When Dana Perino worked as President George W. Bush's press secretary, she was bombarded by invitations to coffee from young women eager for career advice. While she wanted to help, her job left little opportunity for afternoon lattes. "My schedule was packed," she recalls. "But I knew these women deserved some time."
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When she left the White House in 2009 and started her own communications firm, Perino had an idea. Why not model mentoring on speed dating, which pairs romance seekers with a new prospect every few minutes? She envisioned a recent graduate getting cover letter pointers from a speechwriter, then-after a bell signaled ten minutes had passed-quizzing a lobbyist on how to get her foot in the door, all over wine and cheese.
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In November 2009, Minute Mentoring (minutementoring.com) hosted its first event. Perino invited high-profile pals like Democratic strategist
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- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 7:17 PM EST
Kelly DinardoBy Read More »from Ten-Minute Mentoring with a Former White House Staffer
Photo: ThinkstockBy Amy Shearn
It appears that some day my tiny toddler daughter is going to go off on her own into the world (today, actually, if I'd let her). And it also seems to be the case that she may possibly have hard, bad, sad things happen to her, and she will feel upset, and this will be heartbreaking to me: whether it's someone saying something mean about her, or her having marriage troubles, or, you know, losing a bid to be the presidential nominee. I'm sure she could bear anything - but me? I'm not so sure.
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Dorothy Howell Rodham, the mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, died early Tuesday, at age 92. According to the Daily Beast, Rodham had been living with her daughter since 2006, just before Clinton launched her campaign for the presidency. Whatever you think of Clinton, can you imagine how proud her mother must have felt in those days, and how worried for her child? Rodham moved to Little Rock to be near Hillary when her marriage was inRead More »from Politicians Have Mothers Too
By Corrie Pikul Read More »from Hand Washing Vs. Hand Sanitizers
I recently saw the movie Contagion, in which a ruthless, jet-setting, flu-like virus kills millions of people in a matter of weeks and causes global hysteria. The movie makes spreading the disease look as easy as:
1. Sick person coughs on folder.
2. Healthy person handles same folder.
3. Healthy person touches their face and--bam! Turns into dead man walking.
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In a post-bird flu, post-swine flu world, we kind of knew that's how the transmission process works, but seeing Gwyneth keel over made us wonder how we might avoid that fate-or the common cold.
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Surface-to-person contagion is technically called fomite transmission, says Anna Bowen, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Generally, germs can live on surfaces for minutes to hours to days, depending on the nature of the germ and the surface." Smooth surfaces transmit viruses
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 10:12 AM EST
Photo: Getty ImagesThe actor and comic (NBC's Community, E!'s The Soup, and the new comedy The Big Year) shares his thoughts on movies, travel, and why it pays to be nice.Read More »from Joel McHale on the Best Advice He's Ever Gotten and More
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Best Bowl of Soup
The clam chowder at Atlantic Fish in Boston. But I don't order soup that often. Maybe I should. I could go to a restaurant and say, "Hi, I'm the guy from The Soup, and I would love some! And it better be free."
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Siena, Italy, is the most beautiful place in the world. It's almost totally intact from the Middle Ages. I just love walking through the streets.
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My wedding rings. My wife has had to buy me about four now because I keep losing them. I take them off to work out, or to play a character, and then they're gone. At this point, she's buying them by the gross.
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I've been a coffee connoisseur since high
Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from November's Must Try Food Guide
This may be the most food-centric month of the year, but we're making a plan to enjoy our meals for all 30 days. Here's what's on our menu...
These tree nuts, which are in season now, aren't terribly popular with Americans (our per capita consumption is less than an ounce per year, compared with a pound per person per year in Europe, and 2 pounds per person in Asia). There are many reasons to try them though: They're sweet, have very little fat and are cholesterol- and gluten-free. Roast them or try them in this filling soup. If you can't find dry-packed roasted chestnuts at your local market, try Kalustyans.com.
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These mini-cabbages are another seasonal food that fall on the low end of the popularity scale. If you think you don't like them, this article explains why--and gives ways to tame their astringency and bring out there inherent (really!) sweetness.
