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July 2011 (137 posts)
The trainer explained that bending beyond 90 allows us to work the leg muscles through a wider range of motion, and this is helpful because there are many daily activities that require us to bend in this range -- like scooping a baby off the floor or picking up a bag of groceries. Bending lower while still showing excellent form will also help us build stronger quads and glutes. I wish I'd been able to take notes, but I was still holding the kettlebell, so I followed the trainer's orders and decided to look into this later.
The big decade birthdays are confusing to all of us. When you're turning 30, 40, 50, 60, or up are you supposed to throw a huge bash and embrace the moment with joy? Or are you supposed to throw a huge bash and pretend you're embracing the moment with joy? Or are you supposed to slink off into the night with a good friend and a bottle of champagne? There are my questions. My last milestone birthday went a little dimly. Slinking off is never as much fun as you want it to be.
Thankfully, one spunky woman at the outer edge of 49 has given me a completely new view on how to celebrate the next 0-birthday. Quite frankly, I'm not sure if it's her or her cause that is more inspiring. But I'm definitely going to to tune in to see if she shaves her head to celebrate!
My mismatched set of flutes--born when a friend organized a small birthday gathering--has grown over the years, and the best part is that it actually gets a fair amount of use. It doesn't sit in a display case, but in one of my kitchen cabinets. I break the glasses out every time we're drinking bubbly (which isn't only on New Year's Eve). And, you can find champagne flutes anywhere, from Ireland to your local dollar store. They are are my version of snow globes, available at any and all tourist traps, though they don't get dusty. They're akin to a snow globe you can use.
Sarabeth Levine, who runs the New York and Florida bakery and restaurant Sarabeth's, would agree that collections can be practical: Levine collects cookie jars (they must have stable lids and be light enough that they're easy to lift). Former American Heritage editor Richard Snow collects plates from New York City restaurants he used to go to with his dad when he was a child, prowling eBay for items like a butter dish from the Horn & Hardart automat. "Most antiques, you have to take care of," Snow wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal. "[But] my family eats off [the plates] every night."
Here's the thing. If it were just about practicality, we'd buy the champagne flutes/cookie jar/dinner plates we needed and get on with life. But when there's more to it: the attachment I feel when I take a sip from the very glass that held prosecco as I listened to my sister's speech on my wedding day. That's a feeling a display case of fancy antiques just can't match.
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Every Monday, we're rounding up things--small and big--that made us stop and think. Today, we were moved and inspired by an inaugural poet, Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, and more...
Shelley Keeling, a competitive runner who also coaches her 96-year old mother, Ida Keeling, in road races:
"It never occurred to me that my mom couldn't run."
Elizabeth Alexander, professor of African American studies at Yale, on what poetry can bring to a community:
"Are we not of interest to each other? To me, it's not about 'Oh i like her shoes...' It's much deeper than that. Are human beings who are in community, do we call to each other, do we heed each other, do we want to know each other?"
Halima Mohammedi and Rafi Mohammed, two Afghan teenagers whose attempt to go on a single date caused villagers to riot and the local authorities to jail them for their own protection:
Ms. Mohammedi: "We are all human. God created us from one dirt. Why can we not marry each other, or love each other?"
Mr. Mohammed: "I feel so bad. I just pray that God gives this girl back to me. I'm ready to lose my life. I just want her safe release."
Miranda July, writer, director and star of the new film, The Future:
She admires directors like [Noah] Baumbach and Wes Anderson, but she said: "All those men are also personal. I don't mind that, but I do mind that it's not really questioned, whereas I or another woman is looked at as so self-obsessed. Men are just not being judged in the same way. They're never going to be annoying in the same way."
Nathan Heller writing in Slate about the enduring appeal of book clubs:"They are our bid to stay on the same page across the blur of modern life."
A debate recently broke out in O's fashion department--a few staffers strongly argued in favor of keeping breasts supported 24/7 to prevent sagging, while the rest of us said strapping our chests down at night just isn't worth the trouble (or discomfort). Which is when our creative director Adam Glassman stepped in, declared it a toss up and asked me to get to the bottom of this bra (or no bra) battle.
