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  • October is Adopt-a-Dog Month!

    October is Adopt-A-Dog Month!

    The American Humane Association is one of many groups encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog this month. A dog can serve as an exercise buddy, a best friend, therapist, companion for a beloved senior citizen in your life, or protector of your home.

    Vote! Is your dog really your best friend? (POLL)

    Yvonne DiVita, co-founder of the growing pet blogger network BlogPaws and blogger at Scratchings and Sniffings, agrees that a shelter is a great place to go to adopt a dog, or any pet.

    "Shelters have so many animals that need 'fur-ever' homes, and they are specially equipped to help you choose the right one just for you," Yvonne said. "Want a big dog? They have 'em. Want a little dog? They have 'em. Want a dog that loves other dogs? They have 'em. Need a dog to be the 'only' pet? They have 'em."

    Yvonne notes that her local shelter in Longmont, CO,helped her family pick out their two hound dogs, which can be particularly helpful if you

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  • 4 Fall Fashion Trends

    'tis the season for tweed, leather and faux fur. Fall is here so we reached out to fashion editor and stylist Constance Golderfor some fall fashion tips.

    8 Timeless Fashion Pieces Worth the Splurge (SLIDESHOW)

    • Anything leather - Leather is turning up everywhere this season. If dresses and shirts are out of your budget, try items with smaller amounts of leather in unexpected places, like sleeves or panels on jeans or pants. Check out MASON BY MICHELLE MASONleather inset top.
    • Tweed - Modernize a classic like tweed by wearing catching colors and styles. This timeless fabric looks great in short or sleeveless jackets and sweaters. These are sophisticated and lend a nice balance to fall's trendier pieces.
    • Loafers-
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  • Hydration - the secret to losing weight

    By Paula Simpson, B.A.Sc (Nutrition), RNCP

    Adequate fluid intake is probably the last thing you would think about when trying to manage your weight.

    Your body is close to 70 percent water and if you are even slightly dehydrated then your body will secrete a hormone (aldosterone) causing water and salt retention. So if you are trying to lose weight, stay hydrated!

    Try to following tips to keep bloating to a minimum:

    Eat raw foods more often! Fruits and vegetables are naturally composed of water and minerals such as potassium to naturally hydrate the body and help to reduce sodium retention

    Limit your intake of diuretics such as coffee, alcohol and diet sodas. Try to replace these with herbal teas, lemon and hot water more often.

    When doing aerobic exercise, aim to replenish your water intake ½ to 1 cup every 15 minutes.

    On a daily basis, try to consume 8 glasses of water to offset daily fluid losses through breathing, activity and urine.


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  • QUIZ: Are you taking care of yourself?

    This test will help you rate yourself in the self-care department. Choose the option that most corresponds to truthfulness of the statement for your life, at this time.

    Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree or Disagree Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree
    1. I have full awareness of my whole body most of the time. 1 2 3 4 5
    2. I have a good energy resource, able to work and play easily. 1 2 3 4 5
    3. I feel secure and confident in my place in the world. 1 2 3 4 5
    4. I feel a strong support system around me. 1 2
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  • Why He's More Apt To Pay For It

    By Dr. Marianne Brandon

    They watch more porn, are the primary consumers of phone sex, go to strip clubs much more frequently, and pay for prostitutes. All in all, men pay for sex much more than women do - even men in committed, long-term relationships. This has been the case across time and cultures. Why is sex such a hot commodity for men but not for women?

    There are several answers to this, one of which you probably already know.

    1. On average, men have higher sex drives than women. While there is much research stressing the fact that there is tremendous variability within the sexes, none-the-less men still on average report a higher sex drive than women. This is probably due to both hormonal and environmental factors - such as higher levels of testosterone, and fewer social consequences for sexual behavior. But sex drive is just one factor that plays a role in men's willingness to buy sex.

