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In which I learn to love rhubarb (at last)

It’s that time of year again, when I talk about how much I don’t like rhubarb. But this year it’s different; this year, I’ve decided that I’m such a fan of rhubarb that I went out and spent actual money to buy a rhubarb plant of my own.

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Shocking and sad rise in teen suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for people between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death for people between 35 and 54.
I found that news incredible and was especially disturbed to think that children as young as 10 are acting successfully on their suicidal impulses. 
I got this information  from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website; they had gathered their data from the Centers for Disease Control. 

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Older adults might need a new measles shot

If you have a child, then you probably know whether or not he or she has had a measles vaccine (usually listed on the record sheet from your pediatrician as MMR, standing for measles, mumps, rubella). Most parents will get the shot for their children as part of standard operating procedure.
But if you’re an older adult chances are that you don’t know whether you’ve had a measles vaccine. Until recently, it wouldn’t have mattered whether you could remember because health officials said in 2000 that measles had been eliminated in the United States.

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Fine foraged food, now in season

There has been one sighting in Sharon already — but so far, most of my foraging contacts tell me it’s still too early for morels, those divine little wild mushrooms that look like a cross between a brain and a dwarf’s hat.
They are delicious sautéed in butter and served with rich foods such as roasted potatoes and scrambled eggs and hamburgers.  

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An ode to the humble green bean

In “Walden,” Henry David Thoreau recounted his experience growing what he estimated to be a 7 mile length of bean plants. It was certainly a Herculean task, especially considering that he had few tools other than his hoe. And all the more so since, sadly, he took little or no pleasure in eating the beans — only in planting, cultivating and selling them.
Chinese are the champions

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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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