The Essence of Lace: Moving into a New Place

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Moving can be one of the most fun (yet daunting) tasks a person ever has to face. You have to research until you find the desired new home, go through all of your belongings, and pack. The stress starts early and lasts until you’re fully settled in your new place. I recently moved into a new apartment with a close friend. I thought the search was the tough part- and then, came the packing. I have a lot of stuff. A LOT of stuff. When I started tearing apart my closet, I found school assignments from elementary school. I felt like a hoarding...

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Secondary drowning doesn’t happen under water

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Health, Parenting, Safety | 0 comments

Six clues to observe in your child if he takes in too much water It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. One second your toddler is happily swimming in the backyard or neighborhood swimming pool. You look away for a few seconds and, when you turn back to the pool, he is struggling under water and then gasping at the surface for air. You get him out of the water immediately and, after a few minutes, hours or even up to two days, he seems no worse for his frightening experience. But suddenly he starts to have strange symptoms that require an...

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Notes from the Farmers’ Market Chef

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

Ahh, the farmers’ market… The Farmers’ Market Guide to Vegetables: Selecting, Preparing and Cooking, by Bridget Jones, has been a staple since its publication in 2001. Vegetable Literacy (2013), by Deborah Madison. Her approach is to introduce us to twelve plant families and show how ingredients are related and can easily substitute for each other. Molly Katzen is well-known among vegetarians and her newest cookbook is the The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Mondays, July 21, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch - a Well & Wise Event. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Saturday, July 26, 9-11 a.m. Home Sweet Home. Children ages 8–12 and their parents learn ways for children to stay at home alone. Register at or call 410-740-7601. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, Md. Monday, July 28, 5:30-9 p.m....

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Hot Flash on Women’s Fiction (Part 2)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Female boomers in the U.S. make up a tad over 50% of the current population. And they are, healthier, wealthier, wiser, and making more lucrative investments than men. At least, according to Stephanie Holland of Sheconomy: A Guy’s Guide to Marketing To Women. But publishers and their authors don’t necessarily pitch to their vibrancy. Library customers who make up the above statistic come in every summer asking the frustrating question: “Aren’t there any good books out there where the main character is – well – over 45?” And the...

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Tossin’ and Turnin’ all night with restless legs

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

If your sleep partner thrashes around and frequently kicks you during the night, don’t assume he or she is angry at you. And the friend who can never sit still for more than a few minutes may not just have “ants in her pants.” They may have a neurological disorder called restless legs syndrome (RLS), also referred to as Willis-Ekbom Disease named after the doctor who first described this condition more than 300 years ago. While anyone, even children, can develop RLS, it is more common among women. According to The Johns Hopkins Center...

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What You Need to Know About Your Olive Oil

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

I only think about olive oil when I really want fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, and I generally just pick whichever brand at the grocery store looks the fanciest without being too expensive. Of course there’s a whole world behind the scenes that I had no idea about! It turns out that I should be treating olive oil more like a fine wine – carefully chosen to exact specifications with the flavor, quality, age, and origin in mind. Tom Mueller’s Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil is more than just a...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Classes | 0 comments

Mondays, July 14-Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Qigong: Meditation in Motion. There is a state of the heart known by ancient traditions and cultures to vaporize illness from the body. Whether we profoundly heal illness, or learn to live in a state of holy joy, irrespective of our circumstances, living in this state of heart changes the way we think, feel and heal. Learn self-healing practices to powerfully unlock often unrecognized or neglected Mind-Body resources. Access your inner Molecules of Medicine! $72 for six-week class or $15 per class....

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Hot Flash on Women’s Fiction (Part 1)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Female boomers well into their middle-years are unfazed by much. They’ve lived and seen it all – except (and frustratingly often) when it comes to themselves as the main character inside those sherbet-colored book jackets that the Library of Congress keywords “men-women-relationships-fiction.” Escaping, at any age, into an addictive read is good for the psyche (less calories than M&Ms) and a woman’s right. But if AARP membership is looming, and the main character is once again 22 and trying to come to terms with a...

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Night music – when snoring is more than just noise

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

You or your sleep partner anticipates when it will begin every night. That dreaded sound of a buzz saw with intermittent gasping and choking sounds that can wake you up and keep you awake for too much of the night. Snoring is the subject of cartoons and sitcoms, but in real life, it isn’t very funny. What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Just about everyone has, at some time, experienced snoring, but chronic loud snoring accompanied by the actual cessation of breath that lasts for ten seconds or more is the most common symptom of a sleep...

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