GrannyWarriors.com http://www.grannywarriors.com Let's hit 'em! Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:53:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Oh Jaeger. How We Love You http://www.grannywarriors.com/oh-jaeger-how-we-love-you/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:20:24 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=27 hwelyJaeger is the latest British brand to enter makeover mode.

The women’s and men’s wear retailer, which is owned by Coats PLC, has embarked on a drive to reinvigorate its business. The moves include the hiring of a new creative director and design team, the appointment of Bella Freud to do an exclusive women’s collection for Jaeger, the rollout of a new store design, sponsorship of a fantastic TV show and the launch of a new ad campaign.

Jaeger — which operates 56 freestanding stores, including 27 in the U.S. — will show off the first results of its program at a fashion show for press in New York on Thursday. It held a similar show in London two weeks ago.

“The idea is to put Jaeger back on the map,” Pat Burnett, chief executive of Jaeger, said in an exclusive interview. “It’s about putting the luxury back into Jaeger, which always was a luxury brand.”

The company’s fall collection, designed by creative director Sandy Verdon and head of women’s wear design Adrian Gilbey, focuses on contemporary …

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hwelyJaeger is the latest British brand to enter makeover mode.

The women’s and men’s wear retailer, which is owned by Coats PLC, has embarked on a drive to reinvigorate its business. The moves include the hiring of a new creative director and design team, the appointment of Bella Freud to do an exclusive women’s collection for Jaeger, the rollout of a new store design, sponsorship of a fantastic TV show and the launch of a new ad campaign.

Jaeger — which operates 56 freestanding stores, including 27 in the U.S. — will show off the first results of its program at a fashion show for press in New York on Thursday. It held a similar show in London two weeks ago.

“The idea is to put Jaeger back on the map,” Pat Burnett, chief executive of Jaeger, said in an exclusive interview. “It’s about putting the luxury back into Jaeger, which always was a luxury brand.”

The company’s fall collection, designed by creative director Sandy Verdon and head of women’s wear design Adrian Gilbey, focuses on contemporary sportswear in lightweight Donegals and tweeds; herringbone and pinstriped wool; camelhair; cashmere and leather. Pant suits are a key look, in a masculine cut in pinstripes or with luxury trims. Other key items include Jaeger’s signature camel coats and its cashmere knitwear and mohair handknits.

“It’s about beautiful, modern classics that we hope will appeal to our existing customers, who are aged 35-plus,” Verdon said. “We then are broadening our appeal to a younger customer with Bella’s collection.”

Like Jaeger’s main line, Freud’s first collection for the company goes back to Jaeger’s archives and plays on their strength. Freud gave up her own wholesale collection to work exclusively with Jaeger. Her 90-piece collection for fall includes pinstriped pant suits with a punk edge; pale blue and heather tweed slim-fitting coats; graffiti logoed cashmere knits; zip-front knit jackets; giant dogtooth belted minis, and dark red or khaki pencil skirts with matching commando bags.

Freud’s collection will be sold in about 20 of Jaeger’s larger stores in the U.K. and the U.S. for fall.

“I wanted it to be Jaeger but with my handwriting,” Freud said. “I wanted to do things from an English point of view and what Jaeger is now, which is genuine. It’s about taking something classic and putting it with something incongruous. It’s that English subversive thing that Jaeger needs.”

The plan for fall includes the launch of Jaeger’s new ad campaign, which hearkens back to its past with the reintroduction of the company’s famous slogans from the Sixties: “This is the coat that goes with the dress” or “This is the suit that goes with the coat.” The company also will introduce a new store design by British decorator David Collins, who has worked for Victoria’s Secret in the U.S. and designer Amanda Wakeley in the U.K. The first new-look store will be a 5,000-square-foot unit in Leeds, England, which will open in September. Additional stores will follow late this year, with the new design being introduced in the U.S. next year, Burnett said.

For spring 2002, Jaeger plans to extend its relaunch to its men’s wear collection, a core part of its business, and is in talks about signing a designer to do an exclusive men’s wear line similar to Freud’s in women’s wear. It also plans to add more women’s accessories for spring 2002, including bags, scarves, belts and jewelry. The accessories will be merchandised in a separate area in the Jaeger stores, Verdon said.

The Jaeger program is the most recent of a string of relaunches by venerable British brands, which are eager to follow in the wake of the successful makeover of Burberry. Other companies attempting to reinvent themselves include the knitwear manufacturer Pringle of Scotland, the women’s and men’s wear company Daks Simpson, the jeweler Asprey & Garrard and the men’s wear brand Dunhill.

Jaeger’s image over the last decade has veered wildly between fuddy-duddy and cutting-edge, confusing its customers. Management turmoil in the late Nineties saw the departures of three chief executives and two creative directors as the brand simply drifted. Burnett, a former director at the fashion retail group Arcadia PLC, was brought into Jaeger a year ago to return the brand to its former glory.

The firm was founded by Lewis Tomalin as part of the 19th century health and hygiene movement expounded by Dr. Gustav Jaeger. His philosophy was that only animal fibers were compatible with human health. Tomalin established Dr. Jaeger’s Woolen System in London in February 1884 and such customers as George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde were attracted to the company’s clothing in angora, wool, alpaca, cashmere and camel hair. In the Twenties, Jaeger invented the knitted cardigan suit and adopted men’s wear styling for women. The company’s flagship store opened on Regent Street in 1923.

The brand boomed over the successive decades and in the Sixties and Seventies had a central role in British fashion by working with such designers as Jean Muir and such fashion photographers as Norman Parkinson. But by the Eighties it was failing to attract younger customers. In the early Nineties, a new chief operating officer Fiona Harrison and creative director Jeannette Todd worked to update Jaeger’s fading image, but both left in 1997 and the management turmoil began.

Over the last year Burnett and her team have worked to readjust Jaeger’s prices by installing several price points; bolster its design team, and improve its marketing. The results already are paying off, with Coats’s fashion retail division — which includes Jaeger and Viyella — reporting a 500 percent increase in operating profits to $6.7 million on a 2.3 percent rise in sales to $212.3 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2000. This compares with operating profits of $1 million on sales of $207.6 million a year earlier.

But Burnett recognizes Jaeger still has a long way to go. “This is a five-year time frame and we’ve not even completed one season,” she said. “It took Burberry six seasons to reestablish itself. We know the direction we’re going but this is a very first step.”

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Snoring Is Far From Serene http://www.grannywarriors.com/snoring-is-far-from-serene/ Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:41:14 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=76 snoring-helpSnoring is one of the biggest culprits for spouses sleeping apart. Those who snore may sleep in another room so that their partners aren’t constantly jabbing them in the ribs to get them to stop. Those who live with a snorer may sleep in another room because earplugs can only do so much when the source of the sound is right next to your face. There are many health reasons why people snore and there are some lifestyle changes that can be done to reduce or eliminate snoring. Identify your stress: if you are feeling stressed out during the day chances are you snore at night. Try to ease back on the smoking and/or drinking before bed. If you take medication just so you can sleep at all, talk to your doctor about different types. If you feel you are overweight that can also contribute to snoring.

The catch with making lifestyle changes is that they all take time. Not everyone can quit smoking overnight. Those who may need to reduce their weight can’t just snap their …

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snoring-helpSnoring is one of the biggest culprits for spouses sleeping apart. Those who snore may sleep in another room so that their partners aren’t constantly jabbing them in the ribs to get them to stop. Those who live with a snorer may sleep in another room because earplugs can only do so much when the source of the sound is right next to your face. There are many health reasons why people snore and there are some lifestyle changes that can be done to reduce or eliminate snoring. Identify your stress: if you are feeling stressed out during the day chances are you snore at night. Try to ease back on the smoking and/or drinking before bed. If you take medication just so you can sleep at all, talk to your doctor about different types. If you feel you are overweight that can also contribute to snoring.

