Don’t Touch That Razor

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It’s Movember. Or No-Shave November.

Or whatever you want to call it.

This month, men are encouraged to grow a mustache or to not shave at all to bring attention to men’s health issues.

Many men (and women, for that matter), lose their hair during cancer treatments. This month, instead of spending money on shaving and grooming products, donate that to your favorite cancer prevention organization.

And men, if you’re between the ages of 15-35, do regular self-exams for testicular cancer. If you find anything unusual, don’t delay, get to your doctor.

If you’re a man of a certain age, see your doctor, and prepare to bend over and cough.
And schedule your colonoscopy.

None of those things are fun or pleasant. But they may save your life.

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All Saint’s Day

On this day in 1512, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

On this day in 1512, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

Today is All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints.

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All Saints’ Day is a Christian festival celebrated to honor saints known and unknown. Western Christianity, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Community, the Lutheran Church and other Protestants, celebrate All Saints’ Day on the first Sunday of November.

What if you can’t go over the river?

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What if you can’t go home for the holidays?

There’s no place like home for the holidays.

But, what if you can’t get there?

Whether you live hundreds of miles away from home in your new (or older) professional career, or your a college student who can’t afford to travel, or perhaps you work retail in a store that refuses to close for Thanksgiving

Shame on that store, but you have to keep your job.

So here are some thoughts about celebrating the holidays.

Host your own holiday dinner. Grab some friends who find themselves in the same situation. Make it potluck and have everyone bring their favorite family dish. You may want make sure that everyone doesn’t have a favorite stuffing recipe or the meal could get interesting.

Find out who from your place of worship might be offering extra space at their dinner table. Or perhaps there’s a community dinner or restaurant hosting meals for anyone who wants to attend. It’s more common than you might think.

Volunteer. One of the best ways to forget about your own troubles is to invest in the lives of others who not only can’t go home, but who don’t have a home to go to.

Go home with a friend. Most parents will gladly welcome you to join their table.

Relax and spend the day by yourself. Sure, you might not get the turkey dinner. But catch up on your sleep. See a movie. Take a hike. Read a book. Use it as time to regenerate for the craziness that no doubt comes and the December holiday season approaches.

In other words, be thankful for your home, even if you can’t get there.

Don’t forget to call the family on the big day. Call, text, Skype, or whatever. Just be sure to check in.

There may be no place like home for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a great day.

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