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February 10, 2017

If you haven’t eaten cabbage in a while, we urge you to look again at this healthy, unsung hero of the vegetable world.  Before we had the little greenhouse that enables us to grow salad and cooking greens all winter, we grew between 50 and 100 green and red cabbages each year—and ate them all. I loved looking at them as they grew like giant flowers in the garden, then as they rested side by side in the root cellar. Last spring was the first time in 40-plus years of gardening that I didn’t... more

January 30, 2017

You leak a little or a lot, or you go so often it’s begun affecting your quality of life. You wonder if you suffer from the “overactive bladder” you’ve been hearing about so much about these days. Just what is overactive bladder (nicknamed OAB), anyway? First, while it can be embarrassing, even alarming, overactive bladder is not a disease. It is a condition, marked by an unexpected urge to urinate, sometimes accompanied by an involuntary loss of urine. Overactive bladder is common,... more

January 22, 2017

But did you know that the flowers of hundreds of common wild and cultivated plants are edible? Yes, there are many flowers that you can eat! For centuries, humans have foraged or cultivated flowers and flower buds for food, drink, and medicine. Think broccoli, cauliflower, and artichoke, stuffed or stir-fried squash blossoms dill-flower spiked pickles, chamomile and jasmine tea. But did you know that the flowers of hundreds of common wild and cultivated plants are edible? Dressing up your... more

January 7, 2017

Ever had a blizzard or snowstorm cause power outages or emergency conditions? How do you prepare and survive? Up here in northern New England, we have had our fair share of walloping Nor’easters. Last year, blizzard conditions rolled into town one night, and we’d accumulated 10 inches of wet, heavy snow, and lost power within hours. When we lose power, our two wood stoves—one of them a modern cookstove with an oven—keep us warm and well-fed, and prevent our pipes from freezing. Before the ... more

January 2, 2017

The Japanese poetic form called haiku seems perfectly tailored as a discipline for someone who writes about “natural living.” In its classical form, a haiku requires 1. a natural or seasonal reference; 2. three lines of text—the first and third lines containing five syllables, the middle line containing seven; 3. two concrete, sensory images separated by a pivotal phrase or word that links them, often in some surprising way. The requirement for a seasonal reference draws attention to what’s... more

December 12, 2016

Ever heard of “slow walking”? It may sound too good to be true, but simply walking slowly and consciously is good for your health. You’ve probably heard about Slow Food, Slow Money, and maybe even Slow Design. They’re part of a growing Slow Movement, which involves downshifting to invite more meaning, connection, awareness, and wellbeing into our lives. It can apply to any activity. This ancient form of meditation and centering differs from walking for exercise (for weight loss or... more

November 15, 2016

You know the canned beans liquid that most people just dump down the drain? It turns out that the leftover “juice” is the perfect egg replacer called “aquafaba.” When I heard about aquafaba, I was filled with such disbelief that I had to get up and make some right away! Here’s how: Ingredients Use the liquid from a can of beans or the liquid left after you cook dried beans. Any bean will do, but most folks find that using the juice from low-sodium white beans or chickpeas is best.... more

November 5, 2016

The largest demographic cohort ever to walk planet Earth—the Post WW II Baby Boom—is getting “old.” Anti-Aging Marketing We know it by the endless stream of ads for emergency-alert systems, catheters, reverse mortgages, hearing aids, adult diapers, assisted living facilities, and the vast assortment of drugs and nutritional supplements aimed at older folks. We also know it by the promises of “anti-aging,” “age-defying” products, hair restoratives, regenerators, anti-aging dentistry, and ... more

October 30, 2016

Health emergencies can arise in many forms—from a fall down cellar stairs to a bicycle accident to something more life-threatening. Do you know who to call? Do you know where to go? Do you know how to get there? Often, an emergency strikes suddenly without warning.  Sometimes, it’s when you have guests or your routine is different. Pause, and add “health emergency preparation” to your “to-do” list with these tips: Prepare for Health Emergencies Write out emergency telephone numbers. (See... more

October 15, 2016

Ever had discomfort or pain in your jaw muscles? Let’s talk about TMJ symptoms, causes, and treatment. One morning many years ago, I woke up with serious pain in my right jaw. I found chewing painful for several days. Did I have TMJ? What is TMJ Disorder? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the temporal bone in the skull and surrounding tissues, which include our chewing muscles, among the body’s most powerful. An estimated 10 million American adults—more women than men—... more

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