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The Power of a Woman’s Forgiveness – Part I


A few yeas ago I submitted a 2 part article about one of my court experiences.  To this day, people ask me to resubmit this article for publication.  Having recently found it in my archives, I am sharing it with you again.

  Jill Wright


I have struggled with how to present to you a story that I feel must be shared.  The struggle comes from deciding how to provide you with the entire story and still remain within the confines of this article.  Try as I may, I cannot figure it out.  Therefore, I am going to do something different with my monthly article… at least for the next couple of months.  I am going to write in series.  The subject is forgiveness and there will be two parts.  The setting is a very crowded courtroom.  I was not a participating attorney, but my presence was required in that I was serving as the clerk for the presiding judge. 

One half of the courtroom seated the family of a young college student pleading guilty to a felony DUI.  The other half of the courtroom was occupied by the family of the deceased victim, Bill.  Bill was a young and devoted family man whose death left a widow and three year old son behind.   From the side door of the courtroom I observed  the college student, ankles and wrists in chains, escorted by law enforcement to a spot in front of the judge.  The judge presented her with the charge of Felony DUI and revealed the consequences of a plea of guilt… she could face up to 25 years in prison.  When asked how she would like to plea, through tears and without hesitation, the drunk driver said, “guilty, your Honor.”  Then the wife of the deceased family man took the stand.

I sat in the courtroom and listened anxiously as the widow read a letter aloud to everyone.  I still get chills remembering this day.  Next month I will continue the story with what happened next in the courtroom.

Dear drunk driver,

“There are no words to describe what I feel.  You have torn my family….. my life apart.  He was my husband and best friend.  He was so young, only 30 years old, and very well respected in the community. After working several years as a deputy for the Sheriff’s Dept., Bill finally realized his dream of starting his own business as a graphic designer. Bill’s dedication and hard work showed in the success of his work.  We were finally able  to purchase a real house for our son.  Things were really looking up for us.

 To help with our finances, I started a part time job in the afternoons.  Bill would pick up little Billy from school and watch him until I got home.  The morning he died, Bill came into the kitchen on his way out to work, kissed me sweetly as he usually did, and we exchanged “I love you’s.”  At least I got to tell him that I loved him.

During the afternoon, Bill called me a couple of times on the cell phone and we discussed our plans for the evening.  We talked about dinner and about visiting my cousin in the hospital, as she had just had her first child… a little girl.  He told me that he would take care of getting the gift while he was out delivering signs.

Driving home from work, traffic suddenly came to a complete stand still.  I could see lights from emergency vehicles crowding the roadway ahead.  I immediately became anxious.  In hindsight, I am ashamed to admit that I was annoyed with the car accident in that I knew it would delay my trip home.   Quickly I turned off and found a detour home.  My heart sank when pulled up in our driveway and Bill’s car was missing.  I turned around and drove back to the scene.

I made my way through traffic and spotted an abandoned blue truck on the side of the road.  I thought to myself, “that is where he is, he stopped to help the people that were in the accident.”  I felt relief and got out to find him.  As I approached, a highway patrolman met me.  I explained that I was looking for my husband.  As I looked over the crest of the hill, I saw another blue truck flipped upside down.  I saw an arm sticking out from underneath the car.  The patrolman explained that Bill’s truck was run off the road by a drunk driver.  A young girl traveling at 70 mph swerved across the double yellow line and caused Bill’s vehicle to swerve out of the way, lose control of the truck, and spill over the embankment.  Bill was crushed to death by his own vehicle.

I could not accept what happened.  I could no longer feel my body.  My next thought was where was Billy???  I went into an enraged panic.  Bill usually carried Billy with him when he delivered signs.  WHERE was my son???  I began screaming to the officer.  My emotions went out of control.  I lost all sense of rationality and fell to the ground….. useless under the burden of my grief.  Later I discovered that, for some thankful reason, Bill had left our son with my parents that day.  Billy was safe.  The fear of our son’s safety disappeared and I was left to battle the pain of losing Bill.  I could not accept what happened.  A year has passed and I still cannot accept it. 

Everything reminds me of Bill.  Our house has become a prison of memories of Bill.  What once was the happiest of homes became the loneliest place I have ever lived.  Every day I think of a reason I need to talk to Bill.  We never made decisions without consulting each other.  Every day I miss being able to share our son with him.

