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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    “Happy, in my judgment, the wandering herbalist, who clear alike from vain, and that worse evil, vexing thoughts, peeps round for some rare flow’ret of the hills, or plant of craggy fountains.” Attributed to William Wordsworth.

     

    My office bookshelf offers a charming little book called, “How to Study Plants, or Introduction to Botany,” first published in 1879, although my copy was a reprint from 1882. This book is by professor Alphonso Wood, who was born in 1810.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    As much as we want to stop and smell the roses, there’s something about our fast-paced society that propels us forward.  So, when the book, “Addicted to Hurry,” ran across my radar, I just had to pick it up.

    Are you living too fast?  Take a look at two of the questions from the “hurry test.”

  •  Thanks to the generosity of the powers that be at ATMC, I enjoyed a “price-less” viewing of “The Imitation Game” and “Philomena” — two movies I had missed seeing along the way. Both reinforced my questioning regarding the phenomenon of “being normal.” I have always wondered what those words meant.

  •  I love movies. I love animals. Give me a movie about animals and I’m as happy as a Lab in a tennis ball factory. I’m especially fond of movies that share an adoption message or lesson about pet health. With the Academy Awards just announced, I thought I’d share five things some of our favorite movie pets taught us about animal health and welfare.

     

    Old Yeller and rabies prevention

  •  It’s National Nutrition Month. This recognition was started by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics back in 1973. 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 Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 95th annual reunion Sept. 20-24 in Springfield, Mo., contact Bob Haynes, secretary/treasurer, at 2idaho@comcast.net or (224) 225-1202 or go to 2ida.org.

  •  In my opinion, there is only one thing better than a big hot batch of soup on a cold winter day: leftover soup the next day. However, preparing a large batch of soup can present a food safety challenge, especially if you want safe leftovers.

    This challenge: Cooling the soup down fast enough.

  •  If you’ve worked around animals as long as I have, you learn a few things. First, it’s not the size of the dog that matters, it’s how sharp and dirty the teeth are. Second, never trust a bird, tortoise or opossum with your fingers. Finally, give plenty of respect to tortie and tricolor cats.

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  • By Linda Arnold 

    Maybe you’ve been hunkering down — and bunkering in. Burrowing and eating hot soup. Feeling cozy.

    Or maybe you’ve got cabin fever and are so “over” the winter chill, wind, rain, snow, fog or cloudy days.

    Going within

    Of course, the seasons all have their purpose. And part of your body rhythms during this season dictate that you slow down, go within and reflect. How’s that working for you?