RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Plastic's gotten a bad rap during the past few years. As it builds up and chokes sea life in oceanic mega-dumps, researchers are also piling up data showing it's building up and harming all of us, too. But live without it? Impossible! Rodale.com editors found that out the hard way during our plastic-free February challenge, when people from around the world joined us in eliminating as much plastic from daily life as possible. Even if you missed our challenge in February, now is a great time to make a pact to keep unnecessary plastic out of your life. After all, Friday is Earth Day!And that's the gist of the new book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). Author Susan Freinkel doesn't totally trash plastic (in fact, she says it has its place), but instead she outlines ways to reduce wasteful, shortsighted uses. (Freinkel even referred to the Rodale.com Plastic-Free challenge in a recent New York Times op-ed piece.)We spoke with … [Read more...] about Toxic Love Story: How to Have a Better Relationship with Plastic
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This article was written by Eden Strong and repurposed with permission from YourTango.I didn't even want to go on the trip. There was absolutely nothing appealing to me about driving several hours with a family I didn't like, a husband who was treating me like garbage, a cranky three-year-old daughter, and a colicky three-week-old son, just so that my overly-proud father could show us the fancy college he was paying for my brother to attend.Yet, there I was, riding down the highway while the baby screamed in the back seat and my husband screamed at me. Wrapped in my own despair and trapped by the weight of the situation, I looked out the window and tried to convince myself of all the positive reasons I had agreed to go."Family is family," I thought. "My brother wants me to see where he's going to school and as a family we support each other." This was the lie I told myself in an attempt to feel better.Related: I've Been Roofied 2x And I Think Anti-Rape Nail Polish Is GeniusThe last … [Read more...] about My Parents Refused to Help Me Leave My Horribly Abusive Husband
At 35 years old, I had a job I loved, a home I loved, and an independent life I loved. But when I took some time away from my job as a police-dispatched crisis intervention counselor, helping people in their most vulnerable times, I felt that something was missing. I was 35, and while I had dated men here and there, I’d never found the one I wanted to start a family with. I was happy, really, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was meant to be a mother. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!) I had given up on the idea of having children until my gynecologist reminded me I didn’t need a partner to have a baby. I had always known that was true, but I just never thought I would go that route. I realized that I had the means, I had the job, and I had supportive friends to help. Why not look into it?With my biological clock ticking in a way that felt almost audible to me, I had to take action sooner than later. I … [Read more...] about ‘I Gave Birth To Quadruplets And It Almost Killed Me’
I know what they're thinking. I can see it in their eyes. The quick look, the sideways glance, checking me out, gauging the skill level, sizing me up. And they think, "What's this old man doing out here? I'm a run him into the ground. I'm a lean on his skinny ass, muscle him, put a body on him. I'm a go right through this motherf---er." I know because I've seen the look a hundred times -- a thousand times. And though I'm 6 foot 4, they don't even give me the respect of lacing up their shoes or removing their keys and cell phones from their pockets. They walk out onto the court, jingling and jangling, shoot me the look, and say "Let's play ball" as if they can hardly be bothered to break a sweat against lame-ass comp like me.But that's okay. I know what they see. It's the same thing I see when I look in the mirror -- a 50-year-old white guy with knotted fingers and squirrelly ankles who has lost way more than a step and never really had the good hops to begin with. What they can't see, … [Read more...] about Why We Love Streetball
In a way, his affair, the revelation of all his sex secrets, was the best thing that could have happened to her. When he left, those years of trying to be the good girl, to keep a low profile, to fit in—all that was gone. At last she could be her own person. She filed for divorce in November, and it was the most euphoric day of her life, better even than her wedding day. "I was free," she says. "I could feel the sunshine again." But then you have to wonder: If it was such a joy to be rid of the guy, why did she take him back? With the answer to that question comes a rare opportunity: to look inside a marriage that was bound for the rocks and see how it was saved. At the beginning it was an opposites-attract kind of thing, says Gina, age 35. They met during their sophomore year of high school. Bryan was a clown, a kidder, a cutup. Picture a young Nicolas Cage, handsome in a dorky way, always yapping, full of wisecracks and noodley little movements."I was the shier kid," she says, … [Read more...] about Relationship Advice: Can Love Come Back From the Brink?
