The how-to of choosing the right charitable organization to support, and information about some of the best and most interesting holiday gift giving programs.
Quitting smoking is just the beginning. Staying quit is much harder. Here are the tips and tricks that helped me stay off cigarettes and quit smoking permanently. I hope they will help you, too.
Parents can't quit smoking for their kids, but they can create an atmosphere in which teens who smoke can decide not to and be supported by parents and other adult mentors. Here's how.
Hookah bars are big with the Millennial Generation but is hookah really safer than cigarette smoking and what are the medical consequences and nicotine addiction potential?
Gaining weight when you quit smoking is not inevitable. Knowing the powerful physiological forces at work in your body when you quit smoking gives you the tools to counter the effects of withdrawal and minimize weight gain.
How I stopped hating progress and learned to love my Amazon Kindle plus tips and links to great Kindle blogs and sites
Should you rent or buy a home? It all depends. Here's what you need to know along with seven important tips for first time home buyers.
On the rocks or on the stem, the vodka martini is the iconic baby boomer drink with its own history, lore and more, including the secret recipe for the perfect vodka martini
Advice for Americans visiting Paris for the first time. Understanding French culture and French customs is as important as your guidebook and tour arrangements.
Every cigarette pack is a powerful marketing tool that is particularly attractive to teens and kids. The global move towrds plain packaging of tobacco aims to keep kids from starting to smoke and help current smokers decide to quit.
The Newport Tower, or Old Stone Mill in Newport, Rhode Island is a mystery. Was it built by Norse Vikings, early English colonists, the Chinese, the Portuguese or the Knights Templar? Nobody really knows but there are lots of theories. Check them all out here.
Why you gain weight when you quit smoking and info,links and tips to help you avoid gaining weight when you quit smoking
Herbal supplements can be dangerous, especially for older people taking medication for heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma and diabetes. What to do, where to find information,plus online resources.
Why growing up as a military brat is a unique experience. My childhood as a Navy Junior, daughter of a career Naval officer and Annapolis grad shaped me more than I ever knew
Smoking affects older and younger smokers in different ways, and the two groups may think differently about quitting smoking. But the ultimate effect is the same. Smoking kills.
Why Fifty is not the new Forty. A Fortieth birthday may be the technical start of middle age, but fifty is where mortality really kicks in and you learn who you really are.
an overview of crash diets and longer term food plans and how they work, or don't work for you
I've done Weight Watchers half a dozen times in 20 years. I never reach goal but always go back because the program works. New Points plus or old exchanges, it's about being honest and accountable.
Creative cooking tips and easy equivalents and emergency substitutions for inventive cooks and favorite recipes
Vaping and E-cigs, aka smokeless cigarettes may be better than tobacco but they have other problems and safety issues. They don't necessarily lead to permanent smoking cessastion. Nicotine is poison and very addictive. That's the bottom line
Lambertville, New Jersey, just 80 miles from NYC, is the perfect weekend spot for busy city dwellers to de-stress and recharge. Tips, recommendations, and more.
Mr John was famous for elegant stylish and very expensive hats from the 1940's to the 1970's. Virtually forgotten for decades, his hats are making a comeback with Gen Y lovers of vintage.
Vintage valentines are cute but are also filled with sexism, racism, veiled violence and some downright odd sexual innuendo
Holiday depression, winter blues or SAD-- All varieties of winter depression are a matter of brain chemistry and there are ways to deal with it effectively. Here are some things I've found helpful in handling seasonal depression over the years.
Why iPads and e-readers are great Christmas gifts for seniors. Reviews and recommendations as well as suggestions
William Spratling left New Orleans in 1929 to settle in Taxco, Mexico and to single-handedly revive Mexico's ancient silversmithing traditions
Fabulous Halloween festivities in a Historic River town. Photos and Videos take you there.
Save money. Save the planet and find surprisingly useful new ways to use old teabags around the house and in the garden
Alone for Thanksgiving? Make it great and don't feel alone or left out. Follow these tips for having a great solo Thanksgiving from one who knows the ropes, and have a wonderful holiday.
Quitting smoking cold turkey is tough, but you can maximize your chance of success by planning ahead.
Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, fled to America after Napoleon's 1815 defeat. He settled in, and became a leading citizen of Bordenntown, New Jersey .
The true story of Peeps, the iconic candy chickens invented in Brooklyn in 1910 by a Russian immigrant and now part of every American child's Easter basket
I was finally motivated to quit smoking not because of health concerns but because of sheer vanity and self-interest. Here are five good reasons to quit that you may not have considered.
