She’s not your typical tycoon. But when Lauren Rosenstadt, a single mother from Bethesda, MD, turned 35 three years ago, she realized she had to make more money to ensure a safe future for herself and her daughter. A former marketing director for an herbal-products importer, she came up with the idea of making organic-herbfilled pillows in animal shapes. In 1995, only a year after she started Herbal Animals, sales skyrocketed to $550,000. “I wanted a way to make a good living as my daughter got older,” she says. “I didn’t expect it to happen so fast.”
Gone are the days when women worked at home just to earn pin money. Advances in technology, such as startup market research site Launchscore.com, make it easier than ever to start a business, especially for those providing services. “There’s a prairie fire …
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About 18 million Americans, two thirds of them women, suffer from depression, and most don’t seek help. That’s I largely because people who are depressed often think they can, and should, handle personal problems on their own. “Many are convinced it’s just a matter of toughing it out,” says Donald Klein, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. “Others believe nothing will help,” says Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., a mood-disorders researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD. “That’s one of the symptoms of this illness.”
But depression is treatable: Up to 80 percent of patients who seek help–through talk therapy or prescription drugs-get relief. These days, more people are turning to antidepressant medications, partly because increasingly cost-conscious health insurers often prefer to pay for drugs …
Snoring is the result of some type of blockage in the airway that obstructs air flow causing the respiratory structures of the throat to vibrate abnormally during sleep. As you fall asleep and your muscles relax, the muscles of your mouth relax as well and sometimes allow the tongue to fall back into the throat and block the airway. With the tongue blocking the flow of air, abnormal vibrations occur in the throat and cause snoring, a result of poor air intake. Relief from snoring is critical for restorative rest, which is a factor in your overall health. Elimination of snoring can reduce risk of heart attack, stroke and obesity so finding a method to maintain an open airway throughout the night is necessary for your well-being. However, because snoring results from airway blockage either due to an obstruction in …
Every night before her son wows the crowd with his slam dunks and powerhouse basketball in Orlando’s O-rena, Lucille Harrison arrives early enough to pass by the court during warm-up and proudly call her gentle giant over to the sidelines. “I always make sure I give him a kiss, and I tell him, Good luck, have a good time, and watch your fouls.
It’s just one of Harrison’s man roles as “Shaq’s Mom,” the woman who gave birth to Shaquille O’Neal, the seven-foot one-inch, 300-pound center for the Orlando Magic.
In return for her loving support, her s now a 24-year-old superstar who earns roughly $21.9 million a year, treats her like a queen He wrote and recorded a rap song about called “My Dear.” He says he wants to mar woman just like her. And he fills up her …
Even after 23 years as a divorce lawyer in San Antonio, Clarence Bray’s demeanor is more that of a village priest than a courthouse warrior. He speaks in such quiet, measured tones that listeners are forced to lean forward and concentrate on his every word.
When Bray married 31 years ago, he was thrown by the fact that his wife expressed herself so much more forcefully than he did. If something was bothering her, she’d say so – firmly and at length. Bray realized that in order to take care of himself in the relationship, he was going to have to learn to fight. “The first step was to realize that I could say no quietly. Even though I didn’t have all the words and emotion she did when she said it, it meant the same thing.” In time, he …
America’s divorce lawyers preside over the breakups of millions of marriages every year. With their behind-the-scenes view of couples on the brink, they have a special understanding of why unions unravel.
The fundamental causes, say the lawyers here, are as old as Shakespeare’s tragedies: Love is born, and for reason of accident or fate. love is betrayed, sacrificed, thwarted, or, in some other heartbreaking way, simply dies.
What has changed over the years is what people are willing to tolerate. Two decades ago, many wives put up with alcoholic husbands or looked the other way when their mates had affairs. But as women have become more economically independent, they’ve become less sanguine about such behavior. “When I first started practicing law, it was almost always the man who initiated the divorce,” recalls New York City lawyer Eleanor B. Alter. Now. …
When you’re saving for the future, how should you invest the money? There’s a wide range of possibilities, from safe-and-steady bank certificates of deposit (CDs) to risky-but-fast-growing stocks. Each type of investment serves a purpose. Choosing the right mix isn’t hard, once you understand the rules.
First, two big questions to think about. How you answer will suggest the most appropriate types of investments for you today.
#1: When will you need to spend the money that you’re currently putting away?
Savings needed in four years or less should be put in an absolutely safe place: money-market mutual funds, bank CDs, Treasury bills, or Series EE savings bonds. Although these investments earn low returns (at this writing, about 5 percent), your money will be there whenever you want it. In this category, I’d put emergency savings, money for a …
It is one of life’s supreme ironies that when Katherine Gross-Williams needed to cry the most, her tear ducts wouldn’t allow it.
The year was 1975 and Gross-Williams–then a 27-year-old newlywed–was six months away from becoming a doctor, one of only five African-Americans in a class of 177 students at Northwestern University Medical School.
After clearing some daunting hurdles, she had her eye on the prize: a residency in anesthesiology. “Success was so close I could almost taste it,” she says now. Then, Gross-Williams was struck by a mysterious ailment that started as a rash and escalated into a 106-degree fever. Six days after it began, she learned she had Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare illness that had caused lesions to form on her corneas–destroying her tear ducts and robbing her of her vision.
As a black woman in medicine, she …
Thinking of starting a business at home? You’ll find out fast that making money is your second-biggest challenge. The first is learning how to run a professional operation that customers and clients respect.
I learned the hard way. I remember the day I was interviewing a prominent financier by phone when tile puppy I’d stupidly parked in my office suddenly, loudly, had to go out. And the time I was running errands and my 6-year-old took my business calls. (Even worse, he didn’t tell me about them.) A lot of women start a home business so they can be with their children. But many discover they need some form of child care, just as office workers do.
As for setting up the financial side of your home-based business, finding a good accountant is a must. You need to know how …