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The sound of food as a meditation

My daughter, who is too skinny, asked me to make her a Jewish Passover dinner last Friday night, April 19, as the week of holiday observances was beginning. 
I was happy to comply, not only to honor this most holy holiday but also because Passover meals are fairly rich in calories and this provided an opportunity to fatten her up a bit (not like the idolatrous calf; just like a beloved but skinny child).
The sound of simmering oil

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It’s Easter and there are eggs, eggs, everywhere eggs

I love you, egg. From the sexy display of your eggs Benedict dripping with hollandaise sauce to your rustic eggs poached in tomato sauce with green peas and served with crusty bread (the way my Italian grandmother did it on Fridays during Lent) from the newly trendy Korean bibimbap served in a blazing hot stoneware bowl to Egghead, the fictional villain played by Vincent Price (Batman’s nemesis), there’s nothing I don’t love about you. 

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New leader takes helm of venerable Salisbury VNA

SALISBURY — Nancy Deming looks forward to Monday mornings.
That is when clinical meetings take place at the Salmon Kill Road office of the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association(SVNA), and it’s when the newly appointed executive director and her staff get to collaborate on how best to meet patients’ needs.

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Does collagen hold the key to the Fountain of Youth?

In old movies you often see an older person who is desperately and obsessively seeking the Fountain of Youth, which they hope to find through injections of sheep placenta at a clinic in Switzerland or something. I always thought that was ridiculous and distasteful until I started to notice crepe-y skin on my hands and arms.

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A perfect week in Kent for health and wellness activities

KENT — Last week was a tense one in Kent, with anxiety about a beloved local resident who was deported following an arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and a talk given Saturday at the town-owned Community House by Scott Presler, a Republican activist (see stories, Page A1). 

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You’re not alone, I’m having trouble sleeping, too

Everyone I know seems to be having trouble sleeping lately. It’s hard to say what the cause is; I’ve had friends suggest everything from politics and the stock market to the more global impression that, “I just feel like I’m under a bad planet lately.”
It’s not that uncommon for Northwest Corner residents to have trouble sleeping. As a community, we are on the higher end of the age spectrum; statistically, people over the age of 65 tend to have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. 

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Yes, the berries actually are getting bigger this year

It’s not your imagination, berries this year at the grocery store have in fact been fatter, sweeter and more abundant. 
The big berry growers (notably Driscoll but also a giant Spanish company called Planas) have developed some new varieties of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. It’s very important to these companies, by the way, that you know that none of these varieties was developed through genetic modification (where a gene from another organism is introduced into the berry) but rather through old-fashioned cross-breeding. 

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Managing pain and more with dry needling

NORTH CANAAN — As the opioid crisis in America continues, medical practitioners and their patients are seeking alternative ways to relieve pain. 
One that has gained popularity and acceptance is trigger point dry needling. Physical therapist Mike Mangini at Geer Rehabilitation in North Canaan offers dry needling as part of the therapy and rehabilitation packages he offers to patients. He gave a talk explaining some of the basics at Geer on Thursday, Feb. 28.

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Connecticut’s laws for medical marijuana patients

SALISBURY — Mark Braunstein refers to himself as “the poster child for medical marijuana” in Connecticut.
A paraplegic, he suffered a spinal cord injury in 1990, which left him with frequent and painful spasms.
Marijuana, he told an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library on Thursday, March 7, is the only drug that addresses both the spasms and the pain simultaneously.

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’Tis the season for plain toast and tea

Like a bad house guest, the flu season arrived in the Northwest Corner in December and still  has not left. 
I personally feel its presence acutely because I was sick all day Wednesday; but I’m one of the lucky few who is up and out of bed after only one day of misery.

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