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    Poems That Can Help With Healing In Hard Times

    (NAPSI)—You may be able to bring some comfort to your friends and family members who have been grieving a loss in these difficult days. Poetry And EmotionThere’s a new book that can help heal the hearts and minds of people who have lost jobs, opportunities, homes, even loved ones. Called “Words for the Unbearable: A Journey Through Loss” (IngramSpark), it was written by psychologist Enid Sanders, who has had her own losses to deal with. When her first child, Keri, died, the young mother spilled out a series of poems and put them away in a drawer. Decades later, when her husband Andrew died, she took them out and started writing again. At first she wrote for herself, for Andrew and to Andrew. A poem would rise up out of nowhere and she’d jump up and scribble it down, not knowing how it would end until she wrote the last word.Little by little, she shared the poems with friends and fellow therapists who pushed her to turn them into a book. The title comes from a friend who read the poems and said, “These are words for me, words for the unbearable.” Because it is poetry, the book reaches people at a deep level, helping therapists, patients, hospice workers, clergy, and anyone who grieves.Yet the book is not really sad. It’s helpful, engaging and even rather funny in spots because it tells the truth about grieving without self-pity—including the fact that it can make everyone a little crazy.Dr. Sanders also brings 34 years of experience as a noted clinical psychologist and bereavement counselor to writing this book. Having trained with internationally renowned child abuse expert Eliana Gil and specialized in helping abuse survivors for 18 years, she now focuses on helping clients negotiate grief and transition.Doctor’s Opinions As Dr. Gil herself put it: “I am wiping tears so that I can write...I feel as though I’ve been seen and heard and understood. Each poem is a picture memory, a reminder, a suggestion, a loving gesture, words that attest to the author’s love. I thought only I loved so deeply and hurt so profoundly, but she’s captured and clarified grief so well, it was comforting to read her words, even though many hurt like hell…Enid Sanders’ words evoke strong feelings and encourage reflection, while providing the strange comfort that comes from being understood.”Added psychiatrist Daniel Kostalnick, MD: “It is rare that an author can capture both the emotional and intellectual experience of grief, but Dr. Sanders has succeeded...Most of us find it impossible to express that experience, but Dr. Sanders uses her work as a psychologist—and a poet—to help the reader identify, name, and deal with the profound and universal aspects of grief...a work of compassion and understanding that comes from the soul of someone who has loved deeply.”Many therapists recommend the book to grieving patients and it can inspire people to write their own poetry, or to paint or find another creative outlet for their feelings. Learn MoreFor further facts or to order the book go to www.wordsfortheunbearable.com. It’s also available from Amazon and other booksellers. 

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    January Is “GO Month”; Here’s Advice For 2021

    (NAPSI)—During 2020, for many Americans, home and work lives saw a major shift as people turned living space into workspace—and classrooms, and workout areas and even quarantine zones—resulting in a call for help to organize, downsize and streamline to professional organizers and productivity consultants. Expert OpinionsIn response, for January, GO (Get Organized and Be Productive) Month, the yearly celebration of all things organized and productive, the National Organization of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) reached out to its more than 3,000 members to find out what their 2020 was like and what they anticipate for the new—and hopefully better—year. The survey shows a majority of members say their clients have a new or increased focus on being organized, because of the pandemic.“Our members saw a busy 2020, as families struggled to adjust to a new normal,” observed NAPO President-Elect Amy Tokos, CPO who said more than 64 percent of survey respondents saw an increased focus on organizational and productivity needs due to a new COVID-driven norm. “Whether it was about recreating a home environment that worked for every family member’s new needs to turning a temporary work area into a permanent one or maximizing their digital capabilities and, in some cases, actually moving to a brand-new home, 2020 was all about looking at our environments with fresh eyes as our needs changed.”Surprising SuggestionsThe survey also found that NAPO members, who routinely handle a wide range of client requests, were asked to take on some very unusual tasks in 2020, including:•Organizing one client’s 387 pairs of shoes•Overseeing the sale of a large collection of mounted animal heads and stuffed animal bodies•Arranging the sale of 400 Steiff teddy bears•Staging a tree house for a client putting their home on the market•Packing up a client’s husband’s ashes to dispose of•Organizing a closet packed with hundreds of paper and plastic bagsFuture TasksLooking ahead to 2021, it’s already showing promise to be as busy as 2020, NAPO professionals predict that the most requested services will be: decluttering and downsizing (35%); productivity coaching for an in-home work environment (17%); packing/unpacking for a move (16%); and creating a new space for work, home or hobby (13%).“While we are all optimistic that the pandemic will come to an end this coming year, we are all still adapting to the lifestyle changes and new work-from-home norms,” said Tokos. “Hiring a NAPO professional to help with changes you want to make in life is the same as hiring a personal trainer or financial advisor. We abide by a strict code of ethics and discretion. We don’t judge—we help. Who wouldn’t want judgment-free support during this challenging time?”Learn MoreIf you’ve resolved to get more organized and productive in the new year www.napo.net offers a directory to find professional organizers or productivity consultants locally or virtually. 

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Make a Statement: 3 Comfortable Yet Stylish Shoe Trends to Try in 2021
Updated: January 24, 2021 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) While comfort will continue to reign supreme for clothing and accessories in 2021, when it comes to footwear, there are a variety of fun fashion trends that make a statement. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire closet. And it’s easier than ever to incorporate on-trend pieces into a comfortable and casual outfit.

