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According to Jean Langlois, ScD, an investigator in epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD, women over the age of 50 that lose a lot of weight are actually at greater risk of fracturing their hips.  In fact, the study showed that when women lost 10% of their weight or more after the age of 50 their chance of fracturing their hip more than doubled. As a precautionary measure, physicians recommend that women reach an optimal weight and stay at that size, taking into account, however, that heart disease associated with being overweight is even more dangerous than a hip fracture. 

Exercise is always good for reducing pounds and inches but did you know that women who participate in aerobic workouts up to three times per week have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Amazingly, anorexia is not an eating disorder that affects young women reports Paul L. Hewitt PhD, associate professor of psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Only 25% of the women who die from anorexia are overachieving, young women, in fact, the majority, four out of five, who lose their lives due to anorexia nervosa, are a shocking 45 years of age or even older.

Many women are closet smokers who use nicotine as a measure to control their appetites and because of this strategy suffer years later even after they have given up smoking because they are two to three times more likely to suffer from incontinence than those who never smoked cigarettes at all. Studies indicate that nicotine constricts the bladder, causing unintentional urine leakage. 

The foods mature women eat have a big influence on their overall health. Few women meet their calcium requirements says Ethel Siris, MD, professor of clinical medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. Bone thinning is grossly undiagnosed in women over 50. Women with low bone density suffer broken bones at twice the rate of those with normal bone density and those with osteoporosis, four times the rate.  The recommended intake of calcium for women 25 to 50 years of age is 300 mg of calcium, eight ounces of milk or yogurt.

Here are some more interesting facts about weight loss involving women 40, 50 and beyond…

Facts about Women Losing Weight After 40 / 50

Losing Weight after 50


How to Lose Weight for Women Over 50


Fighting 40’s Flab


Losing Weight After 40


Weight loss through hypnosis


Here’s what to do tomorrow 1st thing if you cannot lose weight after 50


YouTube Video – Unbelievable Research to help eventually minimize the effects of aging


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Egyptian Pyramids

Great Tomb of Mausolus

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Memnon

Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria


 Temple of the Goddess Diana

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

 The ancient seven wonders of the world were remarkable for their size, structure and durability

More on this Topic –

Video – Great Pyramids


Pharos Lighthouse


Video Temple of Artemis at Epehesus


Temple of Diana


Colossus of Rhodes


Hanging Gardens of Babylon


Colossus Memnon



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A life of guaranteed good fortune or invulnerability, by virtue of a charm or spell (Phrase Finder) http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/189900.html  The term “A Charmed Life” originates all the way back to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, 1605.


  Thou losest labour:
    As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed:
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,
To one of woman born.

Shakespeare,W. (1605) Macbeth

Shakespeare used this phrase in Macbeth (5:8): “Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests, I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born.” In later years, the term was extended to anyone who narrowly escaped from danger or was similarly lucky. Retrieved from: A Charmed Life,  http://www.joe-ks.com/phrases/phrasesC.htm Phrases, Clichés, Expressions & Sayings.

How to know if you’re leading a charmed life, the characteristics of a charmed existence are as follows:

  • You bounce back quickly after a long bout with adversity
  • Not only do you have enough to eat but your meals are always satisfying, tasty and sumptuous
  • You are blessed with children and they respect and admire you as a person, not just as their parent
  • You forget all your cares when you dance and listen to upbeat music
  • You frequently sing or whistle a happy tune without even being aware that you are doing so
  • Your coworkers laugh at your jokes because they really do find them amusing
  • You enjoy the time you spend alone with yourself
  • You like the look of your home and frequently share it with friends whose company you cherish
  • You know you are fortunate to have transportation that you can depend upon and that offers you an opportunity to experience a sense of personal freedom
  • You have a rich and full spiritual life
  • You have hope when situations turn bleak and threatening
  • You have an appreciation for things that are aesthetic
  • You are a creative force in your own life and in the lives of others who recognize your gift to innovate
  • You play a musical instrument
  • You speak more than one language
  • You watch or engage in a sport that brings to you regular pleasure
  • You have people in your life that are kind and generous and treat you well
  • You wake up with energy and enthusiasm every day
  • You are a person who knows how to forgive and frequently does so
  • You have a natural inclination toward playfulness and lightheartedness
  • You excel at the majority of projects that you take on
  • You have a curious spirit and are always interested in the discovery of new facts and concepts and you integrate them into your life on a consistent basis
  • You have a healthy view of how you should look and feel at your age and are grateful for your attractiveness and wellness
  • You’re not a person who stays in a bad mood for an indefinite period of time, you know yourself and what you need to get out of a funk
  • Your colleagues think of you as an intelligent and industrious professional and often share their high opinions of you with others who are less observing of your attributes
  • You are loved dearly by a pet or two or more
  • When you are called upon to maintain self-control you have little problem acquiescing
  • Modesty is one of your strongest traits
  • People warm up to you right away and your never at a loss for friends or acquaintances
  • You are a practical person who has the where-if-all to handle whatever life hands out to you and the wisdom to make the best of your circumstances

