Fitness Corner: Goal met, or how I vanquished ‘The Bierch’

I’m almost there. Well, I’m actually way past the first there—the initial 10 pounds I set as my original goal. Once I’d gotten to that goal, I set myself the goal of a total of 20 pounds before we left for Europe (on Monday!). That last stubborn pound just won’t give up, but neither will…

Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work,…

Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Many gardens are bursting with zucchini and tomatoes. Have you been zucchini bombed by your neighbor yet? That means that they left you an unmarked paper bag full of very large zucchini on your front porch. I just picked up a lovely bowl of tomatoes from a neighbor who graciously offered them to me because…

Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell…

Fitness Corner: For young athletes, play more important than competition

Remember lying on the carpet with your infant? How innocent was that? More so than you know! The endless crawling and chasing on all fours allowed us to play at our child’s level of development. Their development depended upon a supply of endless wonder and new stimuli. As they grew and eventually walked, we chased…

Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: On with the glow

You’ve been vigilant about using SPF in the rays, cleansing your face after workouts, and lightening up on your products for summer. The result: a healthy, sun-kissed glow that feels as good as it looks. Now, how to maintain that wholesome look as the months wear on? Here are some dos and don’ts to keep…

Healthy Eating: Blueberry yogurt muffins

Anyone can notice that yogurt has become very popular and mainstream. In some ways this is wonderful and it has also sparked the creation of many products that I call pseudo-health foods (think yogurt pops). Somehow a person feels better about eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream (when in fact frozen yogurt often has…

Healthy Eating: A sneaky (and delicious) way to use zucchini

If you are a gardener then you know this is the time of the year when the great zucchini parade begins! I have already seen boxes out on the sidewalk with “free” signs attached….what lurks inside? Zucchini if you had to guess! It is a wonderful and delicious vegetable ESPECIALLY if you pluck it when…

Fitness Corner: Breaking through the weight plateau

You just have to keep on keepin’ on. I first heard that phrase when I was helping Ellen Taussig put together a memorial for her husband, Paul Raymond. Paul and Ellen, along with Mark and Catherine Terry, founded and built The Northwest School, where I was employed at the time. I’d never heard that saying…

Fitness Corner: Life’s second chances

“The afternoon knows what the morning never expected.”—Robert Frost About three weeks after Dan died, I went down the FIVE Restaurant, one of my “safe” places. I met this woman there, with whom I shared my story over (several) glasses of wine. I’ll never forget, she looked at me and said, “You’ve known a great…

Lynnwood Lifestyle: Celebrating 103 years with Wilma, plus summer events around town

How many centurions do their children describe as “wild”? This columnist couldn’t have imagined such a moniker for a grand dame until I met Lynnwood resident Wilma Andrews. In glittering letters, “Wild Wilma” splashes across the storyboard depicting the highlights of Wilma’s life as designed by her son, Edmonds resident Bill Bodin. On the day…

Healthy Eating: A muffin for that bonanza of berries

As you have probably noticed, everything in our gardens and the farmers’ markets are coming in early. We are in the midst of a berry bonanza in our garden with strawberries just ending and raspberries and blueberries going strong. I’m happy to say that even with the heat and lack of rain we are having…

Beauty of Stone: Holy Slate!

I love to use slates in different patterns for various projects. Slate comes in different colors and sizes. Most slates are between $3 and $6 per square foot for materials. I cut slate pieces up into many different sizes and set it in flat – one piece at a time. It comes in gauged (uniform…

Military Wire: Can holistic healing cure PTSD?

Thousands of service members every year are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — a diagnosis that labels one as having either experienced or witnessed some sort of traumatic event. Often with PTSD comes a number of physical and psychological symptoms along with a social stigma that the individual has a mental illness — or in…

Embracing wellness: TV watching plus junk food are bad for your waistline

Are you are eating a burger, potato chips and drinking soda while you are watching a 1 hour TV program? If so, a 23-plus pounds weight gain could be sneaking up on you over the next year! This article has some startling information about foods we eat, the party lifestyle (to include TV watching), physical activity and…

Fitness Corner: The many levels of strength

Years ago, when I was starting out in the fitness industry as a trainer, I considered working at a gym that required that all trainers complete a standardized fitness test every six months. There were many reasons I didn’t end up working there (none of which had to do with me being unable to meet…

Fitness Corner: The art of stress eating

My only uncle died last Monday. He’d been suffering from a long and horrible death caused by being in a formaldehyde fire 50-plus years ago. Smoking didn’t help but it wasn’t until he began having severe issues breathing that they realized it was related to that fire all those years ago. He was one of…

From the Publisher’s Desk: No exit strategy here

Last week, an acquaintance of mine from North Carolina, publisher of two online community news sites there, surprised the online publishing community when he announced that, after nine years, he was ceasing publication, effective immediately. After reading David Boraks’ farewell message, I have to say that his reasons for leaving weren’t at all surprising. In…

Lynnwood Lifestyle: Immigrant families make impact on Lynnwood restaurant scene

Lynnwood has always been a welcoming home to newcomers; from the days of the Alderwood Manor Ranchettes into the 21st Century. Over the years the area now known as Lynnwood has encouraged many into family-owned businesses. This month Lynnwood Lifestyle profiles two families who have immigrated to the United States, and now join this community…

Military Wire: Trade secrets on how one master’s program attracts veterans

Despite the uptick in veteran employment, a considerable number of veterans and their family members are still choosing to pursue a college degree. More than half of veterans who began using their GI Bill benefits between 2002 and 2010 went on to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate by June 2013. This is good news,…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: Skin laxity — keeping a firm hold on your complexion

When you hear the words youthful complexion, nine times out of 10, someone’s referring to skin that’s firm, plump and wrinkle-free: The hallmark of good health and vibrancy. But add intrinsic aging to the mix — a breakdown process that diminishes the production of collagen, the natural protein that makes up the framework of our…

Military Wire: What would you do with $101,000?

The knock at the door was expected, but what was in the briefcase was not. American hero Dave Bronson fought in the Iraq war and ended up losing his leg during combat. The producer wanted to do a documentary. And like many veterans, Dave wants to provide for his growing family, but is facing serious…

Fitness Corner: Simple ways to move more

Obviously, I am a huge proponent of setting aside time to work out. Whether it’s cardio or strength work, an hour a day combined would be ideal! However in this day and age, it’s not feasible for so many of us. Even if you can only squeeze in a workout a couple of days a…