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Customized Care

According to the latest news reports, wonderful things are happening in the field of medicine. It seems that soon being over-medicated or under-cared-for will be a thing of the past. For instance, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal mentioned the impact disease management could have on Medicare’s bottom line. A study will begin as soon as enough people volunteer to be in the…

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Hurricane!

The sky darkens. Winds slam the earth with wild gusts. Tree branches whip in circles like crazed marionettes. Bands of rain drown the land. Another storm named Charley, Frances or Ivan strikes Florida, delivering disruption, disaster and fear. For sure, hurricanes are bad things. Here in Carpenter Country, during the height of the storm, when the turmoil was at its worst and the plummeting…

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Vacations

Most of us look forward to vacations. A great get-away can fuel our energy and awaken our senses. Unfortunately all the bad news about airline bombings and terrorist activities may have discouraged a few R&R plans. Here in Carpenter Country, where summer sojourns have always been a regular occurrence, we noticed our sabbaticals had fallen to a new low of a week or less. Well,…

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Peeves

Grandma always said pet peeves should be aired. It was her opinion that when held in they tend to fester and upset digestion. Here in Carpenter Country we like to keep our moods happy and our stomachs quiet. If listing small annoyances will accomplish that, we’re willing give it a try. Accordingly, we are displeased with: Server error messages telling us it’s our…

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Friendship

August is a month that’s hard to like. In some parts of the country summer vacation is over and students and teachers are heading back to school. Hurricane threats seem to be more numerous. Lawns need mowing at least twice a week. The sun’s heat and the earth’s humidity unite with rain and thunderstorms to produce more of each. Here in Carpenter Country, the…

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Birds, Birds, Birds

Wild bird watching is an ever-increasing activity in many parts of the country. Currently there are over 50 million birders in the US. Some birders walk the woods, fields and marshes counting and accounting for birds of all kinds. Others, too busy at desk jobs or less inclined to be out in the wilds (with no-see-ums and deer flies) often sit by a…

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Improving Memory

It’s probably safe to say that all of us would like to have a good memory. To run into an acquaintance or a classmate we haven’t seen in years and remember their name is an incredible high. On the other hand, not being able to recall the names of the people in the new activity we joined two weeks ago can induce…

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June’s Special Days

What do Flag Day, Father’s Day and the first day of summer have in common? If you answered “they all occur in the month of June,” you’d be right. National Flag Day is always on June 14. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year that was June 20. The first day of summer in our hemisphere falls on…

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D Day

When armies plan wars, they use code words to keep their operations a secret. D-Day and H-Hour are such codes and the U.S. Army used them during WW I. They were also used in WW II and since then have come to signify the day (D) and hour (H) of the Normandy invasion. Sunday, June 6, 2004 will mark the 60th anniversary of the…

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Memorial Day

America has remembered those who died in service to their country since the 1800’s. In the past century, hymns were sung and poems were written. Later, red poppies crowded the scene, worn and sold first by individuals, then by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The proceeds benefited orphans and widows and gave work to disabled veterans. Our nation was proud of…

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