When all is said and done,  a charmed life is nothing more or less than a life that is built around the practices and principles we wholeheartedly, believe in!


Give this Lady a Listen and Just Relax


More on this Topic –

Background information on the song – “He’s Got the Whole Word in His Hands”


Maria Callas – Operatic Performance of Lady Macbeth


Interesting Blog on the origin of “Charmed Life”


Author Kay Fay – Meanderings of an Aged Mind, a teacher who made her life charmed with the transference of her skills


A Tribute to His Teacher – a must see…


How to Live A Charmed Life


Charmed Life – Lovely song by composer  Joy Williams


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Clarification of the factors leading to “Makeup Artistry Intelligence

  • Entering into domain of more complex aesthetic concepts
  • Preponderance of problematic obstructions to aesthetic enhancements
  • Plentitude of cosmetic artistry knowledge
  • Social propensity –  emotional challenges
  • Warmth and control

Social Considerations of Aesthetic Conversion

Practitioners of Cosmetic Science

  • Taking profile readings and gauging temperature of client
  • Providing pathways for the attainment of personal enhancement / beauty personification in the physical realm
  • Assistance in bridging new states of identity – discovery and reflection
  • Strong sense of involvement
  • Hyper-sensitivity to unseen phenomena
  • Evaluation of subject’s expectations
  • Mindfulness of makeup subject’s concerns
  • Harsh scrutiny and submission

 Awareness of subject’s emotional stages and dynamics involved when moving toward greater self-acceptance

  • Adaptation to invisible forces of resistance involved in aesthetic transformation
  • Consideration of client’s self-appraisal of cosmetic enhancement
  • Helpful persuasion and positive reinforcement
  • Outgrowth observed
  • Triumph of treatment
  • Admiration of facial façade
  • Ultimate value attainment

Technical Approaches and Solutions Analyzed

  • Effect of different colors
  • Textures and tones
  • Technical precision – control over implements and cosmetic aids
  • Understanding of facial plane
  • Bringing order to disorder of facial features
  • Taking counter measures to neutralize imperfections
  • Attention to straight and right angles
  • Recognizing limitations of makeup artistry until it translates into effective learning exercise
  • Building up of subject’s technical skills through a well thought-out sequence of competencies
  • Assurance of transference of cosmetic talents and technical expertise

Treatment Complete

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Ours are lives that are easily thrown out of balance.  The common circumstances that we rarely consider poise the most threat because they are the situations that we sometimes pay the least attention to.  

 I have made a general list of at least twenty items that easily come to mind. Take a look, and feel free to comment. I am certain I neglected all the issues that could be included.  Also, be sure to visit the links at the end of this blog post to determine what they have to offer.

  • How to better express our point of view by weaving into our conversations  compelling visual images
  • How to sort through relevant facts to substantiate our contentions
  • How to see the humor inherent in the majority of uncomfortable situations
  • How to clarify our meaning and get to the main point of what we are trying to say out faster
  • How to ask better questions about the things in life we fail to comprehend
  • How to accept counterarguments without becoming annoyed or turning off others
  • How to meet new people and bring their spirit into our lives
  • How to make ourselves more fascinating to strangers that interest us
  • How to arrange for a few minutes of daily inner peace and solitude
  • How to express our admiration without being condescending to those we respect
  • How to control our displeasure
  • How to find new ways to ignite our flame
  • How to reduce the scope of our spending
  • How to look more festive or more suitable for specific events
  • How to take advantage of what nature freely provides for us
  • How to take an alternate route to work that is less stressful and more picturesque
  • How to heal old wounds without punishing ourselves
  • How to get to the crux of what bothers us much quicker
  • How to devise better plans (in general)
  • How to make easier transitions
  • How to demonstrate our willingness to be of help without embarrassing those in need of it
  • How to make better choices (both short and long-term)


More of What We Can Do

Valuable Resources Worth Investigating

Check These Links Out!