The catch with making lifestyle changes is that they all take time. Not everyone can quit smoking overnight. Those who may need to reduce their weight can’t just snap their fingers and have it done. The world doesn’t work like that unless you are some kind of celebrity and swimming in money. Since the majority of people don’t fall into this category we need to be careful how we spend our limited money.

Snoring is generally caused by your airways being blocked. There are a few different ways your airways can be blocked; if you suffer from persistent nasal congestion your nose will be always blocked and can cause the snoring sound. For people who snore through their mouths it is generally because when they are sleeping their tongues are so relaxed they fall to the back of the mouth and block the airway. Snoring is then created by the tongue vibrating when people are trying to breathe while they sleep.

There are a lot of products on the market and as consumers we need to do our research and be careful when we buy something. Most of us buy things online these days and we won’t always go into a store to get a physical look at a product before we buy it. We depend on reviews from customers just like us or on word-of-mouth if a friend has purchased and used the same product we are contemplating.

When it comes to anti-snoring devices there are hosts of pillows, chin straps, nasal strips, mouthpieces, sprays and even some external devices that look like watches. The thing to remember is that snoring is generally caused by a factor inside your mouth. Mouthpieces are generally the way to go, but you still have to be careful. There are a lot of scams out there and sometimes they are prevalent through our most trusted supplier: Amazon.

There is a mouthpiece for sale on Amazon called Serenity Sleep Aid Custom Night Mouth Guard. We’ll just call it Serenity for simplicity.

At first glance this product looks amazing with a lot of positive reviews. But you need to dig deeper. Reasons among the one-star comments range from the pain and discomfort which can happen to any mouthpiece user regardless of who makes it. However, there are also claims that when people purchased this item through the seller on Amazon, they received a knock-off product from a completely different company! What?! How does that even happen? And it’s more than one person who has sounded the alarm and the comments are fairly recent. So not only are you trusting your sleep to a faceless company, you are also relying on the right product being sent. That smells like a scam to me. Many people have been able to return the device when they realized it was a knock-off, but it gives cause to wonder how many people just used what they were given? Be careful. Read all reviews, even the negative ones. You need to protect yourself as best as you can.

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To Choose the RAID Repair that’s the Best http://www.grannywarriors.com/to-choose-the-raid-repair-thats-the-best/ Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:23:09 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=74 It’s a digital world that we live in. Keeping records on paper and taking notes with a pen and notebook have been fiercely replaced with tablets, laptops and smartphones. People don’t call anymore and most business transactions are done via e-mail. Instead of investing money into filing cabinets businesses are investing money in hard drive storage solutions and beefing up their technical support. A lot of businesses employ a RAID set up for their servers which allows them to be more productive and to protect themselves, even if only slightly, from the major upheaval that can ensure when systems are down.

If you’re not a very technical person you probably realize that turning your computer off and on again isn’t going to solve all of your problems. There are some problems that are even too much for those in the tech support section of the company. One of the biggest mistakes a lot of technicians make is assuming they know how to maintain and repair a RAID set up. It’s not always that easy and it’s important …

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It’s a digital world that we live in. Keeping records on paper and taking notes with a pen and notebook have been fiercely replaced with tablets, laptops and smartphones. People don’t call anymore and most business transactions are done via e-mail. Instead of investing money into filing cabinets businesses are investing money in hard drive storage solutions and beefing up their technical support. A lot of businesses employ a RAID set up for their servers which allows them to be more productive and to protect themselves, even if only slightly, from the major upheaval that can ensure when systems are down.

If you’re not a very technical person you probably realize that turning your computer off and on again isn’t going to solve all of your problems. There are some problems that are even too much for those in the tech support section of the company. One of the biggest mistakes a lot of technicians make is assuming they know how to maintain and repair a RAID set up. It’s not always that easy and it’s important to know what to look for in a recovery service in case your RAID set up goes up in smoke on you.

Since RAIDs are basically created out of various hard drives and controller software it’s important to understand that they are prone to some of the same issues plain hard drives are exposed to like physical and logistical failure of the hard drive itself. It’s also extremely important to recognize that there are also going to be extra concerns as well. Like if your controller software goes nuts or if you have a multiple hard drive failure at once. It’s times like these that you need a professional and that may mean looking beyond the tech support you currently have.

You want to make sure that you select a company that can prove their worth with RAID systems and that they are professionals in their field. There are some qualities you’ll want to look out for when you are researching a company so let’s talk about them so we are all on the same page.

Experience is number one when you are looking for a reputable repair service. As previously mentioned RAID set ups use multiple hard drives but they are more work than your standard hard drive repair. You want to go with a data recovery service that has experience with the nuances of RAID array failures and has recovered hundreds in the past. This is your data, your livelihood we are talking about so you don’t want to mess around.

Once you’ve figured out if they’ve got experience or not take a look at how their help and support services are set up. Are they available 24/7? If they are you know you can get in touch with someone even if your servers go down at 3am. What channels do they use for communication? The best ones will use a combination of telephone, online live chat and e-mail to keep in touch with their clients. This is also important because you want to ensure you are kept up to speed on the recovery process.

Once you’ve got that sorted you want to ensure they have good security. Do they use encryption? Have their facilities been inspected by a third-party? Do they have a cleanroom and what sort of credentials does it have? You want to ensure that your business secrets don’t suddenly go missing or that your hard drives suffer additional damage from not being repaired in the proper environment. Good companies will proudly display their certifications on their websites and there are some that have video tours of their facilities so you can see exactly what everything looks like. It’s better not to go into something this serious blind if you don’t have to.

 

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Snip! Snip! Go The Tags http://www.grannywarriors.com/snip-snip-go-the-tags/ Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:01:57 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=67 Skin tags are an unfortunate but natural occurrence. A single person can have anywhere from one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. These little bits of flesh like to crop up in places like the folds of your skin in your neck, your arm pit, groin area and sometimes in your eyelids. While they aren’t very attractive they are mainly harmless, not growing to more than 3mm across at a time. There are lots of ways to remove a skin tag and unless you have one close to your eyes you can do them all from the comfort of your home. We only recommend seeing a doctor if you have a skin tag in a sensitive place like the eye because you don’t want to accidentally injure your poor eyeball and end up losing your sight.

Some of the popular methods for skin tag removal are creams and freezing aids. You can also thread the skin tag by wrapping a thread or piece of floss around the base of it and …

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Skin tags are an unfortunate but natural occurrence. A single person can have anywhere from one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. These little bits of flesh like to crop up in places like the folds of your skin in your neck, your arm pit, groin area and sometimes in your eyelids. While they aren’t very attractive they are mainly harmless, not growing to more than 3mm across at a time. There are lots of ways to remove a skin tag and unless you have one close to your eyes you can do them all from the comfort of your home. We only recommend seeing a doctor if you have a skin tag in a sensitive place like the eye because you don’t want to accidentally injure your poor eyeball and end up losing your sight.

Some of the popular methods for skin tag removal are creams and freezing aids. You can also thread the skin tag by wrapping a thread or piece of floss around the base of it and leaving it there until it falls off on its own.

Most of the methods available require you to go out and buy something and apply it several times a day for a week or two. The easiest method to ridding yourself of skin tags is simple, and probably so straightforward you weren’t even thinking about it: you can just cut them off.

This is something easily done on your own at your own home but you should probably follow some basic hygienic steps.

The best instrument for cutting skin tags off is usually a sharp pair of nail scissors. The blades are thin and pointed. You could also buy a scalpel from the first aid section in a drug store if you really want to, but nail scissors work just as well. The best thing to do is sterilize the instrument first. There are a couple methods you can use so it’s up to you which one is best.

