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Patricia Cohen's

Patricia Cohen's "In Our Prime: The Invention Of Middle Age"

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 01:55:50 in Fifty

“Shredder 171

I don't know if you'll ever see this but I have been reading your replies to various comments and I believe you are an incredible person, someone I would be honored to know in real life. Bless you. I would love to become one of your fans but the fan icon is always absent from my version of the Huffington Post Comment Section.”
Patricia Cohen's

Patricia Cohen's "In Our Prime: The Invention Of Middle Age"

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 09:16:31 in Fifty

“I've read books like this one and articles making similar claims in magazines like AARP. I'm sorry, these authors and researchers must live in an alternate universe. I am a middle-aged woman and the vast majority of my friends, relatives and acquaintances are struggling at midlife. Yes, experiencing great sadness at the loss of children who leave home, move far away and communicate with their parents infrequently. They are working hard to stay afloat financially in a brutal recession that makes retirement look like a risky proposition, trying to care for aging parents while encountering some serious health issues themselves. Most women I know are having difficulty with menopause and experiencing crushing stress as they try to hold their lives together. Latest studies show almost a quarter of women between the ages of 45 and 59 are on antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication.Dr. Christiane Northrup talks about midlife as a time when her patients must come to terms with old childhood traumas that were swept under the rug during the child-rearing years and yes, this is a time of reviewing life lived thus far and having to deal with regrets and what-ifs. I don't know a single person at midlife who has not done their share of serious grieving for bad decisions, bad outcomes, unrealized dreams, goals never reached, beautiful plans that never came to be. I still believe that midlife can be a time of new beginnings and transformations but there must be realistic expectations.”

shredder171 on Jan 18, 2012 at 14:30:55

“Kudos for a well written post mermaid5! This is true for many; good wishes to those that do not have to experience it but blessings every day and every second for those that do.”

mxwllk on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:03:27

“I agree. I have been working two jobs for years and I would love to be able to retire at 65 but I'm barely hanging on to the home I saved for 12 years to buy. Fortunately I am healthy enough to keep up with the two jobs and don't have any menopause issues but I would love to be able to give up my second job to just enjoy what I have.”

kesac on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:27:17

“You should get some help.”

wless315 on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:27:11

“It's up to you to make what you choose of your life. You can be miserable or you can be joyful. Everyone has regrets in their life, the trick is not to dwell on things that you cannot change. Nothing you can do about things you have done in the past and if you make your life about that of course you are going to be miserable. Each day brings a new opportunity for chance. You could win the lottery. Meet the most amazing person you have met, read a book that makes you laugh, watch a movie that makes you think. There is still time to strive for goals that you want to reach..and the benefit of that is that you will feel younger. You don't have time to think about the negative stuff. I am one of the 3/4 of women between 45-59 who do not take anti drugs, and I think that number is way, way too high..1/4? No one I know is on anything. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be positive and keep looking forward. Life is good!”
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Amanda Cummings' Suicide Prompts Cyberbullying Bill In New York

Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 13:18:17 in New York

“All you have to do is read the ugly, vicious, hateful comments posted on American websites to instantly understand that this country is filled to the brim with angry, fearful and uninformed people. It is the parents who are raising their children to hate and ridicule and many of these same parents are the ones posting horrible comments on the Huffington Post website.”

thejester39 on Jan 10, 2012 at 13:48:19

“As an American, I fully agree with you. America is becoming a disgusting place. Exactly what our Government was hoping for. When we are all weak, and a total mess, they will act as our saviors, and we will be forced to rely on them for everything. When the Government attacked its own country on 9/11, that spoke volumes to their intentions. After all, the easiest people to control, are those filled with anger, hate, and most importantly, fear. And almost all of them are uninformed. Make no mistake though, this country is EXACTLY where the Government wants it to be. Not where the people want it to be.”
Dementia: Caring For Parents With Alzheimer's And Coping With Grief

Dementia: Caring For Parents With Alzheimer's And Coping With Grief

Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 14:47:03 in Fifty

“Thank you for reminding those who struggle with this issue that there can be that occasional 'flash of light in the darkness'. And mysterious those flashes are worth a great great deal. I suppose my family is luckier than most. My father-in-law has dementia and though taking care of him can be grueling and disheartening because of his helplessness, spending time around him is often a wonderful experience because the 'old' personality he shed when the dementia hit was a difficult one. The new personality is soft and gracious and thankul and his ravaged mind can often come up with the most astonishing insights. I am learning a great deal from this new and improved personality in an old and deteriorating body.”
'The Bachelor': Why Smart Women Watch (and Love) It

'The Bachelor': Why Smart Women Watch (and Love) It

Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 12:17:52 in Women

“I don't think anyone who truly loves The Bachelor (or Bachelorette) takes it seriously. It is actually pure fun, one of those shows that fall into the it's-so-bad-it's-good category. It's like watching a sit-com. The plots are outlandish and the characters often ridiculous but you can't deny that the show is fascinating in a purely silly way.”
Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

Commented Jan 8, 2012 at 14:48:13 in Celebrity

“This week yet another teenager committed suicide in the United States due to bullying. She threw herself under a bus because she was considered 'different' and some of her classmates decided to ridicule, torment and make fun of her online and in person. I have to admit, though I was never popular in school, I had a hard time imagining what that must feel like--to be tortured so badly that you didn't want to live anymore. But since beginning to read some of the comments on these websites, such as the ones directed at Chaz Bono here, I begin to understand how truly cruel people in this country are. And that these people are teaching their children that cruelty that is spurring an epidemic of teenage suicide in America. How frightening and how very sad.”

