Category Archives: Health

Meet Ellie


This is Ellie, the little girl who has inspired my company’s fall fundraiser.

Ellie is nine years old and has autism.  Her family loves her very much, but struggles every day to create a safe and happy environment for her.

Ellie currently goes to a wonderful school for autistic children, but the summers remain a struggle. Last summer, Ellie had the opportunity to spend two weeks at Camp Ramapo for Children, a beautiful facility in upstate New York for children with special needs. Ellie’s parents were initially worried about how she would do away from home, but she took to it like a fish to water!

Our charity event “Ellie’s 555 Superhero Challenge” will help fund Ellie’s visit to Camp Ramapo next summer.  Five superhero teams from GDS International will scale five of NYC’s most iconic landmarks on December 9, 2015. Please help support Ellie and my team, Team Superman, by donating today!

Thanks so much from The Sticky Egg!

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Howdy, stranger


When I got on the subway this morning, I  overhead a woman introduce herself to a man standing close by.  Apparently they has begun chatting on the platform. 

She had already met her quota: speak to at least one stranger every day.

She probably didn’t know she was supposed to. But studies show that if you do, both you and the stranger will feel better.

Shhhhhhhiiiiiitttttt….we Southerners have known that all along.

Hurt feelers

Dear Chasing Life ,


I think we should take a break.

You know what you did. And it’s going to take a while for me to be able to be in the same room with you.

Just go. We’ll talk later.

All dressed up…


That’s tired, tired, tired.

As in I fell out of my chair earlier. Asleep. And I was on a train, so people noticed.

That might qualify as 105 percent.

Road kill

My boyfriend shared this pic of a billboard he spied during a recent road trip in Florida:

meat killsYowsers.

It’s simple, to the point and, I would argue, has a lot of bang for the buck since the text has a dual meaning.

Meat is the result of the death of an animal, and eating meat  could lead to your poor health and eventual death.

Does either meaning speak to you?

Not so quiet

My bucolic beach vacation received a jolt yesterday when I got up close and personal with a stingray.


I was walking in kneedeep water, so I  didn’t see my attacker coming. But once I felt the stab, I did get a hand on him to pull him away.

It bled a bit, but hurt a lot. For three or four hours, it was pretty darn intense. Then it calmed down.

And so did I.

For future reference, should you be so unlucky, don’t pee on the wound. And don’t rush to the doctor  (although painkillers will be tempting).

Just make sure no barb remains, soak it in hot water, apply antibiotic ointment and leave it uncovered to heal. Elevating it seems to help, too.

And be grateful for friends and family who quickly gather round to help.