One option is to boil a pot of water for 3 minutes and then submerging the scissors for a minute or so. They will be extremely hot when you pull them out so not everyone likes this method as it takes time. The best and easiest way to sterilize your scissors is to get a cotton swab and dab it with some rubbing alcohol. Swipe the swab across the blades of the scissors and voila! Sterilization complete! If you don’t have a bottle of rubbing alcohol you can use alcohol wipes that can be found in a standard first aid kit.

Removing skin tags safely is the focus of this website.

Once your blades are nice and clean set yourself up with a mirror where you can get a good look at the offending tag. The bathroom is usually the best place and tends to be the quietest. Get your hair out of the way if it’s on your neck and wipe the area of the skin tag with some alcohol to make sure it’s free of bacteria. Once that’s done, take a deep breath and line your scissors up at the very base of the skin tag and snip! There should be little to no blood depending on how close to the rest of your skin you snip. If you are bleeding, don’t panic. Wipe up access blood with a tissue and put some antiseptic on it. Place a bandage over top and leave it alone. It should heal nicely without a scar provided you don’t pick at it. Chances are though; you won’t bleed so you won’t have to worry about the final nugget of information. In that case, happy snipping!

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Husband: Lose That Weight! http://www.grannywarriors.com/husband-lose-that-weight/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:18:01 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=52 husbandIs there more of him to love these days? How women really feel about their mates’ weight–and when to worry about the shape he’s in.

My husband is a conspiracy theorist. But the conspiracies that concern him don’t involve the White House or alien abductions. They concern the dry-cleaning industry of America, which is out to mess with his head by shrinking his suits. No matter what dry cleaner he goes to, the suit comes back smaller! When I point out that lately he’s been eating like an orca storing blubber for the long migration to the Antarctic, he quickly switches rationales. Perhaps its not the (try cleaner’s fault that his suits are fitting him like Pee-wee Herman’s. It’s the weight lifting he’s been doing. You see, his arms and shoulders are getting just massive, so it stands to reason that his jackets are tight.

Neither of us says a word about his pants.

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husbandIs there more of him to love these days? How women really feel about their mates’ weight–and when to worry about the shape he’s in.

My husband is a conspiracy theorist. But the conspiracies that concern him don’t involve the White House or alien abductions. They concern the dry-cleaning industry of America, which is out to mess with his head by shrinking his suits. No matter what dry cleaner he goes to, the suit comes back smaller! When I point out that lately he’s been eating like an orca storing blubber for the long migration to the Antarctic, he quickly switches rationales. Perhaps its not the (try cleaner’s fault that his suits are fitting him like Pee-wee Herman’s. It’s the weight lifting he’s been doing. You see, his arms and shoulders are getting just massive, so it stands to reason that his jackets are tight.

Neither of us says a word about his pants.

I take comfort in the fact that my husband really does work out at the gym four times a week, and his cholesterol is, miraculously, 180. As for that 200 pounds on his large-boned five-foot-nine-inch frame, well, he’s built like an opera singer–which, in fact, he is. Maybe he’d be better off at 170. But I have a little secret: I like those extra pounds. No, not being exactly a lightweight myself, I love them. Before John, the only men interested in me looked like they’d spent prolonged vacations in the Sudan. How wonderful it is with my husband to feel…if not exactly delicate, then at least not like a Heffalump.

Jody Geist knows exactly what I’m talking about. Jody’s husband is Bill Geist, the humorist and commentator for CBS’s, Sunday Morning. “I’m about five foot ten, and he’s five eleven. When we got married, we were both skinny. Now my goal is to always keep the same margin between us. If he gets big, I can get a little bigger too. Not as big as him, but a little bigger than I was.” It’s her own law of marital weight gain.

Even so, it’s more acceptable to be an over-weight man in our culture than an overweight woman–which may explain why, even though 35 percent of American men are mildly to significantly overweight, 95 percent of Weight Watchers’ members are women. Domesticity makes men cozy and comfortable-but if wives acquire the same postnuptial habits, they are regarded as having “let themselves go.” Worst of all, in a society that still equates bigness with powerfulness, men feel a sense of entitlement about gaining weight. A woman will eat a pint of Haagen-Dazs fully aware that this is an act of gluttony, while a man will eat a pork roast and stack of fried onion rings, all the while confident of his dinner’s natural wholesomeness. And that man’s wife, while perhaps not in denial the same way her husband is, may nonetheless let it slide. “In general, wives are more tolerant of their husbands’ weight gain than vice versa,” says Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Yale University in New Haven, CT, who studies obesity and body image.

That’s not to say that the double standard doesn’t rankle. “My husband’s spare tire Could fit a Monster Truck,” says Emily, a flight attendant based in Tampa. “But he’s forever gazing in the full-length mirror, flexing his arm muscles and saying, `Not bad for a forty-year-old guy, huh?'” Last month Emily and her husband band went on a trip to southern Italy together, where they both gained eight pounds. “I come back, and I’m living on carrot sticks. He’s saying, `Hey, I only gained eight pounds! That’s pretty good! Why don’t I grill up a steak tonight?'”

Christy, a book publishing executive in Chicago, complains, “My fiance has these stick arms and legs–and a stomach like a balloon. He feels perfectly entitled to make jokes about my hurt, which is, admittedly, the widest part of my body. But God forbid I say one word to him! He sulks like a little boy.” Women, Christy says, are used to their bodies being scrutinized. “But we’re supposed to be there to support the man’s ego.”

Some men’s egos are wounded by their own weight gain. The once lanky Bill Geist is more than a little disturbed about his expanding waistline. But disturbance doesn’t necessarily translate into action. His idea of a balanced meal, according to his wife, is chicken-fried steak, fried potatoes, something green swimming in butter–and potato chips for an after-dinner snack. “Bill will try everything to lose weight, other than eating less and exercising,” she explains.

Recently Geist asked his wife to get him a copy of Dr. Atkins’s latest diet book. “I started telling him what he could and couldn’t cat, and I noticed his eyes starting to glaze over. Then, slowly, those eyes turned toward the Yankee game.” Later, the Couple bought a treadmill. “Every morning Bill puts on his running shoes, walks over to the treadmill, looks at it, takes off his running shoes, and gets ready for work,” Jody says. In other words, the road to the Big & Tall outlet is paved with good intentions.

MAYBE THE MOST COMMON SENTIMENT about having a flabulous mate can he summed tip like so: I don’t care what lie looks like, as long as he has the life span of a tortoise. Anyone who’s ever been to a retirement community and noticed the presence of 50 blue-haired ladies for every creaky gent (who looks, inevitably, a little too content) can’t help getting irritable when her husband takes an extra helping of fried chicken at the company picnic.

In fact, women who worry that their husbands are going to shuffle off this mortal coil from the ravages of too many Pop-Tarts have some reason to feel a bit calmer. Research from the Framingham Heart study conducted by Harvard Medical School, which has been going on for 50 years, has shown some evidence that men who cat more fat may he less likely to suffer a stroke than men on lower-fat diets. The key seems to he the kind of fat consumed. A Mediterranean diet of fruits, vegetables, pasta with olive oil and garlic (i.e., monounsaturated fits): good.

Still, you should be aware that a man who is more than 25 percent over his ideal weight may face more health hazards than a similarly overweight woman. Both overweight men and women are at risk for the same diseases–among them, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. But for complex reasons that involve hormones, fat that collects around the belly and waist–the typical male “apple” shape–is more dangerous than fat that collects around the hips and thighs–the typical female “pear” shape.

