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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive through of more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays, benefiting Howard County General Hospital, is now open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 4, 2015 (closed for walk-through events on Tuesdays and Dec. 31). The display, presented by Macy’s, is in Columbia’s Symphony Woods. Admission is $20 per car or van up to eight. $5 off coupon. You can also participate in a Group Walk-Through. They’re perfect for scouts, school groups and more (Tuesdays through Dec. 30, pre-registration...

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Tissues, Anyone?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

Now that I am surrounded by folks with fall colds, and woke up this morning congested, it’s time to address a critical question. Is blowing my nose advisable or not? Will blowing my nose relieve the stuffy feeling? Will it shorten the length of my symptoms? A 1999 study at the University of Virginia used four healthy human subjects to measure the pressures generated by nose blowing. Nose blowing generated over ten times as much intranasal pressure as coughing and sneezing did. CT scanning was then used to see if nose blowing, coughing or...

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A Reason to Quit Smoking: Do It for Your Kids

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Classes, Events, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

This year, for the Great American Smokeout, I share a childhood story that may hit home for smokers who are also parents. Maybe it will motivate you to quit.

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Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman

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

She called him “beast.” He was a noble Bernese Mountain Dog, and next to her new husband, the love of Laurel Braitman’s life. But after only a few months, the big dog she named Oliver, began to exhibit a series of profound behaviors: snapping at invisible flies, licking his paws into sodden masses, and eventually jumping out a third-story window – his unknown demons chasing close behind. Serious medication and intense intervention were stepped up, but in the end Oliver succumbed to both emotional and physical trauma. Braitman, unlike...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive through more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays, benefiting Howard County General Hospital, opens nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 17 through Jan. 4, 2015 (closed on Tuesdays and Dec. 31). The display, presented by Macy’s, is in Columbia’s Symphony Woods. Admission is $20 per car or van up to eight.  $5 off coupon. Dazzle Dash kicks off Symphony of Lights with a run/walk through the lights as well as activities, food, music, entertainment and giveaways this weekend: Nov....

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Vegan Vanilla Berry Muffins

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

I love breakfast. Sundays are really the only morning my vegan husband and I can prepare and enjoy a long, lazy breakfast together. As the non-vegan, I have two strict rules of our vegan breakfast: it must be tasty, and it must not be recognizably vegan. Most of the books I check out from the library are cookbooks. I like to flip through them and find recipes that we can both enjoy. Usually, I’ll need to convert baking recipes to a vegan format. Replace eggs with Ener-G. Substitute soy milk for regular milk. Create my own vegan buttermilk...

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How to keep driving (safely) into your golden years –and an assessment and class that will help

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Classes, Events, Safety, Screenings | 0 comments

As people age, one of their biggest fears is the loss of independence—the inability to do what they want, where they want, when they want and how they want, on their own and without help from their children, spouse or friends. For many seniors, driving represents freedom, and the threat of taking away that privilege feels like the beginning of the end. The truth is, as we age we do experience physical and mental changes that can impair our ability to drive. Our hearing and vision may not be as acute and some of our reflexes aren’t quite as...

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Notes from the Farmers’ Market Chef

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

Notes from the Farmers’ Market Chef

Howard County Library System has so many good books on all kinds of subjects; I was sure that I would find lots of help researching how to eat for good health. Sure enough, the cookbook shelves are full of wonderful new books on how to cook healthful foods for all kinds of conditions. Diabetes is the elephant in the middle of the room as far as special diets are concerned. If you need to cook for a person with diabetes you will find many trustworthy sources. The Healthy Carb Diabetes Cookbook (2008) by chef Jennifer Bucko and nurse Lara...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Classes, Fitness, Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Screenings | 0 comments

Saturday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. I’m Going to be a Big Brother or Sister. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class at the Central Branch for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding a baby. Resources for parents, too. Well & Wise event. Families; 30 – 45 min. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class. Saturday, November 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Time for a Spa-liday. Need to relax before the holidays? Paint your nails, learn relaxation...

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Take Time for Life

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Classes, Events, Mental Health, Reviews | 2 comments

My son called me from college this past Sunday to ask me how he was going to find the time to take his bike to the shop to get fixed. He was already overwhelmed with classes, work, and applying to graduate school. How was he supposed to find the time to do everything that he needed to do? I did not have any easy answer for him, and I most certainly did not have an answer he wanted to hear at the time. About an hour later my son called again, and said he no longer needed to take the bike to the shop because while he was driving around campus,...

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