Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:53

Up to speed

by Katy England

Now that the kids are older and able to maneuver through the yard without feat of grievous bodily injury, I can actually do things around the yard while they are outside.

So, I will occasionally get it into my head that I can act like a normal human and do things like rake the yard, trim the verge or work on projects. Much of the time, this is an exercise in frustration. I get two minutes into something, and a fight will break out that needs mediation and time out, followed by more time out - rinse and repeat.

Monday, 13 October 2014 22:43

Livin' Briefs - 10/15/14

by PR

American Red Cross encourages donors to make blood donation a lifelong habit

Leaders Save Lives Program gives students chance to win college scholarship

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

The world’s largest retailer plans to work with, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:53

The stages of ick

by Katy England

Illness manifests in stages. It’s like watching a horror movie – you see the first insidious signs of infection. After going through varying stages of anger and denial, you have to face facts. 

The kids deal with being sick in slightly different ways. During the day, nothing fazes the boy. Stuffed up, goopy nose and sneezing, he will re-enact Thomas the Tank Engine movies in their entirety while bombing around the house. It isn’t until the evening that it really starts to take a turn for the worse. Poor dude can’t sleep with his nose clogged (show me someone who can). 

BREWER — Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate, raised more than $200,000 through their signature Race for the Cure events in Portland and Bangor Sept. 14 and 21. More than 3,600 walkers and runners participated in the races to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

As part of the events, survivor ceremonies were held to honor those battling or that have battled breast cancer.

BANGOR – Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway is ramping up efforts to call attention to breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October. Traditionally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, designed to remind people to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages while encouraging others to do the same.

"We have a team every year in the Komen Race for the Cure because breast cancer - and cancer in general - is something that affects everyone," said Jose Flores, general manager at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. "If just one life is saved because we've reminded people about early detection, or because someone saw a pink-themed item on our gaming floor and thought that they really needed to schedule an appointment with their doctor, then it makes it all worthwhile."

BANGOR – In the spirit of community service, Husson University graduate students are offering free physical therapy to anyone, of any age, who needs treatment but cannot afford to pay for it themselves. Known as SOARing Eagles Healthcare, this pro-bono physical therapy clinic is being held in conjunction with Dragonfly Therapy on Hammond Street in Bangor.

“We want to be the healing hands for anyone suffering from sports or activity related injuries; range of motion limitations; headaches; general aches and pains; or post-surgical pain,” said Kimberly Steinbarger, PT, MHS, academic coordinator of Clinical Education in the College of Health and Education at Husson University.    

Monday, 06 October 2014 22:00

Livin' Briefs - 10/06/14

by PR

American Red Cross encourages donors to make blood donation a lifelong Habit Leaders Save Lives Program gives students chance to win college scholarship

PORTLAND — The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit.

NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:53


by Katy England

Mom-munity - or mom-immunity if you prefer - is defined as the temporary immunity to icky diseases that infest your home, keep you kids up at night, and generally cause mayhem and misery for the duration. The mom loses said immunity once everyone has been cured of this ailment, been nursed back to health, and received sufficient snuggles, hot teas and homemade soups.

You are never guaranteed mom-munity, you can only hope you get it. Total immunity, is of course, preferred, but good luck with that.

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