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Carbs are a gateway drug!

Carbs are a gateway drug!

For the better part of my adult life, my diet has consisted of rice, bread, pasta and cheese. If it (or a majority of its ingredients) didn’t come from a can or a box, I likely didn’t eat it. Vegetables didn’t exist in my diet unless they were cooked as part of a casserole, and only then if I couldn’t see/taste/identify them. I was not the pillar of health.

Despite my ignoramus level stupid eating habits, my blood pressure, cholesterol, etc were fine. It seemed that aside from being about 100 pounds overweight, I was healthy (and as big as) a horse. That all changed 3 weeks ago.

Go see the Doctor part 2: Cardiac Boogaloo!

Go see the Doctor part 2: Cardiac Boogaloo!

I know, I know, I haven’t written in a long time. Life has seriously gotten in the way of many things that I enjoy. Here I am though, writing like nothing has happened because hey… blogosphere. Many moons ago I wrote a piece about getting checked out by a doctor on a regular basis. Keeping […]

Initiative 2012

Initiative 2012

This has been a crazy year for me, lots of ups and downs emotionally but most interesting in the work world. I am, if anything, cliche so I thought I would do a quick year in review and talk about my goals for 2012. Why should you care about my goals in 2012, why wouldn’t you?

From the Toy Box

From the Toy Box

Everyone loves toys! From now on, I’ll occasionally offer up a review of a sex toy that is user friendly and not intimidatingly scary. :)

Condolences: Sharing Warmth in the Face of Loss

Condolences: Sharing Warmth in the Face of Loss

Although this is usually a festive time of year, there will always be someone you know for whom the holiday season brings sadness or grief due to the recent death of a loved one, or the annual memory of that loss. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some thoughts with you about the subtle and gentle art of offering condolences.

New Years Resolutions as a Couple

New Years Resolutions as a Couple

It’s that time of year again! Time to reflect on where your life has taken you over the past 12 months, and where you want it to take you over the next 12. Many people take this time to come up with New Year’s Resolutions that will help them change the course of their life for next year. Whatever it is, it will help if you and your spouse work together on your resolutions.

PDA: Your Secret and Not-So-Secret Flirtations

PDA: Your Secret and Not-So-Secret Flirtations

Recently, an observation at dinner with friends caused me to take a closer look at the well-loved pastime that we fondly call PDA – Public Displays of Affection. My dinner companions are a well-established couple, together for at least a couple of years. It’s obvious that the magic hasn’t worn off for them, because they held hands throughout our entire meal, occasionally hindering their ability to actually eat. At first, I thought it was cute. Then romantic. Then annoying. :/

Then I had to mentally shake myself and say…

Surviving the Holidays with your Spouse - Part 4 - the 'Afterparty'

Surviving the Holidays with your Spouse – Part 4 – the ‘Afterparty’

Alright, the gifts are purchased, wrapped, presented, and unwrapped. The last people have left the last shindig, and the kids are finally asleep in bed. Phew! I know your first instinct is to turn into a TV or computer zombie and let the peace of the END of the Holidays wash over you before the New Year celebrations kick in – but I think that there is one more little ‘party’ you need to attend. The “just me and my spouse” party.

Surviving the Holidays with your Wife - Part 3 - Events

Surviving the Holidays with your Wife – Part 3 – Events

Whether it’s the employer’s Holiday Function, a Latke Party, Cookie Party, or Family Function, danger can lurk anywhere. Not that the December Holidays should sound too much like October, but sometimes ghosts and ghouls would be a nice reprieve from an eternal evening with the in-laws. This is where you and your wife need to have a plan and work together.

Surviving the Holidays with your Wife - Part 2 - Gifts for your Wife

Surviving the Holidays with your Wife – Part 2 – Gifts for your Wife

Having trouble finding the perfect gift for your wife? We’re here to help!

Surviving the Holidays with your Spouse - Part 1

Surviving the Holidays with your Spouse – Part 1

Well, there’s no mistaking it, the Holidays are here. Whatever your Winter Festivities may be, the most wonderful time of year could actually be the most STRESSFUL time of year! Over the next few days, we’re going to talk about what you can do to help make this (and every) Holiday Season easier to take. Today, we’re going to talk about GIFTS.

