Knee and Shoulder Handbook Review

KNEE AND SHOULDER INJURIES EXPLAINED Confused by all the knee injury acronyms like MCL, LCL or PCL? Don’t know the difference between a frozen shoulder, a SLAP tear or impingement syndrome?   We love our bodies and we’re the ones who live with them for a lifetime, but sometimes our knees and shoulders catch up with us, especially if we have active lives. At that first twinge of pain in these areas we are prone to panic, imagining months...

The Benefits of Volunteering

SECOND ACT CAREERS AFTER 50 DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE PAYING ONES. Creative volunteerism is a wonderful way to not only be connected to your community but also to stay actively involved in the well-being of others.  As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”   Becoming sedentary after you retire can lead to isolation and even poor physical health at times. Why not offer...

Hot American City: Asheville, NC

    BETTER BRING A LIST… OR TAKE OURS! This mountain city in western North Carolina calls you, but you will absolutely need a list from the locals to find the in places.  Sure, you can tour the ornate Biltmore Mansion which defined tourism in Asheville for many decades, but with the craft beer boom dropping 20 or so (who can keep up?) breweries in and around town—and a blossoming folk, country, punk and rock music scene—there is really...

Freshen Up Those Kitchen Condiments

  START THE YEAR WITH A CLEAN SLATE One of the easiest ways to refresh your kitchen is to walk through it and ask yourself, honestly, “When was the last time I used this condiment?”   Doing a thorough cleaning of your kitchen spices can yield small culinary pleasures, brightening your kitchen by ridding it of stale items and replacing them with fresher products. Start with what is visible: oils, sauces and vinegars that sit around your stovetop like...

Hot Chocolate Around the World

  WINTER AND HOT CHOCOLATE:  PERFECT TOGETHER. Winter and hot chocolate are blissfully synonymous, aren’t they?  Snow and sugar are visual twins too, the latter used in films to appear as snow.  A cup of cocoa, real cocoa, with marshmallows after a wet and cold sledding ride is a drink that you somehow remember forever.   Can you recall your mom’s pan of hot chocolate on the stovetop and how she skimmed off “the skin”?  It almost seems like...

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