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Emotional intimacy the key to better sex

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 17/2006 - 11:06 PM
It all begins with emotional and verbal communication.

Good sex does not just happen naturally, said Lily McNair, a psychology professor at Spelman College. ''If you're in love and you're together, it's just supposed to be good -- one size fits all. But it's not that way.''

Before having sex, talk about your expectations, what you like and the role of sex in your relationship, she recommends. Such discussions can be difficult and require a lot of time, effort, vulnerability and trust.

Once you break through the communication gap, you can reap the emotional and physical benefits of a healthy sex life.

Studies suggest....

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Single women, double standard

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/March 29/2006 - 01:52 PM
HERE is the tale of two successful women, both well educated, who chose the world of politics over corporate careers and bigger paypackets.

By doing so they both willingly signed up for public scrutiny over privacy. Neither have married or had children.

One is constantly on the receiving end from commentators not content with challenging her on policy, but who also resort to slagging off her personal circumstances.

They want to make her private life seem so far removed from yours that you begin to wonder how she could adequately represent you.

Some of her detractors are the same sycophants who wax lyrical in....

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Women expected to freeze eggs in future

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/January 10/2006 - 10:20 PM
A small number of women in Britain have had their eggs frozen to preserve their fertility because of a medical condition, but only a handful of cases have been done for lifestyle reasons, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

Eggs are harder to freeze than sperm because they contain more water and using current technology, there is a danger an egg may be damaged in the process.

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Seasonal marriage

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/December 27/2005 - 03:38 AM
Marriage is a social bond of human being, a social recognition of living together in family life for a man and a woman. There are no especial rules and regulations for particular timing of marriage ceremony in any society or country. But what may be called seasonal marriage became a tradition at Char Kukri Mukri under Charfashion upazila in Bhola district, a remote island in the country.

The "seasonal marriage" in the society of remote coastal area Char Kukri Mukri is usually performed when the people from the mainland go to the area for fishing during rainy season and harvesting season....

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Stress Less, Live More

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/August 20/2005 - 08:26 PM
Stress can be an overwhelmingly powerful emotion. Ask anyone who’s ever experienced an anxiety attack while standing in line at the grocery store and they can quickly attest to the powerful punch that stress packs. Long-term neglect of a stressful lifestyle can contribute to premature aging and medical conditions, including hypertension, and digestive disorders.

Conquering things beyond our abilitiesAccording to the American Psychiatric Association, women ranging in age from mid twenties to late thirties are more prone to experiencing physical and mental symptoms as a result of stress than men. One contributor to this finding....

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Women and casual sex

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/June 30/2005 - 12:34 AM
"IT COMES DOWN to the idea that people believe women don't like sex as much as men do!" says Emily Dubberley.

The English sex writer/ author and I laugh and snort with derision. It's the scorn of a female duo for whom this obviously doesn't apply.

However, it's very relevant to the subject we're discussing on the phone with such animation.

We're talking about casual sex and why it's always been seen as a male trait and not a female practice. This is, of course, because men have historically led the field in promoting casual sexual encounters while, traditionally, women have sought relationships.


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Riding in style

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/June 22/2005 - 05:47 PM
For years, women were seen as an ornament on the back of a motorcycle.

Today, however, those leather-clad mamas are telling their men to move over and get their own ride.

Lily Gonzalez, 42, got her first motorcycle as an anniversary present from her husband, Paul, two years ago and has been taking to the roads ever since.

"I think it is the sense of freedom that draws women to riding," Gonzalez said. "It is just you and the road."

Although she has been riding for only a few years, Gonzalez has always been interested in the world of motorcycles and the culture that....

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Finding peace, escape from hectic lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Monday/June 06/2005 - 01:48 AM
You're driving to work one day, with a monster 18-wheeler riding your bumper, thinking about how you're going to meet that 3 p.m. deadline, and suddenly it hits you: This is not the way life is supposed to be.

The years go by quickly when you have a career and family to fill your days. Even vacations often seem just as hectic as daily life. But there is an alternative.

More people are taking advantage of a growing number of retreat centers in the area to take time out, to take stock of their lives, to find spiritual perspective and renewal. It's a....

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Legacies of Success

Posted by: smilie on Monday/March 28/2005 - 10:55 PM
Entrepreneurial women pass powerful lessons to children

The Miami Herald

While mothers used to pass on their recipes and pearls to their daughters, today's moms are handing down their work ethic, their entrepreneurial spirit and their businesses.

Women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men and expanding them twice as fast. Hispanic women in particular are leading the way. Whether it is a flower shop or a marketing firm, women find running their own companies gives them more control over their personal lives and finances. They have the flexibility, when necessary, to bring a child into the workplace or bring the....

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Doctor advises hurried women to take it slow

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/March 03/2005 - 11:10 PM
This article gives good information for women with busy daily schedules. It recommends that women should slow down to alleviates stres and emotional & physical problems. It warns of the consequences of having a hectic lifestyle. It also offers a quiz to help you find out if you are a hurried woman.

Here is a snippet from the arcticle:

Where has all the energy gone? You know, the positive energy that gives you some small sense of control over your own life, no matter what you have to do or how little time you have to do it in? The positive....

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Happy Housewives: Call them stay-at-home moms, they don't mind

Posted by: smilie on Monday/February 21/2005 - 05:49 PM
There is a group of women in Rio Rancho who don't mind being called housewives or stay-at-home moms.

It's what they are. It is the lifestyle they have chosen.

