By: Barbara Schwartz As I began to write this month’s blog post, I looked at a list of special “days” for September. Ah-ha! It’s National Yoga Awareness Month. I’m a yoga instructor and believe that yoga can benefit everyone and that a good yoga instructor can modify any yoga practice to match anyone’s ability. Yoga … More Suicide Prevention Day
By: Barbara Schwartz August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. According to the National Women’s History Alliance, “…the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which culminated a 72-year, non-violent campaign to extend the right to vote to women…”¹ But if we divide everyone … More How Equal is Women’s Equality?
By: Barbara Schwartz July 28 is World Hepatitis Day We have Memorial Day and Mothers’ Day. Fathers’ Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Do we really need a Hepatitis Day in the middle of all our summer celebrations? Yes! Currently, scientists have identified Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E and there are only vaccinations … More What is World Hepatitis Day?
By: Barbara Schwartz I have had a headache. For two months. It wasn’t a migraine. Didn’t seem to be caused by allergies as anti-histamines didn’t help. It wasn’t crippling and usually wasn’t there first thing in the morning. But by noon, every day for two months, there it was—a slight ache, enough to aggravate me … More Letting Go
By: Barbara Schwartz My son graduated from college. Magna Cum Laude with Commonwealth and Departmental Honors. And I did everything I could to cut my arms out of the photos because I thought they looked flabby. My son earned a BS in chemistry with many awards and honors and I was worried that I looked … More Beauty Is More Than a Dress Size
By: Barbara Schwartz April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Does distracted driving really need its own month? You decide. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that: 3,450 people died in 2016 due to distracted driving.1 Distracted driving is more than texting: dialing a telephone number, posting a Facebook status, checking an … More National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
By: Barbara Schwartz Dear Lady Waiting to Cross the Street in Quincy Center This Morning, Thank you! While the outside temperature was warmer than it has been over the last few days, there was still a chill in the air. You were wearing all black except for a vibrant saffron colored scarf and a … More Lessons from a Lady in Yellow
By: Barbara Schwartz As we get ready for Spring, we think about a lot of things: Easter, Passover, St. Patrick’s Day, sunshine and open windows! But what about donating blood? March is National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Doesn’t sound very sexy, does it? The Bleeding Disorder Awareness campaign focuses mostly on Hemophilia and Von Willebrand’s Disease. Hemophilia … More Blood Donation
By: Barbara Schwartz The baby’s crying, you haven’t slept for more than two hours straight in a month and you have no idea when you showered last. Welcome to motherhood! For the next eighteen years, your child is your top priority. You will work around their schedule. You’ll sleep around their schedule. You’ll eat what … More The Changing Role of Parenthood
By: Barbara Schwartz C’mon, let’s talk about it. The Change. It has a scientific term: menopause. No one really discusses it. The National Institutes for Health describes menopause as the time when the ovaries stop making estrogen and progesterone and lists all of the usual symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood … More Was That a Hot Flash???