Archive for the Living Category


Calmness of Wisdom - Terry Minion - BOOM

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.— James Allen It was common in so many different parts of my life to want to be somewhere else. When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a teenager, and then while a teenager,

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The Biggest Challenges to Growing Old in California

By Dane Reeves Last January Napa County had two weeks where no Skilled Nursing Home Beds were available. All the nursing homes were full. People needing rehabilitation services or nursing home care after a hospital stay, had to go to Solano, Sonoma, or Contra Costa Counties. It

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Price isn’t everything when it comes to running shoes

By Pat Sweeney Submitted By Carol Gilpin, Fleet Feet of Vacaville Previously published in the Washington Post I couldn’t sleep last night. I found myself thinking about the article I read yesterday with the headline that blared “You’ll save A LOT of money buying running shoes online.” That

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From Social Work to the Big Stage

Interview with Mercedes Nicole Tell me about what you do. After 25 years as a Social Worker serving low income and homeless families, addicts, abused children and women, I tell their stories of struggle, triumph and revelations through the songs of the Great American Song Book, and

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Atma Wholistic Day Spa

Atma Wholistic Day Spa Interview with Mary, owner Who doesn’t need a day of rest and relaxation? Maybe you can spare just an hour for a little rejuvenation time. Maybe you need to recuperate from the weekend’s heavy duty lifting project or you want to treat yourself

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Clean - BOOM - Prime Time Living

Simple organizing tips to start de-cluttering your life By Joanna Ochs Spring is here and many of us feel inspired to clean and organize, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. The solution is to begin with some easy to accomplish tasks. Start out by “refreshing” your

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The Learning Life

Paradise Valley Estates

Americans’ value of lifelong learning has a short history. In fact, many point to millions of post-World War II veterans who flooded college campuses as the first wave of a massive cultural shift. Lifelong education — once reserved for aristocrats or deemed a waste of time —

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Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?

I’ve always loved movies. I’ve watched thousands of them in my life beginning as soon as I could change the channel on the old black & white TV, watching all those movies from the 30s and 40s. My latest favorite is called, The Intern, with Robert De

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Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-American Mid 20th Century

By Wendy VanHatten Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing author, Lee Foster. His book speaks to all of us, whether we grew up in Minnesota or not. Humor…true stories…experiences…all relatable. Here are excerpts from that interview. Q:  What is the title of your latest book and

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Mac and Cheese and Wine?

by Wendy VanHatten You love Mac and Cheese. You love wine. Do they go together? Sure. Think of an off dry Riesling, not too dry and not sweet. If you pick a dry one, there will be enough acidity in the Riesling to offset the salty, creamy

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