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The Art of the Thank You Note

Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00  by Christina M.
The comedian and late night show host Jimmy Fallon is known for adding variety to his show with various skits and games. He has a segment called “Thank You Notes” where he can be seen theatrically writing thank you notes with his own thoughtful theme song. The thank you notes share gratitude to pop culture icons, inanimate objects, or social events. He thoughtfully takes to pen and paper and writes a satirical thank you note to the item, person, or event that lists the benefits of the item and why…

Foods For Clear Skin

Sunday, 05 February 2017 05:43  by Charity B.
Having trouble with blemished skin? Having clear skin goes beyond washing one’s face at night. The foods you eat have a significant affect on the way your skin looks. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it reflects the state of your internal health. Here’s a list of some foods that can help give you beautiful, radiant and clear skin. Water: Clear skin starts from within, and one of most effective ways to get there is to help your body flush out toxins by drinking plenty of…

"Mental Health Break"

Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:06  by Jennifer K.
Reading and movies are an escape for me. A brief reprieve from the stress and problems of everyday life. Every once in a while you need some time to take a “mental health break.” When I read I try to picture the characters in my mind. I try to anticipate what they will do next. What the author is going to do with the plot. It is like I am watching a movie unfold in my mind, and it is quite relaxing. Book selection is critical. If you choose a…

Basic Vinaigrette Dressings

Friday, 20 January 2017 02:29  by Josh C.
The generic ratio of traditional vinaigrette is 3 parts oil (liquid fat) to 1 part vinegar (acid). The molecules of the oil and vinegar will never combine and therefore your vinaigrette will separate unless an emulsifier is used. There are 2 standard emulsifiers, honey and mustard. These allow the vinegar to be suspended in the oil and give the impression of a blended liquid. Then you can flavor the dressing with any variety of herbs or vegetables. This is just the outline. The details can be entered as you see…

Making Changes

Monday, 16 January 2017 02:53  by Jennifer K.
We all do it to ourselves every year. We make a New Years Resolution that we know will be impossible to keep, but in that moment we think we can do anything so we make it anyway. What was it? Was it to stop smoking, lose weight, work less/more? Let’s face reality here. Most New years resolutions are broken by the end of the first week. It does not stop there. By the end of June, over half of the resolutions have been broken or given up. Do you want…
My daughter came home from school one day very upset. She looked at me with tearful eyes and said, “My teacher said animals don’t have emotions. Is that true? Does that mean that Remy (our dog) doesn’t love me?” Now I’m no veterinarian, but my 20+ years of being around animals has shown me that animals are incredible creatures and are capable of astounding things. How do I explain such a complex idea to my tearful daughter? This is what I told her “people have different opinions and that’s alright…
After a summer full of record-breaking temperatures, it seems that fall weather has finally arrived in East Tennessee! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the fall. The crisp air, beautiful leaves changing, and the comfortable temperatures are just a few of the reasons to enjoy this amazing season. I have most been looking forward to enjoying walks again this fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good walk anytime of the year, but I find it much more enjoyable in the absence of hot and humid…

Butternut Squash Soup

Thursday, 08 December 2016 07:23  by Jessica B.
Even though the weather as of late wouldn’t lead one to believe that Fall is upon us, the appearance of Autumn fruits and vegetables in your local supermarket says otherwise! Nothing makes me more excited this time of year than getting my hands on some locally grown butternut squash. Much like the sweet potato, butternut squash is so versatile and can be used in various cooking applications. Truly, my most favorite way to eat butternut squash is simple: large diced, generously coated with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted…
With fall upon us, it’s now time for pumpkin spiced everything! This is the season for hearty root vegetables, such as squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips and pumpkin. You could make a warm butternut squash soup, roasted acorn squash, candied sweet potatoes… or turn your tubers into a cool, sweet breakfast food! Try this spiced smoothie for a huge dose of Vitamin A and protein; just ½ of a cup of pumpkin contains 250% your daily value of Vitamin A, which functions as an antioxidants in the body, slowing the…

Stress Signs, Symptoms and Relief

Saturday, 03 December 2016 04:47  by Jennifer K.
Everyone has stress in their life. Question is do you recognize the signs and symptoms of stress ? †The following is a list of 50 common signs and symptoms. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain Gritting, grinding teethn Stuttering or stammeringn Tremors, trembling of lips, handsn Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasmsn Light headedness, faintness, dizzinessn Ringing, buzzing or “popping soundsn Frequent blushing, sweatingn Cold or sweaty hands, feetn Dry mouth, problems swallowingn Frequent colds, infections, herpes soresn Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”n Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacksn Heartburn, stomach…

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…
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