny one such as “What is the...

Read More

The Displaced

Nov 08

The Displaced

I NEVER CRY. Well, that’s not entirely true, but I am generally not sentimental, and I almost never cry over international tragedies over which I have zero control. But this morning, the New York Times gave me the dubious opportunity to open up my tear ducts. I get most of our news online, but on Sundays, I indulge in an old-school, paper newspaper. This...

Read More

No Bacon???

Nov 04

No Bacon???

ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE UP BACON? In stronger terms than any organization has every used, on October 26th, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially identified processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen, which means it is strongly linked to cancer. Red meats were a close second, falling into Group 2A, meaning they probably cause cancer. Hard to believe red meat...

Read More

GLUTEN FREE?

Nov 01

GLUTEN FREE?

GLUTEN FREE? REALLY? Who really needs to be gluten free? Can you simply eat less bread? What’s the difference between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and being allergic to wheat? And is this all some plot to get us to buy the plethora of new, usually more expensive, gluten free products sprouting from our grocery store shelves? One out of every three people...

Read More

In Defense of Fashion

Oct 25

In Defense of Fashion

WANT A BREAK from the election debates? Throw in a question about Fashion into the hat at your next Saturday Salon and watch the fur fly! Defending fashion is a tough task in any audience, but even though my husband and I toss the NY Times Style Magazine onto the floor every Sunday morning with disgust, I bravely picked it up this week and thumbed through it. Yes,...

Read More

Is it Too Late?

Oct 20

Is it Too Late?

WILL CHECKS AND BALANCES PROTECT US from political collapse, or is it already too late? Does it matter who is in the White House? Whether you host a Political Saturday Salon or not, there is always room in the hat for a question or two about what effect we have in our world. And if we don’t think our vote matters….what are we going to do about it?

Read More