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Before the Vaccine: My Memory of Measles

My 88-year-old father still blames the Ringling Bros. for giving me the measles 50-some years ago. And the current Disneyland-linked outbreak bought back memories of that miserable time. I was four…


Green Cleaners Containing Ammonia Recalled

Two Mean Green cleaners are being recalled because they may contain ammonia, even though labels say they donít. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of Mean Green Super Str…


How Frequently Should We Shower? ‘The View’ Sparks Debate

A how-much-is-too-much-showering debate recently was waged on the TV gabfest, ďThe View.Ē Resident Republican Nicolle Wallace revealed that she showers three times a day, provoking a how-white-of-you …


2014 Warmest Year on Record

If you felt the climate heating up last year, you were right. 2014 was the hottest year on record, according to separate studies by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).…


9 Surprising Uses for Aspirin

For more than 100 years, aspirin has been used to stop aches, pains and hangovers. Most recently, the acetyl salicylic acid tablets have been touted as an immediate brake for heart attacks. But the…


The Best Diet in America?

Even though the DASH Diet originally was developed to fight high blood pressure, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan claimed the top overall spot in U.S. News and World Reportís an…


Death Rates from Flu and Pneumonia on the Rise

Death rates from heart disease and cancer are decreasing, while the death rates from influenza and pneumonia are rising, according to the most recent data presented by the National Vital Statistics Sy…


High-Sugar Foods That Don’t Even Taste Sweet

When I discovered that at a Krispy Kreme glazed donut contains 10 grams of sugar Ė a teaspoon of sugar has 4 grams Ė I wasnít surprised. Itís a sweet delight thatís worth the amount of sugar it contai…


How to Extend the Life of Your Christmas Tree

Nothing kills the holiday mood faster than a dead, dried out tree -- not only an eyesore, but a fire hazard, too. But with a little care and forethought, you can keep your Christmas tree fresher longe…


7 Ways to Make Quick Cash in One Day

Need quick cash for holiday shopping or to catch up on late bills? Here are 7 ways to make money today. Gather Lost Change: Check wherever change is likely to hide in or fall from pockets -- on car…


about Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of†, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)

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