The finish line: Ready! Set! Go!

As with every preceding year, 2019 has been a huge race consisting of 365 laps. What I really like about each one of these annual marathons is that ev...

December 30th, 2019 |  


Stay healthy in 2020

It’s difficult to believe that a new year is almost here, again. It didn’t give us much warning, did it? Many of us may look forward to a ...

December 29th, 2019 |  


When we were five…

Five-year-olds have the best Christmases. Four previous Yuletide celebrations have prepared them for basic family traditions, and they are still some ...

December 23rd, 2019 |  



Lessen stress during the holidays

Holiday celebrations are fun but the planning and hosting creates work and sometimes stress. Here are a few ways to reduce stress this season so you c...

December 22nd, 2019 |  


In praise of competence

In praise of competence

Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to thin...

December 19th, 2019 |  


Reader responds to Brown’s column

The article by Sen. Sherrod Brown on child abuse deaths (Urbana Daily Citizen, Dec. 17, p. 8) sounds compassionate — around 1,720 children died ...

December 18th, 2019 |  


Hold raw, unpasteurized eggs from recipes

Hold raw, unpasteurized eggs from recipes

QUESTION: I love to drink eggnog this time of year, and hollandaise sauce is a rich indulgence that puts me in the holiday mood. While I typically mak...

December 18th, 2019 |  


Preventing child abuse deaths

Preventing child abuse deaths

In 2017, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System estimated that 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect. Even one child’s death is o...

December 16th, 2019 |  


Still looking over my shoulder

The metaphor for life suggested by the title above began as an actual childhood event. For so long I yearned to sew - just like my mother. I started w...

December 16th, 2019 |  


Winter poses inside, outside hazards to pets

Cold and frigid weather conditions are hazardous to humans and our pets. Just as we can’t leave our pets in a hot car during the summer, pets...

December 15th, 2019 |