Is It the Same Today As When I Began Fulltime Adventure Vandwelling in October of 2009?

A few days ago I was once again asked what I thought of vandwelling, and if I thought it was feasible to do currently. This was by someone in the prep stages of setting up a van for extended, possibly even full-time travel. I didn’t answer immediately because I have had a lot of thoughts about vandwelling mulling around in my head from the experiences of my last few years, as well as from today and thinking about and looking toward the future. For what it’s worth this is my 2+ cents. I am so very very thankful for the 5+ years I traveled the USA pretty much non-stop. I have lived in my van (actually 2 vans) for just over 5 years traveling by the seasons mostly off-grid and since November 2nd of 2014 I have been at a home-base site in the South. So… from my perspective…

New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screens Makes Some Happy, Some Mad and Most Confused

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines for breast cancer screening. Among the changes, the new recommendations say all women should begin having yearly mammograms at age 45, and can change to having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55.

But this new change, while a relief to some, brings confusion to the issue, and angers some survivors. The confusion comes from the face that three key groups — the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — recommend different ages for starting regular mammograms: 40, 45 and 50 respectively. The reason for that? Everyone agrees that while mammograms save lives, they can also cause harm, and each group does a different job of balancing the pros and cons.