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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Monday, Dec. 1, 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, Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m. Calming Crafts at Miller Branch. Research shows that creative activities can boost serotonin levels. Join us as we use artistic expression to improve our moods. All levels of artistic ability welcome. Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950. Bike...

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Picture Books for the Season of Giving, Thanksgiving, and Forgiving

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

We don’t all come out the box as kind, compassionate little Buddhas. It can be a tough road, instilling character traits such as empathy and forgiveness. Thank you to the wonderful picture book authors who are able bring these concepts to children in a discussable and enjoyable format, and to the artist/illustrators who make these books a joy to share with both the children and adults in our lives Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. White’s collaborative reflection on kindness and missed opportunities is both harsh and beautiful. New girl...

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Hey Howard County, here’s how to be festive and fit this holiday season

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Events, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

Here's a new healthier way to enjoy the holiday magic of Columbia's Symphony of Lights spectacular light drive-thru display. Bike the Lights on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

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Appreciating Good Health

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

One of the ironic things about becoming sick and living with a chronic illness is that you increasingly appreciate good health and feeling well. Although I have lived with rheumatoid arthritis since I was a small child, I still admire wellness in others. For example, I have difficulty walking and yet enjoy watching others—how easy it looks in comparison to the gait I practice with great effort and thoughtful concentration. It amazes me just not only how people can walk without thinking about it, but that they can run. To me, running is akin...

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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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