It starts innocently enough. The insomnia-filled hours between my 6-month-old son’s nighttime feedings give me time to fill. Too much time. One night, sick of contemplating the ever-expanding contents of my navel, I log on to the computer to track down a replacement filter for our humidifier. One mouse click leads to another, and all of a sudden I’m hot and heavy with the ghosts of girlfriends past.I enter the name of the girl to whom I lost my virginity, then press return. Even though the trail is, I’m embarrassed to admit, nearly 20 years old now, Google finds my long-lost love, Jennifer Miles, in just 0.27 seconds. (I’ve changed her name and other details to protect her identity. Yes, it’s ancient history, but it still seems poor form to kiss and tell.)Jennifer Miles is now an attorney-at-law who, according to the online newsletter of Baker, Reardon, and McCloud, just made partner. But is that my Jennifer Miles? Or is my Jennifer Miles the soccer mom … [Read more...] about Hunting Your Great Lost Love
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It has come to my attention that there is a terrible rumor going around about men: that we're selfish in bed. Hey, I'll admit, there's not a man I know who will decline oral sex from a woman he fancies. I mean, it's a blowjob! It's one of the all-time greatest discoveries—just ahead of Columbus finding America. Still, I take issue with this rumor. Because as much as men like to receive, we also love to give. If it's not already obvious why, let me explain: It Extends The Pleasurewhich state lasts the longest in bed). So a fella's best hope for marathon sex—or you know, sex that lasts longer than a commercial break—is to dedicate a little a time to you alone.Do you know what sex toys used to look like?…And Increases Our Odds of a Dual ClimaxMORE: 8 Ways to Spice Up Oral Sex The Feeling of Your Fingers in Our HairWe Get to Slow Down and Appreciate Your BodyOne Word: UnderboobMORE: "Can I Ask a Guy to Go Down On Me?" It's a Hell of a Lot More … [Read more...] about 9 Reasons Guys Love Giving You Oral
The Real Motive For My Articles Now I will tell you why I am taking the time to write this ongoing series of articles. I am a person who has been far down the proverbial “rabbit hole.” I am not talking about drugs. Drug experiences would be mundane and very limited compared to what I am referring to. All I can do is offer you what I have seen. We are all striving to do what we can to heal the world, or at least our part of it, and there is a lot to heal (understatement). My thought is that maybe if we share information, whatever our experiences have been and what we have learned, our chances of success in averting planetary catastrophe could improve. I want to help make people aware that we are not as helpless as we are supposed to believe. With that in mind, I will share with you what I hope will be practical observations that can encourage you to explore in deeper ways, and have more faith and appreciation for yourself, … [Read more...] about Love, Mind, Consciousness and the “Real” World
Pain comes in many flavors. There is fibromyalgia pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, chronic back pain, Degenerative Disk Disease, and the pain and fatigue of Lyme Disease. Frequent companions of pain are depression and anxiety, perhaps brought on by how helpless you feel. What is really tragic is the pharmaceutical industry’s lack of interest in finding cures for the sources of these various types of pain. It may be more accurate to say that the tragedy is that our U.S. government has allowed itself to become the business agent and protector of the egregious profits of the pharmaceutical industry. But that is another story for another day, once we have gotten your pain out of the way. Pain has a wonderful way of focusing the mind on finding relief. The pharmaceutical industry is well aware of this and they are very jealous of allowing natural remedies to compete for market share. The urgency of finding something to ease chronic pain produces dependable return business … [Read more...] about Pain Patients Love Kratom