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Thursday 05/21/2020
Digital Strategies Help Small Businesses Compete
Posted: May 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, building relationships is important to small businesses so they can compete in the global marketplace.

Top Laundry Tips to Treat Common Summer Stains
Posted: May 21, 2020

(StatePoint) Summer living can make your family’s clothing vulnerable to stains, splatters and more, even if you are spending more time at home these days. But it’s possible to restore your family’s clothing to like-new condition every time laundry day rolls around with these tips and strategies:

Reduce Your Risk of Another Heart Attack or Stroke
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of maintaining healthy routines

After the Armed Forces
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

Business ownership appeals to veterans seeking post-military careers

At-Home Learning Throughout Summer
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

Tips for keeping students sharp over the long-haul

Practical Tips for Caregivers Facing a Pandemic
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether your role as a caregiver has you looking out for an elderly relative, children or both, chances are good that you’ve worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to affect your ability to provide necessary care.

A Nutritious, Appetizing Addition
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) One of the simplest ways to make meals tastier and more nutritious: just add mushrooms. You can multiply the flavor and nutrients like vitamin D and selenium by adding them to tacos, pasta, burgers and more. Find recipes and cooking tips at

The Pill Turns Sweet 60
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Celebrating groundbreaking moments from six decades of the birth control pill empowering women to prevent pregnancy on their own terms.

Get Ready to Roll Safely Into Summer
Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, personal vehicles tend to cover a lot of ground between travel and daily commutes.

Help Teens Manage Mental Strain
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) COVID-19 may have begun as a physical health crisis, but like their parents, children, teens and college students (or young adults) are likely to experience stress and anxiety caused by disruptions to school, work and life. In fact, a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 45% of adults felt the pandemic has impacted their mental health.

9 Sustainable Eating Facts
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Health and environmental concerns convince many people they should rethink their diets.

How You Can Help Find a Solution to COVID-19
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) The human immune system holds important clues about how people naturally detect and defend against disease. For COVID-19, many people have been able to defeat the virus because of their natural defense systems.

Understanding the Connection Between AFib and Stroke
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) In 2020, more than 795,000 people in the United States will experience a stroke, according to a report from the American Heart Association, and nearly a third of those may be caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on research published in "Vascular Health and Risk Management." AFib is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, according to a report by RTI International, and affects more than 5.5 million people in the U.S.

Wednesday 05/20/2020
Lorena Bobbitt Shares Her Story in Lifetime Original Movie
Posted: May 20, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Although it happened nearly 30 years ago, the story of Lorena Bobbitt and the domestic violence she endured still resonates today in the #MeToo era. Lifetime kicks off Memorial Day with the Ripped from the Headlines feature premiere of "I Was Lorena Bobbitt" on Monday, May 25, at 8pm ET/PT.

Essential Pantry Staples to Have on Hand
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Keeping a well-stocked pantry ensures you can pull together a quality meal on a moment's notice or when unexpected circumstances keep you from making it to the store. In many homes, the pantry is filled with mismatched odds and ends that may not fit together, but you can shop smart to gather basic ingredients you need for a wide range of recipes.

5 Tips for Bringing a New Pet Home
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Bringing a pet home for the first time – even if you already have other pets – can be an exciting moment. However, it's important to involve the whole family in discussing whether your family will foster or adopt, and what each family member's responsibilities with the new pet will be. It also takes preparation and patience to ensure a smooth transition.

Kids Can Save Lives by Getting Active at Home
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As millions of people across the globe social distance and self-quarantine to help prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, kids and families can help save lives by getting active at home.

8 Tips for Older Adults Isolating at Home or in Assisted Living Facilities
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For many seniors, being home alone during the COVID-19 pandemic means being lonely. 

Tuesday 05/19/2020
6 Tips on How to Stay Active at Home
Posted: May 19, 2020

(NewsUSA) - In the past few weeks, it has become clear that social distancing and quarantining are the new normal. This is an overwhelming time as we attempt to adjust our mindsets and schedules - between working from home, watching after the kids, keeping up with the news, and maintaining sanity, it can be a challenge to prioritize your physical and mental health. Here are some tips on how to stay active in these strange and unprecedented times. 

