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Insulin Resistance, Carbohydrate Intolerance, And Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

With 52% of US adults having type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, who among us hasn’t seen friends or family (or self?) struggling with the disease? And how many of us still don't fully grasp the dise...

Perspectives: Emergency Room Bills

Sarah Kliff's I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned. provides telling insight and shocking, all too real examples, of recent Gallup poll findings that American's borrowed an estimated $88 billion in the past 12 months to pay for health care, -- 45% of U.S. adults are concerned that a major health event could lead to bankruptcy, and -- 65 million adults had a health issue but did not seek treatment due to costs in the past 12 months.

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Important reads!

Are We More Food Naive Than Food Savvy?

A bit of food for an “April Fools” thought… Most of us would consider ourselves to be something of a foodie — we take great pleasure in our food and eating. We know where to get the best buffalo wings,… Continue Reading →

Perspectives: Family Dairy Farm

Abe Voelker's ON THE DEATH OF MY FAMILY'S DAIRY FARM shares an in-depth and well-researched insider's perspective on family farming, Dairy farming and the systemic changes brought by big agra and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) over the last 100 years. Voelker explores not just why it is leading to the death of family farms and farmer suicides, but what we are all losing in the process.

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Much food for thought and well worth the time!

Book Review: THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer

I picked THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer for our book club, as I thought it would be so much fun to have a corresponding “go to the movies night” to compare the novel with the new movie featuring Glenn Close…. Continue Reading →

Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

The language is poetic and lyrical. Taylor Brown creates an incredible sense of place that transports the reader.

Book Review: TRUE PLACES by Sonia Yoerg

For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, TRUE PLACES has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and… Continue Reading →

Get Ready For BBQ Season — Low Sugar BBQ Sauce

BBQ season has arrived here in the south where I live and it will be in your area very soon. While you are waiting, you can make homemade BBQ sauce that will keep you in stock for the coming season…. Continue Reading →

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought… Continue Reading →

Words: ” No Wealth In The World Can Help Humanity Forward …”

How do we help humanity forward?  When we value the wrong things, then we focus on the wrong things. And, of course, we create the wrong things. Not the things that we most need… As Albert Einstein explained in THE… Continue Reading →

Book Review: HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi

Wow. What an ambitious accomplishment for a debut author (any author, really) – a story following the lives of one family over 300 years, and written in only 320 pages. I don’t think many readers are familiar with the origins… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan

What I’ve come to learn about myself as a reader is that I am patient enough (who knew?) to enjoy epic novels that span generations (This one was 545 pages). And I’m nerdy enough to enjoy puzzling out long, beautiful… Continue Reading →

Book: EAT DIRT by Josh Axe

Reading EAT DIRT : Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It  by Josh Axe was a necessity for me as someone who has struggled with off-the-charts inflammatory markers and… Continue Reading →

Lost & Found News: Galaxies, Whale Dung, Unicorns, & Wild Horses

Lost:  Carl Sagan’s Billions; Earth’s Little Blue Orb Found:  The Universe Has Two Trillion Galaxies Back in the 1980’s, Carl Sagan captured the publics imagination with his talk of the Universe’s Billions.  Now, based on images collected over 20 years by the… Continue Reading →

Words: “… Her Birthright To Self-Sovereignty “

The road to full inclusion, participation, and opportunity for women still lies ahead — seemingly endless and unnecessarily winding.   But, each step along the way needs to be recognized and celebrated.  For it is the individual steps each woman takes towards ”… Continue Reading →

Movie:  (DIS) HONESTY — The Truth About Lies

We all love a good story about the rise and fall of an unworthy person.  It is the stuff of history, fiction and our daily news.  Of course, the bigger the rise, the better the fall.  Right? But what if the… Continue Reading →

Book: FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown

“big-in-heart debut novel… poetic and evocative” If you appreciate a sense of place and lush descriptions of the natural world (and, in this case, its devastating destruction by men in battle), FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown is for you. I guarantee you… Continue Reading →

Movie: UnBRANDED

From beginning to end, Unbranded is a wild ride.  It is exactly what you would expect when you take a 3,000 mile journey from Mexico to Canada across the rugged public lands of the American west with four not-yet-ready-to-settle-down men in their… Continue Reading →

The Joy of Animals: A Not So Mud Loving Rhino

It’s hard to imagine anyone can watch Ringo, a Southern White Rhinoceros calf who oozes personality from the top of his expressive Shrek-like ears and adorably plaintive whine down to his non-conformist Rhino attitude towards mud — and still claim animal emotions are merely anthropomorphic (the ascribing of human characteristics to animals) wishful… Continue Reading →

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