Health and Wellness Archives - N. J. Lindquist

Category Archives for Health and Wellness

18 Tips for Looking After Curly or Wavy Hair

No, I’m not a hair stylist.  Just someone who suffered for years because I had no idea what to do with my unruly hair. So I’m offering some thoughts for anyone out there with curly or wavy hair who feels the way I did. I so wish I’d known these things when I was 5 […]

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How I Discovered I Have Curly Hair

If you missed part one of this blog “My Hair Has a Mind of Its Own,” go here. Some days, I look back and wonder how I could have been so obtuse. I mean, as you can see by my picture when I was three, my hair was trying really hard to be curly. And yet, […]

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“My Hair Has a Mind of Its Own” or If Only I’d Known Years Ago That It Was Curly!

I don’t think I’ve ever actually hated my hair, because I was always glad I didn’t have hair like my mother’s, but sometimes I came close to hating it. Age 1 When I was very young, I blamed my mother. Not for my hair, but for hurting me when she washed, brushed, or combed it. […]

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The Girls Who Went Away, part 2 – the effects of adoption on baby boomer birth mothers

If you haven’t read part 1 of this post, click here.  6. In the years from 1945 to 1973, closed adoption was virtually a given for most unwed young women. Prior to 1945, illegitimate children were usually given to a family member or someone the family knew—either to be raised as their own, or until […]

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The Need We All Have to Grieve During Sad Times

While researching the effects of adoption during the late 1940s, 50s, and 60, I kept reading that many of the young women who had given up their babies were never able to fully grieve their losses. Some, in fact, had managed to keep their pregnancy a secret from everyone in their lives, including their spouse and […]

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The Robins’ Nest at Our Front Door, Part 3

After building a nest above our front door and raising a single baby, our robins left. Click here it you missed Part 2 of the story. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, go here. The next morning, May 30th, there was no baby robin on the ledge, and no sign of any robins in […]

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Our Robin Family, Part 2

We first discovered the robin’s nest behind the light above our front door on May 5th. If you missed the first part of the story, you can find it here. On the morning of May 28th, I came downstairs and, as usual, went to check to see if the robin was on her nest before […]

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A Robins’ Nest at Our Front Door

Last spring we didn’t notice until too late that a pair of robins had decided to nest on the light fixture outside our front door. The moment of discovery involved opening the front door to pick up the newspaper, and jumping when something flew squawking from just above my head to the tree in front of […]

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Eating healthy: my journey with food begins

For some time, I’ve been wanting to write about my journey with food. I know, that sounds strange. But think about it. If there’s one thing we have in common, it’s eating. And for each of us, that eating can be a lot of trial and journey. It seems that every day we’re told something […]

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Do the Clothes You Wear Really Affect How You Feel?

When people asked me what I wore to write, I used to have an easy answer: whatever I have on. Jeans, cut-offs, a T-shirt, possibly pyjamas and a housecoat. Whatever. I mean, who’s going to see me, right? I’m sitting alone at a computer desk in my house. A New York publisher is unlikely to […]

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Good news! My bone density has improved

In 2005, I had a bone density test. and learned that I was bordering on osteoporosis. I had another one last year; it was worse; I now had osteoporosis. Very frustrating. I'm way too young for this! So, I made a concerted effort to do what I could to keep my bones from getting any […]

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No more diet drinks for me

I’ve never gotten into the habit of drinking Coke or other carbonated beverages (aka pop, soft drinks, etc.) the way some people do—as if they were water. I might have one a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. But I’ve always known there was nothing good about it. With a chocolate bar, you can at least […]

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