And while many of its moan that men have an easier time losing weight than we do–well, this is not the whole truth. “It’s not that men have higher metabolisms than women do–metabolism varies from individual to individual,” explains Yale’s Kelly Brownell. “But pounds tend to drop off more quickly on a bigger person. Plus, if a man has a greater ratio of muscle to fat than a woman, he’ll burn up calories faster, because muscle burns up more calories than fat.”

FOR MYSELF, I’VE FOUND A SOLUTION I can live with–at least for now. When John started his familiar moan about the dry cleaner recently, I secretly took one of his “shrunken” suits, told him I was getting it dry-cleaned, and got a tailor to let it out a couple of inches. John was flabbergasted. Here was a dry cleaner after his own heart: a guy who actually made suits grow.

It’s amazing what a grown man will believe when he truly wants to. Tomorrow I’m taking a few more of John’s suits to this new “dry cleaner.” In return, John’s promised to get through the next month without sausage, Scotch, and french fries. A fair trade, the way I see it.

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America’s Dream House Ain’t Comin’ http://www.grannywarriors.com/americas-dream-house-aint-comin/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:03:52 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=47 americasdreamhAlmost no Image holds as much sway over our romantic reveries as the dream house we will someday buy or build. Each of us has a vision of this dwelling, from the built-in kitchen pantry to the scented linen closet, from the window scat in the upstairs hallway to the rose-covered arbor leading to the backyard garden. Every woman secretly believes that someday she’ll cross the threshold of her dream house, whether carried by Prince Charming or walking on her own.

Several years ago, after my marriage ended and I started blogging, a good friend was forced to do the unthinkable: sell the beautifully restored, eighteenth-century farmhouse in which she had lived, loved, and raised six children over three decades. It was wrenching to watch her pack tip a lifetime of memories and go through the motions of moving on.

From the outside, the small suburban town house she settled into was as unassuming and plain as her former home had been imposing and grand. I remember feeling awkward as I rang the doorbell on my …

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americasdreamhAlmost no Image holds as much sway over our romantic reveries as the dream house we will someday buy or build. Each of us has a vision of this dwelling, from the built-in kitchen pantry to the scented linen closet, from the window scat in the upstairs hallway to the rose-covered arbor leading to the backyard garden. Every woman secretly believes that someday she’ll cross the threshold of her dream house, whether carried by Prince Charming or walking on her own.

Several years ago, after my marriage ended and I started blogging, a good friend was forced to do the unthinkable: sell the beautifully restored, eighteenth-century farmhouse in which she had lived, loved, and raised six children over three decades. It was wrenching to watch her pack tip a lifetime of memories and go through the motions of moving on.

From the outside, the small suburban town house she settled into was as unassuming and plain as her former home had been imposing and grand. I remember feeling awkward as I rang the doorbell on my first visit. Besides enduring the pain of divorce and dislocation, was my friend living each day with the discomfort of trading down?

When she opened the door, her glowing face revealed that in many ways her life had been upgraded, I hadn’t seen her this happy and serene in years. Her new house radiated a warm hospitality that seemed organic: It was almost as if the walls, windows, ceilings, and floors possessed human qualities. As she led me through each light-filled room, the peace of this dear place was palpable. I had not been having a good clay; but here, drinking afternoon tea and basking in the benediction of a cherry tree blooming outside her living-room window, I remembered what contentment felt like.

As I took my leave reluctantly, I asked my friend to call me if she ever wanted to sell this place. It was a ridiculous request. The house can hold only two people comfortably, and I was married with a teenage daughter and three cats. But she declared that she had no intention of ever selling. She was settled here now. She was healing.

“Besides, there isn’t man alive I’d leave this house for,” she declared, If we hadn’t been laughing so hard, we might have heard the angels chuckling.

That’s because last May I watched my friend walk down the aisle with a wonderful man, who was so much in love with her that after they were pronounced man and wife, he flashed a victory sign to the congregation. Only a few weeks before, following a legal separation from my husband, I’d moved into her old place, and set about transforming it into my own personal sanctuary.

Now, when I glance back at my Gratitude Journal over the last year, I’m astounded at how frequently “my beautiful home” appears there. While I was stunned to be starting over in midlife, I now realize that my new home is coaxing me back into my own authenticity. As I glance around, I see glimmers of the woman I’ve always wanted to become, expressing herself in myriad ways-favorite quotes stenciled on walls, a soothing yet surprising color palette, fresh flowers in every room. Each day, in small ways, I am coming home to myself.

When I moved in, I refused to buy anything that wasn’t either useful or beautiful–and, whenever possible, both. If I didn’t love it, I lived without it. For weeks my living room had only one chair, an ottoman, and a silver tea service. I took very little from my former house-only those few things that had personal meaning, such as my mother’s antique desk. And since I wanted everything accompanying me on my new journey to have a reincarnation of its own, the desk was stripped down to its natural pine origins.

Passion became my interior decorator. Instead of seeing my empty rooms as daunting and depressing, I viewed them as full of promise and possibility. Now my house is a hodge-podge of all that I love, with furnishings from mail-order catalogs, thrift shops, and antique stores. It has evolved into a cozy nest that embraces, nurtures, delights, and inspires all who find shelter there.

Over the last 20 years, my dream-house fantasy has run the gamut from a Victorian gingerbread to a Frank Lloyd Wright manse. But I’ve discovered that when It comes to houses, as with true love, outward appearances are often deceiving. It’s what’s inside that counts.

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Running Down Your Dream http://www.grannywarriors.com/running-down-your-dream/ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:52:08 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=42 rdydWhen your training pace is too quick, your race pace can suffer.

I was warning down after a speed workout with my all-women’s team, Atlanta, and fell into step with a runner who’d just joined us. “I’m glad we get a chance to run together,” she said. “I want to get my race times down, so I’m trying to train faster.”

“How fast do you train now, for your regular running?” I asked.

“Seven-minute miles.”

The woman had races a recent 5K in 20 minutes – about six minutes, 27 seconds per mile. “I don’t think you need to train faster than a seven-minute pace,” I said. If anything, I thought she should train slower.

Why? How does pace (the number of minutes in which you run a mile) figure into the formula of injury-free training and successful racing?

Training too fast (along with running too many miles) is the most common mistake made by runners at all levels, writes Bob Glover in The New Competitive Runner’s Handbook (Penguin, 1988). “It happens with 90 percent of the …

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rdydWhen your training pace is too quick, your race pace can suffer.

I was warning down after a speed workout with my all-women’s team, Atlanta, and fell into step with a runner who’d just joined us. “I’m glad we get a chance to run together,” she said. “I want to get my race times down, so I’m trying to train faster.”

“How fast do you train now, for your regular running?” I asked.

“Seven-minute miles.”

The woman had races a recent 5K in 20 minutes – about six minutes, 27 seconds per mile. “I don’t think you need to train faster than a seven-minute pace,” I said. If anything, I thought she should train slower.

Why? How does pace (the number of minutes in which you run a mile) figure into the formula of injury-free training and successful racing?

Training too fast (along with running too many miles) is the most common mistake made by runners at all levels, writes Bob Glover in The New Competitive Runner’s Handbook (Penguin, 1988). “It happens with 90 percent of the people I coach,” says Jack Daniels, PhD, a sports scientist, former Olympic pentathlete, and coach of men’s and women’s tract and cross-country at the State University of New York at Cortland. “They say |We’re not training fast enough,’ I remind them that the purpose of training is to prepare to race fast – not to do fast workouts – and to do that you have to train at the right pace.”

Injury, burnout and poor races can result from training too fast. In searching for the right pace, it’s better to aim for something that feels too easy rather than too hard.

