Show of hands: who wants to hear about the latest concussion news, specifically how despite the reams of new data and diagnoses aids provided to amateur and professional sports leagues, teams continue to run like Bedlam inmates from uttering the dreaded "C" word. (I’m looking at you, Bryce Harper's Washington Nationals.) None? Okay. We'll wait till football camps open. Moving on …How about a tasty conversation with an academic who has written a chilling book about Climate Change? We can begin with how Global Warming will be killing all our grandchildren. (The ones, at any rate, who do not succumb to the tender mercies of other children with "starter rifles.") Not today? All right, perhaps we’ll save that one to ruin your Memorial Day.Benghazi? Oy. The IRS Hearings? Don't think so.So I take it you want to keep it light this week. You win. Luckily, two subjects near to my heart fall at hand. The demise of the New York Knickerbocker professional basketball club and, wait … [Read more...] about Spring Arrives, Knicks Don’t
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Just rang off with a retired spook. Not a friend, exactly, more like an acquaintance. Okay, a source. Back in the day. Asked him straight off, anyone taping this conversation?"Yeah," he says, "me."Other than you?"What I always tell you?" He meant when we first met, me a newspaper hack. Translation: when we first began using each other to further our respective agendas and careers. I remember now like I remembered then, words to live by in the business: Never, ever, put it in writing. Never say it on a phone if you can help it, particularly a cell phone. Always meet in person. Doesn't mean every conversation needs to be a Chin Gigante walk-and-talk. But like Jimmy Breslin once told me, "You got feet and ears and eyes, you don't need nuthin' else."So anyway, I say to the spook, How I know what they got on me? They, of course, being the shadowy men and women operating the government listening apparatuses and the craven private communications outfits who are in bed with them. Verizon. … [Read more...] about Dear Mr. President: Can You Hear Me Now?
Summer loving definitely isn’t always the sassy, splashy dream romance epitomized by Danny and Sandy in Grease or in High School Musical. In fact, there are so many things you fantasize about happening that aren’t even close to the reality of what actually goes down when you find a fling that's just fun from June to August. (Add something extra to your sex life with the JimmyJane Form 8 vibe from the Women's Health Boutique.) Here, prime examples of what we always get wrong about that summer love fantasy.1. Expectation: Making out so hard on the beach sounds bomb. Reality: Except sexual activity and sand are, in fact, the worst combination of all time. Let’s get real: Outdoor summer lovin’ is best kept by the pool. Or, you know, in the air conditioning with Orange Is The New Black on.2. Expectation: Strolling through the streets licking an ice cream cone hand in hand.Reality: More like fighting froyo farts and your bloated stomach … [Read more...] about 11 Reasons Why Summer Flings Are Totally Overrated
1. Run, Stop, PopThe Drill: Breakaway jumperNothing mutes an opponent quicker than a fast-break bomb. To hone this weapon, start from the top of the key and dribble downcourt. Once you're inside the arc, pull back for a jump shot. Immediately rebound your shot and repeat the drill in the opposite direction. Do 10 reps.2. Precise PassingThe Drill: Sideline shuffleMark three chest-high spots along the gym wall with sticky notes. For 60 seconds, try to hit the marks with chest, overhead, one-handed, and bounce passes while shuffling sideways up and down the sideline. Repeat 3 times and increase your speed for each interval. 3. Crash the BoardsThe Drill: Rebound hopsStand under the backboard. Jump up and throw the basketball at a spot on the glass and catch it before you land. Drop into a squat and touch the ball to the ground, and then jump up again for another rep. Repeat 10 times. Focus on soft landings--they save your joints and help you explode up. 4. Game … [Read more...] about Call the Shots
20 little things you can start doing today to live better It's hard to make big changes in life. The energy and time commitment is often too great. That's why so many Americans still struggle with their health. The problem isn't knowing what to do; it's doing it. So why not take the opposite approach? Forget about such grand, amorphous goals as losing weight or getting in shape. Instead, aim to drink the leftover milk in your cereal bowl each morning to get more vitamins, or hold your fork in your nondominant hand to slow your eating, or "forget" your glasses the next time you're at the gym so you won't get distracted. Little tips like these can make a big difference over time.1. DECORATE YOUR PLATE A 14-year study found that men whose diets were highest in fruits and vegetables had a 70 percent lower risk of digestive-tract cancers. How to reach your quota: Never eat a meal that doesn't contain a vegetable or fruit. And no, fries don't count. 2. DRY-BRUSH YOUR TEETH It cuts … [Read more...] about Day 7: Tuesday – Make a Transformation