Because of you, I have lost my husband and I will never be whole again.  Because of you, our life has been shattered into a million pieces and we are suffering.  Because of you, my son has no father and we both are alone.  What you did is without excuse.  You deserve prison.  I am asking this Court to punish you…… to protect others from the same loss and fate of our family.  I ask for the longest sentence possible so that you can think about what you did.  But, you need to know that no matter how long the sentence, no matter how miserable the stay in prison, no punishment can ever impose on you the pain you have caused our family.  No punishment will ever make up for what you have taken away.”


The Power of a Woman’s Forgiveness – Part II

Jill Wright


Our story continues, but I will first re-cap where we left off from last month’s article.  The setting is a very full courtroom.  As the Judge’s clerk, I have full view of all that takes place during a college student’s guilty plea to felony DUI.  She faces 25 years in prison.  She is 21 years old, 19 at the time of the car crash.  The victim is a deceased family man that I have named “Bill.”  Bill was killed in the accident caused by the student and has left behind a three year old son and wife.  The entire courtroom is drowning in sobs.  Bill’s wife finished reading her letter aloud to her husband’s killer.

Throughout my career as a law clerk, I had witnessed hundreds of guilty pleas before this day, but none compared with the level of emotional density that filled that room.  I found myself fighting back tears, though I had never met any of these people.


After the victim’s family and friends had their chance to address the Court, it was time to hear the student speak.  I will call her Jean. It was quite apparent that Jean was struggling to maintain her composure.  She had trouble standing up straight,… as if her guilt and remorse were crippling.  She could barely speak the words of apology, but she somehow managed to mutter a few things while staring straight ahead to the Judge.  It appeared that she could not bear to face her accusers. 


A gentleman by the name of Ben stood up to speak on her behalf.  Apparently, Jean worked for Ben as a cashier at Food Lion during the evening hours after classes.  Ben testified that Jean was a very hard worker, always arrived to work on time, and gladly picked up extra shifts when the need arose.  Jean’s sister then asked to speak on Jean’s behalf.  Her sister appeared to be much younger than Jean.  Unlike Jean, she turned to face Bill’s family.  Her voice quivered as she begged for their forgiveness. She stated that the burden of this tragedy had also been hard for their family.  She characterized her sister’s behavior as a “mistake” and apologized on her behalf. (I will now admit to the readers that I had trouble with the sister’s request.  How dare the sister try to gain any ounce of pity or sympathy from Bill’s family after what they have had to endure?  I was a bit angry and felt anxious over the idea that we had to sit through any testimony from Jean’s side.  I was ready for the sentencing and secretly hoped the Judge would give her the whole 25 years!!! But, I digress.)


The drama thickened as Jean’s mother spoke.  Very obviously distraught, she cried and plead for forgiveness, not just for her daughter’s actions, but for her actions as Jean’s mother.  She explained that Jean had not enjoyed a normal teenage life. When Jean was 10 years old, her father ran out on the family.  Her mother was left to work three jobs making minimum wage just to make ends meet.  She relied heavily on Jean to run the household and to babysit her younger sister.  Jean felt pressure not felt by most teenagers.  Her mother felt responsible.  And though I should not be surprised given the nature of mothers, I was amazed when she began to beg for the opportunity to accept the punishment on behalf of her daughter.  She wanted to take her daughter’s place… claiming she was the one ultimately responsible for the crime of her daughter.


The Judge concluded the guilty plea by explaining the seriousness of the crime and reassuring the mother that she was in no way responsible for her daughter’s drunk driving.  Even though Jean would go to jail, she would still have her life at the end.  Jean’s family will still have Jean at the end of her prison term.  Time with Bill is something Bill’s family will never enjoy again. The Judge then sentenced Jean to 7 years in prison.  The sobs increased in intensity. Jean briefly shared hugs with her family as law enforcement officers escorted out of the courtroom and to a transport vehicle headed for prison.  Now the reason for the telling of this story...


