Tag Archives: Life and Wellness

Get Your ZZZs

Get Your ZZZs

Research data published in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that people with elevated blood pressure readings during the nighttime hours who get too little sleep may boost their risk of a cardiovascular emergency. During the study of 1,255 study participants, those with elevated blood pressure readings during the restful hours who averaged shorter sleep […] ... More

Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Farmers’ Market?

Going against the flock, I recently moved from sunny Naples, Florida, to the frigid Midwest, and not a day shy of winter. My acclimation to the weather, however, was not nearly as challenging as not knowing my way around. I miss the familiarity of all the local hangouts, family-owned businesses, and especially the Saturday morning […] ... More
Family Ties

Family Ties

Recently I revised several drafts of a paper that my brother was working on for a college writing course. We went through the process paragraph by paragraph: He did the writing, I did the revising. I’ve had years of practice writing papers of varied length and on assorted subjects, so the task, in my mind, […] ... More
Get Going in the Garden!

Get Going in the Garden!

Late February is not the time for gardeners to recline in their favorite easy chair beside the wood stove. Spring is waiting in the wings and an early start on gardening chores can make the difference between a mediocre and a great harvest of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Here are some of the gardening tasks […] ... More
A Century of Mental Health

A Century of Mental Health

About the author: David L. Shern, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading mental health experts with more than 30 years of distinguished service in mental health services research and system reform, is the president and CEO of Mental Health America. This month, Mental Health America is celebrating its 100th anniversary —a remarkable legacy of one man […] ... More
A Real Eye-Opener

A Real Eye-Opener

Blame it on growing up with four brothers. Or just a dismally low beauty IQ. Whatever the reason, I always seem to be in the dark about skin creams, hair gels, and makeup tips. I’ve never colored my hair and still wash my face with soap and water each morning. But now, thanks to my […] ... More
Mr. Postman, Is There A Letter in Your Bag For Me?

Mr. Postman, Is There A Letter in Your Bag For Me?

I stood in Hallmark for over an hour looking for a Happy Birthday card to send my mother. So many to choose from—even ones that play music or allow you to record your own voice message. I usually pick the funniest one I can find about getting older and hurry out of the store. But […] ... More
Valentine Vision

Valentine Vision

Valentine’s Day is a day to appreciate the love in your life. Romantic or platonic, love is “what makes the world go round.” As a child, I recall exchanging valentines with classmates, followed by a small celebration. As a teenager, I remember one evening my dad and I were the only ones home (a rarity […] ... More
What’s for breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?

The days are short and the weather is cold. It may be tough to find enough energy to get through the day, but the International Food Information Council (IFIC) says there’s one solution that’s too often forgotten: breakfast. “Many consumers are looking for ways to be healthy and gain more energy throughout their day, yet […] ... More
FDA Approves Kapidex for Treatment of GERD

FDA Approves Kapidex for Treatment of GERD

The FDA has approved a long-acting proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for once-daily treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, according to an announcement by the drugmaker. Kapidex (generic name: dexlansoprazole) was approved for healing all grades of erosive esophagitis for up to eight weeks, for maintaining healing of erosive esophagitis for up to six months, […] ... More
Early Bird Planting

Early Bird Planting

The early bird gets the worm they say; and for garden lovers, the early seed planter gets the flowers. Some flowering plants require early planting, and depending on where in the country you live, February may be the time to get going and gain a jump-start on the growing season. Some flowers, such as larkspur, […] ... More
Trains Equipped to Save Lives

Trains Equipped to Save Lives

It is a tragic case of being at the wrong place at the very wrong time. In 2002, Dr. James R. Allen died after suffering a heart attack on a commuter train that lacked an automated portable defibrillator, or AED, a device used to jump-start the heart after cardiac arrest. Today’s riders may avoid a […] ... More
Gratitude

Gratitude

Scanning through the movie listings in the newspaper, I never would have put Slumdog Millionaire on my must-see list. Just one of the many lessons I was reminded of during this movie: Don’t judge a film by its title. It was excellent. An inspirational tale about a young boy from the slums of Mumbai who […] ... More
Perscription to Fall

Perscription to Fall

Prescription medicines may have unintended effects, including an increased risk of falling. That’s the recent warning from Centers for Disease Control experts who add that falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older adults. Recent data links a class of drugs called benzodiazepines and increased falls. The central nervous system depressants are […] ... More
Flower Power

Flower Power

Is it still cold and dreary outside? Brighten your days with an easy-to-make arrangement of fresh flowers. Gather an odd number of old or new glass bottles of varying size and shape. Purchase a pretty bouquet. Then, separate the blossoms and trim stems to desired height. Clean and fill the bottles with water and insert […] ... More

Get Ready, Get Knitting!

A couple months ago, we asked Saturday Evening Post magazine readers who knit or crochet for charity to send in a description and photo of their latest projects. And wow! What an inspiring response! So far, we’ve heard from generous souls in 21 states who, for years (sometimes decades), have been comforting babies, cancer survivors, […] ... More
Brave New World of Vegetables for 2009

Brave New World of Vegetables for 2009

Don’t be a stick-in-the-mulch with your garden growing habits, planting the same vegetables year after year. This spring, plan on planting at least one new vegetable that you haven’t grown before. New dwarf varieties offer intense flavor and compact sizes that can fit easily into your garden space or even be grown in containers. Here […] ... More
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