As we get into the depths of winter, when the snow starts to pile up and it becomes too cold and bitter to venture out for long, it’s a good time to make hearty meals that cook slowly through the course of a lazy weekend day. Stews that warm the air with their gentle heat and meaty aromas al…

Coffee table books, because they are usually heavy on illustrations, can be interesting to page through. These supersize books don’t always fit neatly on shelves, so in some libraries they have their own space. Here are a few big titles on different topics.

Life changes strike fear into my heart. I hate moving my life around and changing schedules and plans. I’ve taught my pets to also love routine and schedules, and not love breaking from the ordinary. I don’t like big new purchases, even. The funny thing about that? I have a baby on the way! …

We are blessed to have access to so many amazing healers in our area, and I am always learning about new practitioners and techniques. Two massage therapists are bringing on-site chair massages to the masses by connecting with local businesses. Here, Lisa S. Lynch of Holistic Happiness and M…

We are now officially down to the gift-buying wire. Christmas is NEXT week, so you don’t even have seven days left. Some people thrive on this last-minute adrenaline, though I will admit I am not one of them. I like to have everything buttoned down well in advance. Last-minute inspiration ca…

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Short on time? Dip into a short story collection. A few pages can transport you to a fictional world of interesting people, different times, and all kinds of places.

So, for the first time in a while, I failed to get my Christmas tree in November. This is a big letdown for me, but thankfully it is now up. For that reason, my holiday article is also a little bit late, since I’m always reminded by the animals gazing at my tree.

This week I’m going to talk about a fairly boring but very important topic — zoonotic diseases. Long name, but a pretty simple definition. A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be spread between humans and animals. The truth is that a very wide variety of diseases can be zoonotic. In fact…

You know when you taste something and can just tell it is the right thing to imbibe? I’m thinking less about cocktails and delicious desserts and more about those foods that feel nourishing and healing, like greens in the middle of winter or the first strawberry of the season. Fire cider fal…

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If a story is enjoyable once, why not read it again? Many works of classic literature have reappeared as revised versions in which an author rewrites or pays tribute to a well-known book. Here are a few titles in which you can read an old classic in a new way.

The holidays are here, folks, and they’ve arrived earlier than usual. Everyone seems a bit caught off guard by how fast the fall has gone by, myself included. So much so, that as I write this column with Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’m still unsure what I’ll be cooking. I honestly ha…

My family might be getting a little tired of eating soup. Every time we finish one batch, I begin another, and I plan to continue this habit through the winter. Not only is soup warming and easy to prepare, but it is also incredibly nourishing and full of health benefits.

When I got my first dog as an adult in vet school, one of the first things I taught her was to drop and leave it. One of the next things was to not take food that wasn’t hers. Before you get too impressed, I did this for two selfish reasons. First, she loved to pick up disgusting things like…

While on a flight over the weekend I flipped through the onboard film options and came across Anthony Bourdain’s “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” a 2017 documentary that highlights the many ways in which we’re wasting our food and hurting the planet in the process. And boy, was it enlightening.

Whenever we have big weather changes, we also see urinary issues. I don’t understand why this happens, especially in cats living indoors, where the temperature is controlled. What I do know is that we get big increases in urinary issues with big temperature and humidity swings. Usually, we g…

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It’s time to vote! In the United States, voting is a privilege and a responsibility, a means for people to express their wishes about who governs. Most of us learned the basics about American government in school. But how much of it do you remember? Here are a few books to refresh your memor…

I’m pregnant, and as someone who is interested in health and food, I decided to read up on the latest information about how diet can affect pregnancy. Lily Nichols, a registered dietician, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator, surveyed the latest scientific studies to come up with an…

I love the changing leaves, walking outside without sweating and swarms of bugs. Essentially, there isn’t much I don’t love about fall. And that includes Halloween. There are a few things though, including pets with chocolate toxicity. This year, pay attention to the rare downfalls so that y…

While I sat at the computer and wondered where my vibrant, sun-filled fall days had gone, I decided that I would talk again about some pet myths. Sometimes I feel like the internet has actually made disinformation worse, despite how easy it is to get good information. The issue with the inte…

So, rain in the fall bums me out a little bit, but I can cope with that. What’s the one thing about fall that I actually hate? Ticks! I hate them more than cold rainy days, more than fleas and even more than having wet socks while I walk on cold rainy days. I hate them because they are wides…

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Some moments, some people, some places we wish we could forget. But what if you are unable to recall anything about yourself and your life? If you cannot remember who you can trust? If you find that your own reflection reveals a stranger?

While everyone wants apples and pumpkins this time of year, you may be surprised to hear that it’s also the ideal time for raspberries. By the time you read this, that may no longer be the case, yet it was only just last week that I picked seven beautiful pints of red raspberries at a local …

I’m always amazed at the yoga and healing businesses that pop up in our area. After having a very healing experience at a crystal attunement sound journey workshop, I asked owner Grace Pratt, 500 RYT, herbalist, and sound healing practitioner & instructor to share more about her life, sk…

I certainly am not a dog trainer, but since I have two perfectly behaved dogs I am an expert. Just kidding! My dogs are pretty good, but that is just because I put a lot of time into training them. The reason I care about training for my patients isn’t because I have to live with them, but b…

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