As Bill’s family stood up to leave, I looked up and saw Jean’s mother walking over to them with arms stretched out, crying to them,… begging them for forgiveness.   Each family member passed her by and refused to even look at her.  She grabbed toward them almost as if she would fall over without their support, but they continued to ignore her…..shaking their heads, as if to say, “No. I can’t.  I can’t accept this and can’t accept you.”  They all continued to look away from her as they walked past the Judge’s bench. I felt bad for the mother and though I could have left the courtroom at that moment, I froze in my seat, as if something was compelling me to continue to watch. 


Each member of Bill’s family rejected Jean’s mother... one after the other… until something amazing happened.  A woman, who had previously introduced herself as Bill’s aunt, stopped in front of Jean’s mother and accepted her outstretched hands.  The two women hugged. Crying uncontrollably, they held on to each other as though their bodies were collapsing under grief and sorrow.  I could not believe it.  This woman was hugging the mother of her nephew’s killer!!!  She hugged her in spite of his death.  She hugged her in spite of her loss. She hugged her in risk of disapproval from the rest of Bill’s family members.  The two women continued to console each other and the rest of the courtroom disappeared.


I could not move.  No one knows what they would do in a situation such as this.  I think you would agree that the anger felt by Bill’s family is understandable and justified.  Earlier I admitted that I felt little patience for the grief extended from Jean’s family.  I was too angry over what Jean had caused.  I admit to being human and having spent years justifying my anger towards those who have hurt me.  By my reasoning, the people who hurt me deserved my anger, not my forgiveness!  But, I also admit that I felt disappointed to watch Bill’s family refuse the mother’s gestures.  I realized that day that forgiveness is not about doing something for the person who hurt me.  Forgiveness was about doing something for myself.  I was never able to interview Bill’s aunt after that day to discover her reasons for hugging Jean’s mother.  But, I can imagine that her choice served her well toward the healing process. 


That day prompted me to think about the power of forgiveness.  That day prompted me to think about God.  That day prompted me to pray for Bill’s family, for Jean’s family, and for everyone…  for we all need forgiveness and all need to forgive!



  Four To Die For Dessert Yeast Free Diet Recipes!
 by: Erik Parsons

For me the greatest struggle on a candida diet has to be not being allowed to have your favorite dessert items. Sometimes living yeast free can get discouraging, mainly when you begin to experience a craving for one of your favorite desserts or sweets. When those moments occur it will be challenging for you to resist. However there are things you can do. By being prepared with the proper ingredients you can work your way through these cravings, especially after having finished the beginning stricter detox phase of the diet.

In this article I’m going to share some yummy yeast free diet recipes allowable under most versions of the diet. These recipes contain Stevia although if you prefer another sugar substitute that is allowed then by all means go ahead and use that instead.

#1 Smoothie

Use a blender to combine three tablespoons of peanut butter (sugar free), a cup of yogurt preferably plain, two tablespoons of whipping cream, then two teaspoons of non-sweetened cocoa powder, a small amount of Stevia and a couple of ice cubes. Next blend the mixture together until it gets smooth and then all that’s left is to serve and enjoy. This recipe is good for one serving.

Another variation on this smoothie is to place in the freezer and serve once it’s reached a slushier consistency like that of ice cream.

#2 Vanilla Custard Desserts

Combine two cups of milk and ten drops of Stevia extract. Heat up mixture till boiling in a medium saucepan; then allow cooling down period of approximately ten minutes. In a different bowl combine three eggs, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Next beat this mixture until smooth. Now begin to slowly beat in the first bowl of ingredients. Pour finished mixture into four serving size cups or into a little casserole dish.

Next using a roasting pan add approximately an inch of water and place the cups or dish (whichever you used) in the pan and begin to bake in 325 degree Fahrenheit oven for between fifty and sixty minutes. Please leave the pan uncovered while baking. After it has finished remove oven and pan, put on rack until cooled then place in the refrigerator to chill until they are ready to be served.

#3 Brownies Delight!

Be Aware! These treats are tasty but not low in fat!

First preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then in a bowl, beat ½ cup of soft butter, two eggs, 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla, and 1/3 cup of grated zucchini. Next add in 1/3 cup of non-wheat flour (such as oat or amaranth), 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa, 1/3 cup of rice flour, and ½ teaspoon of Stevia powder ( you can also use ten drops of Stevia extract). Mix ingredients and then fan out evenly in an eight inch pan. Next bake for anywhere between ten and thirteen minutes. Be sure not to over bake! Don’t be alarmed the brownies won’t rise and can seem oily as baking. This is due to the butter. Don’t worry this will lessen as it begins to cool. All that’s left is to serve (excellent when warm).