Monday 05/18/2020
Four Powerful Stories Of Love, Growth And The Soul
Updated: May 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

“Rachael’s Return” by Janet Rebhan

(NAPSI)—Caroline Martin has everything but the thing her soul craves most: a daughter. During a routine hysterectomy, she unwittingly aborts the little girl she’s always longed for, leaving the unborn baby’s soul in limbo. She shares a hospital room with a pregnant woman who’s just been shot by her boyfriend. Her unborn child is barely hanging on—and the soul of Caroline’s hovering baby cannot resist the urge to rebirth via this unclaimed fetus.

In the aftermath, two engaging heavenly guides struggle to find a way to help Caroline and her would-be daughter forge the link always meant to be between them—before the child’s brutal father makes good on his vow to steal the girl and disappear with her. Purchase at

“Big Wild Love” by Jill Sherer Murray

Jill Sherer Murray lived in a dead-end relationship into her 40s before she finally let it go. She was like millions of women who struggle with whether to stay in a loveless marriage, a bad relationship, or give up on dating altogether, believing love isn’t in the cards. You may even know someone struggling with a similar decision. 

With warmth and honesty, Murray shows how letting go can free you from a life that isn’t serving you.

She knows this is true, because she did it herself—and ultimately attracted the love and life she wanted. “Big Wild Love” shows how to find the way back to the self once thought lost. Purchase at

“Finding Venerable Mother” by Cindy Rasicot

When Cindy Rasicot moves to Thailand with her husband and teenage son, she finds herself strangely adrift in a foreign culture, unprepared for the challenges she encounters. On an impulse, she signs up for a conference where she unexpectedly meets a Thai Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, who leads her on a spiritual journey from which there is no turning back.

This soulful and engaging memoir is the story of one woman’s journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through her connection to a loving Buddhist teacher who fully accepts and nurtures her in a way her own mother never did. Purchase at

“Broth From the Cauldron” by Cerridwen Fallingstar

A collection of “teaching stories,” this is a literary Wiccan soup for the soul. It is a distillation of the wisdom Cerridwen Fallingstar has gathered from her journey through life and from her 40 years as a Shamanic teacher and Wiccan Priestess.

At turns poignant and humorous, it chronicles her trajectory from a Republican Cold War upbringing to Pagan Priestess, offering a portrait of a culture growing from denial to awareness. Accessible to any audience interested in personal growth, “Broth from the Cauldron” is for everyone who’s ever stood at the crossroads wishing a fairy godmother would come along and show the path. Purchase at

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History Channel Unlocks the Greatness of Ulysses S. Grant
Posted: May 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Ulysses S. Grant may be one of the most complex and underappreciated generals and presidents in United States history, but he gets his due at last in a six-hour miniseries, "Grant," that premieres on HISTORY over Memorial Day weekend.

How to Boost Your Business in A Digital Environment
Posted: May 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, businesses need to explore how to best serve their customers in the digital marketplace. That means finding ways to stay relevant and keep their audiences engaged. A professional development webinar series from the National Kitchen & Bath Association shows businesses how to develop and maintain a strong online presence.

Friday 05/15/2020
Lifetime Celebrates 30 Years of Original Movies
Posted: May 15, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Lifetime celebrates 30 years of its iconic Lifetime Original Movies in 2020 and continues to be a premier entertainment destination for women, offering award-winning movies that viewers love, popular non-fiction series such as "Married at First Sight," and compelling "beyond the headlines" documentaries.

