Social media mayhem: can we learn to agree to disagree?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times The inauguration is only a few days away and the chatter on social media is beginning to escalate. I guess it’s no wonder considering the President-Elect is “somewhat” of a Twitter fan. If history is our guide, we should be prepared to be inundated with a flood of online opinions come Friday. I’ll admit, I was shocked by the back and forth on Facebook...

Happy 2017 – let’s make it a healthy year.

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times With each passing year one thing is undeniable, we are a year older.  Let’s be a year wiser too. With the advent of great preventive care and good oral hygiene we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people who get to middle age with little or no need for extensive dentistry. Let’s not get complacent, teeth are like a classic...

Super Six: Bonus edition to kick off 2017

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a glorious holiday break. It went too fast, in my opinion. To ease the blow of being back to reality, I threw in a bonus 2 for my Super Six January edition! Here we go…

All About Connecting: Taking stock of 2016

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Happy New Year 2017! Wow…so many possibilities, so many unknowns. You’ve probably already thought about your New Year’s resolutions. However, to help you get the most out of your resolutions, I have created my easy All About Connecting “Quick Year End Review” worksheet. It quickly sums up all the good, bad and ugly from last year, but with a positive...

On Your Table: simple suppers to start the New Year

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Roasting chicken thighs and accompanying savories on a sheet pan makes for a simple supper. Whew – we made it through the holidays, with plenty of rushing about and cooking. So now, it’s time to relax and to prepare simple, easy suppers. But make no mistake in underestimating such simple dishes. They can be bursting with flavor. I think of...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: The art of moving on

A new year means an opportunity for positive change  By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As we go through our lives, from even before we can remember, we are faced with trials and tribulations, as well as joy and accomplishments. We are faced with change and choices, from a baby, to cry when our diaper is wet, to an adult, to choose the right people to be around, who will encourage us...

On Your Table: Easy finger foods for the holidays

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times While cheese balls conjure up images of mom and dad’s cocktail parties, they are now much in the rage and so easy to serve or take as gifts to holiday parties. As the height of the holidays approach, many of us will either host or go to festive gatherings which are all about lots of food and drink. And with the mad dash of shopping, decorating...

What I really want for Christmas this year

A time to open our heart to those in need By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, the Times How many times have you been asked the question “what do you want for Christmas?” On the surface, it seems innocuous enough, right? But, as I was watching the news regarding the horrifying situation in Aleppo, I realized that our “wants” pale in comparison to others around the world. Children, orphaned...

Turning a holiday negative into a positive

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Lately, my Facebook feed has been crowded with posts of happy families stringing outdoor lights and chopping down Christmas trees. My Grinch-y little heart can’t take it. It’s only December 11th! Can’t everybody just slow their roll a bit? We’re still digesting Thanksgiving turkey, for crying out loud. I don’t want to be sweeping up pine needles...

On Your Table: Christmas time means cookies

Holiday recipes are a big part of most family celebrations By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times These traditional ricotta cheese cookies are the star of a selection of Italian and sugary treats. Photo courtesy of Jim and Betty Bonavita At this time of year, friends share holiday treats and stories of their family food traditions.  Their recipes hold long-treasured memories kept...