#4 Berries and Cream

This recipe is nice and simple just as the name implies. All you need to do is spoon three or four tablespoons of cream (preferably heavy whipping) over some fresh fruits or if you prefer frozen fruits. If you want you can also top it off with a light amount of Stevia. Now all that’s left to do is serve it in a cup or glass and you’re all done. There you have it a simple yet elegant dessert that tastes great and cures those late night cravings.

So as you can see by using the right ingredients and taking some time preparing them you can go a long way into making a no yeast diet much more palatable and easy to stick to in the long run.

The Author invites you to visit: www.yeastfreedietsmadeeasy.com


Mid-Year Financial Checkup


This is a good time to do a mid-year financial checkup. Rather than waiting until the end of the year and discovering that you should have made adjustments, take a look at your finances now and see how you're doing.


¥ Did you have to pay taxes on top of what was deducted from your pay in 2009? Or was too much deducted and you received a refund? The key is to do the math and get as close to your actual taxes due and have that amount taken out during the year.

¥ If you've added a baby to your household or if you've bought a house and will have a mortgage interest deduction, you can benefit from adding a deduction or two to your W-4 form for your employer. And if a child has grown and gone and is no longer a deduction for you, make an adjustment or you'll owe at the end of the year.

¥ If you received a big refund for 2009, that's money you could have used during the year for any number of things, such as extra money to pay down credit cards or putting more cash into savings. Remember: The Internal Revenue Service doesn't pay you interest on the money it borrows from you during the year.

¥ If you have multiple jobs or got married, your taxes will change. If you lost your job and received accumulated vacation or sick pay, that money is taxable. If you then received unemployment benefits, that money also is taxable. While the last thing you want to do the minute you find a new job is increase the amount of money deducted from your new check, it could keep you from owing taxes next spring.

To see if you have the right amount of withholding, check the IRS withholding calculator. Go online to irs.gov and put "withholding calculator" in the search box.

More Tips:

¥ Add up your expenses for the year so far. Look at your annual budget and compare all the categories to see if you're on track for savings, credit-card payments, clothing, food and utilities.

¥ If you'd planned to pay down loans faster by sending larger payments for mortgage and auto loans, have you done that? Even starting now would help in the long run.


David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.


(c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.




Safer Cleaning Supplies for Your Home


Our homes aren’t safe and clean if the air inside is polluted with chemicals from

household cleaners. Follow these simple tips to protect your family’s health while you

clean your home.

1. Less is More

Dilute your cleaning supplies according to instructions and use only what’s

needed to get the job done.

2. Open the Window

Clean with windows and doors open so you don’t trap air pollution inside your


3. Use Gloves and Other Precautions

Cleaning chemicals may harm or penetrate skin and eyes – check warning


4. Keep Kids Away

Children are more vulnerable to toxic chemicals. If they like to help, let them

clean with soap and water, not toxic cleaners.

5. Avoid “Antibacterial”

If your family is generally healthy, there’s no need to use potentially toxic “antibacterial”

products, according to the American Medical Association. Wash your

hands with plain soap and water.

6. Never Mix Bleach with Ammonia, Vinegar, or Other Acids

These combinations can produce deadly gases.

7. Don’t Be Fooled by Labels – Buy Certified Green Products

Label claims aren’t always true. Cleaning supplies certified by Green Seal or

EcoLogo meet green standards.

8. Try Natural Alternatives

Experiment with non-toxic options like vinegar and baking soda.

9. Take Care with Pine and Citrus Oil Cleaners

Avoid using these cleaners especially on smoggy days, when the ingredients

can react with ozone to produce cancer-causing formaldehyde.

10. Skip the Biggest Hazards

Avoid air fresheners, use a baking soda and water paste to clean the oven and

tackle toilet stains, and use a mechanical snake to unclog the drain.



Simple Tips To Help Keep You Traveling Healthy
 by: Dr Christopher Segler



Travel related stress is a common cause of injury and illness that can ruin a vacation. But travel doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow these simple suggestions for healthy travel to get the most out of your next getaway.