I called in the experts, bra whisperer and founder of Intimacy boutiques, Susan Nethero, and Phil Haeck, MD, and president of The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, to find out what's myth and what's fact when it comes to keeping the (ahem) girls perky.
Daughter's perspective: I'm all grown up—down to the age spot on my forehead—and still, I act like a child around my mother.
Mom's perspective: She's all grown up—and still, she doesn't understand what I tried to do as a parent and (gulp) a person.
How can the two of you get around all the murk and misunderstandings of the past and start a new relationship? This week, one woman gives it a shot with her own personal to-change list called: 12 Things I'm Too Stubborn To Tell My Mother.
If you're taken with wine/book/cheese of the month clubs, you might want to consider becoming a member of one of these style societies, where you can treat yourself to something new and affordable every 30 days. Need a gift for a friend or family member who hates to shop? Sign her up and create a personal profile based on her fashion likes/dislikes so she's guaranteed to receive something that she'll actually want to wear (without having to hit the stores). Check out three of our favorites:
Jewelmint: Created by actress Kate Bosworth and her stylist Cher Coulter, this jewelry club emails you a personalized selection of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces to choose from--offering a range in styles from dainty to daring. And you're not obligated to buy each month--if you don't see anything you love, skip it. The cost: Membership is free, each piece of jewelry is $29.99.
Sole Society: Put a spring in your step with new sandals, flats, wedges, or heels every month. Ideal for the shoe obsessed or the woman who doesn't have time to hunt for the perfect pair. Like Jewelmint, you're not obligated to buy every time and if they don't fit, return them free of charge. The cost: Membership is free, each pair of shoes is $49.95.
StyleMint: Is your go-to weekend uniform a T-shirt and jeans? This club, created by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, sends you a super-soft tee and style tips direct from this duo so that you can add to your collection and find new ways to wear your old favorites (in other words, give your jeans a day off and try a long skirt or slim khakis, etc.). The cost: Membership is free, each T-shirt is $29.99.
Which club would you join? If you could create a fashion item of the month service, what type of clothing or accessory would you want to receive every 30 days? Jeans? Handbags? Hats?
Check out O's summer fashion handbook
See our Great Buy of the Day
Back when I was a little girl in day camp, we used to wrap long strands of multicolored yarn around crossed popsicle sticks. Our counselors called these "god's eyes." I never understood that name. It seemed to me that the craft ought to be called "your counselors are bored teenagers who care very little about art projects."
Thirty years later, I've been tracking the much celebrated Life in A Day film, which opens in theaters this week. Life in Day presents a multi-faceted perspective on the world—created with videos submitted by people across the globe who shot images of their lives on July 24, 2010.
Meanwhile, Good Media recently reported on a very similar project called One Day on Earth. For this film, people from every country on the planet simultaneously captured aspects their lives on October 10, 2010. (You can pre-order it online, or sign up to make your own film on the next upcoming shoot on November 11, 2011.)
I thought back to childhood and that then-mysterious yarn-denoting phrase. I still have no idea what it means in terms of crafts, but in terms of these two films, God's eye is the ideal moniker, because both documentaries let us experience the astonishing, infinite variety of lives being lived all over the planet—as well as reflect the beauty of our own.
It's finally Friday! Before the weekend begins we're taking a moment to give thanks for the things that got us through the week.
2. Remember the days when it took pen, paper, and postage stamps to send a message? Hoping to revive the lost art of letter writing, this month-long community art project will turn your emails into good old-fashioned snail mail--and send them free of charge!
3. Give the World Wildlife Fund 41 seconds, and they'll make you look at the world a little differently.
4. What would you do for a day at the beach? These Israeli women risk it all to get their Palestinian neighbors to the shore.
Hoping everyone has a safe and happy weekend!
Tell us what you are grateful for this week in the comments