Category: Living Well

Take Two Sonnets and Call Me in the Morning

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Poetic physicians embrace healing potential of verse.

Dr. John Stone kept an inch-thick stack of notecards in his pocket wherever he went.

The late physician used them to record short observations, interactions, and people’s mannerisms – information that could then be used for his second passion: poetry.


Film Fest-ing Is Fun

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Do you like traveling? Learning new things? Exposure to different cultures and new ideas? Laughing, crying and... popcorn? Then film fest-ing is for you.

I started my career in Hollywood complete with movie stars, special effects, elaborate sets – the whole shebang. A decade in I got burnt out and stopped watching movies for many years after leaving the industry.


Children Suffer When Parents Abuse Alcohol and Drugs

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(Photo: Mark DiCicco)

We are all profoundly influenced by the people who raise us.

These influences include not only the genetic information we inherit from our parents, but also learned behaviors and habits, morals, and personal values, as well as the ways we relate to others – both physically (through communication) and mentally (through empathy and understanding).

With approximately 18 million individuals in the United States addicted to alcohol, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates about 26.8 million children are exposed to alcoholism in their family every year.


Enjoy Campfire Flavors, Because Food Taste Better Outside

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My husband, Randy, introduced me to backpacking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, and I loved it. I loved being surrounded by the forest, pitching a tent, building the campfire, cooking our meals over live fire, breathing in the smells of damp earth mixed with pine, the peace and quiet of it all, and gazing at the night sky filled with more stars than I had ever seen.


Needle-Wary Writer Braves Acupuncture Visit

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Modern Acupuncture has been expanding into the Dallas market and plans to open more stores here in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

I’m terrified of getting shots, so there was no way I would ever be getting acupuncture done – or so I thought.

A coworker and I made plans to try Modern Acupuncture for a story about the new business in Preston Center.


Try These Reads To Change Your Life

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Have an issue? Not feeling your best? Want to do something new but need motivation? No problem – everyone has been there, and will be again. The solution is to learn from others who have gone before you.

During the past few years I’ve consumed tales, notions, and interviews about chasing your best you. That may mean building the big dreams, getting healthy, achieving financial stability, or changing the way you interact with people.

Here are some of my favorites. Hope one or two of them will inspire you, as well.


Dallas County Prepares for West Nile Season

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(Freestock.org)

Dallas County health and city officials are wasting no time jumpstarting their yearly offensive against the West Nile virus.

Health and Human Services representatives held a press conference recently to give prevention and clinical updates on the mosquito-based virus that has claimed 42 lives in Dallas since 2002 – including 20 in 2012.


Dallas County: Teen’s Death Brings Flu-Related Fatalities to 83

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Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting a 16-year-old Dallas County resident with a high-risk health condition has died after complications from the seasonal flu.

This is the fourth pediatric death in Dallas County for the 2017-2018 flu season, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths to 83. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.