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Today's Features

  •     By John Nelson

    “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” — G. Santayana.

     

  •  Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. The goal of this month-long celebration is to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this year’s celebration has been “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”

  • My cat loves me. Well, I’m pretty sure my cat at least likes me. OK, I know for certain my cat tolerates me. What is love, anyway? How can we tell if our cats share the same fondness for us we feel for them? I interviewed countless (OK, it was only a few) cat lovers to identify 10 ways cats demonstrate devotion and express affection for their human family members. While not a scientifically robust research study, I am a qualified scientist robust in researching. Without further ado, here are 10 signs your cat loves — or at least likes — you.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    We hear a lot these days about credit scores. “Find out your credit score.” “Monitor all three reporting services.” “How to raise your credit score.”

    It occurs to me, though, there’s an ongoing credit score that is totally internal – and within our control.  And we hold the key to this credit score, not some third-party institution.

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    Those of you who are my age … or a tad older or younger … may remember a silly ditty we chanted as children. It was a round that went like this: “What’s life? A magazine. How much does it cost? Ten cents. I’ve only got five. That’s life? What’s life?” On and on it went and we giggled at the nonsense without ever being conscious of the message.

  •     My aunt and uncle were from Beaver Falls in western Pennsylvania, which is about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. We always enjoyed going there, especially when Aunt Jeanne was going to have some “halushki.”

  •  March is National Nutrition Month. This is the third column in recognition of this celebration. So often we hear ideas for healthy snacks for children, and this list from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips especially designed with adults and teens in mind.

    Make snacks work for you by choosing nutrient-rich foods from the grains, fruit, vegetable, dairy and protein food groups. Snacks can boost your energy between meals and supply essential vitamins and minerals. There is a place for snacks in a healthy eating plan. Just choose wisely.

  •  Each year, more than 7 million pets end up in U.S. animal shelters. That equals 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats desperate to find a new home and escape euthanasia. Nearly half of the pets relinquished to shelters aren’t adopted and are euthanized. For years, there’s been concern in the shelter and veterinary community black dogs were less likely to be adopted. Recently, a large U.S. study showed no evidence for this so-called “black dog syndrome.” This is great news to me personally and will help in ways you might not consider at first.

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    I had the privilege to attend a series based on an understanding of mercy. It was a grand, multifaceted, multi-dimensional, even multi-theological experience of the power and place of mercy in our lives as the people of God. It was a continuing immersion into an appreciation of what it means to say “mercy is the fabric of our lives as Christians and is the essence of the Gospel message.”

  •  It can happen in an instant.

    Everything is going along fine, and then you get that phone call. Or see that “breaking news” story. And your world gets rocked.

    Whether it’s a medical diagnosis, a financial crash or a divorce, you’re called to action. And, depending on your fortitude and support system, you may act (or react) differently at different times.

    Take a look at the following quiz to spotlight your natural tendencies — and provide insights for course corrections.