Many vacationers dress for the beach when they should dress for the plane. Sandals don’t generally have as much support as casual shoes. Your feet need support weaving through crowded airports. Wear comfortable casual shoes. Remember that if you are in an aisle seat, cold air will be blowing right on your feet. Enclosed shoes are best.

Onboard the plane, prepare for changing temperatures. That aluminum tube parked on the tarmac can get unbearably hot. Once in the air, it can get chilly. Wear layers that you can shed or put back on to stay comfortable.

The biggest drop in cabin temperature happens when the plane is climbing to altitude. This is also when the captain has the “fasten seat belt” sign illuminated. Keep an extra sweater or fleece top with your carryon bag at your feet. That way you won’t have to wait until you are free to move about the cabin to warm up again.


Have you ever been waiting for your luggage and noticed some little old lady running sideways struggling to wrestle a huge suitcase off a moving carousel? Heavy bags can easily strain your back. Bring as little as necessary. Use the hotel laundry service and you won’t have to bring a full week of outfits.

If your suitcase feels heavy when you lift it in your bedroom, it is going to be much worse when you are trying to extract it from the circling pile of luggage surrounded by a crowd of travelers. Split the load into two suitcases. It is worth the additional bag fee to travel pain-free.


An unhealthy travel diet is one of the most avoidable stressors to your immune system. The overpriced fast food choices in the airport are packed with immune sapping preservatives. The snacks on the plane are just as bad.

Eat a healthy meal right before you leave home. Avoid the airport food court altogether. Pack snacks in your carry-on bag. Bring a healthy sandwich, fresh fruit or energy bar. That way you’ll be able to wait until you can enjoy a good meal at your final destination.

Stay hydrated! The decreased cabin pressure in an airplane accelerates dehydration. Drink eight ounces of water every hour on the plane to fight dehydration. You’ll feel more energetic and your immune system will be strong when you land.


Get plenty of sleep the week before you go. Don’t stay up late packing the night before your departure. Be organized and pack a day ahead. Get to bed early so you can start the vacation with as much energy as possible.

Try to rest during flight. A travel blindfold can help you sleep if the person next to you wants to enjoy the view with the window shade raised. Just don’t expect a bouncy cat nap in an airline seat to substitute for a good night’s rest.

The goal of your vacation is to enjoy as much of the destination as possible. Whether you are snow skiing, lounging at the beach or strolling through cafes and museums, you need sleep. Don’t wreck your days by staying up late watching B-rated movies in the hotel room.


If you get sick or have an allergy attack, don’t spend precious vacation time in a crowded doctor’s waiting room or hunting for medications. Bring all of your prescription medication and an extra couple of days worth. If a flight gets cancelled or you decide to stay an extra day, you won’t need refills.

Bring emergency medications like over-the-counter pain relievers (ibuprofen or tylenol) and something for allergies or a running nose like benadryl (which can also help you sleep). Pack anti-itch hydrocortisone cream. With these items, you’ll be prepared for the majority of minor travel health problems. Ask your doctor which medications would be best for you.

If it’s something more serious, ask the concierge if the resort offers on-site medical services. If not, do a quick internet search to find a doctor who makes urgent house calls to hotels. Considering the hourly cost of a vacation, these options are more cost effective than heading into town to a doc-in-the-box.

A little planning can go a long way to making the most of your vacation. Follow these tips and you’ll get the most out of your next trip, wherever your final destination may take you.

Dr. Christopher Segler is a San Francisco based podiatrist and toenail specialist. He makes podiatry housecalls in hotels in San Francisco. Learn more about common causes of foot pain http://www.anklecenter.com


Must Have Summer Dresses
 by: Estelle Balcou

Summer dresses are the most exciting clothes people love to shop for. Ladies just can’t get enough of the many beautiful summer dresses that come out every new summer season. There are lots of clothes specially made for summer events such as summer parties, summer balls, summer weddings, and summer getaways to tropical destinations.

Everybody, especially fashion conscious women, love to look their best with casual dresses for summer seasons whenever they go out for a simple walk down the park or mall shopping. Most people prefer wearing white complimented by flip-flops anywhere they go during summer. It is a classic and elegant summer fashion that never goes out of style. Accessories make white summer dresses even look more elegant especially on special summer get together with families and friends.

