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The Exercise Pill: One Swallow, Then Svelte

April 12, 2018
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The Exercise Pill: One Swallow, Then Svelte

    Just in time for Spring and Summer, well, almost, well, maybe  — an exercise pill. Think of it. One swallow away from svelte! It’s true. Well, sort of. What’s true is that scientists…

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Wither the Olive Oil? Oy, Oy!

March 28, 2018
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            Both the mighty and the not-so-mighty worry. Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet pondered lofty questions from his castle keep; I ponder less esoteric topics like how best to keep olive oil.…

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You Can Own A Smart Home, But You Cannot Make an Owner Smart

March 15, 2018
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You Can Own a Smart Home, But You Can Not Make an Owner Smart

  You can own a smart house, but you cannot make a homeowner smart. I know from first-hand experience. You see, I live in a smart house. “Live” is perhaps an inaccurate description. “Trapped” is…

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Throw in the Towel: The Path to Enlightenment

March 7, 2018
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Throw in the towel

You know the expression “to throw in the towel”- meaning to give up? Well, I am trying the opposite. I’m turning to towels, dishtowels to be specific, for inspiration and wisdom. Maybe it is the…

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Fitness Lovers Bare All

February 27, 2018
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Fitness Lovers Bare All

It’s not too late, fitness lovers. Still want to make good on that New Year’s resolution to get in shape in 2018, but hate the chic club scene, where all the cool girls and guys…

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Possession Obsession and Post-Holiday Depression

January 1, 2018
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Possession obsession

The holidays are over. The Christmas tree is down; the ornaments packed away. The menorah’s been cleaned of all that candle wax and is back in place inside the china closet. All that’s left is…

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Seven Tips To Get the Gifts YOU Want This Holiday Season

November 21, 2017
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Seven Tips for Getting the Gifts You Want This Holiday Season

Black Friday is almost here. I’d better get started with my holiday gift list or I’ll be in big trouble. I’m not talking about my gift-giving list. I’m talking about my gift-getting list. All year long I…

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My Pain-Free, Nonsurgical Facelift

November 5, 2017
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pain-free, nonsurgical facelift

Look better without surgery. It’s a snap!

Growing up in Las Vegas as I did, surrounded by exaggerated showgirl images of womanly perfection, a girl gets a harsh sense of her own physical imperfections.

Growing up anywhere in America, bombarded by plastic surgery-altered images of celebrities, a woman sees a clear path to physical perfection or at least improvement.

In my youth, I scoffed at the idea of plastic surgery, but now I’m older and not so sure. Like many a middle-aged woman, I stare in the mirror and catalog a growing litany of facial flaws – jowls, bags under the eyes, thinning lips. And so, I wonder if maybe, just maybe, I should rethink that long-held anti-plastic surgery stance.

Well, amazingly … and just in the nick of time … I just found a solution for my sagging features and equally sagging self-image – one that restores my former youthful glow and good-(ish) enough looks. And best of all, it didn’t involve a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office! Read more »

Karen Galatz

A former newspaper and television journalist, my national news credentials include the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and the Nightly Business Report. I created, produced, and anchored a ground-breaking business news broadcast for PBS stations in Nevada, an effort that led to an Edward R. Murrow award and an Emmy nomination. Now based in Berkeley, Ca., I am writing a collection of short stories and personal essays. I am the author of Muddling through Middle Age, a weekly humor blog, recently featured on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop website.

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These Boots Are No Longer Meant For Walking

October 29, 2017
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I’m a city girl, as in The City, The Big Apple, New York City. He’s a western, small-town-kind-of-guy. I’m a Gucci-kind-of-girl. He’s always been a cowboy-boot-wearing-guy. And I don’t mean the fancy, handcrafted, custom-made, snake…

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