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31 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals

Do you want to eat healthy dinners without having to slave away in the kitchen? Healthy crockpot freezer meals are your answer!! Here are 31 …

Best crime fiction books for 2015

<b>A guide to the best crime fiction of 2015. Updated monthly</b><p>I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell<p>This is an unusual thriller set on the fringes of the modern art world that is dark, haunting, twisted - and, in its own way, unforgettable. It centres on Mia, an art student in Nottingham, who gets seduced …

Books

This Deviled Egg Recipe Will Make You Question All Other Deviled Eggs

Never have you ever had deviled eggs like this before. This recipe that we found for you right here is <i>off the hook</i>. There are so many things that are right about these deviled eggs that you can forget every other deviled egg that has existed before -- this recipe is the only one you'll need from …

Grief at the Grocery Store

We are outwardly saddened by the death of Robin Williams. We've seen this before with icons like JFK and JFK Jr., Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Whitney Houston.<p>Why do we grieve so much for someone we've never met?<p>As someone who has been in the field of grief for decades, the …

Grief Is Not Broken

The deliveryman stood in front of me, cheerful because it was his last drop-off before the weekend. His stream of thoughts rambled out, as every passing second made the festivities of the coming holiday grow closer. His children were planning a special treat for their mom for Mother's Day.<p>His …

The War on Grief

The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry's diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of time as a mental illness.<p>This pathologizing of grief has ancient roots extending back at least as far as the Stoics, whose stern ascetic morality …

9 Step Action Plan For Overcoming Loss And Grief

"You can love, lose and survive. You can fall to your knees and cry in pain. You can feel a horrible, crippling emptiness, yet recover and fill yourself up again. We all seem to survive it." - Dr. Phil<p>In his book, <i>Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life,</i> Dr. Phil suggests …

Joan Didion on Grief

<i>“To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago,”</i> Montaigne wrote in his 16th-century essay on death and the art of living. And yet we continue to grapple with the paradox of our mortality. But arguably our most …

10 Healing Quotes to Help With Grief

It happened fast, without notice. This week, my family lost one of our beloved members. My mom and dad's chocolate Labrador retriever died suddenly.<p>One minute she was prancing around in the yard; seconds later she was dead. That's the thing about death: It takes its victims when we least expect it. …

‘Exposure therapy’ helps patients with prolonged grief | Reuters

Adding one-on-one sessions focused on reliving the experience of losing a loved one to regular group therapy appears to help more patients with prolonged grief, according to a new study.<p>Most people who lose a loved one feel stress, grieve and adapt over time. But seven to 10 percent of people get …

When Grief Is Traumatic

As Vicki looked at her son in his hospital bed, she didn’t believe he was close to death. He was still young, at 33. It had been a bad car accident, yes, but he was still strong. To an outsider, the patient must have looked tragic — unconscious and breathing through a ventilator. But to Vicki, he …

Anne Lamott on Grief, Grace, and Gratitude

<i>“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her magnificent meditation on the subject. But oftentimes, grief doesn’t exactly <i>come</i> — not with the single-mindedness and unity of action the word implies. Rather, it creeps up — through the backdoor of the psyche, …

When Grief and Absence Decorate Your Holiday Table

My mother made a Thanksgiving feast each year, with enough food to last us through FDR's entire administration. Despite the fact that it was always, always just the four of us, we dressed up and sat in the dining room. We used antique napkin rings, fine china and crystal glasses.<p>My parents and …

Holidays, Grief and Healing

It was the December 16th. Maria had just gotten the call, threw a few essentials into her suitcase and headed for the airport to fly home immediately. Seeing other passengers at the terminal wearing Santa Claus hats and hearing Christmas music in the background seemed out of place and disorienting. …

Simple Steps to Help You Move Through Grief and Live Again

People who grieve can live again.<p>The key is to give yourself permission to grieve. Such feelings are so powerful that if we do not experience and express them, then they reside inside and may cause illness and even death to the bereft.<p>Grieving can be an overwhelming experience, but if you start …

On Loss and Grief

Grief, my new constant companion, has moved in. I thought I'd take a good look at him since we're spending so much time together now. And I've realized a few things. Grief is not sadness. I get sad when I break a nail, or when the shoe I want is not available in my size. I get sad when someone …

Good grief: What social media gets wrong about death and mourning

There are a few commonly held reasons for using social media. The first is to create an illusion about our lives that's shinier than it actually is. My Instagram account, for example, is replete with pictures of my sweet kitten and my expertly done manicures. In reality, I keep stabbing myself in …

'H Is for Hawk': How a fierce bird helped a writer tame her grief

'H Is for Hawk' author Helen Macdonald talks about the predator who helped bring her back from the wild.<p>When naturalist, author, and historian Helen …

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown

Recently, I asked readers for some topics they'd like to see me blog on. I got lots of suggestions. I've written on two of them already. Today, I'll tackle a tough one, and briefly: Grief.<p>Grief is an experience and expression of great value lost. We can grieve the passing of a family member, a …

25 Essential Books About Death and Grief

If there’s one thing that every human on this earth has in common, it is that, at some point, we will have to deal with death. And while the contours …

Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief

I've always wanted to visit India and had an opportunity last month when my husband and I spent two weeks touring Rajasthan, the largest state in northern India. We started with the majestic Taj Mahal, located in Agra. The Taj, as it is commonly known, was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor …

Technology and Grief

Of course it's a cliché to say, but I'll say it anyhow: technology changes everything, even such fundamental things as how we define, make and keep friends as well as how we come together when we lose them. When we asked for and were reluctantly granted "friend" status, Facebook gave us an intimate …

The Priceless Inner Wisdom Gained From Grief

<b>This last month has had some glorious high moments but I've also had my share of lows...</b><p>In this process, I've had to re-learn the art of giving myself time to grieve. Here are some of my insights gleaned from this journey that I hope will be helpful to you whether you're grieving losing a loved …

Make a Bird Nest Necklace

Spring is a time of growth and renewal, and that includes baby birdies! Celebrate the season with Heather's stylized bird nest necklace over at <b>Live</b> …

Jewelry

11 Ways to Use Honey to Get More Gorgeous Skin, Hair, and Nails

<b>1. Moisturizing Mask</b><p>Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures it's retained it in the layers where it’s needed most for penetrating, long-lasting hydration.<p><b>Try it:</b> Spread one teaspoon raw honey on clean, dry skin, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. …