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La Bella Figura and La Bella Uscita

For over the last 30 years I have worked with Italians, mostly males, on both sides of the Atlantic.  They were all highly successful in the Italian pharmaceutical industry. One constant theme of theirs was the importance of la bella figura. One would guess they were dreaming about Sophia Loren and other voluptuous beauties for […]

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Eggcentric or Not? For the Love of Grandchildren!

I gave birth to my only son when I was 39 years old. I had been listening to the proverbial biological ticking clock but not paying much attention as I was enjoying my career. When my son was about 8 years old he asked me, “Mom, shouldn’t I be older or you be younger?” Most […]

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Not in the Mood? It Could be Just a Headache, PMS or You May Have FSD!

In Monday’s New York Times Health Section, Abby Ellin wrote an article, More Women Look Over the Counter for a Libido Fix, that caught my eye, or perhaps my libido. At first I thought it might be tied into the Shades of Grey erotic trilogy, but I was wrong! I learned that the DSM-V, the […]

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Shopping for Body Parts – Donations vs. Sales?

NBC’s Today Show featured a heart wrenching interview with Doreen Flynn about her three daughters who suffer from Fanconi’s Anemia, an incurable disease that requires a bone marrow transplant. After her first daughter was diagnosed and years passed without a donor match, Doreen and her then husband decided to conceive another child in order to […]

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You Are Not Special!

As a parent of a recent high school graduate, class of 2010, I can only imagine the reaction of the parents at the Wellesley High School 2012 graduation when the faculty speaker, David McCullough, Jr., began his commencement address with these four words. I first learned about his controversial speech watching NBC’s Today Show the […]

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Think Twice If You Get a Tie for Father’s Day!

The front page of yesterday’s New York Post featured a scantily clad model holding a rope under the headline “Knotty Secrets.” The inside article described the latest craze of women shopping for soft ropes at hardware stores and silver ties inspired by the erotic games played in the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.  My guess […]

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Around the World in Three Days

Where to begin? My first stop was China and then on to South America, Korea, Switzerland, France and back to the USA all within a morning! So many cultures communicating in different languages about the promise of the multitude of food products and ingredients at last week’s Vitafoods Europe conference in Geneva. The audience for […]

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Poem: An angry teenager abandoned by her father

My last post about Nora Ephron’s delightful play, Love, Loss and What I Wore, described life’s trials and tribulations from women’s points of view with a sense of humor. Certain events in my life have come in to play since I wrote that and have made me think more about the message of  loss, particularly […]

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Fond, and not so Fond, Memories of Accessories – Tiaras and Bobby Socks!

Bras, shoes, purses and wedding dresses! I can certainly relate to Nora and Delia Ephron’s play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” about women’s stories of joy, frustration and sorrow shared by their accessories at a given moment in time. I was hesitant to invite Dr. DeFelice to join me to see the last performance […]

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