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Oct 27th 2010 6:21PM Hasn't anyone else noticed that, content aside, the writer of the original article (and later retraction) did not AT ALL address her "editor's" assignment? And that the quality of her writing is juvenile and inane? Where was that editor before the article was published? The writer isn't the only one who should be apologizing. I think the decision to avoid reading Marie Claire is probably wise- but based on its quality, not its content.
Oct 5th 2010 11:14AM I agree! I've never seen as many deer anywhere as in WV. Day or night, they are in the woods, on people's lawns, crossing highway bridges... everywhere!
Just this past weekend we visited WV and brought my New England-resident parents and they were FLOORED at how beautiful the state was. These are world-travelers who had heard all of the stereotypes but hadn't visited the state and they loved it.
WV didn't call itself "Wild & Wonderful" for nothing. It's lovely. AND lightly populated with people, therefore VERY heavily populated with deer!
Sep 23rd 2010 8:42AM Any idiot who has owned both dog & cats knows that cats are cheaper. I only have dogs right now but have had dozens of cats throughout my life and even with medical issues like bladder disorders & bone cancer, the cats are overall less expensive to own. But this article's estimated costs are so inaccurate it's barely worth reading.
Cat food is more expensive than dog food, but dogs eat more.
Cats need litter boxes, dogs do not (assuming you don't live in the city) and while poop bags are pricey, most people use plastic grocery bags.
Boarding dogs is expensive, as are dogsitters. Cats are generally happy being left alone for several days with someone to stop by & feed them.
Dog pee comes out of fabrics & floors. A cat can ruin expensive furniture and carpet with one spray- that smell never comes out & I have tried every product out there!
They both have qualities that make them worth having...but choosing a pet based on cost is a bad idea. Just make sure you can afford a pet in the first place and choose the one that best suit your needs & desires.
Aug 26th 2010 3:53PM Learning to love yourself at any size is one thing... and it's important. But FIFTY POUNDS overweight is unhealthy. She undoubtedly didn't know how much better she'd feel without hauling all that weight around all the time. Your perspective changes with that significant amount of weight gone. She looks good- not stick-skinny but healthy.
Jul 28th 2010 3:46PM Susie2,
Touche! (sorry about leaving out the accent- I confess I don't know how to do that on my keyboard) :P You're absolutely right about the comma! :) :)
Jul 28th 2010 12:07PM "Discriminate", Victoria, regardless of your age.
(sorry if this posts twice- attempted to post once & it didn't go through)
Jul 28th 2010 12:04PM Maybe, but more importantly, you probably need to know how to spell the name of the company to get a job there: "DOLLAR Tree"
Jul 27th 2010 1:32PM C.B.,it's total crap for someone to say they're "too tired" to cook a real meal after a long day, at least half the days of the week! A bag of brown rice is around $3 and has THIRTY TWO servings. Frozen vegetables less than $3 for TEN servings. And a boneless chicken breast is about $4 a pound or less (4 servings) on sale. Rice in a pot of water (you don't do anything to it for 40 minutes once it's in the pot), chicken w/salt & pepper on a grill pan or skillet with a teensy bit of oil or on a grill if you have one takes 10 minutes, and veggies in the microwave. I worked outside all day, year-round in SC so I know how hot & draining it is. Still...
I moved to Charlotte from New England and agree there's plenty of open space here for people to get off their butts & do things. Maybe if they walked to Bojangles instead of using the drive-in, they could lower their cholesterol a bit despite a crappy diet.
Eating out in the South is a nightmare- very few restaurants offer healthy choices but with a little care it's possible- order the chicken without any cheese, get the dressing on the side & use half of it. For God's sake have a little UNsweet tea once in a while!
Most Americans are lazy, period. Until we get people to understand the true benefits of a healthy lifestyle we'll just keep paying for their heart surgery & diabetes medication.
Jul 27th 2010 1:19PM It has nothing to do with "cheap prepared foods". When I was dirt poor I existed on brown rice & frozen vegetables with dried beans and a little cheese for protein. I bought fresh veggies/fruits when they were on sale, even if it was just a bunch of bananas or broccoli on a BOGO sale. We need to EDUCATE the poor on how to cook & eat healthy foods even when there aren't a lot of options available. And teach people to park on the far end of the lot and WALK to the store rather than dump each other off at the door. It costs nothing to get out & go for a walk or run, and we'd save a fortune in health care if we just taught kids when they were young how to make these tiny changes.
It'll never happen, but idealism is such a nice concept!
Jul 8th 2010 1:50PM It should be noted that rain barrels are illegal in many parts of the west, most notably Colorado, where the water is considered a public resource and you're not allowed to collect it. You're supposed to let it naturally run off or soak in so it finds its way back to the public water sources.