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Training program helps women get a ‘Foot in the Door’ Contributing Writer article   With the help of Training and Workforce Options (TWO), Suzanne Talaia of Springfield is ready to get her “Foot in the Door.” Talaia, 58, was unemployed for nearly two years when she applied for a workforce readiness program called “Foot in the Door,” provided by Dress for Success Western Massachusetts. Dress for Success contracted with TWO, a collaboration between Springfield Technical...

May 11 2016
by Denny |
Comments Off on The Key To Success

Like many, I focused on becoming successful. I read and listened to authors give ‘how-to’ advice and define success, but I struggled with the concept and finding fulfillment. Even ‘spiritual’ concepts of success — finding peace, the right spouse or financial security from living within your means — left me thinking, ‘it’s still measurable and can be lost through no fault of my own.’ I believed in having the goal of success but just needed to find the...

 Social media continues to buzz with current events running the gamut between what Caitlyn Jenner is wearing, to what political pundits are saying.   While these topics receive national attention, a much more pressing issue goes often unnoticed, until April.   In April puzzle pieces and blue lights will again garner media attention.   Walks will be organized, commercials featuring famous celebrities will grace television sets, and for a brief time the nation will focus...

Sep 22 2015
by Denny |
Comments Off on Feeling Your Best through Breast Cancer

Cancer may be visiting your life, but it is visiting to help you heal something. It is not visiting to help you lose anything. Illness is always here to cleanse out the negativity of what was so you can have a fresh start on what is to come. There is nothing more frightening or scary then when you face the possibility of your own mortality, and nor is there anything more motivating. It is now, more than ever that life’s deliciousness is appreciated, you naturally know what you...

Sep 22 2015
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Comments Off on New Cancer Detection Methods

Although a surefire cancer treatment has eluded researchers for years, being diagnosed with cancer is not exactly the death sentence it used to be. This is largely thanks to public donation to the American Cancer Society, which has funded scientific breakthroughs in medicine, screening tests and other treatments. In fact, death rates due to cancer have decreased by 20 percent since 1991, ensuring the safety of 1.3 million lives. Because such a crucial part of successful treatment...

Jul 05 2015
by Denny |
Comments Off on A Sip of Summer

Summertime and sangrias are the perfect pairing, typically made by blending red table wines, brandy and fruit. Besides being delicious, the real appeal of sangrias remains in its “prepare ahead and serve yourself” nature; in fact the longer it sits, the better it is! You can easily increase the recipe proportions for larger groups or keep a smaller pitcher in the fridge as a quick and refreshing treat. For an interesting twist, add some spices. Use fresh basil in peach sangria,...

Jul 05 2015
by Denny |
Comments Off on The Hidden Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is intended to improve a physical aspect of your appearance. It sometimes can do more than just make you look better. In some cases, it improves confidence and self-esteem. Although there can be benefits to having a cosmetic procedure, there can also be many downsides. Cosmetic surgery is not without risks including the hidden dangers listed below. Physical Complications Physical complications can occur during and after cosmetic surgery. The likelihood of complications...

May 09 2015
by Denny |
Comments Off on Affordable Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts!

Think outside the gift box this year. If you are on a budget but still want to show mom how much you appreciate her, consider these affordable ideas. Free Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts A framed photo of a happy memory from childhood or a photo of you and mom together make the perfect gift . Offer to help her with difficult chores such as cleaning out the garage or washing the windows. Same Day $25 & Under Mother’s Day Gifts A magazine subscription — they are usually...

Mar 13 2015
by Denny |
Comments Off on Is Your Husband Waiting For You In Cyberspace?

It was a cold winter’s night and the heat in my car just didn’t seem to ever get warm enough. I didn’t know if it was the actual temperature outside or my nerves. Perhaps it was a combination of the two. I was about a mile from the restaurant when I got the text that he had already arrived. What would I say when I meet him? I thought. Would he be cute and friendly or would I have to carry the entire conversation the whole night? And what if I know right away he’s...

Jan 08 2015
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Comments Off on Adoption Today

The adoption scene is changing, especially in regard to international adoptions. In fact, for Adoption Choices in Framingham, it’s down to zero, according to the agency’s Dale Eldridge. Domestic adoption “is primarily what’s going on — either infant adoption or the adoption of older kids from foster care”, says Eldridge. Massachusetts is one of the three agency-only states left . “It’s handled by attorneys and some non-profits but mostly by for-profit agencies,”...

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