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Maple bourbon pumpkin walnut pie

This delightful addition to our holiday pie lineup was inspired by the Country Potter, aka John Platt III, the only one of the original historic demonstrators from Fort Wayne’s first Johnny Appleseed Festival in 1975 who still participates. I wrote … Continue reading

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A simple example of how running therapy opens your mind

Saturday morning I was sitting in my little economy car, heater on, trying to maneuver one leg at a time against the dash so I could start stretching without freezing while I waited on my sister for a run. Eyeing … Continue reading

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Holiday eating tips from people who lost weight during Thanksgiving week

Looking for some holiday eating tips for an upcoming newspaper column, I stopped by Debbie Powers’ Weight Watchers class Sunday afternoon – where over half the members managed to register a loss for the week in spite of Thanksgiving. “In … Continue reading

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‘Death cleaning’ turns up lost ‘How Normal People Eat’ interviews

Dostadning is the Swedish term for “death cleaning,” decluttering your stuff as you get older so that you don’t burden your relatives with piles of junk they have no idea what to do with. I hope I’ve got a few … Continue reading

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6 people lost 1,000 pounds – but who will become a Weight Loss Master?

Several years ago I began collecting weight loss stories, hoping to glean additional insights to add to my own diet/fitness toolbox. Not surprisingly, some of the people I interviewed eventually regained the weight they’d lost. In one unfortunate case, the … Continue reading

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The physics of overeating

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force. – Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion (as … Continue reading

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Hiking Chimney Tops after the Great Smoky Mountains wildfire

Our first trip back to the Great Smoky Mountains since a wildfire destroyed the condos where our family has stayed the last 30 years was bound to feel strange.   After the fire last November that consumed 17,000 acres of … Continue reading

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Racing in the neutral zone

“Pro-America,” read the bumper on the car ahead of me at a traffic light one day last week. “Pro-Freedom!” I wished I had one just like it, only with a third line at the bottom: Anti-Trump! A T-shirt would be … Continue reading

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The horror of eating

Lola didn’t mean to bite Doc Ferriss Oxide. She’s famished, hasn’t eaten in a week, been pacing around her enclosure – or what passes for pacing when you’re a python – and on top of everything else, her eyesight’s not … Continue reading

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Reeling in the years

The exercise I logged this weekend was hard to quantify: Without a FitBit, I had no real way of knowing how many miles I walked after parking the car on Friday night and using only my feet for transportation as … Continue reading

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