Beach-Bound? How to Pack a Cooler So Food Stays Safe

Packing up the car for a beach or lake vacation? Keep food safe by making sure  your cooler stays cold enough during the drive. The key is keeping food below 40 degrees F. so that bacteria can’t grow, say the food safety experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Follow their handy cooler checklist and you’ll truly be able to chill out: Use plenty of ice or frozen gel packs; have one insulated cooler for raw meat, poultry and seafood, …

What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

This would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off - not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away – traveling – to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

5 Tips for Caregivers: Take a Break!

A colleague recently cautioned me about using the term “respite” because she thought people wouldn’t know its meaning. I found this ironic, because I actually believe it’s more likely that most of us don’t know how it feels rather than what it means in terms of getting a break from caring for family and friends. We rarely get to experience time completely away from the responsibility and stress of caregiving. That’s why I feel so lucky to have recently returned …

I’m Lonely In My Marriage

Q: I’m married and lonely. My husband, age 68, has his own business, works six days a week with 10- to 12-hour days, and is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, with a low testosterone count.  Meanwhile, I’m home alone every day by myself with no friends nearby or opportunities to make them (we live in a vacation community with no permanent residents). The one day a week hubby does take off, he sleeps until noon or later to catch up …

Want Better Results at Work? Take a Vacation!

This is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. || According to a 2012 CareerBuilder.com survey, only 65 percent of full-time U.S. employees have taken or plan to take a vacation this year, down from 80 percent in 2007. There are many reasons for this downward trend-financial worries and concerns about job security-but even though these worries are justified, I still think it’s a shame that Americans are increasingly reluctant to take the time off they’ve earned. …

Caregiver Respite: 5 Ways to Make It Last

The magic number for the trip was “5.” Five days of the sound of ocean. Five days of reading magazines. Five days of eating scrumptious seafood in lovely beachside restaurants. Five days of chatting non-stop with my dear friend of 45 years, Laurette. It took me five days of this nirvana to finally wake up in the morning without a panicky feeling, “What didn’t I do before I left? What do I need to get done today? What have I …