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Tree-mendous good fun

"I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree," begins the familiar work by Joyce Kilmer. Trees are all around the Mid-Ohio Valley, providing shelter, shade and beauty, though some folks might like to learn more about their importance.Children and their families will have just that ...

A Weighty Issue: Looking forward to seeing a lot less of me

Sixty-plus days and counting since I've had my gastric bypass surgery. The time has been flying by rather quickly. With this in mind, as I stood one day in front of my bathroom mirror. I looked closely. My whole body was much thinner. It was surreal. So, I said, "I see myself, and then yet ... ...

Gastric bypass surgery the right move for some

I'm going to open this column with a dirty, little limerick: There once was a girl named Casi, some viewed her as fat and lazy, she struggled with obesity most of her life, which caused much strife, now there came a solution, and she looked at herself with a brand new vision. Ha-Ha; I tricked ...

The little things can add up to a healthier life

When you just don't feel like working out, do you ...Ever get home from a long day at work and just don't feel like working out?Ever hit the snooze button like five times because you just don't feel like getting up and working out?Ever have every intention of going to that Saturday workout ...

Countdown to surgery fuels anxiety and renewed dedication

"ANXIETY." We've all experienced it in some form or another. I'm anxious about heights, sharp-fanged clowns, hairy, yucky spiders ... and well, I'll be honest - this surgery. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "anxiety" as, "fear or nervousness about what might happen and by self doubt about ...

‘I’m excited;’ Surgery time is near

March Madness came and went with the hustle and bustle of preparation for my gastric bypass surgery in May. Yes, that's right - it is in May!Well, it is going as scheduled ... I'm sure to dot my "T's" and cross my "I's". Oh, you know what I mean. There is so much to do and so much to learn in ...

The promise of spring can be seen in blooming flowers

The promise of warm, sun-filled days are poking their tender shoots through the remnants of a challenging winter. Within a tiny, 40-square-foot plot of land on the west side of Marietta resides 160 bulbs (80 tulips and 80 daffodils), orange candle flowers and a variety of coreopsis. Solar, ...

Y Get Fit: Keep up with your exercise during wintry weather

My husband and I moved to Marietta last January. Before we made the decision, everyone told us how little it snowed in Marietta. We heard all about how the winters are mild and the temperatures reach a bit warmer than in other parts of Ohio. I had told Andy that if he were to move us, he should ...

A Weighty Issue: Experiencing ‘ah-ha’ and ‘uh-oh’ moments

Happy New Year, everyone!!!!! Ahh, a New Year and new beginnings. A time to reflect the past year and wipe that proverbial slate clean and think of ideas to make your goals happen!You know how you make resolutions at the beginning of each year? Like lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking and ...

A Weighty Issue: A tale of truth, struggle

This is a tale about a woman by the name of Eaterita Food - "Casi" for short. She was a gluttonous individual who enjoyed the finer foods in life; however, her health was in jeopardy. This story begins on cold, snowy winter's night.Casi joked to her friend, Bob Cupcake, "Fe, fi, fo, fum - I'd ...

Y Get Fit: No more excuses: Time to make exercise a priority

Have you ever had a day when you wanted to work out, but you came up with an excuse not to? Have you ever said to yourself that you will start eating healthier "tomorrow"? Have you felt so tired after work that you didn't want to hit the gym? Well, I HAVE.My husband and I try to hit the running ...

Local review: ‘Gravity’ well done on many levels

Space can be a terrifying place even without alien invaders and Sith lords, as director Alfonso Cuaron brilliantly demonstrates in "Gravity."Sandra Bullock stars as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first mission in space, alongside veteran shuttle commander Matt Kowalski (George ...

Movie review: ‘Prisoners’ thrills; strong cast does well

Part emotional drama, part mystery thriller and part morality tale, "Prisoners" grabs you by the guts and doesn't let go for two-and-a-half hours.Hugh Jackman ("The Wolverine") stars as Keller Dover, the father of one of two young girls who disappear from their neighborhood on Thanksgiving. The ...

A Weighty Issue: Heading in the right direction

Wow! Holy snicker doodles! A lot has been happening these days. Yes, I'm still struggling with discoloration and some swelling in both legs. However, with the help of ace bandage wraps - the water in my legs slowly returned to their natural shape ... that's right - tree trunks.Next on the list ...

Local Review: ‘Wolverine’ better what he does in sequel

Much like his healing factor allows him to recover from virtually any wound, Wolverine's popularity let him survive a lackluster standalone film and return in a better vehicle."The Wolverine" finds Hugh Jackman donning the adamantium claws and muttonchops for the sixth time in an adventure that ...

A Weighty Issue: Here’s my new weight management plan

Four score and seven large pans of lasagna ago, I set out upon a new nation called total gluttony. However, this sounds really, really bad ... so I moved to a new nation known as "time to get your rear-in-gear."In the last column, I wrote about my struggles with additional weight gain. I am not ...

A weighty issue:

As I walked down the corridor of the hospital on one particular day, my legs felt like concrete. Every step felt like I was competing for an Olympic event. I was having trouble breathing - I just felt terrible on the inside and out. I looked up and glanced at the window - what I saw was ...

Baby Steps: Make spring break fun while not breaking the family budget

The birds are chirping, the flowers are beginning to pop up through the ground. Ah, the bliss and beauty of spring.And then comes the realization that, soon, your children are going to be at home - for several days in a row - and they will demand to be entertained.So what's a parent to do?Sure ...

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ a wrenching, well-acted portrayal

If you're looking for a blow-by-blow account of the whos and hows of the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden, "Zero Dark Thirty" is not the movie for you.Instead, the film is a wrenching portrayal of points along the journey, based on firsthand accounts, that manages to land several punches ...