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Smell, Taste and Memory

Thursday, 01 December 2016 04:33  by Jennifer K.
Have you ever had the sensation that a smell you can’t identify is somehow familiar? Never fear, the answer is in your memory. Your sense of smell is highly emotive and more linked to memory than any of your other senses. A smell can trigger a memory, often spontaneously. Specific smells may also help recall a long forgotten event or experience. When you smell cookies or a fresh baked pie most people think of a parent or grandparent. New smells are linked to an event, person, thing or moment. When…
In today’s society, it is likely that we personally know someone that is addicted or we know of someone who has been. The question that seems to be on society’s mind is “Why?”. Why would someone choose that life? Why can’t they just quit (insert addiction)? Doesn’t this person realize they are letting their life slip away? The short answer to these questions is this… It’s just not that easy. It’s so much more complicated than just changing a behavior. Both lack of education and resources play a huge role…

Great American Smokeout Event

Saturday, 26 November 2016 00:00  by Jennifer K.
The American Cancer Society supports the holiday on November 17. The Great American Smokeout falls on the third Thursday of November. This holiday challenges smokers across the nation to stop using tobacco for one day. They also inform the public on the hazards of smoking and resources they can use to help quit smoking. This holiday is celebrated with rallies, parades, stunts, quitting information, ”Cold Turkey” menu items in schools, workplaces, main streets and legislative halls. This holiday began from an event in Randolph, PA when Arthur P. Mullaney asked…
I stumbled across this article a few years ago on Facebook and would love to share it with you. In this article, a father describes the difference between the support his family received while his daughter sought treatment for bipolar disorder, alcohol and substance abuse vs. when his wife went through treatment for breast cancer. I would highly recommend you reading his story just to get a glimpse of so many families’ realities. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/11/families_dealing_with_mental_illness_need_support_too.html Have you read it yet? I’ll wait… Change this story around a bit...change breast cancer to…

Man (or Woman’s) Best Friend

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
When my family adopted our sweet dog, I knew that she would become a part of our family and no matter what circumstances arose; we would never leave or forsake her. I lied. Wait…I take that back, I didn’t actually lie because that would indicate that my actions were to create a deliberate or intentional falsehood. That was certainly not the case, but nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact that we had to leave our girl behind when we moved. Our life took a turn that none of us could…

Perfect Low Carb Fall Soup

Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00  by Crisie J.
This creamy, cozy, low carb soup will come in handy for cool Fall nights ahead. It's also a recipe you can throw together ahead of time and put in a crock-pot for a rushed evening or meal on the go. Ingredients: 4 slices of bacon, diced 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1/4 cup all purpose flour 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup 2% milk 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper…
Everyone has said, “Where did the time go?” We have all wasted time and wish we hadn’t. Here are some ideas on how to organize and create time management skills. To answer the question, “Where did my time go?” you will first need to document for a week to see what you are actually doing with your time. You can then take a look at how productive you actually are and see where you can be more efficient at the end of the week. First you will need to organize,…

Laughter Therapy

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “laughter is the best medicine.” I must agree that nothing can bring me out of a slump like good hearty laughter. I’ve found some research that shows a bit of validity to the phrase! An article on WebMD states, “We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues. People who believe in the benefits of laughter say it can be like a…

Personal Time Away From Your Cell Phone

Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:00  by Jennifer K.
Take a look around you. Can you count how many people are on their cell phone? These days if you have a smart phone you have a mini computer in your hand. They have many of the same features such as social media, games, email, video chat, etc. As the smart phone became more popular a new type of addiction emerged. There are signs and symptoms as there is with any other addiction. Here are some of the signs of cell phone addiction. Are you preoccupied with your cell phone?…

Food Addiction

Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
I have always struggled with my self-esteem when it comes to body image. I remember when I was in high school, feeling like I was overweight. Now looking back at those pictures, I long to be the presumed “overweight” that I thought myself to be!!! Various things have attributed to my unhealthy lifestyle (and perception of myself) over the years. I won’t get into that right now…those are topics for another blog! Regardless of the cause, the effect is that the number on the scale (and size of my waistband)…

Summer Vegetable Casserole

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
Fresh vegetables are currently plentiful in this warm summer season. This easy recipe is a healthy and tasty way to prepare them. Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil for sautéing 1 medium onion, chopped 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped 2 zucchinis, sliced 2 potatoes, sliced 2 summer squashes, sliced 3 plum tomatoes, sliced Salt and pepper Dried thyme Fresh rosemary, chopped 1 cup shredded Italian cheeses Note: Try to keep the slice thickness the same for all of the sliced veggies. Directions: Sauté the garlic and onions in the olive…

Sexual Offenders

Friday, 04 November 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
With Brock Turner’s release, the news stations and social media outlets are plastered with everyone’s opinions on his punishment (or lack thereof). In case you’re not familiar with the case, Brock is a 21-year old former Stanford University swimmer that raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster between two fraternity houses. Two passers-by stopped when they saw what was happening. Turner ran and they chased after him, pinning him to the ground until police showed up. According to Wikipedia, Turner was arrested on January 18, 2015 on Stanford's campus and…

College Days

Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
My family and I moved to a university campus a little over a year ago. Having experienced a full year of campus-living, I must admit that I’ve grown accustomed to the emptiness and peacefulness of the abandoned campus over the summer. The few families that remain on campus during “break” have the run of the place! We’ve given our girls a little more freedom and independence due to the vacant roadways and near-empty buildings. We have quite enjoyed this season. However, in the last few weeks I have seen the…

10 Healthy Foods to Eat this Fall

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
Apples The warm smell and crisp flavor of apples is a sure sign that fall is just around the corner. In the Northern Hemisphere apples are in season from late summer to early winter. In addition to being eaten raw, apples are a wonderful addition to a variety of recipes from salads to baked goods. Choose organic apples if possible due to the pesticide content of conventionally grown apples. Figs Figs can come in a variety of colors, including purple to pink or light brown, but the flesh inside is…
In my last blog, I discussed the hardship that some Chinese children have on their journey to school. As I was searching for a follow up to that story, I happened upon a documentary that looked intriguing. My husband and I watched it and I must say that I was deeply touched by the brave children that were featured. Their ventures to school are a far cry from many, including myself. Let’s take a look at the drastic differences as I share my own (travel to school) experiences: Caitlin, United…
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