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Notes from the Farmers’ Market Chef

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

I hope you have gotten some great produce from your garden this summer. Our garden is beginning to wind down, as yours probably is unless you have made great plans for a fall garden. This is actually a good time to begin thinking about next year’s garden! Now, when your “failures” (no, scratch that) “disappointments” are decomposing in the compost heap, is a good time to record what you would do differently. Do you really want your bean plants that close together? Your carrots that far apart? And what a disappointment that new...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Cancer, Cardiac, Classes, Eating Right, Events, Health, Parenting, Safety, Screenings | 0 comments

Monday, Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. No registration required. Monday, Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m. Superfoods at Miller. Some foods promote health and longevity better than others. Licensed nutritionist Karen Basinger names these powerhouses and how to best use them. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Diabetes Screening &...

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A Pumpkin a Day Can Also Keep the Doctor Away

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

The crisp cool temperatures, the gradual appearance of colored hues in the vegetation, and the leaves falling one by one in their choreographed descent, are all signs that autumn is officially upon us.  In addition, there are your traditional celebratory markers of the season’s arrival, such as hayrides, Halloween stuff everywhere, and (of course) pumpkins galore! There are plenty pumpkin patches ready to be explored, pumpkins being sold for carving and decorating, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin deserts, and pumpkin dishes.  Coincidentally,...

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Lower your risk of gynecologic cancers

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Cancer, Health | 0 comments

Even though all women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, the risk can be lowered, and treatments work best when these cancers are found early. Uterine Cancer Uterine cancer is the most common cancer of the female genital tract, and 2.6 percent of U.S. women will develop uterine cancer in their lifetime. “It often is caught early and usually has a high cure rate because most women have an early warning sign of abnormal bleeding or bleeding after menopause,” says Margot Watson, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology...

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Relish by Lucy Knisley

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Published by First Second in 2013, Lucy Knisley’s graphic novel Relish is full of tips, tricks, and little tidbits about food, while still managing to tell an interesting and relatable story about her life. In this memoir of her life growing up surrounded by and enjoying food, Knisley describes seminal memories she attaches to different cuisine. Many of her stories are funny, some are poignant, and some are a little sad – but all of them involve eating, selling, and living alongside food and cooking. Each chapter is followed by a...

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Mental Health | 0 comments

I recently had an experience that tested the popular British mantra: “Keep calm and carry on.” What happened? I was trapped in an elevator. It’s not the first time, I’m afraid. I have a history with elevators. But it has been several years since I was last involuntarily trapped in an elevator. Ironically, I was returning home from a relaxing massage appointment when the elevator broke down with me inside. Luckily, the emergency call button worked and help was called right away. The hardest part was waiting in the capsule, feeling the...

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Surviving cancer, one woman’s journey and a conference that helped

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Cancer, Events | 0 comments

Patricia Silvia’s story When I learned I had Stage III colon cancer in July of 2012, my first reaction was that I wanted no further treatment beyond surgery—no radiation and no chemotherapy. I had just gone through several hip surgeries and another one to remove a section of my colon, which resulted in a month-long hospital stay. I had been through it all with a dear friend some years ago and, after all my friend suffered, she didn’t survive her cancer. So I opted to go to my brother’s house to be cared for with the help of visiting...

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Inch Deep, Mile Wide: Play Nice, Mom and Dad, Really

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

Last month, I discussed some vexing behavior exhibited by parents during children’s sporting events. Among my key points were my belief that competitive environments can be very good for children, that there are some people who need to learn to deal with disappointment and frustration in graceful ways, and, mainly, that some adults might need to consider teaching and modeling methods of civil communication/behavior to their children. I also looked at some causes for some parents’ own lack of self-control, namely...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Saturday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. Hands Only CPR & AED at Glenwood Branch. Learn how to start CPR right away and continue doing chest compressions until help arrives. Learn about cardiac arrest, how to recognize it’s happening, and the three simple steps of Hands-only CPR for victims over 8 years old. Receive a basic overview of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Training in Hands-Only CPR gives you the ability to help save a life without using mouth-to-mouth ventilation or obtaining a certification card. Ages 11-17. Register...

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Break for Breakfast!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

Are you guilty of skipping breakfast in the morning? Did you know there is science to support the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? If you are like me, you answered “yes” to both those questions. Would you say “no” to getting more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, zinc, and iron? Would you say “no” to having lower blood cholesterol levels, better digestive health, and to helping your body regulate insulin levels? Of course not! Together we need to say “yes”...

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