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Today's News

  • Those Essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    Omega-3 fatty acids are essential because the body needs them to function properly but cannot make them. They must come from food. Omega-3 fatty acids have a role in brain function, growth, and development, inflammation and heart health. According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD of Cleveland Clinic, omega-3s are good fats that can have an anti-inflammatory effect.

  • Are We Idiots?

    Politics once had its lure, and for many it still does. It is, after all, the art of governing, a worthy academic pursuit.

    The nature of the institution of politics has always mandated, in a practical sense, that combatants take an aggressive tack toward opposing ideologies and ideologues. Politics in a democratic republic requires winners and losers. So, you’re in it to win.

  • Are You Concerned about the Way You Walk?

    Like most everything else, the way we walk changes as we age.  Maybe you have noticed it in yourself or a friend.  You see a slower step, a slight stagger, or a limp, a shuffle or a tilt.  But how do you know what is normal and what is not?

  • Grandma Asks “What Happened to the Moon Rocks?”

    By Grandma

    Even today in 2019, a trip to the moon still seems outrageous to most people; however, in 1969, that feat really seemed unreal. Yes, it was unbelievable; but it happened thanks to the vision of President John F. Kennedy and the 400,000 people who worked endless hours to accomplish what seemed totally unbelievable.

  • Don’t Look Now!

    By Bill Koch

    You’re born. One day.

    You’re a teenager. Another day.

    You’re middle aged. Another day.

    Another day, you’re retired.

    Ten, 20, 30 years can pass between life stages.

    The comfortable horizons – so warm, gentle and easy – can change in a wild, ugly moment.

    What lay beyond? Why do the years and the days whip by as a mad, mischievous train? Is there some cackling, surreptitious jokester, nefarious and raging, lurking within our lives’ short shadows?

  • ‘Wherever She Goes'

    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.

  • Law and Order: Checking the Lakefront

    By Ross Olmos

    As a young man I thought about how cool it would be to be a motorcycle cop. They had the best uniforms and those big machines they rode were really something.  I was disappointed when I joined the Evanston, Illinois Police Department and found that out of about 150 officers, there were only 12 in the traffic division. It took me nearly three years, but eventually I was transferred from patrol to traffic. Now I was finally going to be one of those cool motorcycle cops!

  • Arthritis Workouts Even When You’re Stiff

    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:

  • 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.

  • And Then the Thunder Roared

    In our house, thunder has a variety of meanings. Some not as good as others, but that is another story. Either way, I am not a fan of thunder.

    Recently, some heavy thunder visited our area along with rain and lightning. I was beginning to understand how Noah felt during his first night in that Ark. Some of the thunder was so loud it seemed like it was inside our house.

    Thankfully, I lost my heebie-jeebies a long time ago.