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- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Nov 10, 2011 5:38 PM EST
By Amy Shearn
The letterpress invitation came with a strange pang of jealousy-Rachel was my first friend to be getting married. I was happy for her, and a little surprised-we were all so young still!-and taken with the romance of it. A month or so later, a sheepish email followed. They had amicably decided not to go through with it after all. They just weren't ready to be married. Eep! I didn't know the fiancé, didn't know what to say. Maybe this was sad news, or maybe secretly great news? Maybe it meant I got a refund on the Crate and Barrel salad bowl?
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Happy events we know how to celebrate. Weddings, new babies, Bar Mitzvahs. Got it. There's a whole infrastructure in place: what to wear, what to say, what favors to dispense. But when it comes to the bummer times, it's easy to feel a little lost. Recently people have begun throwing Divorce Parties, so why not a Nearly Beloved Day?
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- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 10, 2011 5:31 PM EST
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from The Top 3 Reasons You Really Need a Good Night's Sleep
Those who have spent time in the hospital know that it's nearly impossible to get an uninterrupted night's sleep, due to constant visits by the medical staff. Theresa Brown, RN, a nurse who admits to waking up patients, wrote an article for The New York Times Well blog explaining why this is so common. For starters, she says that nurses needs to check vital signs, administer antibiotics and have the results of lab tests ready for the doctor's early morning rounds. (In this telling anecdote about a cranky insomniac, an unsteady nighttime urinator and a delusional woman, she shows us how quickly the most organized nurse's plans can go awry.)
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Most importantly, Brown acknowledged that a good night's rest is crucial in helping patients recover from whatever it is that landed them in the hospital in the first place. But you don't have to be sick or injured to take advantage of the benefits of sleep. Here are three ways that a dose of
- Oprah.com | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 6:34 PM EST
Amber KallorBy Read More »from How to Use Multiple Nail Polish Colors and Still Look like an Adult
Making decisions has never been my strong point, especially when I'm faced with too many options. Facing a menu at a diner, for example-with all its possibilities of getting whatever I want, whenever I want-I usually end up ordering a mix of things (a grilled cheese, a shrimp cocktail, and a side of mashed potatoes with gravy) that have no business being together.
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I'm faced with the same problem when it comes to deciding on a nail polish color. Whether it's choosing from the rainbow of options at the nail salon or digging through the colors stuffed into multiple bins under my bathroom sink, I end up testing at least 20 shades on my fingers before deciding on one. So when I spotted O contributing assistant fashion editor Sara Mitzner's nails, I knew I had at last found a way to embrace my indecisive nature.
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She created this ombre effect by choosing
By Mark Matousek Read More »from Why the Way You Breathe May Be Bad for You
It's among the most important physical functions our bodies perform. We do it about 20,000 times a day. And still, somehow, most of us get it wrong. "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly," says Andrew Weil, MD, a well-known pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.
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Chinese and yogic traditions have long extolled the importance of chi or prana-the life forces associated with breath-and science is finally catching up. "Medicine is just recognizing the importance of energy to health," says Richard P. Brown, MD, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. "And our most critical source of energy is oxygen."
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It turns out that getting more oxygen-by simply changing the way we breathe-can facilitate healing from a startling number of serious conditions, including chronic pain, atrial
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Should You Considered Using an IUD?
An IUD is a tiny T-shaped device that is implanted into the uterus by a doctor. It has a cord dangling down into the upper part of the vagina and remains in the uterus for five to 10 years, when it is time to remove it and insert a new one. IUDs work by creating a uterine environment that is inhospitable to sperm, and one type also secretes progestin as a backup. These devices were horribly maligned after the Dalkon Shield medical debacle of the '70s (rightfully so) but now seem poised to make a comeback. Manufacturers say that flaws in the design and procedure that made old IUDs so dangerous for women (like the Shield's woven double strands that transmitted dangerous bacteria) have been fixed, and the CDC has approved IUDs as safe for women at low risk for STDs.
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Among reproductive researchers and healthcare providers, at least, the IUD has become the new "it" contraceptive. The percent of women on birth control who favor