Ma Vie En Rouge

Raising awareness about heart disease in women

Denise Clapsaddle

Denise Clapsaddle
Location
Torrington, Connecticut, United States
Birthday
February 09
Bio
One Friday in November, my mom swam a mile. The following Tuesday she died from a massive heart attack. She spent four days phoning doctors and hours in a dentist chair, but they dismissed her symptoms as something else. I don't want that to happen to you or the women you love. Here's how we can stop it.

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MAY 8, 2009 12:48PM

You Said Da: An Adoptive Mom's Thank You to Her Kids

Lida and Tolik

Mother's Day has evolved into a holiday that involves children honoring their mothers, but for me, Mother's Day is a day to thank you, my children, for allowing me to become your mom.

When most kids get angry at their moms, they shout, "I didn't ask to be… Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2009 9:00AM

How to Make Your Dog Think You're Nuts

I am an animal lover, so when I saw the headline in the New York Time's Thursday Styles section about the hot new trend of people doing yoga with their dogs, I honestly thought, "Cool!" Alternative health practices like yoga can do wonders for humans, so why not dogs? Then I… Read full post »

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JANUARY 17, 2009 8:57PM

Battlestar Galactica: Adama = Obama?

As the first of the final episodes open, it's clear that we're not in Kansas anymore--or if we are, it's been blown to frakin' smithereens.  Word comes down that this post-apocalyptic earth continues to emit enough radiation two thousand years after a nuclear holocaust to ren… Read full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2009 6:42PM

Inauguration Travel Guide

Inaugural Art

So you've decided to travel to Washington, D.C. for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. Good on you--it should be an awesome experience!  If you're still looking for a place to stay I can't help you much with that, but as a former D.C. resident I can provide some gr… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 21, 2008 6:57PM

I Was Mommy Being Santa Claus

I was Mommy, being Santa Claus 

First, let me say up front, that I am not now, nor have I ever been, a cross-dresser. Like most women in the modern era I grew up wearing jeans (still wear 'em every chance I get, thankyouverymuch), but I generally  enjoy, as they say, being a girl. However, when a… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 9:04AM

God Bless the Malls, Every One?

Perhaps we should give them points for trying, but over at the New York Times Thursday Styles, they have once again failed to inject a spirit of joie de vivre into the recessionary gloom.

In the real world, where I serve as a pastor of a small congregation, requests for help… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2008 9:20AM

Recycled Wrappin': The Blog Post that had to Happen

Target bag gift wrapCarbon Rally ( a site that encourages green lifestyle choices) has issued a challenge that a cheapskate can love--wrap some gifts in recycled/recyclable packaging. I didn't have to think twice about that one: challenge accepted! But how to make the alterna-wrap look nice for my non-alter… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 8, 2008 7:24AM

You say "elegant main course," I say "potato"

Potato story in the New York Times  promises to help readers entertain with style on the cheap but fails to deliver. 

As a confirmed cheapskate I got understandably excited when the New York Times Style section promised advice on partying "like it's 1929." While I app… Read full post »