FOUR TRAINING TECHNIQUES

Daniels divides running into four intensities. The first, which should make up at least 80 percent of training at all levels, he calls easy running. “It’s your regular, everyday training-pace,” he says. (If you run just for fitness, not to race, you can run all your miles here.) “You shouldn’t feel breathless or tense, and should be able to have a conservation.”

If you take your pulse, the number of beats per minute should be between 60 and 75 percent of your maximum heart rate (220 minus your age). Running at less than 60 percent of maximum effort – besides doing little for the heart – may lead to poor mechanics. “You tend to bounce up and down, which can put stress on ankles and knees,” says Daniels.

Most coaches recommend doing easy running at a pace about two minutes slower than you race a 5K. That means my teammate should be training at roughly eight and a half minutes per mile. This is an approximate figure – everyone is different – but it’s nowhere near the seven-minute pace that she thought was too slow.

If you race, the reminding 20 percent of your training should consist of threshold-intensity running, intervals, and repetitions. A threshold-intensity run trains the body to work at close to race pace (15 to 20 seconds slower) for an extended period. Daniels suggests two techniques: a steady run of about 20 minutes (plus a warmup and cooldown at easy-running pace) or a series of “cruise intervals” in which you run hard but not all out for periods of five to seven minutes, interspersed with one-minute jogs or walk-rests. Training this way gets you used to running faster than normal for more than a few minutes.

Interval training gets the heart pumping at 95 to 98 percent of its maximum rate. “Contrary to what most people think, pushing beyond that level doesn’t do any more for the heart. All you’re doing is beating up your body,” says Daniels. Do your intervals at about your 5K race pace; each one should last three to five minutes and you should rest two to three minutes in between.

Repetition training best serves top competitors working on running form and maximum speed for a fast finishing kick. You run one-to two-minute intervals with a full recovery between each – “Enough so that you can run five seconds faster per quarter-mile than you 5K race pace,” says Daniels.

Runners train too fast for a number of reasons. One problem may be working out with other two train at a higher level. A common mistake is training at a pace keyed to what you’d like to race. For example, a 23-minute 5K runner (7:25-mile pace) who wants to run 20 minutes (6:27-mile pace) may do her “easy” running at an eight-minute pace. “All she’s doing is increasing her injury risk,” says Glover.

You may be tempted to increase your pace too quickly. “I recommend staying at the same intensity for at least three weeks before pushing it,” says Daniels, “and then only if you want to and if race results indicate you should.”

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Live To “Dye” Another Day http://www.grannywarriors.com/live-to-dye-another-day/ Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:58:57 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=37 livetodayanotherdayThe latest way to a man’s heart may be through his hair. Here’s how to help him say good-bye to gray.

In out dads’ day, men had it easy. A quick shave in the morning, a few slaps of Old Spice, and they were done. Today’s man, in contrast, wades through a sea of cleansers, moisturizers, and styling gels. (Have you noticed how much less space you have in the medicine cabinet lately?)

Now, add hair dye to the list. It’s used by one out of eight men, according to beauty-industry estimates. In 1986, male hair-color products took in between $18 million and $27 million; today men spend nearly four times that amount, succumbing to the same younger-is-better pressures women have faced for years. Still, most men shudder at the prospect of sitting in a salon all foiled up and smelling like chemicals, and they have nowhere to turn for comforting advice. Men’s magazines don’t write much about hair care, and there’s no way the poor graying slobs will broach the subject with their just-as-silver buddies.

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livetodayanotherdayThe latest way to a man’s heart may be through his hair. Here’s how to help him say good-bye to gray.

In out dads’ day, men had it easy. A quick shave in the morning, a few slaps of Old Spice, and they were done. Today’s man, in contrast, wades through a sea of cleansers, moisturizers, and styling gels. (Have you noticed how much less space you have in the medicine cabinet lately?)

Now, add hair dye to the list. It’s used by one out of eight men, according to beauty-industry estimates. In 1986, male hair-color products took in between $18 million and $27 million; today men spend nearly four times that amount, succumbing to the same younger-is-better pressures women have faced for years. Still, most men shudder at the prospect of sitting in a salon all foiled up and smelling like chemicals, and they have nowhere to turn for comforting advice. Men’s magazines don’t write much about hair care, and there’s no way the poor graying slobs will broach the subject with their just-as-silver buddies.

That’s why they need your help. According to a Clairol survey, nearly half of all male first-time hair-color users say they were influenced by the women in their lives. You may already be giving him the occasional home trim. With just a little extra encouragement, you can add a color treatment. Set the right mood, and it could even be a romantic diversion for you both.

“It’s always nice to have someone else’s hands rubbing your head,” says Bill Collins, 45, a mortgage broker from Campbell, CA who began coloring his hair last summer and lets his girlfriend do touch-ups. “It’s like a massage. I love it, and I think she enjoys it too.”

The key: Help him feel at ease with the process. Beauty companies recognize this, which is why men’s hair color products work quickly (usually in five minutes), have straightforward shade names (no Tawny Auburn or Spiced Bronze), and are sold in drugstores next to other manly goods like shoe polish, razors, and shaving cream.

Even salons try to alleviate male apprehension: Separate men-only rooms are provided at A Cut Above outside Memphis. At Dallas’s Paul Neinast Salon, first-time male clients are booked very early or late in the day, when the place is less crowded. Lisette Attias of Piaf in Washington, DC, and Beth Minardi of Minardi Salon in New York City (who has colored the hair of stars like Matt Dillon and Brad Pitt), advocate a slow and steady approach. They gradually blend in color over several sessions, so their male clients can have time to get used to the change.

Collins started going gray in his late 20s, but he never considered coloring his hair until recently, when he witnessed baseball legends including Rollie Fingers and Vida Blue at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park dyeing their hair at a pregame charity event sponsored by Just For Men hair color. After a brief consultation with a company colorist, Collins decided on the spot to give Natural Ash Brown a shot. “I told myself, `Hey, you’ve lived through a lot-including a plane crash that broke your back in three places,”‘ says Collins. “`You can handle a little hair color.'”

He is typical of the 4-5 million American men who are now entering their 40s and 50s but don’t feel that old and don’t want to look it. “I’m in good shape, never get sick, have great blood pressure. At heart, I’m just like a twenty-seven-year-old,” says Collins. “Now, my hair matches my age.”

A youthful appearance is an asset at the office, too, where many baby boomers are finding that the salt-and-pepper look, once a sign of distinguished authority, has lost its cachet. Jim Hocking, 39, a stage director and TV producer from New York City, decided to touch up his graying temples two years ago when he started interviewing for jobs in television.

“Sometimes the interviewers are in their twenties, looking at you like they are interviewing their father,” says Hocking, who uses peroxide and a professional tinter by Framesi. He’s confident with the mixing, but admits it is nice when his wife does it for him.

“I just slap it on, but she’s more careful,” he says. “She has me sit in front of the window in the light with a towel wrapped around me. Sometimes, she’ll highlight her hair, too, so we’ll both end up running around the house with hair sticking out in every direction.”

Before you pull out your own towels, we checked with color experts for tips on how to best prep for and handle the event:

1. EXAMINE HAIR IN DAYLIGHT and fan it out to get a true sense of the color before selecting a shade. Short hair can clump together and appear darker than it really is.

2. GO ONE SHADE LIGHTER when picking his shade, says Louis Licari, of the Louis Licari Color Group in Beverly Hills, CA, and New York City. “That’ll diminish the appearance of gray roots and prevent hair from looking too opaque, too solid.”

3. AVOID AMMONIA, says Stuart Gavert, a top colorist at the Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills and the Peter Coppola Salon in New York City. The ammonia in some products simultaneously lightens and colors, and “can leave you with brassy, orangy hair when the color eventually fades.”