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  • 3 job tips that work when times are tough

    President Obama on Thursday urged Congress to pass his $447 billion American Jobs Act to help a flailing economy where unemployment still hovers around 9 percent. Many people are out of work, while others who are still employed are hoping they're not the next wave of people to get the pink slip.
    We turn to Peter Sheahan branding expert, author of Making It Happen: Turning Good Ideas Into Great Results, and CEO of ChangeLabs.

    For those of you fearing a pink slip or looking for a job, respond in three ways:
    1) Get narrow (2) Get clear (3) Get moving

    Narrow: When bosses are watching their dollars, they much clearer about their needs and much more discerning about who they hire or partner with to solve them. Pre-2008, we may have said, "I need some smart young MBA to help keep us on the edge." Today, they are likely to say, "We need a lateral hire with very specific skills in the area of data and analytics to exploit the opportunity we have with Client X."
    As a result, if we want to take

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  • On 9/11, remember those who survived and lost

    September 11 anniversary nears, grief therapist and author Allison Daily talks about her friendship with a 9/11 survivor and how even 10 years can't change the events of that day

    I met Sharon when she read an article about the book my husband and I wrote, Out of the Canyon: A True Story of Loss and Love. She wrote me an e-mail and eventually we talked by phone. After our first conversation, I remember turning the phone off on that warm August 2009 day, sitting under my favorite tree in the yard and weeping. The story she told ripped me to my very core and will never be sewn shut.

    Sharon was on the 80th floor in one of the World Trade Center's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, and while I will not go into details, her horrific journey to survival that day was so far beyond what my soul could imagine, that all I could do was listen in silence and disbelief. I read many stories after 9/11 and the heroic measures of courage that took place. My friend Sharon went through extensive

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  • Top 10 Media Experts to Follow Right Now

    Undoubtedly the media industry is in a huge state of transformation. The proliferation of the Internet and social media platforms has forced traditional news outlets to adapt to the changing times and figure out how, exactly, to capture an audience while still making money. And no matter what news medium is used, the media plays a vital role in our democracy and society as a whole.

    At the Aspen Ideas Festival in early July, we sat down with some of the top movers and shakers in the media industry to get their thoughts on new media developments and trends in their fields. These are people influencing media as we know it:

    1. Maria Bartiromo @MariaBartiromo:

    This award-winning CNBC anchor and author was named by The Financial Times as one of the "50 Faces That Shaped the Decade" in 2009. She talked to genConnect about taking risks at a young age, advice for young graduating journalists, her three rules of success, and her views on the U.S. financial standing and future. We

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  • Does Football Strain Your Relationship?

    By Dr. Marianne Brandon

    The struggle between men and women over watching football or spending time with their significant other and family has been the source of major relationship strife - not to mention countless sitcom plots.

    While he's glued to the tube; you're bored, ignored or forced to be the only one to do the chores. Hence, the players on the field aren't the only ones ready to tackle each other. But it doesn't have to be this way.

    Dr. Marianne Brandon, relationship expert and author of Monogamy: The Untold Story (Sex, Love, and Psychology), explains how women can take advantage of their partner's football addiction to actually strengthen their relationship and use that time to spend on themselves :

    • It is important for each partner to have their own lives and things they enjoy. If one partner considers this an obstacle to the relationship and interferes in their lover's personal life too much, it can backfire. For example, a woman in this situation could lose
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  • It's Ovarian Cancer Month: Why You Should Wear Teal

    Ovarian Cancer Awareness month starts in September; so we caught up with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's Ronni Arno Blaisdell to educate women on symptoms and prevention

    September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to educating women on the eighth most common cancer among women in the United States and the fifth leading cause of cancer death.

    As part of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, this Friday, September 2, 2011, is National Teal Day - which encourages women to wear teal to increase awareness about the disease.

    "Wearing teal clothes, hats, jewelry or even nail polish can spark a conversation about ovarian cancer," Ronni Arno Blaisdell, Director of Communications and Public Outreach for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 's (NOCC), told genConnect.

    The NOCC urges everyone to T.E.A.L: Take Early Action & Live!"

    The NOCC is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer, a disease that

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