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Really Scary Young Adult Titles . . .

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Aren’t necessarily about the undead, hip vampires, or psychotic galpals. Sometimes what makes them scary is just that they’re too graphic – even for that precocious adolescent reader. Parents who take the time to peruse what’s between some of those Skittle-colored book jackets may need to be a little more diligent about what’s out there in Young Adult land. Take Non Pratt’s nonstarter, Trouble. Sexually explicit; (with one scene reading like a ‘how to’ manual), Trouble explores the amoral rompings of Hannah; a...

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Healthy Halloween treats that won’t take the fun out of Halloween

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Eating Right, Parenting | 0 comments

The truth of the matter is, “healthy Halloween treat” is an oxymoron. The words just don’t go together. When kids go out trick-or-treating in their witch and goblin costumes, they are not hoping to come home with a bag full of apples or mini-tubes of toothpaste. (Remember the neighborhood dentist who gave away little toothbrushes emblazoned with his name?) The apples get tossed in the refrigerator for someone else to eat. The pennies and nickels will be used to buy more candy. What kids want (and don’t we all?) are chocolate...

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We Need to Talk About It

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Health, Mental Health, Parenting | 0 comments

It’s baby season on Facebook these days. I love seeing my friends post their exciting news, especially knowing that I have my own special news that I am quietly enjoying right now.I wonder about the friends that stay quiet. Those that I know love and want kids, but have not posted an announcement for themselves. I wonder if they are feeling that sting that comes with being happy for their friends, but wondering if it will ever be their turn, or knowing that they will never have that turn, or worse yet, knowing they had a turn and it was...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Classes, Events, Fitness, Mental Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Howard County Library and Howard County General Hospital classes and seminars for the community

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The Epidemic by Robert Shaw, M.D.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Mental Health, Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

“Wherever I go – in stores, on the street, in restaurants, in people’s homes – I see repetitious scenes of whining, and tantrums, and – even more unsettling – an increased number of kids who look sullen, unrelated, and unhappy.” – Robert Shaw, M.D. At a recent gala store opening the freebies were flowing — at least till mid-morning when one nine-year-old’s favorite treat ran out. Several of us customers watched as the sales rep offered the young customer a substitute. She took the rep to task —...

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Stop and smell our roses: it’s good for your health!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Health, Mental Health | 0 comments

A garden can nourish the body and soul. Gardens also have healing properties. Sitting quietly by one can be a form of meditation. Read More...

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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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