The Heat Is On: Protect Yourself From the Sun

Nothing makes us feel more alive than the sun. Its brightness beckons us to come outside and play. Its rays warm our skin. Its energy promotes life on earth. But the sun can also be a real killer. “At 35, I had to treat skin cancer because of damage done under the age of 18,” [...]

Does This Smell Bad to You? How Long Food Lasts

You got a killer deal on five pounds of bacon with your club card. Now you’re wondering how many strips your stomach and heart can take before those delectable applewood-smoked slices go bad. Have no fear: They will keep for up to a week in the fridge and still be delicious up to a month when frozen. Knowing how long [...]

Senior Moments: Advice from the Over 90 Crowd

A video clip of two 100-year-old best friends, Alice Jensen and Irene Cook, recently bombarded the Internet (youtube.com/watch?v=73ZzBcjVcrk). They’ve known each other for 94 years, can finish each other’s sentences like pros, and are pretty savvy for being centenarians (meaning they are over 100 years old). They know what “selfies” are, and one of them [...]

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  • Pathways to Happiness

    North Dakota is the happiest state in the U.S. according to this year’s annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Minnesota follows close behind at number four. And why shouldn’t we be happy? We have a strong economy, the air is clean (often cold, but clean), crime is low, and we have our “Minnesota/North Dakota Nice” attitudes. In [...]

  • The Heat Is On: Protect Yourself From the Sun

    The Heat Is On: Protect Yourself From the Sun

    Nothing makes us feel more alive than the sun. Its brightness beckons us to come outside and play. Its rays warm our skin. Its energy promotes life on earth. But the sun can also be a real killer. “At 35, I had to treat skin cancer because of damage done under the age of 18,” [...]

  • Does This Smell Bad to You? How Long Food Lasts

    Does This Smell Bad to You? How Long Food Lasts

    You got a killer deal on five pounds of bacon with your club card. Now you’re wondering how many strips your stomach and heart can take before those delectable applewood-smoked slices go bad. Have no fear: They will keep for up to a week in the fridge and still be delicious up to a month when frozen. Knowing how long [...]

  • Senior Moments: Advice from the Over 90 Crowd

    Senior Moments: Advice from the Over 90 Crowd

    A video clip of two 100-year-old best friends, Alice Jensen and Irene Cook, recently bombarded the Internet (youtube.com/watch?v=73ZzBcjVcrk). They’ve known each other for 94 years, can finish each other’s sentences like pros, and are pretty savvy for being centenarians (meaning they are over 100 years old). They know what “selfies” are, and one of them [...]

  • A Jam Anyone Can Get Into

    A Jam Anyone Can Get Into

    With the trend in consuming products as close to the source as possible, and the continued rise in food costs, it’s no wonder more people are turning to home canning and preserving. According to Brenda Schmidt, Brand Manager of Fresh Preserving at Jarden Home Brands (manufacturer of the popular Ball and Kerr canning products), sales [...]

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  • The Lizard Who Ate Orlando

    The Lizard Who Ate Orlando

    Sometimes the best thing you can do for your work is get away from it. A week’s vacation did the trick; even though I’m up to my neck in laundry and an overflowing email inbox, I’m refreshed and happy to be back at my computer. I was reminded of a trip we took a few [...]

  • A Decade of Fatherly Wisdom

    A Decade of Fatherly Wisdom

    Marriage was a big life change. But I think fatherhood was even bigger. For the first time, I (along with my wife) was totally responsible for every aspect of the well-being of someone who wasn’t me. I’ve been a dad for almost 10 years now. Fatherhood has changed me, and I’ve learned a lot. For [...]

  • Notes From the Children’s Summit

    By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center We recently held a Village Children’s Summit in an effort to review the services we provide to children and families, and to ensure we remain on the cutting-edge of current family treatment methods. We gathered all Village staff who either work directly with families, or provide [...]

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