Research by Steve Mazzucchi, Gregory Mone, Yelena Moroz, Vanessa Richardson, Lara Rosenbaum, Jenna Schnuer, Gina Trapani, and Amanda TustWe went out in search of ways to streamline the important stuff -- from shopping to whipping up a Nigella-caliber feast to catching up on sleep -- and found 65 tricks to make it happen. And don't miss WH's Big Easy series, filled with time-saving tips for busy women: check out Week 1, Week 2, and Week3. So sit back, put your feet up, and watch your newfound free time instantly materialize. The easiest way to...1. Create the perfect 11th-Hour gift with a click and a cardConstantly remind your giftee that you are so not last minute with a subscription to an "of the month" club. Nowadays there's something to match every quirky obsession -- lobster, neckties, salsa, even jerky. Prices vary, but you can opt for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription. Visit club-offers.com for reviews of more than 120 clubs.2-5. Score your dream wardrobe Picking through … [Read more...] about 65 Ways to Simplify Your Life
The old adage “practice makes perfect” applies to your posture, too.“If you’re training for a sport, you need to practice that sport,” says Justin Strause, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist and the clinic director of Apex Physical Therapy - Emmaus. “Your posture is no different.”And there’s good reason to straighten up: poor posture can have all kinds of physical effects, including headaches; neck pain that may radiate down your arm; shoulder pain, which over the long-term can cause rotator cuff issues, and low back pain.And these ailments aren’t just an old man’s game. Strause says he sees posture problems pop up starting in high school-ers, thanks to all that texting: “Doctors are calling it ‘tech neck’ now.”Even more commonly, pain stemming from a slumped spine hits the desk jockey set—those who sit at work all day.To remedy this, and get in that posture practice, Strause suggests making a … [Read more...] about The One Exercise That Can Improve Your Posture
Earlier this week, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady revealed the ins and outs of his extremely specific diet as he dropped his new book, The TB12 Method. In the book, he discusses exactly what he eats, what he doesn’t, and why he chooses to follow the regimented plan. One detail that caught our eye? Brady revealed, per an early look from the Boston Globe, that he drinks anywhere from 12 to 25 glasses of water a day. That doesn’t even cap his fluid intake—Brady likes to have multiple protein shakes, too.Mocha Protein Shake:That seems like a ridiculous amount of water. And while he has made other dubious claims about H20—like the fact that he thinks water can prevent sunburns (which is completely unproven)—we decided to delve into the question most readers probably have: Do you really need to drink that much to stay hydrated?So we turned to hydration expert J. Luke Pryor, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., director of elite athlete performance at Central California … [Read more...] about Does Tom Brady Really Need 25 Glasses Of Water Per Day?
“The heart of the home beats in the kitchen and a healthy one beats three times a day” Rightly pointed out by some wise man! It is noted that for over 90% of the houses, kitchen has proved to be the hub of activity. More than just being a space of cooking and eating, the kitchen is the arena where many significant actions take place right from amusing the guests to enjoying family time every Sunday morning. This is how the kitchen is in its “literal” sense the “heart” of the homes. And, when it comes to renovating this area, it scares us being heavy on the wallet. But my dear friend, breaking the bank is not always the case! There are many untold ways with which we can enhance the look, convenience, and storage of our kitchen. Here, I present you easy and pocket-friendly ways to refurbish the most functional room in-and-out. Have a look! Renovating The Kitchen From Inside: Boost The Cabinet Storage Employing Pot … [Read more...] about 10 Pocket-Friendly Ways To Refurbish Your Kitchen
I have an obsession with all things DIY thanks to Pinterst. My obsession is often kicked into high gear when it comes to making beauty products for myself, loved ones and friends. I can’t help that I thoroughly enjoy being able to provide myself and others with safe, natural alternatives to many store bought products for a fraction of the price. There’s no shame in my DIY game, so I’m going to share five of my favorite all natural and affordable DIY skin and hair care recipes! I am a pretty big fan of a good wax job despite the pain that can often accompany it. Unfortunately, my skin doesn’t like it nearly as much as I do and turns into a angry red mess soon after the actual waxing is done. After much research, I am fairly certain that the reason for my skin sensitivity is due to something in the actual wax used in the salon. I’m a problem solver by nature, so I figured it was high time I take the situation into my own hands by … [Read more...] about 5 DIY Beauty Treatments For Smoother and Healthier Skin