You Can Do It! Confidence is a mental process that can be developed.

You Can Do It! Confidence is a mental process that can be developed.

I have been told that confidence is sexy, possibly the sexiest trait one can have. While I can’t imagine women fawning over a very confident balding man with a weak chin and thin arms, it can’t hurt to show a little, amirite? Where does it come from and how does one project confidence? Is confidence […]

On Autism

On Autism

Since Amanda and I spent two GH-days waxing poetic about the benefits of vaccination, I thought it was appropriate to dedicate a follow-up article to autism. Of course, this not because autism is related to vaccinations, but because it isn’t.

Does Timing Affect Saving Your Child and the World?

Does Timing Affect Saving Your Child and the World?

On Monday, when the first article about vaccinations was published, there was a great deal of conversation on our respective Facebook pages, mostly surrounding the issue of the timing of vaccinations, and the potential risks of offering too many vaccinations at one time. A good deal of the information about why physicians, parents, and public health officials might want to consider adjusting the timing of vaccines during infancy came from Denise Shepler, RN BSN. Denise has four years of experience in maternal/neonatal nursing. With her permission, I have summarized her thoughts here.

Save Your Child, Save The World. Part 2: Public Health

Save Your Child, Save The World. Part 2: Public Health

Today, we want to address how vaccines work as a public health measure; in other words, keeping us all healthy as a community, country, and world population.

Save Your Child, Save The World. Part 1: The Science

Save Your Child, Save The World. Part 1: The Science

Want to know how getting a shot can contribute to your own well-being and to that of the world at large?

Diamonds:  Only Game in Town or One of Many Options?

Diamonds: Only Game in Town or One of Many Options?

Like the best relationships, the perfect engagement ring can’t be explained, it just works and feels ‘right’. Sometimes it cannot be explained to outsiders, and it shouldn’t have to be. But in case you don’t know where to start, here are some places to begin your journey.

Diamonds: How Much Do They Really Cost?

Diamonds: How Much Do They Really Cost?

Some may be benefiting more than others, but working in a diamond mine could be the only way to put food on the table for one’s family.

Diamonds: Keeping the Commitment Through Material Goods

Diamonds: Keeping the Commitment Through Material Goods

Human beings, being smart and adaptive little monkeys, came up with many different methods to reinforce the stability of marriage and fidelity that didn’t involve an angry father and uncle burying a husband in a shallow grave a safe distance from the water supply.

Diamonds:  A Diamond is Forever?

Diamonds: A Diamond is Forever?

The argument has been heard throughout jewelery stores, shopping malls, kitchen tables and bedrooms for decades. “A diamond is forever! Receiving one is what every woman expects and deserves and that’s how it always has been!” Not so fast there, historian! The truth is this…

Diamonds:  Girl's Best Friend or Something Darker?

Diamonds: Girl’s Best Friend or Something Darker?

Is a diamond really forever?

From Abby Dryer to Marvin Gaye

From Abby Dryer to Marvin Gaye

The internet tells me that the definition of racy is “lively, entertaining, and sexually titillating.” Well that sounds mighty nice, doesn’t it now?

Pleats are the devil's vents.

Pleats are the devil’s vents.

This one is going to be short but I think I have been writing some serious stuff lately so I thought I would break it up with a little more light hearted and quick entry. Pleated dress pants are like the mom jeans of the men’s world.  I don’t know why they still exist, it should […]

What Stay-at-Home Wives Need to Understand about their Husbands

What Stay-at-Home Wives Need to Understand about their Husbands

What a lot of stay-at-home-moms don’t understand is that our husbands work that much harder to earn more money so that we can have the choice to work at home.

Maybe you should get checked out, by more than just women...

Maybe you should get checked out, by more than just women…

I don’t always eat well and my exercise regimen is about as impressive as a Dan Brown novel but I will contend that I have a better health view than most of you. Mostly because I visit a doctor for a check up twice a year. My boss once called me a morbid bastard when I told him I […]