Thursday 05/14/2020
Wicked Humor, Self Help, Poignant Personal Stories, Creating The Right Culture
Updated: May 16, 2020 - 2:31 am

“Enemy Queen” by Robert Steven Goldstein

(NAPS)—Full of wicked humor, artful eroticism, scintillating dialogue, and a bit of intrigue, “Enemy Queen” is an exhilarating romp set in a North Carolina college town. When attorney Stanley Berman and professor Thomas McClellan share a house, they spend evenings drinking wine, playing chess and lamenting their ineptitude with women. Then the professor hatches a scheme to bring a young woman into the house. The counselor is dubious but persuaded nonetheless. The two find themselves outwitted by Victoria, a young woman who is clever and inscrutable. She initiates passionate encounters with them, but as time goes on, her demands become untenable. When she goes missing, a murder investigation opens up. From SparkPress, purchase at

“The AVADA Principle” by Michael Sipe

Most people desire the abundant life and there’s no shortage of advice on how to get it.  However, interesting opinions and catchy sound-bite advice tend to fall short of delivering. What if there were a principle that holds true for all people, in all times, in all places…including today? There is, especially if you’re a leader, says Michael Sipe. You have the opportunity to not only live your own most abundant life, but to use your influence to help others do so, too. The principle in this book is ancient. What it encompasses is as true today as it was 6,000 years ago. It’s The AVADA Principle. Purchase at

“Wild Blueberries” by Peter Damm

Some writers look at life with their eyes, others with their heart. In this collection of personal stories, Peter Damm does both. These are vignettes of growing up in small-town rural Michigan, also a closely observed portrait of mid-century America.

But this isn’t a collection of pretty postcards. Damm’s family experienced depression, alcoholism and loss, and he writes with a survivor’s compassion. These are stories for all the senses, held in place by strands of memory alternately steel and gold. “Wild Blueberries” has been called a joy to read, a lyrical, rich, funny and complex account of growing up in rural Michigan. Purchase at

“Culture Code Champions” by Bill Higgs

What is your current corporate culture costing you? Learn how to create and cultivate a championship culture in your business. It can increase your bottom line by attracting and retaining better people and better clients and reducing rework. Practical tips and methods are designed to help you maximize productivity, performance and profit by increasing passion throughout your organization. Here are Higgs’ seven steps to scale and succeed in your business: open up the communication; create a sense of team; establish a repeatable process; use hard copy communication; sell while the shop is full;  continuously recruit top talent; and  give back to your community. From ForbesBooks, purchase at

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Wednesday 05/13/2020
Heart Attacks Aren't Cancelled, Call 911
Posted: May 13, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Even during a pandemic, such as COVID-19, other emergencies don't just go away. Heart attacks and strokes require immediate medical attention. The American Heart Association recommends that calling 911 and getting to the hospital quickly if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms is your best chance for survival, and continues to be a safe option.

5 Not-So-Obvious Household Essentials for Your Time at Home
Posted: May 13, 2020

(StatePoint) Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without. While you may have predicted what some of these essentials would be -- ahem, toilet paper -- other, not-so-obvious items are helping to make quarantines more comfortable nationwide.

Monday 05/11/2020
Fun Playtime Ideas for Father's Day
Posted: May 11, 2020

(StatePoint) Playtime is one of the best opportunities for dads, grandfathers and other father figures to serve as role models in a child’s life, and research shows that these experiences have a number of positive health benefits for kids.

Thursday 05/07/2020
Tips to Shop Smarter and Save on Household Essentials
Posted: May 07, 2020

(StatePoint) When it comes to the essentials that families use and replenish most often, some smart shopping strategies can allow you to stretch your dollar and keep your household budget on track.

Wednesday 05/06/2020
Law Firm Promotes Peaceful, Principled Policies
Posted: May 06, 2020

(NewsUSA) - In America, people enjoy individual freedoms, and for the most part, they are able to express them as long as they don't restrict the rights and freedoms of others.

Four Captivating Reads To Fill Your Days
Updated: May 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

“L.A.’s Last Street Cop” by Al Moreno

(NAPSI)—It’s been called probably the most entertaining and chilling police tale you’ll read this year. This gripping memoir vividly recounts Al Moreno’s rise as a gifted and fearless Los Angeles police officer, surviving gangs and homicidal situations in brutal urban war zones as he strives to achieve his personal and professional dreams.

