We’re out horse camping in the Hill Country of Texas. And since this is our second year here with horses and dogs in tow, we are officially what locals here call “Winter Texans.” At least for the next few weeks, we’re off the grid…but not really.
We have electricity and running water, woo-hoo! And we are surviving without television ...Read more
It’s only about the size of your fist. Yet it pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body every day. If you could stretch out the complex network of blood vessels in your body through which your heart pumps oxygen and nutrients, it would extend over 60,000 miles.
Pretty amazing, these hearts of ours. And pretty sad when they get ...Read more
I wish everyone could have the same airport experience we get each time we fly out of our hometown (population 8,000). Mind you, we only have two flights a day and the plane only seats nine people. So the service we get is first-class.
Recently, when we arrived for our early morning flight, we got our usual friendly greeting from TSA agents.
Historians credit Richard Cadbury, son of chocolatier John Cadbury, with the invention in 1861 of heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates. The box—after the candy was consumed—was intended to store sentimental love letters or locks of hair, which were common practices in the Victorian era.
Of course chocolate has been around much longer ...Read more
Call it brain freeze. These past weeks of painfully cold weather seemed to freeze my mind as well as my feet. I shouldn’t have complained. The frigid weather gave us time to get projects done in the house. But it also made me feel a bit grouchy…for no particular reason.
Once the weather warmed so my nose hairs didn’t freeze when I went ...Read more
A column on probiotics brought this response from Don S. in Arizona: “One of my docs thinks supplements are important, the other thinks they are worthless. A continuing mystery until I read your quiz. My question: How do I know my (probiotic) supplements are alive? The capsules are kept at room temp for up to 4 weeks and the predelivery ...Read more
John T. reads this column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and writes about his experience with COVID-19: “I had minimal symptoms with the exception of my loss of taste and smell. I am a little concerned as it is approaching 8 weeks since I have been negative for COVID and I have never recovered from my loss of taste and smell. Will this just ...Read more
A friend tells me her husband spent the better part of the holidays suffering with a bout of divertitulitis. I feel his pain. It’s a fairly common condition, especially as we get older.
What to eat when plagued with this intestinal condition depends on where one is in the process. Let me explain.
For reasons not yet completely understood, ...Read more
Oh how I wish I could start the New Year with a fresh slate. But maybe not. If I had wiped out all of my 2023 emails, I would have lost some precious correspondence from last year.
Several readers, for instance, wrote in response to a column that compared honey and molasses. David D. wrote, “I make mustard from scratch using Colmans powdered ...Read more
Years ago, I received a precious gift from a dear friend. Sea glass---tiny remnants of glass smoothed and refined by the elements---collected in a tiny bottle and made into a beautiful necklace. Along with this elegantly-wrapped gift was a note that reads in part: “Tossed around…broken…tumbled…carried to places where it didn’t want to ...Read more
I studied it in school. I know it is a micronutrient that the body needs in teeny tiny amounts. But I hadn’t thought much more about iodine until I was told to temporarily avoid it for an upcoming medical test.
I’ve learned a lot. Most important is the role iodine plays in human health. It is a vital component of thyroid hormones that ...Read more
As I prepared for my women’s group Christmas cookie exchange, I realized how tough this season might be for someone with celiac disease. This condition can cause immense damage to the intestines when susceptible individuals consume gluten—a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
And holiday or not, a lot of foods contain gluten. Besides ...Read more