Chin Up!

When I study my bare face in the mirror–sans skin products and makeup–I dislike the bottom third, into the neck area, where the skin sags the most and has fine and deep lines. I’d have a lower facelift were it not for the a.) cost and b.) anesthesia. Plus, the bottom half of my face might not match the top half, which wouldn’t be lovely!  

Happily, more and more non-surgical treatments are being offered today that promise to noticeably change the texture of the skin all over our body, from our faces to our tummies, from our butts to our legs. Alma Lasers makes many of the high-tech machines that dermatologists use to perform these treatments; one, called vShape Technology, uses non-invasive radio frequency energy that delivers concentrated thermal energy to renew, revitalize and refresh the body and face.

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Threatening = Insecurity

Have you ever considered whether you “threaten” other people? I don’t mean that others are afraid you might physically harm them. But does your personality overwhelm them?

Perhaps you speak your mind too freely. You might ask too many questions. Maybe you expect too much of them intellectually. You take them out of their comfort zones. Far out. I guess you also could say that you’re “intimidating.”

You might be in a powerful position at work, and manage to make your employees anxious about keeping their jobs. Or, you’re the most popular woman in your social network, and other women are afraid you’ll suddenly decide to “blackball” them. Sometimes, you have such strong opinions and ideas that others are afraid to voice theirs, fearing that you’ll dismiss, or worse, disparage them.


I know that I’ve been personally and professionally “threatening” to others in my life, as I’ve felt “threatened” at times by colleagues, friends, even family.  At least three times in my career, as I was rising through the ranks of a prominent publishing company,  I was promoted to jobs that colleagues were expecting to get. I struck terror in their hearts because I was an extremely demanding boss. Actually, overly demanding, and unrelenting. And, not always pleasant. (more…)

Chin Up!

When I study my bare face in the mirror–sans skin products and makeup–I dislike the bottom third, into the neck area, where the skin sags the most and has fine and deep lines. I’d have a lower facelift were it not for the a.) cost and b.) anesthesia. Plus, the bottom half of my face might not match the top half, which wouldn’t be lovely!  

Happily, more and more non-surgical treatments are being offered today that promise to noticeably change the texture of the skin all over our body, from our faces to our tummies, from our butts to our legs. Alma Lasers makes many of the high-tech machines that dermatologists use to perform these treatments; one, called vShape Technology, uses non-invasive radio frequency energy that delivers concentrated thermal energy to renew, revitalize and refresh the body and face.

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Can We Change The Course of Human (And Natural) Events?

When I heard the news about Las Vegas, I wanted to grab my “children” and head for the hills.

Pack up and move to a secluded place, safer than New York. Of course, I can’t grab 35-and 38-year-old adults whose lives are anchored here. Besides, nowhere seems safe today. Safe from natural disasters. Safe from deeply disturbed people. And, there are more of both every year. Everywhere. Anywhere.

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I am frightened, for my family, more than for myself. My heart goes out to all those parents who lost children today.  I honestly don’t know how I could go on living if something happened to mine.

I am frightened for our world. It seems to be hanging in such a precarious balance now. One day, you’re living on a beautiful peaceful island. The next, your world is destroyed. Your home is gone. Your job is gone. Where is your future? (more…)

I Want To Marry 95-Year-Old Norman Lear

By the time the 2016 documentary about Norman Lear (Just Another Version of You) had ended, I knew I wanted to marry the 95-year-old television writer and producer.

How could you not love a clever, adorable, wealthy and unassuming man who still has passion for his work? Oh, there’s something else. Norman Lear is a feminist, even if he did create the perpetually irascible Archie Bunker. Alas, marriage wasn’t in the cards for us. When I Googled him, I learned he’s been married to Lyn Lear since 1987. She was 40 and he was 65 when they married. Smart, and lucky, lady!  


Lyn and Norman 

I had the opportunity to tell Norman, face to face, that I’m a big fan, when he made an appearance at The New Old Age seminar this week, produced by AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic magazine.  Here are some of the wonderful insights and witticisms he shared during his interview with Alison Stewart, contributing editor of the magazine.     (more…)

“Three Stars, And I’m Out!”

I was beside myself with joy when I made the Arista National Honor Society in high school. I remember running down the hallway of Francis Lewis with excitement.  I couldn’t wait to call my dad when I got home later in the day,  because this was the era before cell phones. Way, way before.

