Fitness Corner: Practicing thankfulness

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kicks into full gear, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out and eat and drink too much. This is normally a great topic to write about at this time of year. But in the wake of the events in Paris a week ago Friday, it…

Fitness Corner: Getting (and staying) motivated to exercise

It’s Sunday morning, and it’s absolutely pouring outside. It’s windy, and water isn’t the only thing falling from the sky. Our driveway is absolutely littered with broken branches and twigs. Ugh. Not exactly a prime day to go out for some exercise. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about staying motivated to keep up my…

Military Wire: All Veterans Job Fair set for Safeco Field Nov. 12

Finding employers willing to hire, jobs with adequate pay, and securing an interview is often a daunting task. While the unemployment numbers for the past quarter held steady on a national level, some economists and investors are suggesting Christmas may “gift” the U.S. with job losses, making the competition to secure viable employment in the…

Healthy Eating: Develop a taste for moderation and mindfulness this holiday season

We are entering the season of “robust” eating, overindulgence and busy schedules. Many folks stock up on candy for Halloween trick-or-treaters and the cupboards stay full of goodies right through New Year’s Eve. This can be hard on the waistline….as well as for those at risk for diabetes, heart disease or any other condition where…

Fitness Corner: Boosting low morale

For reasons I won’t bother expanding on, I have been physically unable to walk for seven weeks. I am talking about my daily four-mile-long fitness walks through my Edmonds and nearby Woodway neighborhoods that I have been doing almost daily for about as long as I have lived in Edmonds. Not only does my career…

From the Vet: Can dogs think?

Dogs have been in close contact with humans for thousands of years. Estimates range from 9,000 to 30,000. Due to this long association, dogs are thought to have the ability to not only understand but to communicate with humans. Many researchers in this field attribute these communication skills to the manifestation of unique traits that…

Fitness Corner: Walking with ghosts

Note: This isn’t the complete story, just my recollections of the fantastic and fascinating day we had trying to track down my father-in-law’s experiences during the Battle of Argentan, in World War II. This day occurred close to the end of our trip, after we had spent four days in Italy, at the Italian Grand…

Healthy Eating: An ovarian cancer survivor’s quest for balance

We are nearing the end of September and for me that means the end of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The world is about to get a lot pinker in October. For those of us on the TEAL journey, it is challenging to have everything “pinkified” all the time. Women get “below of the belt” cancers…

Fitness Corner: It’s mine to choose

It’s Friday evening and my last client just left. I head toward the door. I’ve been on my feet all day, my stomach is growling and there is a glass of wine with my name on it in the near future. The very NEAR future! Then I stop at the door, because I just remembered…

Arts of the Terrace Art Show coming Sept. 26

The 37th annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. Sponsored by the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission and the Friends of the Arts, “Arts of the Terrace” is one of the major juried art shows held…

Fitness Corner: Goal met, or how I vanquished ‘The Bierch’

I’m almost there. Well, I’m actually way past the first there–the initial 10 pounds I set as my original goal. Once I’d gotten to that goal, I set myself the goal of a total of 20 pounds before we left for Europe (on Monday!). That last stubborn pound just won’t give up, but neither will…

Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work,…

Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Many gardens are bursting with zucchini and tomatoes. Have you been zucchini bombed by your neighbor yet? That means that they left you an unmarked paper bag full of very large zucchini on your front porch. I just picked up a lovely bowl of tomatoes from a neighbor who graciously offered them to me because…

Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell…

Fitness Corner: For young athletes, play more important than competition

Remember lying on the carpet with your infant? How innocent was that? More so than you know! The endless crawling and chasing on all fours allowed us to play at our child’s level of development. Their development depended upon a supply of endless wonder and new stimuli. As they grew and eventually walked, we chased…

From the Vet: Most common pet toxins of 2014 — and other hazards

The Animal Poison Control Center was started prior to my arrival as Head of the then-named Veterinary Biosciences department in the College of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After I took office, the center was taken over by the ASPCA and has grown and become more effective as a result. The service…

Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: On with the glow

You’ve been vigilant about using SPF in the rays, cleansing your face after workouts, and lightening up on your products for summer. The result: a healthy, sun-kissed glow that feels as good as it looks. Now, how to maintain that wholesome look as the months wear on? Here are some dos and don’ts to keep…

Healthy Eating: Blueberry yogurt muffins

Anyone can notice that yogurt has become very popular and mainstream. In some ways this is wonderful and it has also sparked the creation of many products that I call pseudo-health foods (think yogurt pops). Somehow a person feels better about eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream (when in fact frozen yogurt often has…

Embracing wellness: UW study links some allergy medications to dementia

Many people take antihistamines not only for allergy relief but also for sleep. When I heard about this study, I was horrified! I had been taking Benadryl to help me sleep for the last 15 years. Does this mean that I am going to develop dementia? This study was very well done. It could not…

Healthy Eating: A sneaky (and delicious) way to use zucchini

If you are a gardener then you know this is the time of the year when the great zucchini parade begins! I have already seen boxes out on the sidewalk with “free” signs attached….what lurks inside? Zucchini if you had to guess! It is a wonderful and delicious vegetable ESPECIALLY if you pluck it when…

Fitness Corner: Breaking through the weight plateau

You just have to keep on keepin’ on. I first heard that phrase when I was helping Ellen Taussig put together a memorial for her husband, Paul Raymond. Paul and Ellen, along with Mark and Catherine Terry, founded and built The Northwest School, where I was employed at the time. I’d never heard that saying…

Fitness Corner: Life’s second chances

“The afternoon knows what the morning never expected.”–Robert Frost About three weeks after Dan died, I went down the FIVE Restaurant, one of my “safe” places. I met this woman there, with whom I shared my story over (several) glasses of wine. I’ll never forget, she looked at me and said, “You’ve known a great…

Healthy Eating: A muffin for that bonanza of berries

As you have probably noticed, everything in our gardens and the farmers’ markets are coming in early. We are in the midst of a berry bonanza in our garden with strawberries just ending and raspberries and blueberries going strong. I’m happy to say that even with the heat and lack of rain we are having…