KAYLEE BURRIS on Jan 8, 2012 at 16:44:30

“F&F wtg mermaid”

ncrespi on Jan 8, 2012 at 16:24:29

“That's apples and oranges for many reasons. For one the teenages you refer to never asked for allt hat attention, Chaz invited it. The teen girl had to pass among he rtormentors dialy, Chaz doesn't have to and probably won't meet most of them. Lastly, the young girl never went thru mutilatingchanges while Chaz did.”

helensaghy on Jan 8, 2012 at 15:38:31

“If Chastity would keep her business to herself, there would be nothing on this board now would there? Chastity wants this attention for whatever reason.

I tend to think that when kids taunted another kid and the taunted kid punched them in the mouth it was a better society. Didn't hear of so much of this mess.”
Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

Commented Jan 8, 2012 at 14:17:06 in Celebrity

“testing”
Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

Commented Jan 8, 2012 at 14:04:33 in Celebrity

“Not true. I want to hear about his life. Research has shown that human babies can be born with the brain of one sex and the body of another. It is a genetic accident and the courage shown by those iving with this condition is more than admirable, it is heroic. The burden of having been born with this condition, the suffering imposed by a cruel society such as ours must be tremendous.”
Why Your Teen Is Allergic to You

Why Your Teen Is Allergic to You

Commented Jan 3, 2012 at 16:58:44 in Parents

“I don't disagree with the logic of this man's explanation of teenager/parental strife but I wonder if it's really a natural/biological phenomenom or the end product of children being spoiled out of their minds by overly-indulgent parents and a permissive society. Prior to World War II there was not nearly so much of this type of trouble with our young people and their parents. Many teens dropped out of school to help their parents support the family and there seemed to be a great deal more respect, devotion and even admiration from teens toward their parents during that era.”

sopetersen on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:21:56

“Before WWII most teens moved away from home when they were 14 to get a job. So of course the relationship with their parents were different than today, when teens live at home at least until they start College, some even longer.”
Cheetah The Chimp Death Called Into Question: Tarzan's Chimp Mystery

Cheetah The Chimp Death Called Into Question: Tarzan's Chimp Mystery

Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 00:39:32 in Entertainment

“I am a former zookeeper. Few zoos have traditional cages any more. Most provide natural habitats and believe me, those animals live better lives than millions of starving, homeless people all over the world (and in our own country) who are unable to get medical insurance, clean water, adequate food or a safe place to sleep at night.”
Warm Up! The Health Benefits (And Pitfalls) Of 5 Fall Drinks

Warm Up! The Health Benefits (And Pitfalls) Of 5 Fall Drinks

Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 10:36:21 in Healthy Living

“One thing you must be careful of is the fact that most apples are loaded with toxins from pesticides and unless the cider is organic, it too, will be contaminated.”

onwisconsin on Oct 26, 2011 at 16:08:40

“You can buy organic cider in season. You just have to pay more for it.”

CapsFan1988 on Oct 25, 2011 at 14:29:58

“the amish make really good Cider, that is organic... some supermarkets sell it (and it says organic, but it is also a lot more expensive), but i forget the name.”
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The Halloween Dilemma: Should Christians Trick Or Treat?

Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 00:45:15 in Religion

“I could never understand this controversy. Halloween originated as a Christian holiday as the eve before All Saints Day (All Hallows Eve), a hallowed or holy night in which people dressed up and carried lanterns to ward off evil spirits as they walked the streets to celebrate and honor those who had died.”

CBasilJr on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:09:23

“The Christians were reacting to the fact that the pagans (or witches) claimed that All Hallows Eve was a holiday for those who opposed Christianity and believed that ghosts walked the day before All Saints Day. Much of the emphasis placed on All Saints Day was used to belittle the significance of All Hallows Eve.

Ultimately, due to the modern commercialization of Halloween, the efforts or the organized churches (especially the RCC) failed, and Halloween (All Hallows Eve) is much more familiar to most people than All Saints Day.”

lexagmor on Oct 18, 2011 at 01:32:00

“Halloween does mean All Hallows Eve, but you have it a wee bit wrong. The whole lanterns, costumes and stuff about spirits was part of the Celtic tradition in which it originated. Halloween is what it became when the Church moved All Saints' Day from May 13 to Nov 1st and All Souls Day to Nov.2nd. What you see on Halloween nowadays is all from the pagan roots not Christian Catholic roots. The Church's attempt was to do away with paganism by replacing it with new Christian traditions...same as Christmas and Easter.”

LynneE on Oct 18, 2011 at 01:21:22

“Actually, not true...it was originally a pagan holiday that was co-opted by the catholic church, just like christmas and easter.

What I find amusing is how christians are always complaining about the "war on christmas," yet they feel no remorse about stealing a holiday, then condemning others for participating in it. But who can explain the religious?”