Packed with unforgettable scenes of both beauty and despair, it culminates in his vocal stand against corruption within the LAPD and the political retribution that ensued—a dirty internal investigation that unleashed the murderous vendetta of a violent ex-con from the Aryan Brotherhood. A vivid, true- life tale of service, survival and sacrifice. From Highpoint Lit, purchase at

“Lakeshire Park” by Megan Walker

Brighton, England, 1820. Amelia Moore wants only to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own. An invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then her sister will be taken care of.

But another guest, the arrogant Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry but competing against Peter makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart. From Shadow Mountain Publishing, purchase at

“Watermark: The Broken Bell Series” by Elise Schiller

The oldest child in a troubled Philadelphia family, Angel Ferente struggles to care for her three sisters while pursuing her goal of attending college on a swimming scholarship. She has a problematic relationship with her mother, Pic, who uses alcohol and drugs and at one point lost custody, and a hostile relationship with her stepfather.

Angel is the center of stability in the household. Then Angel goes to a team party on New Year’s Eve—and doesn’t come home. In the wake of her disappearance, her teammates, her coach’s church, and her family search the city for her. The result changes their lives forever. From SparkPress, purchase at

“The Hairbrush and the Shoe” by Jeanne D. Stanton

When a workman is pushed and hissed at by something invisible on the stairs of her family’s 150-year-old townhouse, Jeanne Stanton must confront the possibility of a ghost. As a former Harvard Business School case writer, she embarks upon a rigorous search for proof, exploring the literature and lore of ghosts; mediums, psychics, and “ghost busters;” and more. A visit to a psychic provides insights but not proof. 

Notables encountered during her research include Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oliver Sacks, and Sigmund Freud. Determined to get to the bottom of the ghost business, Stanton searches for definitive evidence—and almost fails to find it. Almost. Purchase at

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Parents Guide to Screen Time During COVID-19
Posted: May 06, 2020

(StatePoint) After years of hearing study after study about the negative effects of excessive screen time, parents are now being told to set aside any concerns about limiting device time.

5 Tips to Reduce Your Pet's Environmental Pawprint
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) There’s plenty of advice on ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but you might be left wondering about the environmental pawprint made by your pet.

Take Travel Online
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

5 ideas for a virtual family adventure

Take Action to Breathe Better
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) More than 25 million Americans (about 1 in 13 people) suffer from asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey. Asthma is a serious lung disease that affects the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. However, symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment and an action plan similar to this recommendation from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

3 Things to Know About Asthma
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey. This chronic condition is so common that even if you don’t have it yourself, you probably know someone – a friend, colleague or child – who does. Health care providers and patients have many tools for managing asthma, but keeping the disease under control can still be challenging.

4 Tips for Staying Ahead of the Elements
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Whether an outdoor concert-goer, sports fan or avid vacationer, Mother Nature can be harsh on your eyes, skin and hair regardless of the season. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect and rejuvenate your features so you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities all year long.

Tuesday 05/05/2020
COVID-19: Pharmacy Benefit Managers Are Working for Patients
Posted: May 05, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As the coronavirus takes hold in the United States and front-line health care providers are hard-pressed to treat those who are sick, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), along with health insurers, are working to help patients weather the pandemic.

Simple and Fun Crafts to Keep Kids Entertained
Posted: May 05, 2020

(StatePoint) Keeping children content and occupied isn't always an easy task -- especially with more and more days being spent at home. As parents and caregivers, it can also be challenging to come up with creative solutions and fun projects that differ each day. However, even if you lack crafting abilities, you can still inspire your kids and help them stretch their creative muscles with items commonly found right at home, including scissors, straws, rulers and duct tape.

Monday 05/04/2020
For the Baseball Fan Who Has Everything: Their Own Stadium
Posted: May 04, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Even as baseball has put a "pause" on its season, doesn't mean that you can't still support the person in your life that "lives for love of the game."

