• Preserving Muscle and Slowing Sarcopenia

    By Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    Have you noticed lately that you have difficulty climbing stairs, taking long walks and you feel unbalanced on your feet?   Dr. Andrew Weil says these problems maybe symptoms of sarcopenia, the age-related decline in skeletal muscle tissue.  A decrease in muscle can also lead to reductions in strength and endurance and impairment of balance. 

  • ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

    By Bob Garver

  • ‘Wherever She Goes'

    Review by Pat Wellington

    By Kelley Armstrong

    To survive her early tragedies like the death of her mother in a car crash when Aubrey Finch was just a child and later the suicide of her father, she turns to crimes she has never shared with anyone, not even her attorney husband Paul.

  • Don’t You Go Smirking at Me

    By Bill Koch

    It’s the smirk. You see it frequently in local meetings, from political pundits on television and on self-righteous politicians.

    The verb smirk means to smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited or silly way.

    People who smirk make me smirk.

    The smirk by its very nature is wrong. Watch people who smirk.

    Are they smirking because they’re happy? Not really.

    Are they smirking because they’re full of joy and ready to celebrate? Nope.

  • Arthritis Workouts Even When You’re Stiff

    By Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    Appropriate exercise will not wear out your damaged joints.  In fact, research shows that exercise is one of the best treatments for osteoarthritis (OA).  Regular exercise can improve balance which is often impaired with people with OA.  Without exercise, you will lose muscle strength, and your OA may progress faster.  Unfortunately, half of adults with OA report that they do not participate in any exercise.

    Start with simple, gentle exercises such as:

  • The Secret to a Happier, Healthier Life

    By Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    Ever wonder what tai chi is all about? This ancient Chinese practice has proven to be one of the most powerful ways to improve both your physical and mental health.

  • “Men in Black: International”

    By Bob Garver

  • One Man’s Joke is Another Man’s Discount

    By James L. Snyder

    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were dining out at a very nice restaurant. We had been on the road for two days and were weary of travel. At least, I was.

    Nothing I hate more on a vacation than travel. But this time it was not so bad because my wife was doing all the driving. She’s an excellent driver because she had the world’s best teacher. I admit that I was her teacher.

    We were seated and began looking at the menu. Then my wife said, “You don’t take very many things seriously, do you?”

  • Grandma’s D Day and H Hour

    Today really is June 6, but it is 2019, not 1944. It is 1 p.m. which is what I have set as “H” hour for me personally, so I am already late.

     Those who know me well, know that I am nothing if I am not curious about many things historically. Research has always been my strength; therefore, I have been enlisted to help many people as they worked on projects or papers that required a great deal of research. 

  • Stay Senior Healthy

    By Bill Koch


    Staying healthy in your golden years can be challenging. Those old bones and tired muscles sometimes just don’t seem to want to work the way they used to decades ago.

    But keeping strong and fit is even more important in your later years, especially as those senior “afflictions” seem to come visiting more frequently.

    Seniors are more susceptible to a number of ailments and challenges, including the flu, weight gain, fragile bones, cancer and depression.