One hundred years ago, on Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, providing protection for 35 established parks. Today, there are 407, from the most-visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with 10 million visitors a year, to the least-visited Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve ...Read more
As the Golden State Warriors saw the last four-plus minutes tick off the clock in game seven of the NBA championship without scoring a point, Steph Curry couldn't get where he needed to be, with whom he needed to be or when he needed to be there! LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin, J.R. and Tristan did. (Forgive Dr. Mike, a Clevelander and fanatic Cavs backer...Read more
This June, when the DIY Network launched "Against the Grain" with Clint Harp and his wife Kelly, we wondered why a guy who made his career based on his love of reclaimed wooden furniture and all its glorious grain would opt for such a grain-bashing name. Why not "Go with the Grain" or "No Grain, No Gain"? Those titles sum up his woodworking ...Read more
When Adele wanted to quit smoking, she went to a celebrity hypnotist in London who charged her around $700 for a three-hour session -- and that worked! But for the 40 million U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes, that doesn't seem a viable quit-smoking plan.
Fortunately, University of North Carolina researchers came come up with an idea to help ...Read more
Ever forget why you went into a room or step out of the shower with shampoo or conditioner still in your hair? Whether you call it a brain fart or a senior moment, it happens to everyone. But when you're older, those episodes can be disconcerting. Relax. If you're healthy, don't smoke and don't eat much processed or fried food, such lapses ...Read more
Mia Hamm dominated women's soccer between 1987 and 2004. Then in 2007 she had twin girls, and in 2012, a son. "Life off the field has been just as demanding and hectic as training for the Olympics or world titles," she's confessed. Mia is lucky she didn't have to juggle both at the same time! Turns out that the one-two combination of kids and ...Read more
The "Hunger Games" series dished up a movie annually from 2012 to 2015 to satisfy its fans' craving for yet another dystopian story of girl power (Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen). But Lawrence seems to know when enough is enough. She's declared time off for a year (at least).
If you have a hard time knowing when enough is enough -- and ...Read more
The Hackademy Awards (now called Breathe Teen Choice Awards) are given for smoking in films. In 2015, Bill Murray won for the PG-13 rated "St. Vincent," in which he puffed and puffed around kids. Seems 38 percent of PG-13 movies feature smoking (often, a lot!).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that making an R-rating ...Read more
The Most Unusual Pet Ever, Henry our Great Blue Heron and his adventures 2nd EditionSondra Perry
Connecting children to nature with the help of Henry the Heron. A funny and heartwarming story that also happens to be true! Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations. Children of all ages will love this book. Sondra Perry masterfully creates pictures with her words as we follow the ...
Iman Shumpert, the Cleveland Cavaliers' interestingly coifed forward, has his own playing style. And he uses it to help create a smooth-working offense. Noah "Thor" Syndergaard throws smokin' fastballs for the Mets and seems to think that some of this strength (like Goliath) comes from his flowing tresses. Both (hair) styles make for good team ...Read more
President John F. Kennedy did it. Winston Churchill and Lyndon Johnson planned it for a specific time daily. We're talkin' about The Nap.
We've long advocated the benefits of the 10-minute nap (less stress, more energy and focus), but now the National Sleep Foundation says a 20- to 30-minute nap will do even more to improve your mental and ...Read more
When you think of Sweden, you might think of Steig Larsson's books ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), the music of ABBA ("Dancing Queen"), or the films of Ingmar Bergman ("The Seventh Seal"). Well, we think you should add the researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenberg to that list.
They've discovered a very important fact: How much...Read more
Sandra Collins (used to) fight the cellulite battle for as long as she can remember. The odd thing is she has always been fit and healthy, going to the gym for the last 10 years, lifting weights and following gym programs. However, her cellulite never seem to go away no matter what until she came across...
In their own way, classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma and feminist hip-hop innovator Yo-Yo make inspiring, gut-grabbing music. That's a lot more than can be said for yo-yo dieting! Although it grabs your guts and stirs up the trillions of bacteria living there, it's more likely to make heart-stopping deposits of fat around your waistline, so you ...Read more
\In the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, it was unseasonably warm, and repeated losses by the usually gold-medal-draped Norwegian cross-country ski team prompted Norwegian newspapers to rant about smoerebom -- loosely translated, it means "waxing failure"! Seems if you don't "grease the skids" just right for snow conditions (there are 500 waxing ...Read more
The Roman scholar Pliny wrote in "Natural History": "Contact with the monthly flux of women turns new wine sour, makes crops wither, kills grafts, dries seeds in gardens, causes the fruit of trees to fall off, dims the bright surface of mirrors"... and it goes on and on. But while we're able to dismiss such unscientific hogwash, modern science ...Read more
When we say LeBron James and Stephen Curry are super-great basketball players, the stats back us up! In Game 1 of the 2016 NBA playoffs, James became the first player to rank in the top 10 in points, assists, rebounds and wins in NBA playoff history. Curry? His career total of three pointers as of June 2, 2016, was 1,593, surpassing James' total...Read more
The WBA heavyweight title fight in June 1997 always will be referred to as "The Bite Fight": It's when Mike Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear. These days, kids are having a much tougher bite fight, as they develop so-called cheese molars -- that is, permanent teeth with a pale-yellow color and a compromised enamel coating. Also known...Read more
When Martha and the Vandellas released "Heat Wave" on July 9, 1963, it took the world by storm. Fifty-three years later, as heat waves blister the planet and world-record-busting temperatures have been recorded in nine of the past 10 years, they're creating serious health challenges for millions of you. The American College of Physicians ...Read more
Recently, when we heard someone say, "It took every fiber of my being not to smash the TV when I listened to the news," we thought of two things: First, meditation and exercise are great ways to dispel stress and anger. Second, a new study from researchers in Australia shows just how great fiber is for your being! Seems it's the key to aging ...Read more
Film and swim star Esther Williams earned three national championships by age 16 in the breaststroke and freestyle, just before World War II began. That launched her film career and made her a favorite pinup girl for GIs -- at one time, she was on the cover of 14 magazines! But swimming remained her passion. She once said, "No matter what I was ...Read more
Even in our high-tech era, pregnancy still seems a bit magical. So it's not surprising that there have always been some pretty far-out ideas about what to do and not do for those nine months. For example, it once was thought that looking at a mouse while pregnant meant your baby would have a hairy birthmark.
Fortunately, moms-to-be don't worry ...Read more