What’s on my Mind

Finding serenity in the sauna

Saunas – that’s what’s on my mind. For over the past week, we have had our sauna lit and kept warm 24/7. Typically, we don’t, but with recent health issues on the radar, it seemed like a good idea. Our sauna is a separate building and has a very efficient wood-powered stove, handmade by a good friend who is a […]

Healthy for Life

April is here in spirit; let's all hope for a hearty month

Healthy April greetings to everyone! It’s a relief to find many moments that might seem to appear as just another “normal” day in spite of what is going around the world. It brings us back to a time when we spent more time at home, stores weren’t open 24/7, and we are learning how to take care of ourselves. Thank […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might feel a mite intimidated in a new environment, be it a job, a classroom or meeting the future in-laws. But enter with a big smile, and everyone will see you as a real take-charge Cat. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This could be a romantic time for you if you can […]

We will rise again

A letter to COVID-19 tells us to appreciate what we miss

Dear COVID-19, We are told you are an invisible enemy. You swooped in and appear to be taking over our world as we know it—one country at a time. We were a little caught off guard. And perhaps in the beginning, we were a little in denial. You have changed our lives and focus overnight. Life seems a little surreal. […]

Grown on The Range

Raising healthy cows and pigs at Diamond Willow Corral

Chad Hofsommer runs a birth-to-freezer operation in rural Aurora, raising grassfed Texas Longhorns and hogs on pasture. He doesn’t like the USDA organic label because he doesn’t think it’s strict enough. He gives me an example. The USDA organic standards for meat specify this: Ruminants must be out on pasture for the entire grazing season, but for not less than […]

It is critical that everybody participate in the 2020 Census

Senior Legal Line: A legal question & answer line for seniors

DEAR SENIOR LEGAL LINE: I’ve been hearing a great deal about the upcoming census. I don’t know too much about it, but I don’t trust it. Why on Earth do they need all of my information? It’s intrusive, unnecessary and I’m concerned that there may be chance that my information could be stolen. I don’t know what to expect, and […]

What is the 2020 Census?

April 1, 2020, is Census Day! The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of […]


Social distancing is hard for Sally, but she’s making the best of the situation

Greetings and Sallytations! Well, our world is experiencing a global pandemic. It started with hoarders grabbing all the paper products they could get their hands on. It started with people thinking it won’t happen here. Restaurants and retail shops closed. Libraries closed. Beaches are closed. The list is endless. We are to practice social distancing. Stay home. Self-quarantine. No plane […]


Now is not the time to get a massage

Normally I would encourage you to get a massage to strengthen your immune system. It is well understood how a massage can help you fight off those nasty winter bugs. The problem is, now we have a bug out there that we, as human beings, have never been exposed to before. We don’t have the antibodies built up to fend […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Showing a genuine interest in something that’s important to a friend, family member or colleague could open a communication line that had been pretty much shut down for a while. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making a potentially lifechanging decision takes as much knowledge as you can gather, plus determination and patience. Take […]

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