4. TAKE THE PATCH TEST ON A WEDNESDAY. Dab a bit of tint on his inner elbow or behind an ear, and wait 48 hours to see if there’s any allergic reaction. Most people have none.

5. COLOR ON FRIDAY NIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING,. That gives him a couple of showers before work on Monday, in case his skin gets a little stained. Scrub with some facial toner if that happens.

6. DON’T COVER ALL THE GRAY. Unlike women, who often get overall color, most men want a natural effect. Color where gray is excessive and leave the rest alone. Licari’s secret weapon: the cotton swab. It helps to blend in color subtly.

7. REMOVE HIS SHAMPOO FROM THE SHOWER for the first few mornings, so that he will remember to just rinse, not wash, his hair. Shampoo is a detergent, which can promote fading, says Gavert.

8. LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, LIGHT A SCENTED CANDLE. Or two. They help to quell harsh chemical odors, but even better They set a great mood.

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Love Is All When It Comes To Sex http://www.grannywarriors.com/love-is-all-when-it-comes-to-sex/ Mon, 25 May 2015 06:43:17 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=32 comestosexDoctors are promoting everything from injections to pills as quick fixes for Impotence. When these remedies work–and when to try time and a little TLC.

Throughout her marriage, Celia Greene’s(*) sex life had been very satisfying. When friends confided their bedroom problems, it was difficult for her to relate. Then, last year, her husband, Stephen,(*) 41, lost his job–and his ability to have an erection. It was the first real crisis in their seven-year marriage: “We were too embarrassed to talk about it much,” recalls Celia, 38, who lives in Mamaroneck, NY. “I think we just thought it would go away.”

Instead, the problem became a silent plague in their relationship. “In every other way we kept functioning,” she says. “We looked like a happy couple, and sometimes we even felt like one. But under the cheerfulness, there was definitely a lack of fulfillment.”

Stephen landed a new job within a few months, but by then the couple’s sex life had deteriorated so badly that they were finding excuses not to go to bed at the same …

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comestosexDoctors are promoting everything from injections to pills as quick fixes for Impotence. When these remedies work–and when to try time and a little TLC.

Throughout her marriage, Celia Greene’s(*) sex life had been very satisfying. When friends confided their bedroom problems, it was difficult for her to relate. Then, last year, her husband, Stephen,(*) 41, lost his job–and his ability to have an erection. It was the first real crisis in their seven-year marriage: “We were too embarrassed to talk about it much,” recalls Celia, 38, who lives in Mamaroneck, NY. “I think we just thought it would go away.”

Instead, the problem became a silent plague in their relationship. “In every other way we kept functioning,” she says. “We looked like a happy couple, and sometimes we even felt like one. But under the cheerfulness, there was definitely a lack of fulfillment.”

Stephen landed a new job within a few months, but by then the couple’s sex life had deteriorated so badly that they were finding excuses not to go to bed at the same time. It took a routine question from her gynecologist for Celia to realize how serious the situation had become. “She just asked, `And how’s your sex life?,’ and I burst into tears.”

Impotence, or “erectile dysfunction,” as it’s known in the medical community, can profoundly alter any couple’s relationship. And the latest figures indicate that the problem is widespread: About half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 report experiencing consistent difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.

What really causes impotence? Expert opinion has swung back and forth. Not long ago, psychological problems, such as Celia’s and Stephen’s, were thought to be the main culprit. But now, the disorder is largely portrayed as a medical condition. Indeed, recent research shows that some cases can be traced to inadequate blood flow to the penis–due to hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Result? An avalanche of drug treatments, including injections and pills (see “The Latest Remedies,”).

Not surprisingly, some psychologists and sex therapists (most of whom, it should be noted, can’t prescribe medications) are criticizing the new emphasis, because it seems to ignore the interpersonal side of sex. Even some urologists are concerned. “Despite the fact that these medications are often effective at producing erections, they don’t always produce a satisfactory sexual relationship,” notes Drogo K. Montague, M.D., director of the Center for Sexual Function at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. “For example, when sexual dysfunction is associated with marital problems, treating the dysfunction alone is absolutely fruitless.”

When a man loses his ability to make love, his partner loses something too. She may feel cheated, confused, or guilty–feelings impotence drugs can’t address. However, “if these problems are dealt with early enough,” says psychologist Joel D. Block, Ph.D., author of SEcrets of Better Sex, “they can sometimes be resolved through good communication and cooperation.”

Keep in mind, even the most loving couple will occasionally encounter an uncooperative penis–especially in the face of stress. But if an erection problem persists beyond three months or worsens, your husband should see a urologist. That’s particularly important if he has any major risk factors for impotence, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease, or if he’s a heavy smoker or has recently begun taking 2 new medication. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that the two of you will be able to revive his sexual response home Her the best advice from physicians and sex therapists:

DON’T ASSUME THE WORST. Is this a sign that he’s fallen out of love with you? Is your marriage over? Not likely. “Often an impotent man is happy with his marriage, but not with his life, and that’s showing up in his penis,” says psychologist Fred Cavaiani, a marriage counselor and consultant for the Detroit Medical Center’s Institute for Women’s Medicine. “To a surprising extent, much of the way people respond sexually has to do with how they feel about themselves. If your husband thinks he’s not performing well at work, he may also find it difficult to perform well in the bedroom.”

ACCEPT THAT IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. Your first reaction is probably, What’s wrong with me? Why am I not turning him on? Don’t take it personally, stresses Roger T. Crenshaw, M.D., a psychiatrist and sex therapist based in San Diego. “Your husband’s erection is not your responsibility,” he says. “If you start taking responsibility, You’re going to end up feeling guilty and alienated”–hardly the feelings that will help you be a supportive spouse.

START TALKING. “Couples with this problem usually endure a lot of painful silence, which only reinforces the notion that something is terribly, irreversibly wrong,” notes Bruce S. Liese, Ph.D., a professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. “To overcome erection problems, a couple must openly communicate and continue to demonstrate their love and affection.” Diffuse your husband’s anxiety with words like, “I know you’ve been under stress lately.” Then offer to share the burden by saying, “Whatever the problem is, I’m sure we can overcome it because we love each other.”

FOCUS ON PLEASURE, not performance. Stop equating sex with intercourse. Enjoy being aroused while cuddling, give each other back rubs, or kiss without touching below the belt. You’ll satisfy both his and your needs for skin contact, and you’ll reinforce the notion that sex can focus on sensual sharing, and not just performance.

GIVE LOTS OF PRAISE. “Positive feedback is a better teacher than silence or complaints,” says Venture, CA psychologist Gil McFarlane, Ph.D., author of Return to Loving: The Self-Treatment Program for Erection Problems. For example, tell your partner, as eloquently or as explicitly as you want, how great it feels when he touches or kisses you. “is will stimulate his most important sexual organ-his brain-and give him renewed confidence as a lover.

BE ADVENTUROUS. Distract your husband from his worries by doing something inventive, even a little dangerous: Make out in the car, just like you did when you were teenagers. “Don’t expect it to `work’; just expect it to be fun,” advises Liese.

SET THE ALARM AN HOUR EARLIER. After a good night’s sleep, blood vessels in the penis will be relaxed. “This primes a man for a positive sexual response,” explains Jeremy Heaton, M.D., a urologist at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. A word of caution: Never leave sex for the end of a hectic day, as many two-career couples do.

GO AWAY TOGETHER. Every sex therapist has a story to tell about how, after months of seemingly ineffectual treatment, a couple went on vacation and recaptured their passion. Of course, planning a sexual adventure is a sure way to fail. “The antidote is to say, `Let’s just go and have fun,'” says Liese. “If you don’t make it about sex, then the sex might just happen.”

