The ability to close fingers has been around for a while, I think. I think it responds to muscle contractions, traditionally, but there are new technologies that hopefully will allow for more movement. Here's an article: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institute_basi... » 3/12/15 1:54pm 3/12/15 1:54pm

When I used to work out at the Y in my old town, every machine had it's own television. We couldn't afford cable (still don't have it, actually) so I would watch the old cable networks I missed while walking or running. It struck me as kind of sad and torturous that I would usually tune in to Food Network while… » 3/09/15 2:15pm 3/09/15 2:15pm

I was also surprised at this. The last time I went to a dermatologist before now, I was a teenager. It looked like a regular ol' doctor's office. But when I had to go back for some other issues in my 20's, it's all gleaming and white with product posters for pores and shit all over the place. The waiting room has a… » 3/09/15 1:47pm 3/09/15 1:47pm

I consider myself wealthy. I can pay my loan debts, I own a home, I can support myself and children, I can go on vacation, I am educated with relatively little debt. I can go to dinner without obsessively checking my bank account first. I can buy the food I want to buy without looking for sales. In socioeconomic terms… » 2/26/15 2:58pm 2/26/15 2:58pm

This happened to me this weekend. My husband and I unexpectedly got invited to go on a retreat on Valentine's Day weekend (for free!) I haven't really mentioned this on GT until now, but my beloved grandfather died three weeks ago after a long struggle with serious terminal cancer. I saw him twice a week, every week,… » 2/20/15 10:48am 2/20/15 10:48am

Hey, just turn it into a fun activity! If she can pick up tools, she can help. You'll be teaching her something useful. I know when I was a kid, I wish that the men in my life had let me help them fix or build things. It was always my brothers and male cousins who got to go split the wood or put up dry wall. » 2/20/15 10:35am 2/20/15 10:35am

I moved up to bench pressing the 45 lb bar, ten reps on the third set, on Wednesday, which I was proud of. Its not a lot generally, but it's a lot for me. It's in a weight lifting for beginners class full of women (awesome) and I was the only one to move up to the bigger bar and that much weight. Also my leg lifts… » 2/20/15 12:12am 2/20/15 12:12am

I don't know about the whole article, but the first point resonates with me. I am currently learning to braid and otherwise "do" hair after 30 years of never getting it because I want to be able to give my daughter the hairstyles she will someday desire. If my husband braided her hair or even just manages a pony tail,… » 2/18/15 2:00pm 2/18/15 2:00pm

When it's time to put on socks or shoes in our house my less than two-year-old, we will say "time to put your shoes on! " or "time to put your socks on! " as a result, she thinks the words for them are "sockson" and "shoeson." She knows the word "off ", so when she wants to take off her socks or shoes she will say… » 2/18/15 1:54am 2/18/15 1:54am

I think it's because she is clearly enormously talented especially so young, and tackles some big issues, like sexism and racism, head-on quite frequently. She's one of the most popular contributors to the show. Personally I think she is capable of it, or something similar, if she wanted to - if not now then in the… » 2/18/15 1:34am 2/18/15 1:34am