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Lifestyle Budget for Monday, January 13, 2020

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0930 UTC).

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^Promising greater safety, a tiny widget creates chaos for tube feeders<

^HEALTH-TUBE-FEEDER:KHN—<Rachel Glenn loves to puree food and put it in her 4-year-old's feeding tube. The Arkansas mom said her thick concoctions of fruit, vegetables, meat and grains provide the concentrated nutrition he needs.

When he was on formula, Asher, who can't swallow due to a brainstem condition, vomited several times a day. Since his mom started making his meals in a blender, when he was about 15 months old, that has stopped and Asher has more energy. Plus: "He gets his two cups of greens a day and he doesn't argue about it."

So Glenn was upset to learn about a new type of connector being promoted for feeding-tube equipment that could prevent her son from consuming her home-blended food. It has a one-size-fits-all opening that's much narrower than the holes on syringes she currently uses to push food through the feeding tube implanted in his abdomen.

When Glenn and her husband tried using a syringe tipped with one of the new plastic connectors, called ENFit, they could barely get Asher's food to budge. She worries her son's health will suffer if manufacturers start putting ENFit connectors on all feeding devices.

1300 by Mary Chris Jaklevic. MOVED


^Staples: How a girl's dream to help others evolved into anti-trafficking group<

^LIFE-GIRL-ANTI-TRAFFICKING-GROUP:AT—<In 1992, she was just 11 years old, but even then, Ashleigh Chapman knew there was something terribly wrong when the systems that were in place to help the vulnerable did them more harm than good.

That year, her parents took in three siblings, ages 2, 5 and 8, who had experienced severe abuse. As she watched them try to navigate the welfare system to somehow bring healing to those children, Chapman knew it shouldn't be so hard.

"I began to draw on a large sheet of paper how people should be working together to protect people in harm's way," she recalled recently.

By the time her parents found a safe place for the siblings, Chapman was convinced God had called her to reform these systems of care for the oppressed and vulnerable, and that she needed a law degree to do it.

1050 by Gracie Bonds Staples. MOVED


^Community stepped up after owner's shooting forced restaurant to close during prime time<

LIFE-RESTAURATEUR-SHOT-HELPED:MS — The Thanksgiving-Christmas holidays usually are gravy for chef Wendy Puckett, of Wendy's House of Soul, the small bistro and caterer on W. Broadway Avenue on the North Side.

However, House of Soul closed for two weeks after Puckett, a community stalwart, was shot in the face with a pellet gun by an assailant in a four-door vehicle as she left work about 9 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Puckett required surgery to remove a pellet lodged near her eye.

750 by Neal St. Anthony in Minneapolis, Minn. MOVED



^Online movement to embrace gray hair is inspiring Minnesota women to ditch dye<

^LIFE-BEAUTY-GRAY-HAIR:MS—<Every three weeks, Mo Perry would retreat to her bathroom, don thin plastic gloves and apply Clairol Nice 'N Easy in shade 4G, turning her gray roots a Dark Golden Brown to match the rest of her hair.

It was a ritual the Minneapolis actress and writer came to resent.

She didn't like the time and money she spent (or the chemical smell of the dye), but she hated how anxious she felt when her roots were showing and she worried that the slowly widening stripe of gray would make it harder for her to land roles.

Still, two years ago in January, Perry made ditching the dye a New Year's resolution — one that she actually kept. And made public.

1150 by Erica Pearson. MOVED


^Harry and Meghan won't live in your basement, but your adult kids might<

^LIFE-FAILURE-TO-LAUNCH:AT—<"Failure to Launch" is the name of a new book with the intriguing subtitle "Why Your Twentysomething Hasn't Grown Up and What to Do About It."

Parents live in hope that their adult children will be actual adults, making their own way and moving out of the house in a timely manner. But what if that child is thirtysomething and royal?

600 by Shane Harrison. MOVED


^Tongue weight loss? It could be the key to improving sleep apnea, study says<

^LIFE-TONGUE-WEIGHTLOSS:AT—<Cat got your tongue? Maybe not, but according to a new study, fat inside your tongue may be to blame for sleep apnea.

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that people can lose fat in their tongue as they drop over all body weight.

300 by Kiersten Willis. MOVED



^Social Security: Need to change your name on your Social Security card?<

^SRS-SOCIALSEC:MCT—<If you're changing your name, it's important to let Social Security know so we can update the information we maintain, send you an updated Social Security card, and ultimately ensure we pay you accurate benefits when you retire or if you become disabled.

350 by Nicole Tiggemann. MOVED



^Heidi Stevens: Jillian Michaels' concern for Lizzo's health is as phony as it is misguided<

^SELF-FAM-LIFE-BALANCE:TB—<Unless Jillian Michaels is holding a chart of Lizzo's bloodwork, she has no business speculating what diseases the pop singer is at risk of developing.

"Why are we celebrating her body?" Michaels asked Alex Berg, host of "AM to DM," a BuzzFeed News morning show. "Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't going to be awesome if she gets diabetes."

650 by Heidi Stevens. MOVED


^Person to Person: Build walls to manage adult bullies<

^SELF-PERSON-TO-PERSON:MCT—<Are there people at work gossiping about you? Or, would you like to write someone a letter telling her to quit spreading lies about you?

If everyone likes you, and you don't have a single enemy, that's great.

But, if you're like most people, a few bullies are out there.

600 by Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen. MOVED



^Celia Rivenbark: Repubs would make lousy jurors in the real world<


Bailiff: Mr. McConnell, you and Mr. Graham are up next. Please just step through the doors to the courtroom and prepare for your voir dire.

Mr. Graham: Voir who? What kinda commie talk is that? Look, I was raised an American in the South by God Carolina. I'm not speaking French or whatever devil language you just said.

550 by Celia Rivenbark in The Jury Pool, County Courthouse, Usa. MOVED



^ZEZIMA-HUMOR-COLUMN:MCT—< A humorous view of modern life.

(Not moving this week.)

by Jerry Zezima.


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