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Tuesday 12/22/2020
5 hair tips to look fresh in the New Year
Posted: December 22, 2020

(BPT) - A new year marks a unique opportunity for self-improvement — and what better place to start than your hairstyle and haircare routine? Whether you’ve been on top of your hair game or have relaxed your style during stay-home orders, now is the time to make a resolution for healthier, better-looking hair that will help boost your confidence no matter what 2021 has in store.

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Friday 12/18/2020
Looking for Love in 2021? 5 Tips for Successful Online Dating
Updated: December 27, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) The first Sunday of the new year or “Dating Sunday,” is the busiest online dating day of the year and kicks off peak online dating season – there is no better time to get your profile ready.

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Wednesday 12/16/2020
Beyond the face: How to take your body care routine to the next level
Posted: December 16, 2020

(BPT) - Everyone has unique skincare needs, so why are so many people following similar routines? How you look and how you feel are closely tied together, so it's important to create a body care routine that works for your specific needs so you can project your personal best.

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Tuesday 12/15/2020
Merry Everything for The Holidays
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Celebrate the season with the softest fabrics and festive favorites for every memory-making moment:

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Friday 12/11/2020
Makeup tips to get holiday glam for virtual celebrations
Posted: December 11, 2020

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Thursday 12/10/2020
Underwear through the years: How styles evolved
Updated: January 10, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - From tag-free boxer briefs and seamless bikinis to weightless cotton fabrics and moisture-wicking technology, there’s a go-to type of underwear for everyone. Influenced by notable pop culture moments and the evolving fashion industry, underwear styles have taken huge leaps throughout the years.

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Wednesday 12/09/2020
Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson Shares Skin Care Tips for Winter Warriors [Video]
Updated: December 12, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Wednesday 09/30/2020
Afro-Latina Beauty Brand Co-founder Talks Tips, Culture and Finding Success
Updated: October 02, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Ada Rojas is not your typical entrepreneur and small-business owner. She’s one of only a few Afro-Latinas to launch a beauty brand with her community in mind as the inspiration. Although representation is a hot button topic for many industries and workplaces, Latina voices and stories often still go unheard. In partnership with Target, Ada’s story is being told via the retailer’s Más Que (“More Than”) campaign, which is a new, year-long celebration that features Latino artists, entrepreneurs and team members’ inspirational stories of success, resilience and cultural contributions. Ada, an Afro-Latina Dominicana (Dominican) from the Bronx, is now on a mission to pave the way for other aspiring Latina entrepreneurs who also “live in the hyphen” and embrace their bicultural experiences.

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Monday 09/28/2020
A Skin Care Expert Weighs in: Take Care of Your Scalp
Posted: September 28, 2020

(StatePoint) When it comes to your skin and hair care routine, it can be all too easy to forget the scalp. After time though, this neglect can take a toll on the health of your hair, according to experts.

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Thursday 01/21/2021
5 reasons ADHD goes unrecognized in girls
Updated: January 24, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Difficulties with sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior are some of the initial signs or symptoms of ADHD in children. These signs are often stereotyped as typical of behavior of young boys. It’s reported that boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.1

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Wednesday 01/20/2021
4 ways to refresh and reset this New Year's
Updated: January 24, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Face it, the past year has been a tough one. Chances are, you’re looking for ways to push a reset button as you usher in the New Year. Wouldn’t it be great if you could completely refresh and recharge in 2021? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to give yourself the TLC you really need — and make the next year your best ever.

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Wedded Bliss in Times Like This
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) During pre-COVID times, wedding concerns like venue capacity had far more to do with budget and vision than with the health and safety of guests. It’s a different world today, but with some careful planning you can still find ways to safely celebrate your love.

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How to Welcome a New Puppy to the Family
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

Introducing a new puppy to your household can bring many rewards. However, getting the hang of things can take some time, especially for first-time pet owners.

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Put Your Resolutions in Easy Reach
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

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Make Managing Eczema Easier
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) More than 30 million Americans, including nearly 10 million children, have eczema, the umbrella term for a group of noncontagious, inflammatory and painful skin conditions marked by an itchy, rash-like appearance. Because one of the most challenging aspects of eczema can be its unpredictability, the National Eczema Association (NEA), designed an app to help people and parents easily track what’s important and make sense of it.

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5 Steps Schools Are Taking to Help Feed Children During the Pandemic
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

Nearly 30 million children in the United States rely on school meals for a significant portion of their daily nutrition. Since the start of the pandemic, the number of food-insecure children has increased 20% to 1 in 4. Although many schools are operating remote or hybrid models, most are still open full-time for feeding students.

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How to Be an Effective Partner in Your IBD Care
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) A lifelong diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may feel overwhelming and confusing, but by working closely with your health care providers, you can work toward managing the disease and improving your quality of life.

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Match Your Winter Skin Care Routine with Your Active Lifestyle
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

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6 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp as You Age
Updated: January 22, 2021 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) As knowledge about the aging process, medical research and technology continues to advance, so do the options for managing how aging impacts your life. While biologically everyone ages differently, you can control some things by committing to healthy lifestyle choices that can keep your mind sharp for years to come.

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