Military Wire: Can holistic healing cure PTSD?

Thousands of service members every year are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — a diagnosis that labels one as having either experienced or witnessed some sort of traumatic event. Often with PTSD comes a number of physical and psychological symptoms along with a social stigma that the individual has a mental illness — or in…

Embracing wellness: TV watching plus junk food are bad for your waistline

Are you are eating a burger, potato chips and drinking soda while you are watching a 1 hour TV program? If so, a 23-plus pounds weight gain could be sneaking up on you over the next year! This article has some startling information about foods we eat, the party lifestyle (to include TV watching), physical activity and…

Fitness Corner: The many levels of strength

Years ago, when I was starting out in the fitness industry as a trainer, I considered working at a gym that required that all trainers complete a standardized fitness test every six months. There were many reasons I didn’t end up working there (none of which had to do with me being unable to meet…

Fitness Corner: The art of stress eating

My only uncle died last Monday. He’d been suffering from a long and horrible death caused by being in a formaldehyde fire 50-plus years ago. Smoking didn’t help but it wasn’t until he began having severe issues breathing that they realized it was related to that fire all those years ago. He was one of…

From the Publisher’s Desk: No exit strategy here

Last week, an acquaintance of mine from North Carolina, publisher of two online community news sites there, surprised the online publishing community when he announced that, after nine years, he was ceasing publication, effective immediately. After reading David Boraks’ farewell message, I have to say that his reasons for leaving weren’t at all surprising. In…

Fitness Corner: The tyranny of the FitBit

It’s working!! I’ve lost more than 10 pounds since the beginning of the year and it feels great. I’m now able to get back into clothes I haven’t been able to wear for three years and, suddenly, I have a “new” wardrobe. So, how has this happened? I attribute much of it to my fitness…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: Skin laxity – keeping a firm hold on your complexion

When you hear the words youthful complexion, nine times out of 10, someone’s referring to skin that’s firm, plump and wrinkle-free: The hallmark of good health and vibrancy. But add intrinsic aging to the mix — a breakdown process that diminishes the production of collagen, the natural protein that makes up the framework of our…

Military Wire: What would you do with $101,000?

The knock at the door was expected, but what was in the briefcase was not. American hero Dave Bronson fought in the Iraq war and ended up losing his leg during combat. The producer wanted to do a documentary. And like many veterans, Dave wants to provide for his growing family, but is facing serious…

Fitness Corner: Simple ways to move more

Obviously, I am a huge proponent of setting aside time to work out. Whether it’s cardio or strength work, an hour a day combined would be ideal! However in this day and age, it’s not feasible for so many of us. Even if you can only squeeze in a workout a couple of days a…

Military Wire: Data Center targeting veterans — for hire

A research study conducted by the Center for College Affordability found that an increasing number of recent college graduates are ending up in relatively low-skilled jobs that, historically, have gone to those with lower levels of education. Yet, despite the highly competitive market for living wage employment, veterans, even without a bachelor’s degree, are finding…

Healthy Eating: Homemade granola is parfait perfect

I have been busy working in my garden and enjoying the good weather we have been having. I always seem to get a late start in the vegetable part of my garden, but this year I have peas, arugula, baby lettuce, dill, parsley, kale and Swiss chard emerging already. The peas were a bit late,…

Military Wire: Veteran students thrive with ‘wrap-around’ services

Paul Knudtson, director of Armed Services Relations at National Louis University in Chicago, is not unlike many of today’s OEF/OIF veterans. He’s married, has several children and honorably served his country. Paul believes in service, like many who serve and have served in uniform, and has continued his “service” after taking off the uniform in…

Child’s Play: Lighten up and have fun with ’50 Dangerous Things’

Just last week, I was talking to my kids’ pediatrician about one of the million things I am worried about. At this point, over nine years into our relationship as pediatrician and person who needs reassurance, she handles it by saying just the right thing. I suspect she doesn’t need a long history to find…

Military Wire: Army’s $287 million Optimism Program results in low morale

The data from a recently released report highlighting the physical and psychological health of troops who participate in the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, a program launched in 2009 designed to build troop resiliency, was disavowed by Sharyn Saunders, chief of the Army Resiliency Directorate. The reason? Despite the $287 million campaign to…

Healthy Eating: Perfect for your Easter or Passover table — Quinoa Salad

Passover and Easter are approaching and it is a time for family gatherings … which can mean a lot of overeating and rich foods. Here’s an easy, nutritious and healthy recipe for your holiday table. Feel free to substitute another grain as well as add additional vegetables. This recipe is a keeper that you can adapt to…

Fitness Corner: Simple nutrition tricks for weight loss

If you’re like most people, you want to lose weight. It’s a pretty normal desire, and one that is simultaneously motivating and debilitating. We’re surrounded by endless sources of information that tell us to eat this, not that; this study says this, this study says that; if you just do this, you’ll lose that; if…

Military Wire: Afghanistan crumbled under poor leadership

Excellence is not an accident. When cities and countries thrive, it mostly has to do with who is leading and charting the course. Smart leadership is able to weed through the white noise and identify opportunities when others aren’t. And when leadership falters or is usurped, crisis follows. Such is the case with Afghanistan. I…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: All about the eyes

Many say that the eyes are windows to the soul. Eyes also reveal our age more than any other facial feature. Why shouldn’t a youthful soul, have youthful eyes to gaze out of? Fortunately, there are many remedies for aging, tired eyes, from simple at-home tricks, to dermatology solutions offering long term results. Concern: Puffy,…

Military Wire: Active-duty faces cuts while Pentagon civilian force grows

As I shared in an earlier article, in mid-January 2015, the Army pulled together a consortium of business owners, politicians, and concerned citizens in the Lacey area to solicit feedback on potential cuts that would impact close to 16,000 troops and contractors. The detrimental financial ripple effect on surrounding businesses and cities — even the…

Healthy Eating: Protein-packed Double Chocolate Power Muffins

I have been teaching yoga since 1987 … when practicing yoga was still considered strange and long before it was popular in the United States. Yoga is part of my “mindfulness” practice, which helps me deal with everyday stresses. I have also been a bicyclist for an even longer time and for the past 15 years…

Looking Back: Reuben Hunter and an early-day mystery

Over 70 years before there was a City of Lynnwood, and even before Alderwood Manor, a few pioneer families were living on land that is now part of Lynnwood. They were the homesteaders, and three of the most well-remembered family names were Hunter, Breed and Morrice. Without a doubt, the most interesting of these was…

Money Talk: Patience a virtue in life and investing

Market volatility can be frightening. Even the possibility of volatility scares some investors. Anxiety is a natural reaction to the hyperbolic headlines calling for the next major market downturn due to the latest world conflict or catastrophe. The important thing to remember is that the primary goal of your portfolio is long-term returns. Shift your…