Winter Solstice: Mid-Year Reflection

Winter solstice has garnered more intrigue than any other season’s solstice. Perhaps the reason is its association with Christmas, whereas no other solstice has any major holiday associated with it. Or perhaps it’s the mysterious quality of being the longest period of darkness during the year.  Either way, the lure of discussing winter solstice can.. read more →

21 Dec 2014
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PB & J: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

First you take the peanuts And you crunch ’em, you crunch ’em Peanut, peanut butter, and jelly! Peanut, peanut butter, and jelly! These lyrics are sung at the top of children’s lungs at elementary schools, Scout gatherings, and summer camps, likely all across the 50 States.  The peanut butter and jelly (“PB&J”) sandwich is so ubiquitous.. read more →

17 Nov 2014
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Honoring Our Veterans – Veteran’s Day 2014

History of Veterans Day World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities,.. read more →

11 Nov 2014
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November is National Diabetes Month: How to Keep Type 2 At Bay

“Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.” – American Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Month 2014 Fact Sheet Type 2 diabetes – the kind where insulin is not used or produced most efficiently – is usually preventable. And yet.. read more →

11 Nov 2014
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Trivia for a Treat: Test Your Halloween Knowledge

The date of October 31st is imprinted on the rubric of American culture as synonymous with Halloween. Ironically, Halloween’s origins are European pagan, yet the holiday takes full hold on a country whose religious tradition is almost 100% Judeo-Christian. Apparently, some old habits die hard – the incessant medieval fear of ghosts and goblins immigrated.. read more →

27 Oct 2014
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Pop Goes the…Corn!

We know candy corn is popular in October what with Halloween, but did you know that popcorn is featured in October, too? It is! In fact, October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.  Why October? Because the corn harvest takes place in the autumn in the US Midwest, and consequently the holiday month was celebrated in.. read more →

15 Oct 2014
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Columbus Day – Dispel the Myths, Discuss the Impact

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In fact, on October 12th of that year. For this reason, the closest Monday to that date (the 2nd Monday of October) was chosen by the US Government in 1971 to be Columbus Day. Celebrated as an official US holiday since 1937, it initiated as an Italian-American fest,.. read more →

07 Oct 2014
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Calling All Men: How to Watch Out for Prostate Cancer

What do actors Robert De Niro and Charleton Heston,  former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, golf legend Arnold Palmer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,  and former South African President Nelson Mandela all have in common? They all survived prostate cancer. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and.. read more →

29 Sep 2014
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Autumn’s Advantages

Autumn. The fall season. The time when bright heat gives way to subtle cool, when green leaves transform to oranges, reds, and yellows. The time when school’s been in session for almost a month, and there’s a few-week stretch of straight routine before Halloween, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving kick in. All told, autumn provides a.. read more →

22 Sep 2014
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The Good, The Bad, and the Pretty: Cholesterol Levels

September is National Cholesterol Education month. By now, who hasn’t heard about cholesterol? It’s so prominently discussed in terms of health conscience that to not mention it would be akin to not mentioning mopping when teaching your child how to house clean. Along with exercise, not smoking, and blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels are one.. read more →

15 Sep 2014
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