Summer dresses are simple beautiful for summer weddings on the beach or garden but it requires a special kind of garment that looks so elegant even without prints. Any summer dress will look perfect, or any attire for that matter, as long as you wear them with confidence. These dresses bring out the natural beauty of women when under the sun and it is not good to where summer season clothes with too much make-up on your face. Natural is more beautiful during summer because it is the perfect season to be one with the beauty of nature. A simple white or pastel scarf will even make the summer attire more elegant.

So what are the hottest summer dresses today? There are actually lots of wonderful clothes you can wear during summer and the hottest styles are those that show more skin. It looks so comfortable and light just perfect for any fun activity under the sun. This total carefree fashion sets it apart from all seasonal dresses because it the most comfortable of all. Most summer dresses are made of cotton that allows the body to breathe freely during hot and humid weather conditions.

Make sure that your sun dresses should fit you perfectly –not to tight so you can be comfortable during humid conditions. Get the perfect size for you so you can move as freely and confidently as you please. But take note that garments used for summer clothes are not as durable as other clothes so extra care is also advised when washing them either by hand or machine.

And what are must have summer dresses? We already mentioned plain white cotton dresses that are perfect for every type of summer event. Another must have is the classic summer look with floral and nature prints because these designs look beautiful under the sun. Larger floral prints are better than small floral prints because small floral prints are just for curtains. Floral prints look cool for both men and women of all ages. Women have more options though like tube dresses, halter dresses, and more. Whatever your taste is in clothes, you should have at least a couple summer dresses in your wardrobe.

About The Author

Estelle Balcou, Marketing and Retail Manager at www.TucanoBeach.com.

Top 8 Sunscreen Tips


Protect kids! Everyone is at risk from sun damage, but children are more sensitive to heat stroke and have higher risk for skin cancer later in life when they get too much sun. Keep children under 6 months out of direct sun.

Avoid midday sun when intensity peaks. Summer sun is more intense between 10 and 4, also at high altitudes and in the tropics.

Seek shade or bring your own. Cover up with a shirt, hat, and UV-protective sunglasses. Remember that invisible rays can reflect up toward you from the ground, so you may still need sunscreen if you wear a hat.

Slop on sunscreen and reapply often. Put it on before you go out in the sun. Sunscreen washes off in water and can break down in the sun – reapply often. Wear daily on skin not covered by clothing.

Using bug repellent? Apply it at least 15 minutes after sunscreen to cut down on the pesticide soaking through the skin.

Buy new sunscreen every year. Start with our top picks list at cosmeticsdatabase.com/sunscreens.

Wear SPF lip balm to protect against sun damage.

Use a daily moisturizer with SPF when you’re in­doors near bright windows. UVA penetrates windows and damages unprotected skin.


For more information go to www.ewg.org.



Protecting Myself in the Sun


How high of an SPF should I use?
The American Cancer Society recommends that people use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15. Higher SPFs will give you more protection, but consumers should recognize that once you reach SPF 30, there isn't a huge difference between products with higher SPF values. A SPF 50 product, for example, only blocks about 1.3% more UVB radiation than a SPF 30 product. More important than seeking out ultra-high SPF products is that you apply your sunscreen generously — most people put on only a quarter to two-thirds enough sunscreen to actually reach the product's SPF rating. (ACS 2007, BCCDC 2003)


What is the difference between sunscreen, sunblock, and suntan lotion?
Products marketed as "sunscreen" and "sunblock" contain ingredients that provide at least some degree of protection from sunburn and other damaging effects of the sun's UV rays. Products marketed as "suntan" or "tanning" lotion, on the other hand, do not contain such ingredients and do not provide any such protection and are intended to be used while acquiring a tan. The FDA has indicated that it intends to ban the term "sunblock" from being used in marketing claims — when the agency eventually finalizes its sunscreen regulations — because it falsely implies that the product is blocking all light from the sun when no product can do this. Similarly, the agency has also indicated that it will require the following warning to be printed on all "suntan" products: "This product does not contain a sunscreen and does not protect against sunburn. Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects to the skin even if you do not burn."


