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home : health June 26, 2017

Win a few, lose a few
You gotta try. Even though the chances are sometimes stacked against success, you just gotta try. That's what goes through your mind when you bring an electrocuted hawk to the vet for repairs.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Heat can be deadly for dogs
The dog days of summer are approaching and when the mercury rises, your furry friends are at risk for heatstroke or death when their pet parents make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The health effects of optimism
Everyone knows that person who is always singing the sweet song of optimistic, encouraging, and happy thoughts. To an outsider, this person may seem blind to the struggles, strife, and sirens of the crumbling world around us. They may even be an annoyance when they cannot seem to care about how bad the weather is, or the results of the previous election cycle.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Cancer and me: Homeward bound
It's been awhile since the last installment of this series chronicling what seems like a never-ending battle with cancer. In that last column, I expressed my desire to return "home" to Sisters, and my reasons why.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Overcoming barriers
There will undoubtedly come a time when the casual endurance athlete comes to a hill, a rocky segment, unbearable weather, or a desperate moment when it feels as if it would be easier to crumple up and sob.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
On pomp, circumstance and everyday heroes
This week when our youngest graduates alongside the rest of the Sisters High School Class of 2017, our family will count it a profound miracle.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Riding for a cause
Riding down the horse trails out of Sisters Cow Camp on the first Saturday of June is a tradition some riders won't miss. Especially when they know that every mile they ride brings much needed and appreciated dollars to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Spring-proof your dog
Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner and with the change of seasons comes outdoor chores, spring cleaning - and the arrival of pests. Before you embark on your seasonal chores, take inventory of potential hazards for your furry friend.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cracking the diet code
The human diet and nutritional science is a fascinating topic of discussion. The topics range from epigenetics, to evolution, to physiology - even a great deal of psychology.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Feeding can lead to deer deaths
Come on, people! Please, please stop feeding those mule deer that are constant moochers in our backyards. Shout at them, throw rags at them, squirt them with the garden hose - do everything (legally) possible to convince them that living in town is NOT good for their health.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Adopting a special-needs pet
Special-needs pets are among the most challenging for shelters and rescue groups to adopt out, and many never find a loving home.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Sisters
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day begins in Samoa and continues throughout the other time zones around the world for a 24-hour period.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Is alcohol increasing your health risks?
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and a good time to examine the possible effects that alcohol may be having in our lives.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Commentary... Of a certain age...
Never before have I harbored the underlying angst that resides within me these days.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Knee pain
Tales of knee pain and the reasons why someone shouldn't exercise, is a dialogue that happens among all walks of people.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Commentary... Learning to cope with pain and loss
2017 has not been easy. From the get-go it's been rough. Regardless of your politics, the presidential transition has been anything but smooth.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Gotta get some sleep!
Sleep is one of the foundations of health, along with diet, exercise, and breath. Its contributions to our health are often undervalued in our society.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Flying out on missions of mercy
There are children living in the hinterlands of Oregon who have never had their teeth brushed, who go to bed at night with a bottle full of juice or soda; children whose teeth are in terrible shape. They need dental surgery, but there's no way their parents will ever get them to a dental clinic or hospital.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Using cardio to beat Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's disease hits close to home. It is an immensely challenging experience to watch a loved one suffer from cognitive decline.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Cure tension headaches ... and fix everything else that ails and fails
Generally, tension headaches are caused by the static and prolonged contraction of the muscles in the head, jaw, neck and shoulders. Makes sense! We have statically contracted muscles - tension - in a tension headache.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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