June 8, 2013 |
Here are some tips for keeping a food journal: (1) Ditch the judgment: Awareness alone will help you clean up your eating habits. Use that to your advantage. Commit to writing it all down, without beating yourself up over the results. (2) Write it before you eat it: Calculating the caloric damage of a fistful of M&Ms before you toss them back might be all you need to keep you walking past the office candy jar. (3) OK, then log it immediately after you eat it: If you wait until the end of the day, you might conveniently forget that 3 p.m. vending machine run. (4)
June 7, 2013
SCIENCE Post-apocalyptic movies and books often feature humans struggling to survive. That might happen someday for real, and Annalee Newitz wants us to be prepared. "Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction" (Doubleday, $26.95) analyzes Earth's epochal changes, past and possible. Newitz, founding editor of io9.com, casts an optimist's eye forward to how technological innovations may help us avert catastrophe. CHILDREN'S Although "Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale" (Harry N. Abrams, $16.95, ages 6-9)
June 7, 2013 |
If a doctor is going to tell a patient he's obese and needs to lose weight, that patient seems more likely to trust the advice if the doctor is overweight too, scientists say. It might seem that patients want role models in their primary care doctors, but in matters of weight, that doesn't seem to be the case. Researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health set out to see what effect a doctor's weight might have on patients; they published their findings in the June issue of Preventive Medicine.
June 6, 2013 |
Neil Gaiman has a message for graduates: “Make Good Art.” That's the point of his stirring 2012 commencement address at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, widely disseminated across the Internet, which is like David Foster Wallace's “This is Water” for a different generation, a call for self-expression and the courage to invent your own life. These, of course, are classic tropes to share at a graduation; I think of the 2005 Stanford University commencement at which Steve Jobs warned , “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.” And yet, Gaiman's speech is inspiring not because it offers any cautions, but rather because it eschews the whole idea of caution, suggesting instead that it's in our best interest to break - or even better, to ignore - the rules.
May 25, 2013 |
If you are taking your minor child on a vacation without your spouse, make sure you have a notarized letter from your spouse that specifically states you have permission to take the child to the specific destination during the specified dates. Kathleen Milnes Pacific Palisades Ask your doctor for a copy of your current medications and dosages, along with the physicians' names. I put that list in a large plastic bag containing my meds and place them in my carry-on for inspection by the Transportation Security Administration if it's needed.
May 19, 2013 |
Stage and film legend James Earl Jones once said, "It's hard for an actor to go wrong if he's true to the words that August has written. " As an actor and writer, I have found that statement to be true of only a few playwrights. There is usually at least a grunt or two to be added or taken away when attacking most text. The notion that the writer is God and the script is more like scripture is reserved only for our most sacred of playwrights. One thinks of Tennessee Williams, Amiri Baraka, Arthur Miller, Shakespeare.
May 10, 2013
The financial crisis fueled anger with the world's "takers" - those people who "like to get more than they give," in author Adam Grant's pithy definition. Everyone is searching for a sustainable formula for recovery that not only curbs damaging self-interest but also promotes a meaningful alternative. Here it is. Grant's new book, "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success," published by Viking, is perfectly timed and beautifully weighted. An organizational psychologist, Grant crushes the assumption that me-first takers always reach the top of the ladder.
May 6, 2013 |
For more than 40 years, medical marijuana advocate and longtime High Times advice columnist Ed Rosenthal has written about growing cannabis, selling more than 2 million books. He has worked to change state laws on medical marijuana and is a faculty member at the Oakland marijuana industry trade school, Oaksterdam University. But his new book, “Protect Your Garden,” is aimed at gardeners of all persuasions. For this edited Q&A, we talked with Rosenthal about his latest endeavor, which provides a well-balanced overview of the most common garden problems: pests, disease, malnutrition and environmental stress.
April 29, 2013 |
The nation's pediatricians have some advice for expectant parents who are considering giving birth to their child at home: Don't. Home birth is not very common in the United States - fewer than 1% of babies are born outside of a medical setting on purpose. But among a certain subset of white women, it's becoming a trendy thing to do. In 2009, 1 out of every 90 babies born to white mothers was born at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate was 36% higher than in 2004.
April 21, 2013 |
Dear Liz: You always mention fee-only financial planners and I'm not sure about the true meaning. My husband and I have a financial planner who charges us $2,200 per year, but we got a summary of transaction fees in the amount of $6,200 for last year. Is this reasonable? We have $625,000 in IRAs and are adding $1,000 a month. In addition we have over $700,000 with current employers, adding the max allowed yearly. The planner gives advice on allocations for these employer funds as well.