What is PABA and why do so many sunscreens say they are "PABA-free"?
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) was once a very popular sunscreen ingredient that fell out of favor with manufacturers because of problems with allergic dermatitis and photosensitivity and because it tended to stain clothes yellow. The exceptionally common "PABA-free" marketing claim is almost meaningless since virtually zero sunscreens still contain PABA. A derivative of PABA called Padimate O is still used, however, and may be found in sunscreens labeled as PABA-free. Padimate O appears to be safer than PABA, but still shares some of the same health concerns as its parent chemical.



7 Tips That Help Unclutter Closet Organizers During Changing Seasons
Jeff Schuman



Closet organizers make your storage space much more functional. But if you don't have a big walk-in type closet you may not be able to store all your clothes there throughout the year.

For those who don't have a big walk-in closet, here are some tips to help you overcome the problem of clothes seasonality:

-Bulky winter clothes should be stored elsewhere during the summer and summer clothes should be kept somewhere else during the winter. Since you'll only be wearing these in season, it doesn't make sense to have them taking up valuable space all year. Spring and fall clothes are often worn year round, so they can stay.

-As you look through your clothes get rid of items that you don't wear anymore. These would include anything you've outgrown, is out of style or is worn out. This is a great time to de-clutter the closet and to give clothes still in good shape to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.

-Each season's clothes should be grouped together. This not only works in the closet but in other storage spaces such as drawers. It will make it much easier to find these when needed.

-As you put the out of season clothes away, do so by sameness. Coats, sweaters and heavy items would go together in containers. Other like items such as light jackets and long sleeve shirts can be placed in the same storage box or container. Boots and other seasonal footwear can also be stored but should be cleaned first.

-Rigid cardboard boxes or plastic containers with tight fitting lids work well to place the clothes in when they're out of season. If you use cardboard boxes, make sure they're kept in a dry place. Good quality storage boxes can be purchased at hardware stores or department stores.

-A Denver closet organizer suggests using plastic containers for clothes storage in dry climates like Colorado's. This will actually keep certain clothes from getting too dry and becoming brittle. Plastic containers also stack better than cardboard.

-If you're using cardboard it might be a good idea to also wrap them with clear plastic to help keep out insects in addition to moisture. You can also add a bar of soap inside the container or box to discourage bugs from taking up residence.

Keeping any storage space useful and uncluttered will take a little effort but will be worth it. Just an hour or two in the spring and again in the fall is really all you'll need once you first get organized.

If you feel you're in need of additional storage space and closet organizers, there are many options available. Do-it-yourself systems can be found at all hardware stores and many closet designing companies are now available to help people who struggle with storage solutions.


About The Author

If you enjoyed this article by Jeff Schuman about closet organizers, please visit our closet and home storage website today for more information. We help consumers in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado area with their home organization needs. http://www.closetconfigurations.com



At-Home Recipes for Your Skin


Sunscreen Body Oil

1/4 cup each anhydrous lanolin, light untoasted sesame oil & Jojoba oil

4 tsp. vitamin E oil

1/3 cup aloe vera juice

15 drops essential oil of sandalwood or lavender

Combine all ingredients in one or two squeeze bottles and store in refrigerator when not in use. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.


Raspberry Lip Moisturizer

1 raspberry

2 tbsp. aloe vera gel

2 tbsp. honey

In a small bowl, mash the raspberry with fork; combine with aloe and honey. Apply mixture to lips, then try to avoid licking the balm off for at least 10 minutes before wiping away raspberry seeds with a tissue. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Foot Soak

3 tbsp. dried chamomile

1 tbsp. each dried mint, marjoram and rosemary

1/2 tbsp. dried thyme

Mix all ingredients in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. When ready to use, add 2 tsp. to 1 1/2 quarts of water. Boil 5 minutes, remove from heat and let cool to desired temperature. Pour into a small tub and soak feet. Makes 1/3 cup.


Bath Milk

1/2 cup almonds, ground into a fine powder

4 cups powdered milk

1/2 cup baking soda

1 cup Epsom salts

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake. Fill bathtub up with very warm water and pour in 1 cup of the milk mixture. Makes 6 1-cup portions.


Yogurt Razor-Bump Soother

1 cup plain yogurt

1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped

Puree the yogurt and cucumber in a blender. Apply the soother to freshly shaven, irritated area. Wait 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.













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