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MASSAGE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Is getting a massage supposed to hurt?


 I was recently asked the question, “Is massage supposed to hurt?” Before I answer that question, let me back up and start at the beginning of story. Initially this person said they had some pain in their back and shoulder area and asked me if I… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. […]

I’m going to get sick anyway so why bother with a flu shot? Gun ownership and dementia

 Q: My 8-year old daughter and I got our flu shots and then got sick anyway. I think next year we’ll skip it. What’s the use? — Carolina B., New York, New York A: It’s not fair to blame the flu vaccine. There are several viruses out there that… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

January’s weather outlook More mild than cold, with less snow than normal



Last month, I talked about an old postcard from 1909 I bought at the Cobweb antique store in Ely back in the ‘70s (probably for the one cent green Ben Franklin stamp). It says: “Thursday morning. Cold. Feeling good. Mary Raugh as lively as ever. Ever… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Out of the Blue

“You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?” – Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life


Stealing a kiss on Patrick Henry’s historic Red Hill estate in Central Virginia. “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.” With stars in his eyes, Geo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

FOCUS ON FLORA

This week’s featured plant: Amaryllis


A colorful amaryllis. Submitted photo.COMMON NAME: Amaryllis SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hippeastrum hybrids and cultivars PLANT FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family) NATIVE TO: Central and South America DESCRIPTION: Each bulb is two to five inches in diam… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

SALOME’S STARS

 LEO (July 23 to August 22) Investigate carefully before agreeing to assist a friend or colleague with a personal problem. There might be hidden factors that could emerge later that will create problems for you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

SALOME’S STARS

 LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time to begin reassessing some of your recent decisions about your long-range goals to see if they still have merit. Spend more time with loved ones this weekend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) An un… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

O’ tannenbaum: A bit of Germany can be found in Aurora



Peggy Goodwin, 71, of Aurora stands with the Christmas tree and ornaments she loves. Photos by Jennifer Osufsen. AURORA – One of the mottos I live by as a fiction author and columnist is, “Everyone has a story.” The stories of all of us—past, pres… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Cowabunga Christmas and a ninja New Year (be tactful!)



The Shredder stalks the inferior ninja in a traditional Up-North Christmas Tree. Illustration by Paul M. Gregersen.If you don’t know much about cartoon Ninja Turtles, here are the facts. Leonardo leads. Donatello does machines. Raphael is cool, but r… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Healthy for Life

Reflecting upon 2018 as we enter the new light of the year 2019


 Wow! Dashing through the year with celebrations and tribulations through life and lessons turns us over to yet another new year. As we say good-bye to December, may all the good energy from the past move us forward into January with the transfo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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