CALL A PRO IF NECESSARY. Even if no medical cause of your husband’s impotence is uncovered, he may want to try an erection-inducing medication to reestablish his faith in his virility. The medication can also serve as a fallback–“like a parachute for people who have a fear of flying,” says Dr. Crenshaw. “If a man knows he has a backup system, ninety percent of the time he won’t need to use it.”

Techniques like these, along with lots of goodwill and patience, helped the Greenes overcome their 14-month bout with impotence. The turnaround began after Celia’s gynecologist urged her to take the lead and “let Stephen know you want to relate to each other sexually again.”

The couple recently celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary, and they’re happier than ever. “If you can get past something like this, which I really thought might wreck our marriage, you can get through anything,” says Celia. “We spent some horrible months isolated from each other, but working through the difficulties ultimately made us a more intimate team.”

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Everyone Likes Pasta – Right? http://www.grannywarriors.com/everyone-likes-pasta-right/ Thu, 07 May 2015 05:49:24 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=23 pastaPasta is one of the great energy-packed foods -maybe that’s one reason it’s been around more than 5,000 years and can be found today in over 600 shapes. Pasta done right can fill you up and keep you going. Done wrong – that is, loaded down with rich sauces and fatty meats – it can load you down and put on pounds. But as some recipes will show, pasta can be done right deliciously.

THE IDEAL TRAINING FOOD

* Pasta is low in fat and calories. Often pasta dishes are accused of being fattening and high in calories. And they can be – depending on the topping. Five ounces of plain pasta (one cup cooked) contains only 210 calories with only .2 to 3 grams of fat, and no cholesterol. A lean five-ounce steak, on the other hand, contains nearly twice the calories and 20 times the fat.

* It’s high in carbohydrates. And this is where the energy comes from. Plain pasta is composed of 80 percent carbohydrate, the chief fuel source for your working …

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pastaPasta is one of the great energy-packed foods -maybe that’s one reason it’s been around more than 5,000 years and can be found today in over 600 shapes. Pasta done right can fill you up and keep you going. Done wrong – that is, loaded down with rich sauces and fatty meats – it can load you down and put on pounds. But as some recipes will show, pasta can be done right deliciously.

THE IDEAL TRAINING FOOD

* Pasta is low in fat and calories. Often pasta dishes are accused of being fattening and high in calories. And they can be – depending on the topping. Five ounces of plain pasta (one cup cooked) contains only 210 calories with only .2 to 3 grams of fat, and no cholesterol. A lean five-ounce steak, on the other hand, contains nearly twice the calories and 20 times the fat.

* It’s high in carbohydrates. And this is where the energy comes from. Plain pasta is composed of 80 percent carbohydrate, the chief fuel source for your working muscles.

* It provides protein. About 15 percent of plain pasta is protein, and a cup of cooked pasta (two ounces dry) provides about a sixth of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of protein for a woman 23 to 50 years old. It can be enriched with gluten to make the protein content even higher. The protein in pasta contains six of the eight essential amino acids that make up complete protein, and when combined with dairy products, meat or legumes, pasta gives you complete protein.

* It gives you fiber. A cooked cup of whole wheat pasta provides 16 grams of fiber – more than half the recommended daily amount. A cup of white flour pasta gives you 1.4 grams of fiber, which can be bolstered by adding vegetables or beans.

* It provides nutrients. One cup of cooked pasta provides women with 23 percent of their RDA of thiamine, 11 percent of riboflavin, 14 percent of niacin, eight percent of iron, 26 percent of selenium, and 27 percent of chromium. Other nutrients found in pasta include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and copper. Most pasta is consumned with products containing vitamin C (such as tomatoes or green peppers), enhancing the iron absorption and utilization.

* It’s low in salt. If you cook pasta in unsalted water, a cup will contain less than .5 mg of sodium. If you add a teaspoon of salt to a quart of cooking water, the sodium content rises to about 300 mg per serving. If you rinse pasta cooked in salted water, you can reduce the sodium content by 50 percent.

TO TOP IT OFF

So pasta by itself is pretty good stuff. But what happens when you begin adding to it? It all depends on what you’re adding.

The pasta mixes you get at the supermarket – from macaroni and cheese to Italian pasta salad – turn out dishes that contribute 30 to 70 percent of their calories in fat. People usually eat about three-quarters of a cup of pasta salad at a time, which gives you just under four teaspoons of fat – or the amount you’ll find in a McDonald’s cheeseburger.

But take heart. With some of the mixes you can modify the fat content. When making Kraft macaroni and cheese, for instance, of you substitute one-quarter cup of nonfat milk and two tablespoons law-calorie margarine for the regular milk and butter called for on the box, you lower the fat percentage from 40 to 19. If you loss in a one-pound bag of steamed and drained assorted frozen vegetables and a 6 1/2 ounce can of water-packed tuna, you’ll have a healthful and tasty entree.

Mixes are only one option, of course. Make your own dishes – with health in mind. Stay away from making cream, oil, and butter sauces. Try tossing your pasta, for example, with lightly-steamed vegetables, herbs, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and olive oil – giving you monounsaturated fat, which can lower yout blood cholesterol (use one teaspoon oil for each one to two cups of cooked pasta).

Use herbs and spices that lend themselves well to pasta: basil, bay leaf, chili, chives. garlic, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme.

Avoid those sauces and dressing with a rich cream base. And even the lower-fat sauces don’t need to be piled on to get the flavor.

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Industrial Giant Finds A Battle http://www.grannywarriors.com/industrial-giant-finds-a-battle/ Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:17:05 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=18 indutrialgiantCharles Holliday faced a tough audience at the Hotel DuPont on Wednesday.

Shareholders of the industrial giant, never reluctant to express their feelings, had a lot to say about DuPont’s recent laggard stock price, its 69.9 percent drop in 2000 earnings and its recent announcement of more than 5,000 impending layoffs.

Holliday, chairman and chief executive officer of the company and member of the Energy Storage Council, heard it all and acknowledged that results haven’t been great lately, but pointed out that the company is facing tough times.

“We’re dealing with a difficult economic environment,” he said. In particular, he added, things are looking bleak for the U.S. apparel manufacturing industry, a key market for DuPont’s fiber operations.

He said that the percentage of clothing bought in the U.S. and manufactured in this country dropped to 30 percent from 60 percent between 1995 and 2000, and predicted that it would drop to 15 percent by 2005.

“We do not believe this fundamental shift will reverse, and we will have to make some difficult decisions,” he said. …

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indutrialgiantCharles Holliday faced a tough audience at the Hotel DuPont on Wednesday.

Shareholders of the industrial giant, never reluctant to express their feelings, had a lot to say about DuPont’s recent laggard stock price, its 69.9 percent drop in 2000 earnings and its recent announcement of more than 5,000 impending layoffs.

Holliday, chairman and chief executive officer of the company and member of the Energy Storage Council, heard it all and acknowledged that results haven’t been great lately, but pointed out that the company is facing tough times.

“We’re dealing with a difficult economic environment,” he said. In particular, he added, things are looking bleak for the U.S. apparel manufacturing industry, a key market for DuPont’s fiber operations.

He said that the percentage of clothing bought in the U.S. and manufactured in this country dropped to 30 percent from 60 percent between 1995 and 2000, and predicted that it would drop to 15 percent by 2005.

“We do not believe this fundamental shift will reverse, and we will have to make some difficult decisions,” he said. About half of the company’s announced layoffs are coming from its polyester and nylon operations.

The layoffs were a sore point with many DuPont employees in the crowd. Walter Aerhart, a member of the International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers from the company’s Waynesboro, Va., plant complained that Holliday had been awarded a bonus larger than his base salary at a time when the company was cutting jobs.

