As a young adult my asthma disappeared, until I moved to China. I lived in Shanghai's Pudong New Area, which was once farm fields and rice paddies, but is now a sprawling metropolis growing at a rapid pace. A few days a week, I'd go for runs by the side of a canal. The water's rank smell was one thing, but the smell of soldering and building compounds coming from the factories going up by the canal's banks was something else entirely. I'd come home smelling like I ran through a chemical fire, my breath short and rattling in my lungs with a thick wheeze. I had to
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 4:19 PM ESTChemical ToxinsI suffered from low-level asthma as a kid. To this day, when I catch a cold or the flu, it runs right to my lungs and lingers. Some of this is genetic -- my son has some sinus and respiratory sensitivity too -- but growing up in an age when my parents' dinner parties created a cloud of cigarette smoke hanging low over the table, and car rides meant being trapped in a box of tar-drenched air, surely played a role as well.
- Why Ellen Page Coming Out MattersActress Ellen Page, 26, came out as a lesbian on Valentine's Day. The X-Men: Days of Future Past star stated that she was gay in a speech at a Human Rights Campaign conference promoting the well-being of LGBTQ youth, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'm here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility."
Every time a celebrity comes out as gay, there is a mix of reaction online based on personal views that are now so widely visible on social media. Instead of hearing only the viewpoints of our own circles of family and friends, we have an Internet full of opinions, limited only by our choice to read them. I follow celebrity news pretty closely, and I'm an active Facebook and Twitter user, so that means that I read feedback from many, many people of diverging views on just about any topic imaginable. The one comment about theRead More »from Why Ellen Page Coming Out Matters
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:47 PM EST
Bode Miller's Custody Case: What It Means for Pregnant Women Everywhere
For all the focus on athleticism at the Olympics, it's the emotional backstories of the athletes themselves that really tug at the public's heart strings. Who can resist the tale of the underdog who emerged a champion, the injury survivor who battled back to greatness, or the retiring veteran hoping to make one last push for victory before skiing off into the sunset?
Among the U.S. athletes, perhaps no one has experienced more personal drama before even arriving in Sochi than skier Bode Miller. When Miller won a bronze medal in the super-G event, media outlets were quick to report the hardships he had faced in the past year -- the sudden death of his brother, recovering from knee surgery, and a custody battle over his infant son.
The custody battle, in particular, has seen a fair share of headlines, but to be honest, I hadn't heard of it until Miller's medal win put it back in the spotlight. Even then, I was primed not to care -- at first glance, a celebrity's nasty relations with anRead More »from Bode Miller’s Custody Case: What it Means for Pregnant Women Everywhere
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:42 PM EST5 Ways to Use Social Media to Get the Job You WantJob hunting in the digital age is so much easier than when I entered the workforce and had to wait for the Sunday paper to view the classifieds (great, my age was just revealed). Now, we are luckily able to look for work and respond to job listings anytime we like. Of course, today the best tool for job hunting is still networking, but most of our networking happens online.
However, navigating social media for job hunting can be tricky.
Here are five tips for using social media to get your dream job:
1. Take a Good Look at Your Profiles
It's time to review your online profiles. Are they up to date? Have you bothered to fill in the "about" section on your online profiles? Have you added your professional expertise to your bios on various social networks? Sure, it might seem a bit strange to add your profession to the Instagram account you dedicate to showing only pictures of your kids or pets, but if you're job hunting, you never know who might check out your profile. UseRead More »from 5 Ways to Use Social Media to Get the Job You Want
- Parents Sue After Daughters Suicide Family members describe Johanna "JoJo" Lowe as a happy, outgoing, popular eighth-grader at Tuskawilla Middle School in Florida.
She certainly had the right resume. On track, cross-country, and student council, JoJo also played the lead in a video her production class made about suicide.
On camera, JoJo pretended to overdose on pills and pass out.
Cut to a few weeks later when JoJo's boyfriend broke up with her -- on November 23, 2010 the seemingly happy teen locked herself in her bedroom and hanged herself in her closet.
Her family was shocked. JoJo had never shown any signs that her life would end in such a way. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, the year before she died she'd written the following for a class assignment: "My goal in life is to finish school and college. I want to go to the army and serve my country for six years. Then join the police force. Then after I plan on getting married. I want to have two kids.Read More »from Parents Sue School After Teen Takes Her Own Life
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:13 PM ESTRemembering Bob Casale: 5 Awesome Devo Videos to Celebrate His LegacyOne of the first bands that I ever truly loved was Devo. My parents were big fans and their continuous playing of Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! did not bug me one bit.
