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Posts from the ‘Culture’ Category

7
Dec

“Aetna CEO in Line for $500 Million Payout”

Those were the headlines on the front page of the Business & Finance section of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) yesterday. Mark T. Bertolini  – the CEO of Aetna since 2010 – stands to make a half billion dollars if Aetna successfully merges with CVS and he leaves his job. According to the WSJ, about $230 million will come from already vested stock appreciation rights while another $190 million would come from the common stock he already owns. An additional $60-$85 million  is estimated to be his payout if he is terminated when the company sells itself. Read more »

29
Nov

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If you haven’t seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri run to the theater and watch this amazing flick.  Written, produced, and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, a weathered, middle-aged divorced mother of two, Woody Harrelson as Chief (of Police) Willoughby, Sam Rockwell as the dimwitted, racist police officer, James Dixon (pronounced “DickSon” throughout the film) and Peter Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) as James, the local pool shark and car salesman. Read more »

8
Oct

Getting Serious: Automatic and Semi-Automatic Weapons

When the NRA announced this past week support for the restriction of “bump stocks” – a device that enables a semi-automatic rifle which can only fire one bullet per trigger pull to convert to the firing speed of a fully automatic rifle – people took notice because the NRA rarely, if ever gets behind the restriction of any firearm. Did the gunning down of hundreds of people attending a concert in Las Vegas by a mad gunman who used bump stocks on a dozen rifles make the NRA realize how insanely easy it is for lunatics to be able to convert semi-automatic rifles into rapid fire weapons?  Yes and no. Read more »

2
Oct

Why is the AHA Promoting a Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dairy, and Egg Centered Diet?

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and the American Heart Association (AHA) professes to be on a mission “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.” While this disease takes many forms, the primary concern of most people is atherosclerosis:  “a big word for a big problem: fatty deposits that can clog arteries. These buildups are called plaque. They’re made of cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin (a clotting material in the blood)” according to the AHA. In addition, the AHA writes: Read more »

12
Sep

Why The Big Picture Matters

Several years ago I started making donations to sanctuaries specializing in the rescue of animals from slaughter houses and abused “homes.”  The stories were heartbreaking and I knew my dollars were primarily going to the veterinary care of the animals, food, shelter, and the selfless staff devoted to taking care of these animals.

When a cow escapes from a slaughter house in Brooklyn, I cheer for the cow (and curse the people chasing it) and often send a donation to the kind person who rescued the terrified animal.  So, before I go further, I want to unequivocally say these charities deserve our support because they spotlight the abuse and horrific way people treat most animals. They make us think twice about our choices. Read more »

10
Sep

Remembering Sean Booker, Sr.

Tomorrow will mark 16 years since 9-11 with most of us remembering 9-11 as the day that changed the world. 2,996 people were killed and thousands more were wounded.  Survivors were left without fathers, mothers, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, husbands, wives, partners, and friends.

Sean Booker, a 35-year old Xerox technician was working in the Marsh and McLennan office on the 93rd floor of the North Tower when the first hijacked plane (American Airlines Flight 11) struck at 8:46 am between the 93rd and 99th floors. Sean Booker lost his life. Read more »

4
Sep

Things I Do When He’s Away……

When my husband travels, I used to feel like a fish out of water unsure of what to do without my best friend around but gradually through the years, I’ve learned to embrace this time and do a few things differently.

Let’s start with baking. I only bake vegan desserts (which my husband gobbles up) but there are some desserts – namely, brownies – where nuts are an issue. Brownie lovers are usually divided into two lots: the purist (my husband) who likes his brownies with nothing added, and the adventurer (me) who loves walnuts or pecans and a few extra dark chocolate chips sprinkled throughout (just to make sure the brownies are gooey enough). So, when he’s not home, making a pan of walnut studded brownies (instead of half plain, half nuts) is on my to-do list. Read more »

2
Sep

The American Diabetes Association versus Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

We envision a life free of diabetes and all its burdens, which is fueled by our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of al people affected by diabetes.                                                    ~American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) works to “prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” The organization does this by education, advocacy, and providing grants for research.

Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes with the majority (an estimated 29 million according to the ADA) suffering from Type 2. An additional estimated 84 million Americans 18 and older are prediabetic.  In other words, 113 million people or 1 in 3 people in the United States suffer from prediabetes or diabetes. Read more »

25
Aug

Have You Thought About Aluminum?

For decades I never gave much thought to aluminum beyond the rolls of aluminum foil in my kitchen drawer. Then several years ago, I was reading a cookbook (Vegan Chocolate..the ultimate chocolate baking book for chocoholics available at www.amazon.com and at bookstores nationwide) by Fran Costigan that recommended using aluminum-free baking powder which made my curious as to what the difference was between baking powder with aluminum (double-acting baking powder) and aluminum-free baking powder. Read more »

11
Aug

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: It Really Works!

We heard natural deodorant never works. So we made one that does.

Most antiperspirants/deodorants contain aluminum – a metal that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. Although there is definitely an upside to not perspiring at times, there is also a downside to rubbing aluminum-based antiperspirant under your arms every single day because our bodies can absorb the aluminum.  We don’t need aluminum to nourish our bodies and recent studies suggest a link between the amount of aluminum absorbed and retained in our body with cognitive decline. Read more »