Aside from that, I can’t think of an “award” I’ve won that thrilled me nearly as much. Generally, awards are created so organizations and businesses can bring in revenue by selling exhorbitantly priced tickets to those who feel they are obligated to “pay homage” to the person winning the award. And, we all know about awards like the Oscars, which rarely have much to do with the actual talent of the honorees.   

Occasionally, award winners turn down their honors. Remember when Bob Dylan refused to accept his Nobel Prize for Literature last year?  Marlon Brando boycotted the Academy Awards in 1973, when he won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Godfather, because he didn’t like the way the film industry treated Native Americans.  Entertainers aren’t the only ones who turn down awards. Physicist Stephen Hawking reported he turned down a knighthood in the 1990s, purportedly because he objected to the UK government’s mismanagement of  science funding. (more…)

An Anti-Aging Pill– For Real

This is a “sponsored post.” ChromaDex compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin
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No matter how many anti-aging lotions and potions I rub into my skin, it’s unlikely that I’m going to wake up one day soon, glance in the mirror, and see my 30-old-face staring back at me. But the burgeoning nutritional supplement market, estimated at a whopping $20+ billion, consistently promises it can help me live healthier–and feel younger. Although I’d be willing to keep my crow’s feet and laugh lines, in exchange for feeling as tip-top as I did decades ago, so many supplement claims seem downright absurd, even if Dr. Oz is making them!

It got my attention, however, when I heard that a Stanford-educated PhD, with his advanced degree in cancer biology, had discovered a vitamin that actually could reduce the effects of aging and rejuvenate energy production in the cell. Was this for real?  

I wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the scientist behind this discovery, and asked him to explain his discovery in non-scientific terms. If a highly educated scientist hoped to teach me anything, he had to make it simple. Biology was my worst subject in high school!

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Chin Up!

When I study my bare face in the mirror–sans skin products and makeup–I dislike the bottom third, into the neck area, where the skin sags the most and has fine and deep lines. I’d have a lower facelift were it not for the a.) cost and b.) anesthesia. Plus, the bottom half of my face might not match the top half, which wouldn’t be lovely!  

Happily, more and more non-surgical treatments are being offered today that promise to noticeably change the texture of the skin all over our body, from our faces to our tummies, from our butts to our legs. Alma Lasers makes many of the high-tech machines that dermatologists use to perform these treatments; one, called vShape Technology, uses non-invasive radio frequency energy that delivers concentrated thermal energy to renew, revitalize and refresh the body and face.

(more…)

Chin Up!

When I study my bare face in the mirror–sans skin products and makeup–I dislike the bottom third, into the neck area, where the skin sags the most and has fine and deep lines. I’d have a lower facelift were it not for the a.) cost and b.) anesthesia. Plus, the bottom half of my face might not match the top half, which wouldn’t be lovely!  

Happily, more and more non-surgical treatments are being offered today that promise to noticeably change the texture of the skin all over our body, from our faces to our tummies, from our butts to our legs. Alma Lasers makes many of the high-tech machines that dermatologists use to perform these treatments; one, called JuVaShape Technology, uses non-invasive radio frequency energy that delivers concentrated thermal energy to renew, revitalize and refresh the body and face.

(more…)

An Anti-Aging Pill– For Real





This is a “sponsored post.” ChromaDex compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin
lead

No matter how many anti-aging lotions and potions I rub into my skin, it’s unlikely that I’m going to wake up one day soon, glance in the mirror, and see my 30-old-face staring back at me. But the burgeoning nutritional supplement market, estimated at a whopping $20+ billion, consistently promises it can help me live healthier–and feel younger. Although I’d be willing to keep my crow’s feet and laugh lines, in exchange for feeling as tip-top as I did decades ago, so many supplement claims seem downright absurd, even if Dr. Oz is making them!

It got my attention, however, when I heard that a Stanford-educated PhD, with his advanced degree in cancer biology, had discovered a vitamin that actually could reduce the effects of aging and prompt our cells to act like they did when we were younger. Was this for real?  

I wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the scientist behind this discovery, and asked him to explain his discovery in non-scientific terms. If a highly educated scientist hoped to teach me anything, he had to make it simple. Biology was my worst subject in high school!

(more…)

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