Self-Improvement Aids


Jump into a New Life


Affirmations for Radical Success


7 Ways to Look at Money Differently


Dare to Live Your Life Differently


Explore and Enjoy the Happiness Habit


Self-coaching – the disorganized mind ( strategic questions and worksheets provided)


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A warm and comfy living space has its advantages.  First of all, it is a retreat where we can go  when we are exhausted and just need time to recuperate.

It is a place that allows us the ideal conditions with which to recover.  It is a safe haven where we can escape the heat or stay out of the cold.  It is a shelter.

It is an oasis, a private dwelling, basically, a place of our very own.

A cozy living environment is essential for entertaining. Home should be all about having friends and family over for social gatherings. 

A carefully planned living room will have enough seating to ensure that everyone has an area that they can make their own, even if it is only for the temporary.

A lot goes into making a space workable so that it suits not just the needs of its residents but their spirits too.  No place is cozy unless it meets the aesthetic requirements of the person who is occupying it. 

What one person considers appealing decor may be completely garish to another – “to each his own,” as they say.

But, one thing everyone can agree on is that there is nothing like the feeling a comfortable living environment offers.

Here are some of the things that make a room a delightful place to unwind in and to  just chill out.

  • Lots of natural light
  • Plenty of skylights
  • Artwork

  • Accent colors on the walls
  • A comfortable couch

  • A huge arm-chair with an ataman
  • Attractive window treatments
  • Thick plush carpeting

  • Wall hangings
  • Lots of light

  • Fresco walls
  • Wallpaper

  • Hand painted furniture
  • Mirrors in ornate or modern frames

  • Built-in shelving
  • Soft artificial lightning  
  • Crystal chandelier
  • A deep bathtub

  • A pleasant view out the windows
  • French doors

  • Rod iron balconies
  • Archways
  • A fireplace

  • Cross ventilation
  • A veranda
  • Bay windows
  • Window seat

  • Tile flooring
  • Parquet floors
  • Well organized closet and storage systems

  • Large flat screen television
  • Persian carpets
  • The perfect bedding
  • Clear passageways
  • Easy to access furniture groupings
  • Highly aesthetic room accessories

  • Wooden cabinets
  • Piano
  • Winding staircase

  • Mahogany or rosewood bookcases
  • Scatter rugs
  • An oriental screen
  • Firmly upholstered chairs

  • Drop-front desk or a wrap-around work surface
  • Stained glass panels
  • Leaded glass windows

  • A romantic dining place

  • A fantastic sound system

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Construction arrangements and design features for persons with disabilities must be more than just adequate. They must inspire self-sufficiency and offer a sense of freedom and not confinement.  What follows are some general recommendations for refitting and re-planning.

Smart Strategies plus General Areas of Consideration worth Looking Into:

  • Learning more about what it is to function with a physical impairment and having to navigate with a cane, crutches, braces, prosthetics or spending one’s days and nights confined to a bed or a wheelchair
  • The importance of not ignoring home-planning and/or workplace guidance from experts with disabilities and rehabilitation specialists who understand the world of the mobility-impaired
  • In relation to construction and design elements; we must also think about the caretakers concerns as well and not bypass their needs or preferences
  • Never forgetting the demands of daily practices associated with living and working and how vital it is to find ways to save time and energy
  • Keeping in mind the equal importance of minuscule solutions as well as major focus renovations
  • Staying clear of using interior design rudiments that are too institutional in appearance
  • Making certain that the persons with disabilities and their families are given enough information on what equipment and the fine points of construction are available so they can make sensible and feasible selections
  • Staying up to date on state-of-the-art supply materials and design features and which ones are to be had, if not immediately, in the not-too-distant-future
  • Taking into account from the onset of the plan both economically sound and routine maintenance issues
  • Avoidance of toxic or hazardous materials
  • Modifications to enlarge spaces such as shower stalls by increasing their width to allow for a wheelchair to be rolled-in
  • Making bathtubs safer
  • Adjustments of height for facets, door knobs, cabinets, shelves, towel bars at clothing racks to plumbing apparatuses to make them more readily assessable
  • Extending parameters of otherwise tight passageways such as narrow entrance halls and corridors
  • installation of windows to ensure the admission of lots of natural light and proper cross-ventilation of air currents
  • Door bells, buzzers, security boxes and light switches installed at eye level when seated for easy accessibility
  • Creation of convertible work surfaces that slide-out and pull-down
  • The allowance of easy access to storage spaces
  • Attention to flaws in floor construction
  • Placement of light fixtures and circuits
  • Adjustments made to built in appliances
  • Keeping it simple by making the environment functional but cozy
  • Eliminating lifestyle barriers by being ultra-sensitive to the requirement of necessary changes