The Pillbox hat was a fashion icon in post WWII America that Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and others made it famous. Fashion forward millenials are re-discovering it today.
Iceland's 13 Christmas Lads predate Santa Claus by centuries and are part of Iceland's unique Christmas celebration.
How to make a great Christmas egg nog from scratch
There is a direct connection between the modern celebration of Halloween and the ancient Celtic mysteries of the British Isles
Vintage Halloween items of all kinds represent a great collecting opportunity. Costumes, masks, posters, postcards, jewelry and more
Nicotine gum and lozenges can be useful when you're trying to quit smoking, but they can create a new, hard-to-kick addiction themselves. Are you addicted?
The trick to living frugally is in watching the small details of daily living. You'll be surprised how much you can save and never, ever feel deprived.
Green-wood Cemetary is one of New York City's hidden treasures and a Victorian Brooklyn landmark.
If you smoke a pack a day or more, you will probably gain weight when you quit. But don't let that stop you. You can minimize or even avoid weight-gain when you quit smoking.
Crossing the continent by car from East to West is the perfect way for Europeans to see the United States. Here's a sample itinerary with tips and comments
M.T. Liggett is an American original. A salty tongued folk artist whose metal sculptures adorn the Western Kansas prairie
Did you know that Panama hats do not come from Panama? Real Panama hats are handwoven and come from two towns in Ecuador. Here is the interesting tale of how it got it's name.
What's the difference between an alcoholic and a heavy drinker? Can you really stop any time you want ? Have you crossed the line from social drinking to alcoholism? A simple test can tell you...
From potters to painters,from fine art to cottage crafts, upcycled art is the newest green trend and one that is charting new territory and blurring the boundary between art and craft, trash and treasure.
Three simple steps are the secret to brewing a perfect cup of coffee every time. It all depends on the beans, the water and a scrupulously clean pot.
The benefits of swapping goods and services and tips on how to do it.
The roots of carved pumpkins or Jack O Lanterns lie in ancient Celtic, pagan religious traditions.
It started in 1997 in Iowa City when Jay Shafer built his first tiny house. Now tiny houses have hit the bigtime. The movement is growing. Tiny houses are the next big thing.
I am a convinced carnivore. I eat meat. I like meat, particularly lean, red, meat, and I'm not going to become a vegetarian. I tried it once about twenty years ago and I felt lousy. Here's why giving up meat won't save the planet.
Thoughts about being born on Valentines Day by someone who was
It’s New Years Resolution time again. Losing weight and getting fit, quitting smoking or changing jobs, here are tips to help you keep the resolution you make
Buying more stuff just doesn't cut it this year. This Christmas I am into giving to others and being grateful for what I have. I'm shopping green and charitable. Want to join me? Here are some tips.
Want to cook moose stew like Sarah Palin? Here are the recipes you'll need plus moose history and lore and moose products too.
I discovered the internet when it was young and I was younger. It has grown and changed both me and the world I live in forever
Norse Vikings brought the horse to Iceland in the ninth century. One of the oldest and purest breeds in the world, the Icelandic horse has unique qualities and special gaits that link Iceland's Viking past to the modern day
Americans yearn for a sense of place, but we are a patchwork people with shallow roots and hybrid vigor
Ruby Phillips Bramwell, my grandmother was a woman ahead of her time. Born into a horse and buggy world, she died the year Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
Bach Flower Remedies developed by an English physician almost a century ago use the healing essences of flowers to heal. Some swear by them, others scoff.
Georgia has peaches. Florida and California have oranges, but New Jersey has the best tomatoes in the world. Native of South America, the tomato came to New Jersey in colonial times and has been the pride of the state ever since.
The dollar is down. The Euro is Up and European shoppers are flocking to America. Here are tips for the first time visitor on how to get the most from an American shopping spree.
Wherever you go in Paris,the city of light, go on foot if you can. Here are some tips on exploring Notre Dame and the left bank--one of my favorite Paris walks.
How I dealt with my fear of flying plus some tips for you on yours.
a safe, organic, herbal alternative to sugar that doesn't raise blood pressure or cause tooth decay.
English may be the new Latin, but the differences between American and British usage can be confusing, not to mention funny.
I was a heavy smoker for 30 years. I tried and failed to quit close to a dozen times.I tried everything: hypnosis, acupucture, nicotine gum, cutting back gradually. Here's my journey and what finally worked for me.
The Lamberteville-New Hope Winter Festival parade is always fun and proof of life in small town America
The things I worry about never happen and life's bonecrunchers always come from left field anyway, so why worry?