Finances During A Pandemic
Posted: May 04, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored Content -Now that the initial shock of the pandemic has started to wear off, it's time to take a step back and really start planning. Everyone is living through an unprecedented time. The uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is enough to rattle even the strictest saver. Things may feel that they are all out of your control, so focus on what you can control. First things first. Listen to healthcare professionals and follow guidelines to protect yourself and others. If you are financially impacted by Covid-19 for any reason, there are steps you can take to help minimize that impact.

Facing Life’s Obstacles With Two Works of Fiction and Two Poignant Memoirs
Updated: May 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

(NAPSI)—You’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Right when Gray Howard could use some good karma, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Hours before losing her job, Diana Harrington broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their house. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guesthouse and a guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, secrets from her past seem to resurface.

In her warmest, wittiest and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. From Gallery Books, purchase at

“That’s Not A Thing” by Jacqueline Friedland

Meredith Altman’s engagement to Wesley Latner ended in spectacular disaster—one that shattered her completely. Years have passed since then and now she’s about to marry Aaron Rapp, a former Ivy League football player and baby-saving doctor. As they celebrate their engagement at a new TriBeCa hotspot, Meredith is stunned to find the restaurant owner is none other than Wesley, the man she is still secretly trying to forget.

When Meredith learns that Wesley has been diagnosed with ALS, her feelings about their past become all the more confusing. As she spends more time with Wesley, she discovers what kind of man her new fiancé really is—and what kind of woman she wants to be. From SparkPress, purchase at

“Once a Girl, Always a Boy” by Jo Ivester

Jeremy Ivester is a transgender man. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. They called him a tomboy. That’s what he called himself.

“Once a Girl, Always a Boy” is Ivester’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only his story but that of his family. It is a tale of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept. From She Writes Press, purchase at

“I’m Still Here” by Martina Reaves

In 1969, at age 20, Martina Reaves moved to San Francisco. She lived in a commune, married her hippie streetcar driver, and moved away from the city—first to Mendocino County, OR, and then to the Virgin Islands. In 1980, Reaves came out. She found her life partner, Tanya, at work, and in 1986 they had a son, Cooper.

In 2008, Reaves was diagnosed with serious tongue cancer. Her journey in the aftermath of this diagnosis is one of hope, fear, family, friendship, perseverance, and learning to live with a terminal diagnosis. Reaves braids these strands of her life together in “I’m Still Here,” presenting readers with a nuanced, poignant exploration of what it means to live—and love—authentically. Purchase at

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Friday 05/01/2020
Nurse Educators Play Essential Roles in Public Health
Posted: May 01, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Nurses remain an essential and trusted part of the health care system, and the nation faces an urgent need for nurses due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wednesday 04/29/2020
College Board Offers Online AP Courses and Exams During Coronavirus
Posted: April 29, 2020

(NewsUSA) - In the wake of unprecedented school closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the College Board is supporting students and schools with free, live review sessions and online exams taken at home.

Tap into Employer Benefit Resources in Times of Uncertainty
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For many American workers, how they do their jobs dramatically changed with the spread of COVID-19. Some have shifted to working from home while others moved to part-time or reduced hours.

Now's the Time to Focus on Financial Health in the Workplace
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Employers have both an opportunity and a responsibility to care for their employees' financial wellbeing. Employers that help their teams achieve better financial health tend to foster healthier, more productive and more committed workforces.

Maintenance Tips for a More Reliable Ride
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

4 things to know for National Car Care Month

4 Ways to Help Nurses During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) America's nurses are on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, providing safe, quality, compassionate and nondiscriminatory care to those they serve, many of whom are doing so at significant risk to their own well-being.

Unleash Your Inner Home Chef
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With many Americans staying home, the pressure is on to maintain fun and variety in the kitchen, so family meals don’t get boring. However, cranking out three meals a day can be a burden.

Monday 04/27/2020
Iran Receives Influx of American Aid
Posted: April 27, 2020

(NewsUSA) - In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for global humanitarian action is urgent. Some good news: Capital Commodities, a global entrepreneurial management company, has received a license to export goods to Iran.

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