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“Smarter than the av-er-age bear” was a favorite saying of Yogi Bear.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013      12 comments

Often I feel that way about the posts and comments on SP at least when compared to the comments I read on articles about health and fitness in the general press. I thought about this when StriverOne commented on the intelligent responses I ... Read more
They call it “Hungry Man” not “Smart Man” for a reason.
Monday, March 25, 2013      21 comments

This is sad because DH IS a SMART man, a VERY intelligent man, except in nutrition and not being able to resist a sale. Awhile back I blogged about DH in the supermarke... Read more
“You know, this is a race, right? Shouldn’t you get going?”
Sunday, March 24, 2013      16 comments

That was the advice of an 8 year old volunteer to 2 “ultra” runners who were lingering at our aid station. It was an “ultra” (50k) trail race on Terrapin Mountain yesterday. For “ultra” events (greater than marathon distance), the aid stat... Read more
My favorite food? Whatever somebody else made and put in front of me.
Saturday, March 23, 2013      15 comments

I used to think that it was my lack of skill in the kitchen, my impatience at “stir until thickened” type directions or even some inborn laziness that made the above statement all too true. There may be another reason. Watermellen’s ... Read more
Carrot or stick – which do I respond to?
Friday, March 22, 2013      10 comments

Yesterday I read an article on SP just to get to 25 points so I could get that extra spin It was a worthwhile article, but the motivation to amass points really surprised me. SP uses the carrot approach all the time quite successfully. I... Read more
“Blond hair is more beautiful” - Laura Ingalls Wilder’s response
Thursday, March 21, 2013      6 comments

This is an addendum to my Tuesday blog entry A brown eyed girl’s search for a brown eyed doll (circa 1955) www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
al.asp?blog_id=5290657 Ironically, on Tuesday afternoon... Read more
Now THESE are strong women!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013      11 comments

“Women prove themselves in grueling Army course” I’ve written a lot recently about choices and opportunities for women past and present, so this story immediately attracted my attention. (Link to the full article is at the end) DH was ... Read more
Womanly or manly pursuits - how do we spend our time?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013      19 comments

Today I salute all the women AND men with the courage to be themselves. A comment on my blog Saturday prompted today’s thoughts. When she mentioned “womanly pursuits,” we all pretty much understood which activities she meant, even before... Read more
A brown eyed girl’s search for a brown eyed doll (circa 1955)
Monday, March 18, 2013      22 comments

12 years before Van Morrison’s song, I knew that it was blue eyes that were beautiful. I didn’t need a commercial, TV show or anyone else to tell me that blue eyed blondes hit the genetic jackpot and I didn’t. All I had to do was look at m... Read more
Gifts for women – more of a poll than a blog
Sunday, March 17, 2013      20 comments

Ads like this were common when women were the only ones expected to use household appliances. You wouldn’t see such a campaign today. ... Read more
Media images of women – more thoughts on expectations – past and present.
Saturday, March 16, 2013      15 comments

I can always count on the thoughtful comments of Sparkers to get me thinking beyond my original blog entries. As someone who has lived through a lot of the history being remembered during Women’s History month, I’ve witnessed the changes in... Read more
One more piece of advice from Mom
Friday, March 15, 2013      29 comments

When she told me or any other family member to “cover your cough,” she really meant it. I’m more aware of this right now since I’m finally recovered from the respirator... Read more
“Teachers who become pregnant will resign their position before the end of their first trimester”
Thursday, March 14, 2013      31 comments

That was the reality of pregnancy past. This was actually in the contract I signed in 1968 in a large urban school district in Virginia. Of course, the application also included a line where I was to indicate which “church” I attended. ... Read more
Advice from my mother (1922-2011)
Wednesday, March 13, 2013      18 comments

“Have something to put on that resume every year. People say they value the work of housewives and mothers, but employers forget that when you apply for a job.” Obviously, I’m paraphrasing. It was 1957 and it’s unlikely I can remember M... Read more
The way it was, is now, and perhaps will be?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013      15 comments

“Women won’t be equal to men in the media until 2085.” Articles like this always grab my attention. I’ve listed the links to the articles at the end, since it’s not so much the general results of the study that interested me, but one... Read more

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