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Sleep Challenged? You're Not Alone

  • Michael Jordon can't sleep unless the TV is on.
  • Christina Aquilera and Dolly Parton go to bed with the nightligt on (but not together).
  • Martha Stewart and Jay Leno get by on four hours of shut-eye.
  • Peter Fonda says, "When I die I want inscribed on my gravestone, 'Finally, a good sleep.'"


    Heaven: On the Other Side -- of a Sandwich
    Heaven is the other side of that feeling when you're sitting on the couch and you get up and make a triple-decker sandwich. It's on the other side of that, when you don't make the sandwich. It's about sacrifice...It's about giving up the things that basically keep you from feeling. I'm always asking, 'What am I going to give up next?'"
    --Actor Jim Carrey

    Figuring it Out
    I think the real job of your life is figuring out what is the job of your life, you know, what is your calling? I think everybody is called here to earth to do something special. I think there's not a person born that doesn't have a gift to offer in some way. And so, your job is not just to do what your parents say, what your teachers say, what society says, but to figure out what your heart calling is, and to be led by that. For me, from a very early age, it was talking. Talkin' in the church.

    I'm grounded spiritually, having been brought up in the church. But spirituality means more to me than religion or church. It means knowing yourself and knowing that there's something bigger than yourself.
    --Oprah Winfrey, talking with Larry King.

    The Oneness of Oppposites
    Religion and science are two different languages attempting to tell the same story. Religion savors the questions and science dwells on the answers.
    --Dan Brown, author of the bestseller, The Da Vinci Code at a book reading.

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    Health Savings Accounts:
    New Option in Health Insurance

    Since last January, people under age 65 are able to set aside tax-free money in HSAs to pay for medical expenses. Employer contributions are likewise tax-free. These accounts are portable when employees move to a new job, and consumers pay no taxes on investment gains or on funds withdrawn for healthcare expenses. Unspent funds accrue from year to year.
    Source: Collaboration for Healthcare Renewal Foundation (CHRF).

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    Young and Old Unite
    An AARP survey found that among single women of a certain age, one-third are dating younger men.

    Steve Sloan, editor of AARP The Magazine, said, "I think it has to do with power and money. As women have more money, they can afford to date a man with less money."

    Along with the divorce rate, biology may also help to explain an older woman's lust for younger men. "Young men have more sexual vigor and women often don't get there until their 30s," Dr. Joyce Brothers said. "So the older woman matched with a yonger man has a better sex life."

    Celebrities are setting a high profile example: Demi Moore, Madonna, Cameron Diaz and Sharon Stone, to name a few. But it's not just a celebrity trend, The AARP survey discovered -- out of 3,501 men and women ages 40 to 69 -- that 34% of women were enjoying younger men.

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    Investigating Chinese Medicine and Women's Health
    The Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Columbia University has received a two-year, $270,000 planning grant to help establish a center for traditional Chinese medicine and women's health at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

    The researchers, led by the center's director Fredi Kronenberg, will investigate the use of time-honored Chinese medical practices -- working in the environments where these approaches originated -- to treat a number of women's health issues, including menopause, infertility, endometriosis, and painful menstruation.

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    Hybrid Cars: From Eco-Geek to Eco-Chic
    Yes, it has indeed become the trendy thing to do -- cruising down the boulevard in you hybrid vehicle. Billy Crystal, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio and many, many more are excited owners of these environmentally friendly, fuel efficient, affordable and fun cars. And they go fast too!

    So, what does hybrid mean exactly?

    It means the car has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor, and they work together in harmony to create less pollution and better mileage. You don't have to plug it in or recharge it or anything, either.

    It would be good if these cars just keep on selling and selling, to celebrities and everyone, so we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil (what a concept), breathe cleaner air, and spend less money on fuel.

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