More Information on the Topic –

  • Book on How to Create Interiors for the Disabled by Jane Randolph Cary


  • International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation




  • Independent Living Institute




  • Reader’s Digest – The Family Handyman of Helpful Hints


  • Practical Living Assisted Living Structures


Video transformation



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Good Morning,

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Why Art is so Terrific …

  • It is an inherent part of our nature
  • It allows us to check in on ourselves and investigate our feelings
  • It provides a creative platform from which we can do what we want
  • It exposes the parts of personality that are vigorous, spirited and passionate
  • Regardless of our troubles or our difficulties, it is always there for us
  • Its outcome is not limited by our knowledge or experience
  • It’s encouraging because it offers us a glimpse into a deeper, more dynamic aspects of ourselves
  • It’s goal can be very nonspecific and, therefore, is less likely to cause us great despair and disappointment when what we try to produce turns out to be quite different from we had planned on to begin with
  • It is a medium that is free from confinement or restraint
  • It makes us more honest and genuine
  • It brings attention to what is great in us
  • It allows us to be creators in life
  • It gives our emotions a voice
  • It permits us to make peace, reconcile or be reconciled
  • It gives us the means to make a point
  • It gives us a way to prevail in a crisis
  • It provides us with an opportunity to convert an idea or a theory into reality
  • It is a work in progress just like us
  • It I convincing proof that there is a bohemian in all of us
  • It is an activity that consistently brings both ease and pleasure

Captivating Books and Videos on the Subject of Art

How to Read a Work of Art – Laura J. Hensley

Overview of its Table of Contents:

  • Approaching Art
  • The Natural World
  • Recording Art History
  • Portraits
  • Religious Art
  • Art of Everyday Life

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  ~Pablo Picasso

One Week of Art Works


Amazing Art Work By an Amazing Artist


Mascara Art – Sketch w/ mascara – Bette Davis Eyes


How to Paint the Mona Lisa


How to Draw Eyes


Sketching Basic Facial Proportions


Drawing a Fast Face


Painting with Watercolor


How to Paint a Sky Using Acrylics Paints


Quotes About Art


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In her book “In Your Face,” author Shari Graydon, describes the early indoctrination of young women to beauty. She cites the glorification of beauty as it is introduced to girls through fairy tales such as: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the story of “Cinderella.”  She touches on the Greek legends, Helen of Troy and Aphrodite.  Beauty of course, is not restricted to just the feminine gender, as she conveys through the stories in mythology.  Graydon mentions Adonis and how his physical beauty drew Aphrodite to him. She also explains the role his attractiveness supposedly played in his premature death. She speaks of Narcissus, and she describes “the emotional wreckage” he caused those to whom he rejected – telling of the revenge one of his suitors took because Narcissus was unable to feel anything else for anyone else.  How tragic it was the he became so confused and lost when he was unable to capture the heart of the image he fell so madly in love with. And, without realizing it, Narcissus had become enamored with an image that was that of his own. She relates how he eventually died of a broken heart. This myth is magnificent as a cautionary tale to all of us to fight against the lures of vanity and self-obsession.

Author Shari Graydon

Throughout her book, Graydon constantly points out the importance of recognizing the powers and the pitfalls of beauty.  It is clear that her intention is to make us more aware. She does not want us to be controlled by obsessive ideas stemming from our desires to always fit into the dictates that suggest we will be stunningly “beautiful.”  Her writing makes us more sensitive to the intense pressure from societal forces that can evoke negative feelings about our image.  As I turned the pages, I was reminded over-and-over again, that beauty is fickle because it has infinite descriptions, rendering it always illusive.

As Graydon reminds us,  every society has its own set of beauty rules.  Her book is a fascinating read because she attempts to describe why historically women have tried to comply with the dictates of fashion and trends. Her publication is intriguing in that it makes its readers question; what are the sources in our culture that shape our views about appearance and our personal focus of aesthetics.

Some of my favorite insights include, but are not limited to:

Beauty of the Ages – a section of Graydon’s book that takes us on a walk through the various decades so we can get a feel for how society viewed women and how we were expected to be.