Many had full-time, fulfilling careers before marrying and starting their families. For some, the transition from career to stay-at-home mom proved challenging. There was something, however, about going from career to wife and mother that is as the MasterCard commercial says: priceless. Priceless, because they are able to stay home and raise their children during the early and crucial years of their young lives.

These local women belong to MOMS Club of Rio Rancho....

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5 style tips for 2005

Posted by: smilie on Monday/January 03/2005 - 02:36 PM
Whether you're hitting a raucous party tonight or spending a quiet evening at home, at some point -- if you haven't done so already -- you may be thinking about New Year's resolutions.

Maybe you're not the type to write them down. Maybe you just keep a running list in your head.

Here are my suggestions for resolutions culled from what I've learned in five years of covering fashion and beauty, and watching "Oprah" for years. Take what you can use. Remember, they're suggestions, not commandments.


My favorite T-shirt bears this motto: "Start a Revolution -- Stop Hating Your Body." If....

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The new face of America

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/December 14/2004 - 08:21 PM
Changing U.S households have real estate, marketing implications

American households look a lot different than they did 30 years ago. Overall, households are smaller, more people are putting off getting married and families with one stay-at-home parent -- once the understood norm -- have been placed in a demographic of their own, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In its recently released "America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2003" survey, the U.S. Census reports the average size of American households has decreased to 2.57 people in 2003 from 3.14 people in 1970.

Only 10 percent of households have 5 or more members compared with....

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Christmas Pure and Simple!

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/December 07/2004 - 05:35 PM
Share your ideas for a simple Christmas

“Fragmented”, she replied when I asked her how she was feeling. She had bought into the common philosophy that being busy is somehow a virtue.

I’ve been there too. Most of us have. We buy into the notion that we must “be more”, “do more” and have more”. We find ourselves fragmented and stretched like a piece of worn out elastic.

Oh, there are seasons of life where busyness does prevail and we run. Yet when it becomes a constant way of life, and we run weary, we need to take action. Simplicity can be a....

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Busy women have options for treating fibroid tumors

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/December 07/2004 - 05:25 PM
Uterine artery embolization requires less recovery time than hysterectomy

Nicole Williams of Columbia probably isn’t quite as busy as Condoleezza Rice, a top adviser President Bush has named as the next secretary of state.

But when Williams decided to have something done about her fibroid tumors, she chose the same treatment Rice did recently: uterine artery embolization.

Though not for everyone, it’s an option for women who are too busy for tumors — and too busy for the hysterectomy that is the most common remedy for them.

“I couldn’t afford to be out of work for six weeks,” said Williams, a radiology support specialist....

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Secrets of beautiful women

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/November 28/2004 - 01:59 PM
Beauty is a curious thing. It knows no age, no race, no gender. It starts with an inner sense of peace and confidence that radiates to outer grace and elegance.

Susie Porter’s definition of beauty requires no magic creams or special wardrobe. "For me, beauty is more of an inner confidence," she says. "It’s the ability to connect with people."

And like all fine things, beauty gets better with age. "I think older women have a greater degree of that true beauty," she says. "That inner confidence comes with life experiences."

She says it's something she first noticed when she entered....

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Women use deep freeze to cheat biological clock

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/October 30/2004 - 04:34 PM
WOULD-BE mothers are putting their eggs into deep freeze as they search for Mr Right and concentrate on their careers.

Single career women are thinking ahead and storing their eggs for lifestyle rather than medical reasons.

The technology to remove healthy eggs and freeze them indefinitely has been available in Australia for about six months.

Queensland Fertility Group's Dr Warren DeAmbrosis said about 30 women had so far frozen their eggs.

The procedure is also used for medical reasons such as women undergoing cancer treatment or early menopause.

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What Women Want Expo: What do they want?

Posted by: smilie on Monday/October 11/2004 - 04:30 PM
From tattoos to fashion shows, expo offers many different things for women

Mary Holguin said she felt a little like royalty over the weekend.

She was given flowers, allowed to sample expensive perfume and had her hair and make up done by stylists.

"It makes you feel good, even if it's just for a few hours," Holguin of Ivanhoe said.

Holguin was just one of an estimated 8,000 women who attended the 2-day What Women Want Expo at the Visalia Convention Center for a chance at a few hours of pampering.

The expo, which catered to women, offered them a variety of activities from shopping....

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Women of attitude

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/October 10/2004 - 10:25 PM
Red Hat Society turns the simple reality of aging into a raucous good time

YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN FOR A GOOD TIME WHEN the evening's drink special matches the color of your hat.

The Red Hat Lady -- vodka, cherry vodka, amaretto, Southern Comfort, sloe gin, sweet 'n' sour mix and lemon-lime soda, shaken over ice and served in a martini glass -- comes out as wanton-red as cheap toenail polish, and 69-year-old Wanda Prince wants some.

"I'll have eight or 10 of those Red Hat things," she tells the bartender.

"You want EIGHT of them?"

"Mmm, probably 10."

He blinks.

Although she's known in certain circles....

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Women flock to food, fun, fashion at Ladies Night Out

Posted by: smilie on Friday/October 08/2004 - 04:02 PM
Area women of all ages flocked to sample food, wine and fashion, as well as information from local businesses that exhibited products and services on Thursday evening at Ladies Night Out.

Sponsored by The Reporter, Aurora Health Center and a number of other area companies, the annual event was held this year from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1 N. Main St.

In addition to refreshments and product samples, those attending were treated to several guest speakers, followed by “Divine Reinvention,” a fashion show featuring local “celebrity” models and sponsored by Younkers.

About 400 attendees had arrived at the....

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