Devo had an appeal to adult rock lovers as well as a contagious silliness that kids could totally get down with. Devo was fun for the WHOLE family. And today we have learned that one of the founding members of the iconic band has died.
Devo's guitarist Bob Casale died on Monday, February 17th, at the age of 61.
Gerald Casale, his brother and bandmate, wrote on the band's Facebook page:
"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."
He left this earth tooRead More »from Remembering Bob Casale: 5 Awesome Devo Videos to Celebrate His Legacy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:12 PM ESTMexican Women Denied Hospital Entrance, Forced to Give Birth OutsideI can't imagine experiencing intense labor pains and heading to the hospital only to be denied entrance. Turned away time again even after my water breaks and blood begins dripping down my legs.
But it's happening in Mexico. A lot. As the Miami Herald reports, in the remote city of Huajuapan de Leon, near Oaxaca, women are being forced to give birth on the sidewalk in front of the hospital.
Nancy Salazar Lopez was checked by doctors who turned her away, saying there weren't enough doctors and she wasn't ready, even after her water broke and a crowd gathered. She ended up giving birth on the steps in front of a group of strangers.
The event isn't an unusual one. Seven women have given birth on the lawns or steps of hospitals or health clinics in Oaxaca and Puebla since last year. The women turned away are mostly darker-skinned from Mexico's native groups, which has led to calls of discrimination and racism. As the Orlando Sentinel notes, the cases also highlight policies thatRead More »from Mexican Women Denied Hospital Entrance, Forced to Give Birth Outside
- Babble.com | Beauty – Tue, Feb 18, 2014 6:07 PM EST
Five Minutes to Daytime Smoky EyesWhen we typically think of classic smoky eyes, images of late nights and dark, smoldering makeup come to mind. However, smoky eyes can be toned-down to make them office-appropriate, daytime-appropriate, or heck, even running-to-the-grocery store appropriate! Using warmer products and keeping application simple will keep you smokin' round the clock!
For a video tutorial of this look, visit: pinkpistachio.com
Five Minutes to Daytime Smoky Eyes
1. Apply Warm Gray Shadow
Start by applying a warm gray cream shadow to three-fourths of your eyelid. Don't worry about keeping the line completely clean -- blending later will soften and smooth.
2. Apply Copper in the Crease
Follow up with a rich copper cream shadow in the crease, slightly overlapping on top of the gray shadow. Apply the copper along the lower lash line, as well.
Using a soft eyeshadow brush, blend both shadows together in a circular motion.
4. Apply Liners
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 18, 2014 5:29 PM ESTHow Your Daily Run Could Actually Promote Work-Life Balance
I sometimes feel a pang of guilt as I'm bundling my kids up and getting them ready to sit in my double-jogger while I run for an hour -- especially when our day is so full that my mind is completely incapable of wrapping itself around everything that needs to be done. Isn't it selfish of me to think that my run is more important than the grocery shopping? Than the laundry? Than preschool playgroups?
But those thoughts only last for the first half mile or so. And that's when my stress begins to dissolve, and what seemed impossible half an hour ago begins to feel manageable. "I can do this," I think as I push the jogger down the sidewalk. As I pad along, things settle in my brain, and I'm able to see how all the pieces of the day will fit together. Order comes to the chaos as the miles pass and 45 minutes or an hour later, when I pull up in front of our apartment building and unload the kids, I not only feel as though I've accomplished something, I feel empowered and energetic --Read More »from How Your Daily Run Could Promote a Better Work-Life Balance
- Jessie Eisenberg We can all quit walking around in wonder over the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the Untitled Superman-Batman Project. Now it's time to be in awe of the next amazing thing Jesse Eisenberg has achieved: the actor has landed a publishing deal. Grove Atlantic will be publishing the actor's collection of short stories (Deadline is reporting it is tentatively titled, Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories) in the spring of 2015.
In a press release from Grove Atlantic we learn the title is connected to one of Jesse Eisenberg's short stories:
"[The Title] comes from a series of stories Eisenberg wrote from the point of view of a nine-year-old boy whose mother brings him to expensive Los Angeles restaurants so she can bill her ex-husband for the meals. Other stories imagine discussions in ancient Pompeii just before the volcanic eruption, explore the vagaries of post-gender-normative dating in New YorkRead More »from Is There Anything Jesse Eisenberg Can't Do?