Cold and flu

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers, It is estimated that the common cold is responsible for 150 million missed workdays each year in the United States. (1) With cold and flu season fast-approac…

Brownies make everything better

Sandy Holthaus We have had a rough last few weeks in the Holthaus home. My in-laws have had some health issues, and my brother-in-law’s grandson is very ill after heart surgery. Just when I think we a…

Getting to know Grandma

Sandy Holthaus I recently had the chance to host my mother-in-law at my house for three nights and four days. In the 21 years I have been married to her son Michael, this has never happened. Usually, …

When there’s no one to blame

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Depression can be hard to understand. It’s human nature to want to find a cause, someone or some thing to blame. “What does she have to be depressed about?” I’ve heard far …

Never ‘too old’ in my eyes

Sandy Holthaus I am about to depart for our annual Woman’s Wellness Weekend. This has been a tradition for more than 19 years. Once a year, I get together with my mom, her three remaining sisters, two…

Now is a good time to rest

Jean Matua “From the Heart” This has been a rather turbulent season change from summer to fall, don’t you think? Or is it just me? I’m usually pretty immune to the “fall cold” thing, but this year it’…

The right way to eat candy corn

Sandy Holthaus This time of year, I get very excited about my favorite Fall treat: candy corn! I know it’s not everybody’s favorite, but it is sickly sweet and chewy, and I love it. I like to mix it w…

Beware the fear-mongers

Jean Matua “From the Heart” We are in the opening act of a presidential campaign season that I dare say none of us has seen (or could even imagine). It used to be that it was pretty much left to the c…

Mom dreams

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Last night, my mom appeared in one of my dreams. She passed away nine years ago – from Alzheimer’s. I haven’t been able to think about her – not really – since. It’s an u…

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