June was bustin’ out all over!

Between 1946 and 1975 Champaign County Baby Boomers experienced various stages of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. This article, drawn fro...

June 3rd, 2018 |  


Grilling, smoking or barbecuing: Is there a difference?

Grilling, smoking or barbecuing: Is there a difference?

Question: What is the difference between smoking, grilling and barbecuing beef? And which cuts are good for grilling, smoking and barbecuing? Answer: ...

May 29th, 2018 |  


What I miss about Germany …

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I entertained special visitors as we engaged in a delightful combination of cultures, languages, and generations –...

May 28th, 2018 |  



Opioid crisis hits rural America hard

Opioid crisis hits rural America hard

The opioid crisis is a major talking point on the national political stage. On the whitehouse.gov website, President Donald Trump says, “Togethe...

May 28th, 2018 |  


Carol Marak invites you to opt-in to her weekly newsletter, Age with Purpose

No matter where you are in life, especially at 60 and beyond, there are things to consider regarding having fun, finding passion, and creating a circl...

May 25th, 2018 |  


Dark chocolate can be healthy sweet treat

Dark chocolate can be healthy sweet treat

Question: Is dark chocolate really a healthy treat? Answer: It can be, depending on the kind of chocolate you choose.While it’s known that dark ...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


Eggs over easy not recommended

Eggs over easy not recommended

Question: I love eggs over easy for breakfast, but lately I’m hesitant to order my eggs that way because of mixed messages I’ve heard abou...

May 21st, 2018 |  


Carol Marak invites you to opt-in to her weekly newsletter, Age with Purpose

A reader of the newsletter suggested additional tips about aging successfully. She suggested, “Why not research and look to those living amongst...

May 20th, 2018 |  


Two weeks of doubling up

For two weeks, I have felt drawn to things in pairs, beginning with the Kentucky Derby. A casual horseracing fan at best, I nonetheless enjoy observin...

May 20th, 2018 |  


FDA: Keep kids away from liquid nicotine

FDA: Keep kids away from liquid nicotine

Question: My son found an e-cigarette strawberry flavored nicotine pack and almost drank it thinking that it was some kind of candy. Luckily I stopped...

May 14th, 2018 |