The running joke is that the babies ate my brain. Even in utero, my mental capacity shrank considerably. Since they’ve started sleeping through the night, things have gotten better, but I think it’s safe to say that I’m still not 100 percent. I’d be the first person to tell you that I’m a crazy person – but I happen to know what kind of crazy I am. I’m the forgetful crazy.
When I had a recent “annual” physical I knew I was late – like a year late. I did the math, because my kids make great watermarks for when I last did a thing. I had a full memory of speaking with one of the RNs about planning a playdate (that never manifested because of the aforementioned eaten brain). But they said I was later than that – that I must be remembering something else.
ELLSWORTH - It will be a full tent on the waterfront Saturday, Sept. 27 for the 17th Annual Autumn Gold ChowderFest as nine area chefs compete for bragging rights for the best chowders!
“I think this is the first time in several years we have had a full complement of chefs and their supporting restaurants entered to compete,” stated Gretchen Wilson, community manger for the Chamber. “We are so excited to have so many new and returning restaurants under the tent; it’s going to be a great day!”
ORONO — An award-winning scholar specializing in feminism, politics and global affairs will talk about the role of women in war at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine.
Clark University political scientist Cynthia Enloe will present Where are Women in Violent Conflicts? Finding out will Make us Smarter! She plans to address situations in Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and Israel during the free, public lecture.
BREWER — Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure statewide Affiliate, announced its 2014 Bangor New Balance Survivor is Karen Economy of Hermon.
Each year, Komen Maine, in partnership with New Balance, selects a breast cancer survivor to recognize at Susan G. Komen’s signature events, Race for the Cure, held in Portland and Bangor. These survivors’ stories offer hope and provide true meaning to the fundraising races.
BREWER — Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate, announced registration for their signature Race for the Cure event in Bangor is open to race participants and volunteers. The race will be held on Sept. 21 and begin from the Bangor Waterfront. Register online today to run, walk or volunteer at www.komenmaine.org.
Komen Maine’s purpose is to combat breast cancer through raising funds for breast health education, screening, treatment programs and state and national research. Many of the funds are used for Maine women underinsured or uninsured. The money raised through this annual event supports this important mission.
BANGOR – What if a knee implant could be designed specifically for every individual, taking into consideration each person’s unique anatomy? Ian Dickey, MD, FRCSC, a surgeon at EMMC Orthopedic Surgical Specialists, is the local principal investigator for a clinical trial that’s testing this idea, and EMMC’s patients may benefit most from the project.
“Having the right knee implant is a key to ensuring a successful knee replacement surgery,” says Dr. Dickey. “Traditionally, we have matched patients with the best type of implant based on the person’s age, weight, lifestyle, anatomy and the surgeon’s experience. We have been limited by what the manufacturers have offered. But no two people are exactly alike. Now, patients who participate in this trial will not be limited by the existing choices – we can have custom-made implants created for just for them.”
I never realized that the weirdest things I’d hear spoken in this house would be things my husband and I say to the children. In retrospect, I probably should have expected that, considering some of the things I’m sure my parents asked me (e.g. Dad: “Katy, where did you get that gum?” Me age 3 at the circus: “On the floor….” Me age 34: “Gross”).
Sometimes you ask kids questions to figure out what caused the commotion. Since they do spend some time on their own (in their rooms, doing something that resembles napping or playing quietly), I don’t always know what has happened to cause a fuss, so I try to find out. It’s like being on a really bad “Law and Order” episode with insane people. You’re desperately looking for clues, but even if they speak English they aren’t making much sense.
Previously, I shared a recipe for a simple springtime broth in this space in the May 28 issue of The Maine Edge. It was rich in root vegetables from turnips to carrots to parsnips. In keeping with summer, here’s a broth recipe full of sweet veggies and herbs to liven your summer cooking.
I suggest collecting veggie scraps as you cook rather than buying them solely for this. That way you get the most money for each veggie. A good freezer-ready container is all you need to collect and store the scraps until you’re ready to make some broth. This recipe produces enough broth to fill about six 16 oz. mason jars, giving you roughly 12 cups.
AUGUSTA – With summer winding down, families here in Maine and across the nation are beginning to prepare for the new school year. A new school environment can sometimes be difficult for children with asthma. This back-to-school season, the American Lung Association of the Northeast highlights tips for families of children with asthma and stresses the importance of crafting a plan to properly manage asthma in a school environment.
“Asthma is a serious chronic disease that affects millions of children,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Asthma symptoms can often be exacerbated at this time of year and it is important for parents to work with their healthcare provider and school personnel prior to the first day of school on controlling their child’s asthma. We must do all that we can to prevent asthma attacks and missed school days.”
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