Global body images – a trip around the world to learn more about beauty practices of past and present such as the intentional cuts on their skin that some African tribes make because they consider this ritual to result in “beautiful scarring”

The Limits of Beauty Diversity –  just how little any of us know about the broad range of beauty and all that the concept can encompass. How we are only experiencing a mere fraction of the art of aesthetics. How the few aesthetic images of beauty we are exposed to are preventing us from experiencing a wider interpretation of beautification.

Changes in hair fashion – how they are less in agreement with what constitutes “Great Hair.” I particularly, like the illustrations provided and how Graydon describes these clueless guidelines.

Beauty promises – associations made with “gift-with-purchase” cosmetic promotions

What I found in Graydon’s book most disturbing, was a section entitled “The Mean Spirit of Law” according to her book “Chicago city bylaws once imposed fines on people who were considered unsightly by those in power. From 1966 to 1974, a subsection of the vagrancy law dictated that people who were diseased, maimed, mutilated or anyway deformed so as to be an unsightly or a disgusting object” could be fined for appearing in public. The attitudes that led to the creation of such laws are shocking today. Now we use the legal system to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and ensure their full participation in every aspect of society.”

I thank Ms. Graydon for her research and her insistence on writing about beauty in a way that gives it more meaning and less superficiality. I applaud the manner in which she has written about such an important aspect of our culture, and of all cultures. I found this book in the children’s section of my local library – a rare find – it turned out to be “indeed.” I encourage the reading of “In Your Face,” discussing its contents and sharing it with others. I believe that it can be most useful for young women who are searching for a sense of themselves and using the medium of aesthetics as a tool with which to communicate self-expression.

Book cover


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Good Morning,

Edible wild plants help to counteract the effects of headaches, colds, and stomach aches. They are also useful in attending to wounds caused by burns, bites and stings, as well as; problematic skin diseases, and a whole host of other problematic conditions.  What follows are some Q & A’s from Tom Brown’s “Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants.” Brown is the director of the world-famous Tracking-Nature and Wilderness Survival School. I have excerpted the following answers to some general questions I formed from the content included in his field guide. Brown, Tom Jr. Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants. I have also included in the resource section below some great publications on the subject and some outstanding videos. Enjoy!!!

What are some of the advantages of using plants for medicinal purposes?

Wild plants are abundantly available and, by and large, they have fewer side effects.  Most contain little pollutants and, certainly, none of the preservatives or other chemicals usually found in commercially prepared food added to guarantee its longer shelf life.

What are some of the problems associated with using plants as healing substances?

The problems revolve around obtaining, preparing and measuring the substances extracted from the plants to produce the correct dosage.

How can a person protect themselves from unforeseen allergic reactions to specific edible plants?

What may be good for one person may turn out to be a hazardous plant to another. The best way to know is to try to start with little doses. There are many approaches and variances related to increasing dosages.

Why are medicinal plants not the last word on healing treatment approaches?

Because, certain conditions should not be treated with natural medications – in such instances,  medical therapy needs to be sought.

What are some edible plants?  And, how can they be eaten as a food

  • Jewelweed sprouts – make delicious cooked greens
  • Mint – its dried leaves make a great tea (hot or cold)
  • Spicebush – great for tea
  • Mulberry – scrumptious to eat raw and terrific added to bread or muffin mixtures
  • Black mustard – once dried and ground it’s great for using as a spice for fish
  • Sweet fern – one of the best teas you will ever taste
  • Thistle – can be prepared in much the same manner as asparagus
  • Wood Sorrel – succulent green leaves can be added to salads to give them more flavor and spice
  • Yucca – its flower petals can be added to salads or just eaten raw

Who is most likely to use plants for medicinal purposes?

Healers and herbalists

What do many of them believe about the power of wild, edible medicinal plants?

Through personal and professional experience many healers and herbalists believe that natural herbs can help cure conditions that have not responded to science, medicine or artificial drugs.

What is one of the best ways to identify a wild edible plant?

Using an up-to-date field guide for wild, edible plants, sample a small portion of the plant and wait a few hours. If there are no side effects, try a little more, then a little more until there is no sign of ill effects.

More Information on the Topic –

16 Picture Plates and Explanations of Medicinal Plants –


Best Books about Medicinal Herbs – Available on Amazon.com


Marty Simon’s Camping Survival Video


Videos –

Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine – Middle East


Naturalist Steve Brill Introduces Nature’s Gifts: Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants


Edible and Medicinal Plants


Edible Weeds


Medicinal Plants –


Medicinal Plant Demo


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