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Today's Features

  • Five a day? Can you do better? How about doubling that amount?

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    It’s that time of year again: Alarm clocks, school buses, backpacks and homework. As our children return to their scholarly abodes, many times their pets become anxious when left behind. Each year, I’m overwhelmed with questions from frantic parents desperately dealing with stress from both their two- and four-legged children. Here are some of my favorite tips for making the back to school or back to work adjustment.

     

    1. Transition Time

  • Doing a job, performing a task, whether it is via volunteerism or for a paycheck has often been relegated to a “less-than-holy” status. As a result, folks frequently consider their life devoid of deep meaning and lacking a spiritual base. Zilong Wang would consider this to be an unfortunate misunderstanding. Wang labels it a false duality, one to which he had fallen prey before taking a second look at life. As he put it, “In my mind, I had created an unnecessary duality between “holding a job” and “living to serve.”

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’ve all been there.

    Someone we know is going through a tough situation, and we don’t know what to say — or do.

    Some people do nothing. Others try to “fix” things. The best advice I ever got was, “Just hold me when I cry.”

    And then there are the varying degrees of closeness to a situation. You may only know the person professionally or casually. Or, you may be a close friend. Awkwardness knows no bounds.

  • By John Nelson

  • Ever wonder how vinegar came about? I’ve read it was accidentally discovered more than 10,000 years ago by a person whose batch of wine had just gone bad, or sour. Whether that’s true or not, they must have thought that it was good for something other than throwing to the hogs! We'll never know who that inventive person was, but thanks for your discovery.

    A byproduct of wine making, vinegar has worked its way through virtually every culture and has become a standard item on our kitchen shelf.

  • Those who donate blood or platelets with the American Red Cross this September by can get get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

  • One of the best ways to beat the heat in the garden is to cast a little shade on the situation. Not only will you make things more pleasant, you’ll also save 25 percent or so on your home cooling costs if that shade tree is located properly.

  • I bet you have one or two in your purse, briefcase, car or gym bag. What am I talking about? A snack bar or energy bar of some sort. Prepackaged and ready-to-go bars are popular for busy people to grab and take with them. But the question is, are these any better for you than a candy bar?