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The Examined Life

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Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. His advice still resonates today. It’s so easy to get caught up in a routine, even if those routines make us feel isolated, unwell, or unhappy. Developing a habit of thinking about our course as a person or as a family can help us dramatically improve our lives by making us more reflective and more thoughtful people. Read the rest of this entry

Navigating the Ocean of Health Insurance Coverage

Part of taking care of yourself and your family in modern America means providing the best healthcare you can. Guest blogger Donna Fincher is a Georgia resident with 27 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of hospitals and physicians’ groups. Today she provides a crash course in navigating the stormy seas of the American health care system. Read the rest of this entry

How to Sterilize Your Home after an Illness

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Even days after our son, Thomas, stopped showing symptoms of a recent bout of stomach illness, people who came into contact with him started dropping like flies. First, Adam and me (I even landed myself in the emergency room!), then Thomas’ grandfather and both of his grandmothers, Thomas’ godmother, and three family friends. My best efforts to keep a clean home clearly weren’t up to the challenge of this persistent virus. So with a little research, I made a check list for how to get my family healthy and stop spreading our illnesses to the people we care about. Read the rest of this entry

Triage Care for Cuts and Scrapes

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My mother always taught me that being prepared for an emergency was one of a woman’s most important responsibilities.

I was very grateful for my first aid training a few months ago. While washing the dishes, a wine glass shattered in Adam’s hand. He was in a lot of pain and bleeding heavily. Because I already knew what to do in this kind of emergency, I could stay calm and give someone I care about get the help he needed when he was injured. Read the rest of this entry