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PSA of the Day: Cocamide Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA)

I rarely watch televised news (get my info online), but as luck would have it, I caught an interesting tidbit about a widely-used chemical that made me plunge into research.  Have you heard about cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA)?  No?  Don’t feel bad, not too many have. Controversy in a nutshell: The Center For Environmental Health …

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Close Grandparent-Adult Grandchildren Relationships = Less Depression

A new study (who else winces when they see those words?!) from Brown College declares that grandparents and adult grandchildren who share close emotional ties have less symptoms of depression. Dang, I would have been happy to take the funding for that study and share that info; it’s a no-brainer. We found that an emotionally …

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What I Will Tell Sweet E: Good Friends Will Carry You Home

Dearest Sweetest E, You’re gonna need friends as you stiff-arm your way through life; pick them well and they’ll be the lifeblood of your strength. Good friends make you believe you aren’t alone in the expanse of this world.  Good friends are there even when physically absent, hell even in death.  Good friends tell you …

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What I’ll Tell Sweet E: It’s OK to be Vulnerable

I wrote this post on vulnerability in the winter, a couple of days after Sweet E had been born and I offer it now in my “What I Will Tell Sweet E” series.  (spattering of NSFW language) Vulnerability The “v” word is a tough one for me.  I was brought up to be a lady …

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Required Summer Reading: Are They Drowning?

Summertime = pool time, lake time, get-in-the-water time.  It’s also the perfect time to bone up on water safety, particularly knowing how to spot someone who might be drowning. Do you think drowning looks like thrashing about in the water, yelling, kicking, and dramatic splashing? You’d be wrong.  Doesn’t look a thing like that.  And …

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