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“Presenteeism” and Caregivers

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?   You’re sitting in your cubicle or your corner office, but you’re not really there.  Emails are pouring in, you have unanswered voice messages, there’s a crisis in IT, the system is going down, and the coffee-maker just died—but you don’t care.  At 9:01 in the morning, you have more important things to worry about. Your mother fell and broke her hip.  You have to call her doctor.  You have to arrange home care.  You have...

Happy Birthday, Gemini!

HEY GEMINI, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU! The sign of the twins is shared by notables across continents and centuries.  Famous Geminis?  How about Marilyn Monroe?  Or Frank Lloyd Wright…  Che Guevara…  Rachel Carson…   Lou Gehrig…  Walt Whitman…  Queen Victoria… This month we salute those who are celebrating their 50+ birthdays.  Let us know if we forgot your favorite Gemini!   Donald Trump (b. 1946) The 70 year-old real estate developer, television personality and now… front-runner for the Republican nominee...

Happy Birthday, Taurus!

STARSTRUCK FOR TAURUS! As the month of the Taurus rolls around, it’s interesting to discover who shares a birthday between April 20th and May 20th.  Famous Taureans can count these names among their ranks: Napoleon…Vladimir Lenin…Karl Marx… Emperor Hirohito… Malcolm X… Harper Lee… Robert Oppenheimer… Tchaikovsky… even Shakespeare, for goodness’ sake!  Act Two Magazine decided to dig a little deeper and bring you a comprehensive list of some famous Taurus men and women born in the 20th century.   ...

Happy Birthday, Aries!

  ARIES IN THE AIR! Independent, fearless, creative and dynamic—these are just a few of the traits of those born under the sign of Aries.  Consider this extraordinary collection of people born under the sign of the ram, Aries:  Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Aretha Franklin, Goya, Robert Frost, Rafael, Jane Goodall, Henry James, Hayden, Bach, and too many more to mention.   Robert Downey Jr., 50 (b. 1965) These days he’s known as Iron Man but the actor...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GAME CHANGER

“There is one thing I have never taught my body how to do and that is to figure out at 6 A.M. what it wants to eat at 6 P.M.” – Erma Bombeck Amen. And that’s why I’m wishing a very happy birthday to a  miraculous baby boomer, the microwave oven. Even though you were 67 last month, to me and I’m sure billions of others, you remain a forever-young marvel of speed, efficiency and, well, rescue, by turning...

THE GOLDEN LAND OF MYANMAR

“Quite unlike any land you know about” – Rudyard Kipling. Next to North Korea, Burma, or Myanmar as it is called by the country’s military junta, is the second most isolated country in the world. Because tourism in Myanmar was not encouraged for the past fifty years and the culture has been virtually untouched by the outside world, travelers to this fascinating destination must realize that the best expectations are no expectations. Flexibility is the key — the experience...

India: Land of Contrasts

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