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  • Nobody Called Her Liz: by Margo Howard

    by: Margo Howard

    Margo Howard fondly remembers Elizabeth Taylor - role model, idol, and unlikely babysitter

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  • Resolutions for the Soul

    It's that time of the year again. Time to come up with a list of resolutions of how to improve your life. What's different about this year is that we are on the verge of a decade change: a chance for a fresh approach, if ever there was one.

    Without a doubt, the Great Recession was a heckuva way to finish a decade. And, if the saying that we reap what we sow holds true, it'd be interesting to take a moment to reflect on where our heads were ten years ago. On the cusp of the millennium, as I recall, all we were worried about was Y2k and whether or not our computers would crash or our alarm clocks would go off when we woke up on New Year's Day. Our main goal was to make sure our lives just kept humming along, without losing all of our systems. Not the most long-term or visionary of goals. Quickly assured that everything was intact as of 12:01 AM January 1, 2000, the years that followed were characterized by the continued Pursuit of More ... more wealth, status, celebrity,

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  • 5 Ways to Bust Business Travel Stress

    by: Mireille Guiliano

    It's prime business travel season. My fall includes trips from New York to San Francisco, Monterey, Paris, Houston, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. And I gave up my corporate job a few years ago! Oh, how I love to have traveled; that is, I have enjoyed the many places I have been for business and pleasure, just not the travel to get there and back. Travel is stressful, and while you cannot control the plane delays and the missed appointments, there is a lot in your control you can do to lower your stress meter. Here are five tips.

    1. Give yourself extra time to get to the airport.
    What's the value of an extra 20 minutes at home or in the office compared with the worry of making it to your flight? Stuff happens - like traffic jams or big lines at security points - that are mega-anxiety boosters if you are on a tight schedule. You don't need that; enjoy reading a magazine or listening to music at the airport if you arrive early and count the

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  • The Revenge of Old Age, by Paulina Porizkova

    Old age is the revenge of the ugly ones is a French proverb, one that I first heard at the very advanced age of 15 upon my arrival in Paris. I had spent five years in the ugly bin at school in Sweden, and had only recently been upgraded to beautiful. My ego was still fragile and my mind still pumped full of highbrow, arty self-education and nerdy jokes, which is how one gets by when one is ugly. Which, of course, I promptly realized, is exactly what will pay off as one ages: Beauty fades, but a mind constantly energized will shine even brighter with age. I immediately took the proverb as my own personal motto and patted myself on the back with satisfaction. I will continue to be intelligent, I vowed, no matter how beautiful I become. And then at, like, the old age of 35, I'll be an incredibly smart and kinda attractive old lady.

    In interviews I gave at the wise age of 17 and 18, I pontificate about the beauty of age and wisdom, and blabber on about how I look forward to my first

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  • A Buddhist Twist on Persuasion: 5 Ways to Unify People for a Common Goal

    By: Chris St. Hilaire

    I'm on a mission to change the way the world views persuasion. Despite the fact that we use persuasion in nearly every conversation - at work, at home, with friends, in stores and restaurants - this basic communication skill has gotten a bad rap. Say "persuasion" and people think "used-car salesman." Yet whether you're trying to convince your teenager to drive safely, your spouse to take a few days off work or your colleagues to try your latest strategy, you're using persuasion all the time. And chances are, you'd like to be better at it.

    True persuasion isn't about arm-twisting or manipulating. It's not about tricking people or bullying them. It's about unifying people around a goal. Unity is the key, and the way to get there is by looking Eastward, toward the Buddhist concept of the ego. According to Eastern thought, inside each of us is a constant struggle between the ego that says, "I'm different. I'm special," and the spirit that knows we're all the same.

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  • From Kitchen Cabinet to Medicine Cabinet: 9 Beauty Substitutes You Already Have

  • 9 Qualities That Make Us Vulnerable

    Known as 'The Happiest Man in the World,' celebrated Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard reveals nine attitudes that keep us from living our best lives. Just avoid the impulses below, says the scholar and healer and you'll be on the path to a happier life.

    1. Cultivating an exacerbated sense of self-importance.

    2. Ruminating on the past.

    3. Being anxious about the future.

    4. Being unable to remain in the present moment.

    Pinning all our hopes on the outer conditions of happiness - for example, wealth, power, physical appearance and fame.

    6. Neglecting to cultivate the inner conditions of happiness: inner peace, inner freedom, altruistic love and compassion.

    7. Seeking happiness only for ourselves, and not for others.

    8. Being overly concerned with gain and loss, praise and criticism, fame and anonymity.

    9. Distorting reality by allowing our prejudices to interfere our objectivity.

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  • The Top 10 Secrets Every French Woman Knows For Beautiful Skin

    by: Mireille Guiliano

    Forget clothes or jewelry. Good skin is always a woman's best accessory.

    When I moved to America a few decades ago, I set out to have a facial as matter of course, a sort of fall and spring clean-up ritual common to French women. Here I had to head uptown to Fifth Avenue, and the only salon I found then was staffed by Europeans and frequented by uber-wealthy ladies. Things are a little different today. So, when a widely reported recent survey cited that 33 percent of French girls between 15 and 19 are already using anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams, it did not cause me to raise an eyebrow. Well, of course. Any moisturizer counts as an anti-wrinkle, anti-aging cream, and every good little French girl has seen her mother's before-bed facial rituals.

    Good skin does not mean flawless. Despite what airbrushed magazine centerfolds seem to suggest, no one has unblemished skin. Great skin is healthy skin; skin that radiates from the inside out. It is part of that

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  • Sex At Every Age

    by: Willa Bernhard

    How do women's feelings about men change as they grow older? How do women in midlife feel about sex? And what's the good news? I recently asked 50 women who are from 45 to 80 years old to talk to me about this exact topic. Here's what I learned …

    Your 20s and Your 30s

    Many women said their 20s - and for some their 30s - were difficult years and their relationships with men reflected their own doubts about themselves. Women said they were immature and had many unresolved issues in their 20s and needed men for security, to give them a sense of belonging, and particularly if they had children, support them. The men in their lives had the power in their relationships and were far more intent on having their needs and wants met - particularly sexual needs - than in satisfying them. Most were insecure in their relationships with men and were more focused on giving pleasure than receiving it. With hormones raging, many said they were aroused and enjoyed sex even if it was

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