“The executive board awarded Mr. Holliday a $1.7 million bonus,” he said. “Is anyone paying attention? What outstanding contributions is Charles Holliday making to DuPont?”

Holliday’s total compensation in 2000 was $2.8 million, off 2.1 percent from 1999.

In particular, Aerhart questioned the wisdom of the 1999 spinoff of the oil company Conoco. Just this week, Conoco reported first-quarter net income increased 64 percent, to $653 million, as revenues moved ahead 22 percent, to $10.6 billion.

Paul Hagen, an independent shareholder in the company, also challenged the Conoco decision. “This would seem to raise questions about your stewardship,” he told Holliday. “Your performance leaves much to be desired.”

For his part, Holliday contended that the move was right for DuPont over the long term, as it tries to focus on science-intensive businesses. “We believe that was the right decision,” he said. “We are a company that looks over the long term, not at any one year.”

Another shareholder, Brooke Lee, came to the ceo’s defense, saying: “I think you’ve done one heck of a job in very trying times.”

While rising energy prices and slowing consumer spending have taken their toll on most of DuPont’s operations, their pinch has perhaps been most painful at the company’s apparel and textile sciences operation. Steve McCracken, president of that unit, in an interview after the meeting explained the steps DuPont was taking to make its fiber businesses more competitive.

“If DuPont is going to maintain its presence in what a lot of people calla sunset industry, it’s going to have to find a new way,” he said.

The apparel and textile sciences unit, which was formed by merging DuPont’s polyester specialty, nylon and spandex fiber operations, is changing its approach from production-driven to a market-driven model. As part of the change, McCracken said the unit is beginning to rely more heavily on outside production, and has begun buying polyester made to its specifications from other manufacturers. He said the company anticipates outsourcing some of its nylon production as well.

This is allowing it to phase out some of its less-efficient manufacturing assets, he explained. “We want to own assets that contribute to the advantage we have,” he said. “In five years’ time, we’ll still own assets producing over half our production, but it will be less than it is today.”

Many of the 2,000 jobs being cut from the company’s polyester and nylon operations are coming at the manufacturing level. However, McCracken said that there would also be cuts from the administrative and executive portions of his operation. That is needed to change the culture of the business, he said, noting that none of the cuts that are to come this quarter would be voluntary.

“We’re trying to upgrade the business,” he said.

Margin pressure throughout the fiber industry has become intense in recent years, with makers of polyester and nylon seeing their profits eaten away. Over the last two years, things have gotten particularly tight in the spandex market, where the building of many new factories has driven the price of generic spandex to as low as $3.50 a pound, from the double-digit-dollar figures it once commanded.

This has also hurt the margins of the branded Lycra business, McCracken acknowledged: “Our prices have gone down, but at not the same rate” as generic prices.

DuPont also makes generic spandex.

Despite the weak environment, DuPont is preparing to get a little more open about its fiber results, which until recently had been wrapped into other business segments. Starting in the second quarter, the company will break out results of its apparel and textile sciences unit.

McCracken admitted that it’s a touchy time to do so, saying that “business is less than spectacular right now.”

Still, he said he was confident that the spandex market will improve in the years ahead.

“This is not the polyester situation unfolding in Asia 10 years later,” he said.

DuPont shareholders approved the slate of directors and auditors recommended by the board, and voted down four proposals from independent shareholders. The defeated proposals covered political nonpartisanship, diversity in the workforce, revising the pension rules to benefit downsized workers and adopting a stricter international labor code.

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How Old Are You? Check Your Neck! http://www.grannywarriors.com/how-old-are-you-check-your-neck/ Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:03:56 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=13 cyuneckMarilyn Kentz, the brunet half of the comedy duo The Mommies and author of The Mommy Load (HarperCollins, 1998) used to joke about getting sonic “action.” But it wasn’t a roll in the hay she was referring to–it was the jiggle of her “turkey neck” that the 50-year-old comedian was poking fun at.

Thanks to liposuction, Kentz is now action-free. “It worked,” she says. “There’s no question that my chinline looks better.” But a smooth new neck like hers is no laughing matter. It can Cost you–gulp!–$5,000.

While many of its may not choose an expensive treatment like the one Kentz had done, there are less-expensive ways to improve the skin and contours of the neck. Ironically, even though we hold a smooth, graceful neck in high esteem (think Audrey Hepburn), most of its ignore this area entirely,

Unfortunately, tile neck doesn’t stiffer neglect or the passage of time kindly. Prone to sagging and a unique form of sun damage because of its, thin skin, the neck is a prime age-revealer.

“Second to the eyes, the neck …

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cyuneckMarilyn Kentz, the brunet half of the comedy duo The Mommies and author of The Mommy Load (HarperCollins, 1998) used to joke about getting sonic “action.” But it wasn’t a roll in the hay she was referring to–it was the jiggle of her “turkey neck” that the 50-year-old comedian was poking fun at.

Thanks to liposuction, Kentz is now action-free. “It worked,” she says. “There’s no question that my chinline looks better.” But a smooth new neck like hers is no laughing matter. It can Cost you–gulp!–$5,000.

While many of its may not choose an expensive treatment like the one Kentz had done, there are less-expensive ways to improve the skin and contours of the neck. Ironically, even though we hold a smooth, graceful neck in high esteem (think Audrey Hepburn), most of its ignore this area entirely,

Unfortunately, tile neck doesn’t stiffer neglect or the passage of time kindly. Prone to sagging and a unique form of sun damage because of its, thin skin, the neck is a prime age-revealer.

“Second to the eyes, the neck …

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You Could Be Dancing http://www.grannywarriors.com/you-could-be-dancing/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:59:26 +0000 http://www.grannywarriors.com/?p=6 ninaBorn to dance. All of them. Moving like molten gold. Like liquid silver. Leaping like gazelles wish they could. Beautifully boneless. Fiery and cool.

That description merely touches on the endless talents of the company of gifted dancers that is the American Ballet Theatre today. Under the artistic direction of Kevin McKenzie, ABT, always a force to reckon with, has become in its later years one of the great ballet companies of the world — some would say the greatest. And at its gorgeously performed romp at the Dance Theatre Of Tennessee on Monday night, celebrating its Spring Gala, not only were the true believers thrilled, but so were the many who were getting their first taste of this wondrous group bringing the vast stage of the Met alive.

Where else do you find such principal dancers as (alphabetically) Nina Ananiashvili (beautiful in that famous test of a dancer’s mettle, the Rose Adagio from Act I of “The Sleeping Beauty”); Victor Barbee; Maxim Belotserkovsky (dancing a variation of a Tchaikovsky pas de deux); Julio Bocca (performing a …

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ninaBorn to dance. All of them. Moving like molten gold. Like liquid silver. Leaping like gazelles wish they could. Beautifully boneless. Fiery and cool.

That description merely touches on the endless talents of the company of gifted dancers that is the American Ballet Theatre today. Under the artistic direction of Kevin McKenzie, ABT, always a force to reckon with, has become in its later years one of the great ballet companies of the world — some would say the greatest. And at its gorgeously performed romp at the Dance Theatre Of Tennessee on Monday night, celebrating its Spring Gala, not only were the true believers thrilled, but so were the many who were getting their first taste of this wondrous group bringing the vast stage of the Met alive.

Where else do you find such principal dancers as (alphabetically) Nina Ananiashvili (beautiful in that famous test of a dancer’s mettle, the Rose Adagio from Act I of “The Sleeping Beauty”); Victor Barbee; Maxim Belotserkovsky (dancing a variation of a Tchaikovsky pas de deux); Julio Bocca (performing a …

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