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A short course on graduation tassels

By Bill Ward In the color-coded system set up by the American Council on Education, business and accounting graduates are assigned “drab” tassels for their mortarboards. (Yes, “drab” is a color and a descriptor, in this case, one and the same.) While high schools tend to go the school-color route with their tassels, colleges and […]

June 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Do your homework before remodeling

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Are you wishing you could do something about the house you live in? Selling your current home to buy a new one might not work in this economy because your current home might not be worth the same amount of money you paid for it in the first place. And if […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tips on throwing a successful tea party for Mom

This year celebrate Mother’s Day by inviting Mom as well as other close female relatives, girlfriends and their daughters to don frilly frocks and sip steaming cups of tea at a sumptuous afternoon tea party. A lavish spread of decadent sweets and springtime decor sets a festive tone, and it might even encourage guests to […]

May 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Some scientific findings in 2013 gave the gift of humor

By Lee Bowman The guys in the white coats won’t admit it, but sometimes even the most serious science can draw a chuckle, whether the findings reveal things about ourselves, folks down the street or the natural world. Here are a few gifts that keep on giving – a quick roundup of health and science […]

What happens when the body dies?

Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies — and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process, which takes longer than we might suppose. Death is the final outcome for 100 percent of patients. But there’s growing evidence that revival is possible for at least some patients whose […]

These are a few of my favorite things . . . about the holidays

By Barton Goldsmith For many reasons, this is my favorite time of year. One reason is not the colder weather. In fact, the temperature outside may be the only thing I don’t like, but the joy of the season more than compensates for it. Here are some of my favorite things about the holidays: * […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Patients find they were never ‘in’ the hospital

Am I in or am I out? Many patients are finding after spending days in a hospital that they were never really there. It can be a costly discovery, particularly if they’re covered by Medicare. Although they’re “in” the hospital, often in a room that looks exactly the same as one down the hall, being […]

Food rituals may enhance enjoyment of food

By Bill Ward Is an Oreo cookie better when pulled apart? The answer might be yes, but not because a separated cookie has more flavor. Those who prefer the lift-and-lick method might not know it, but they’re performing a ritual. Same with people who peel an apple from left to right, fold a piece of […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

New imaging detecting long-term brain injury effects

By Lee Bowman Doctors have known for a long time that in some patients, damage to the brain lingerers long after an injury is inflicted by an explosion or a physical blow. Yet the causes of long-term problems from even mild concussions are often invisible to standard brain-scanning techniques. Recently, scientists have used several unusual imaging […]

‘Granny pods’ keep generations together

By Kathryn Moschella   Tampa Bay Times Daryl Whitaker can take comfort in knowing that her grandmother, Shirley Shear, is nearby — as close as her backyard. The 88-year-old, twice-widowed Shear lives behind Whitaker’s home in Tampa, in a former family guest house/game room. Shear, who owned a home in Lakeland for 50 years, fell […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

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December 05, 2013 | Posted in Media Post

GG4: Trim your Christmas tree with these inspired ideas

Home & Garden Television During the holiday season, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of many homes. Trim your tree with these inspirational decorating ideas. * Glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work whether you want a classic or contemporary tree. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged

Spruce up your home for the Christmas season

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann The holiday season is upon us. Beautiful lights twinkling everywhere indicate that Christmas is coming soon, so here are some decorating ideas for your home in these next fun-filled weeks. Let’s start with the front door. After all, that is the first thing guests see when they come to your house. […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Buttoned Up: Strategies for traveling sanely this holiday season

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Over the river and through the woods… Although it is hard to believe, the holiday season is upon us again. That means many people will be hitting the roads, rails and skyways in the coming weeks as they celebrate the festive season with family and friends. If you are […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,
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