Health and Fitness

Handling Grief During the Holidays

  For some, the holiday season is enjoyable for all the common reasons. Driving around and looking at lights, going to parties, decorating, participating in family and spiritual activities, cooking and eating, and giving to others are traditions for many. For others, the season brings with it the duality of…




Norovirus: What to do when it comes for you

Few words can strike fear into my heart like the word “norovirus.” Once, I was among the norovirus uninitiated. I had heard stories of “norwalk virus” on cruise ships, and I had probably had a “stomach flu” a time or two, but I never gave it much thought. And then,…



What You Need to Know About Strep Throat

What is Strep Throat? Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria. This bacteria can cause inflammation and swelling of the mucus membranes lining the back of the throat. What Causes Step Throat? Strep throat is caused by streptococcal infection that invades the pharynxgeal tissue and…


What You Need to Know About Sexual Abuse

How much do you actually know about child sexual abuse? If you’re like most parents, you’ve heard of it and you hope it never happens to your kids. You probably don’t know a whole lot more than that, though.  In an effort to get more informed, I recently attended a…


My Week with Purple Hair

I’ve always been pretty normal looking.  I’ve always dressed acceptably, kept my hair in a traditional style and, with the exception of a few experiments in junior high, I’ve always had blonde or red hair, or some combination of the two. That’s just me. But about 2 months ago, I…