TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY 2015

Is life after divorce better?

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The News Story - A happier life after divorce

January 5 was this year’s “divorce day”— the first Monday after the holidays, when the number of people seeking a divorce jumps one-third. Couples who decide to suffer through one last Christmas and New Year together—whether for the sake of children, or because they can’t bear the thought of telling family of a split right after carving the Christmas turkey—jump on the phone first thing Monday morning.
 
And according to some news sources, that’s OK. Heidi Stevens, reporter at the Chicago Tribune, surveys the divorce “experts” and writes that divorce “can often be the beginning of a more tranquil, authentic, happier—indeed better—life.” Stevens writes of “reclaiming lost priorities,” forgotten in the mayhem of marriage. Says one expert, “Creating a vision for your new life is actually easier than staying in a soul-killing marriage.” Also important is “keeping it positive”—set aside old… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

Speed dating in the Islamic State

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London-born woman Khadijah Dare found love in the Islamic State (The Independent) 

A British Islamic State (IS) militant fighting in Syria has given information and advice to women who wish to come to Syria, join IS, and get married to a militant, and to the militants who wish to marry them.

The British militant, who uses the pseudonym Abul Qa’qa al-Baritani, explained the rules about women’s guardians permitting them to marry, and about conditions for non-Syrian Muslim women who come to Syria to live under Islamic State rule.

Baritani has offered advice on a wide range of topics and in previous blog posts has recommended “the use of poisons or chemical and biological weapons including scorpions against [enemy] population centers” and says that the United States, Britain, and France should be particularly targeted with such weapons.

The “Sisters Maqar” -- All-Female Housing

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WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

Can’t it be Christmas all the time?

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It's hard not to notice that a little bit of Christmas spirit has been sprinkled throughout the news for the last few weeks. “22-months of drought not drying out Christmas spirit.” “ASX responds to the Christmas spirit on short day of trades”. “Melbourne charities, cafes, churches capture Christmas spirit.” Wouldn’t it be great if the merriness lasted all year round? Here are a few aspects of the Christmas spirit that I’m going to try and maintain throughout the year:

Optimism and hope

As seen in the first article about drought, people seem to let their worries go and focus on the positives during the festive season. If only we could keep that sentiment all year round! Sure, we can’t pretend that problems don’t exist, but we can have a bit more faith that things are going to be okay.

Generosity and remembering how good it feels to give

Giving can be tough, and yet at Christmas it… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015

More marriage, more healthy habits

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The News Story - 2015 journey to whole health: 3 steps to lasting New Year’s resolutions

It’s the time for New Year’s Resolutions, and most of us Americans will make the resolutions—once again—to lose a few extra inches off the waistline, drink fewer cocktails, and eat a bit less red meat.  Dr. Tasneem Bhatia writes at the Huffington Post that if Americans really want to make those health resolutions stick, we need more than a few tweaks in behavior.
 
“The journey to whole health is a part of that planning as we all continue to navigate the changing landscape of trying to be ‘healthy,’” writes Dr. Bhatia.  Her strategies to improve “whole health” include such things as journaling, meditation, and yoga. Also on the list is such common-sense advice as eating better and sleeping more, coupled with medical strategies such as “The Daily Detox,” “Balance Your Bacteria,” and “Rev… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015

UK government promises a price tag for the work of the home

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The Home Renaissance Foundation has been given the best Christmas gift imaginable.

It sounds dull, but like all the best presents, it may prove surprisingly useful.

Unpaid housework is to be officially recognised by the British government as a measurable part of the nation’s wealth.

Childcare and eldercare, cleaning and laundry, ironing and cooking. All the things that make a home run well, but which have been slighted and ignored by officialdom for decades.

But not any more. As previously noted by the BeHome blog, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that it will be able to put a figure on the value of unrecognised domestic toil and include it in the UK’s figures for Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The good news is that this may be as early as the summer of 2015.

The ONS has already made a stab at some preliminary projections. And, even for those of us who have long argued that the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 23 DECEMBER 2014

The Sydney siege: the good news

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One week ago, the Sydney siege took Australia by surprise.  Everyone was still easing into their morning when the news of it began to spread like wildfire across the media and social networks. By the next day, the nation had watched with sadness and fear as Man Haron Monis took two innocent lives and traumatised many more, before being killed when the police went in.

The whole thing was, and is, horrible. I’m sure I speak for all Australians in saying that I wish it had never happened. Today, farewell services were held to honour the two people that lost their lives. But if anything can be comforting about it all, it’s the way that the country has reacted to the event.

A show of unity and support

The flowers that were left in Martin Place after the event have left me speechless. In aerial photos, there’s no pavement to be… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2014

Problems of the heart

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The News Story - Seven ways to start preventing heart disease in your 20s

Cosmopolitan and other women-friendly (or should we say unfriendly?) publications recently picked up on a new campaign. “Fight the Ladykiller,” created by C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D. at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, seeks to promote research into heart disease as a top killer of women.
 
“We've been slow to recognize heart disease as an epidemic in women,” Dr. Merz toldCosmopolitan. In response, that salacious publication gave attention to some prevention methods. “Don’t smoke,” Keep a healthy weight,” and “Eat the good stuff,” made the list of seemingly commonsense tips, as did “Sweat a little” and “Use your vacay days.”
 
What did the list leave off?
 
Given the source, it is no surprise that this list did not include “Get married!” But research reveals that as in men, marriage in women… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 11 DECEMBER 2014

Birth decisions: home or hospital?

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Speaking generally, the Home Renaissance Foundation inclines to the idea that the home should play a bigger role in the lives of people. If something – an event, a process – can take place in-house; then this is to be encouraged.

What then should we think of headlines this month proclaiming a big shift in the medical view of home births?

The rights and wrongs of giving birth at home have been one of the touchy subjects of ‘parenting’ in recent years; right up there with breast feeding and parental leave.

On one side of the debate have sat the clinicians – obstetricians mainly – who’ve argued that the safest place to bring a baby into the world is a maternity unit inside a well-equipped hospital. The risk of complications trump all other considerations, they say.

But their opponents – often midwives – maintain that a home-birth reduces stress and, therefore, the likelihood… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2014

No Gender December #firstworldproblem

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No Gender December – if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a month dedicated to raising awareness on and taking a stand against gendered marketing in kids’ toys. With the slogan, “stereotypes have no place under my Christmas tree,” you can add your voice to their Hero Wall, host a morning tea to spread awareness, or rally to get Parliament to legislate against the gendered marketing of toys.

If you ask me, it’s all a bit silly. No offence to the No Gender December board.

So I get it. It’s about more open marketing. Kids should be able to choose whatever tickles their fancy, not being limited to either the options in the boys’ aisle or the girls’ aisle. But is this really a cause on par with world poverty, the starvation of children, the abuse of women? I for one, would prefer to tackle these first before putting my money behind neutral… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2014

The Obama girls are bored

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It’s not often that President Obama’s daughters get a bad rap, but they were certainly targeted over the weekend by GOP Communications Director, Elizabeth Lauten. And it wasn’t long before the cyber world was up in arms about her comments on their uninterested behaviour during the Presidential turkey pardon ceremony (a Thanksgiving tradition).  

I watched the video, and to be honest, I laughed a little bit. These are teenage girls and so, naturally, standing still at a somewhat tedious event and looking thrilled about it might not be making the top of their to-do list. But I don’t know if they merited the following, rather harsh, comments:

"Dear Sasha and Malia, I get your [sic] both in those awful teen years but you're a part of the First Family. Try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don't respect their positions very… click here to read whole article and make comments

 

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