Category: Living Well

Workout Wonders


Instructor Virginia Altick demonstrates ‘Warrior Pose’ at Core Power Yoga studio. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Let’s be honest; you, me, and most Americans have already eased up on the slew of New Year’s resolutions we hungrily vowed mere weeks ago.

Don’t feel bad, research shows that close to 80 percent of resolutions made in the lull of holiday remorse fail – especially that list topper to go to the gym more.

Heart Health Month Reminders


Dr. Parag Joshi

February is the month of love, and the numbers show area residents could all do a lot better about loving their hearts.

According to the local American Heart Association office, those living in Dallas and the Park Cities need to eat healthier, get quality preventative care, and move more.

“We sit in cars on our way to desk jobs where we sit for most of the day,” Dr. Parag Joshi said.

Narrow New Year’s Resolutions to Just One Thing


I’ve got a novel way to run your resolution this year.

Over a coffee catch up a few days ago, a friend introduced me to the concept, a terrific idea which will really help hone in on a focus.

She said she narrows down a feeling, goal, or transformative property she wants in her life with JUST ONE WORD. And spends quality time finding the right word to embody that change she’d like to see.

Retired Doctor Finds Irony at Estate Sales


“No Reception,” serves as the cover image for What is Left Behind – Stories from Estate Sales by Norm Diamond. (Courtesy photo)

The silver frame held a photo commemorating a special occasion, once probably priceless to its proud owner, but since reduced to a green price dot asking for only $2.50.

The irony and poignancy of that image resonated with Norm Diamond, a retired interventional radiologist turned photographer. It is now the first photograph in the Dallas physician’s debut book, What is Left Behind – Stories from Estate Sales. The 112-page hardcover was published in 2017 by Daylight Books.

Slow Down, Relax, Start Fresh


After the glitz and rush of the holidays, I welcome the simple, quiet pace of January.

New Year’s resolutions aside, I regard these first weeks of the New Year as a gift – a time to slow down, relax, and then make a fresh, healthy start.

Pickleball: A Sport for All Ages


Randy Garrett (center) celebrates with other pickleball players after a match on converted tennis courts at Glen Lakes. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Area pickleball enthusiasts often find themselves in, well, a bit of a pickle due to a lack of local courts on which to play.

One of the fastest growing sports in the country, pickleball is a fusion of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is played in singles- or doubles formation on indoor and outdoor badminton-sized courts, as well as on tennis courts that are modified to include boundary lines specific to pickleball. Using small wooden or plastic racquets, players volley a whiffle-type ball across a net.

Symbol of The Season: Hearts


(Photo: Christy Rost)

As Christmas draws near, precious memories come flooding back: Randy’s and my first Christmas in Houston the year we married; Christmas in Paris gathered with our tiny sons around a tree that was already dropping needles when we purchased it in an outdoor market; all the magical Christmas mornings in our University Park home; and our first Christmas at Swan’s Nest, when we hauled breakfast and gifts from our tiny Colorado mountain condo to our 1898 historic house that was undergoing massive restoration, and sat on porch chairs in the living room, wearing heavy jackets, boots, hats, and gloves, with four propane heaters going full-blast. It was minus 17 degrees outside, and not much warmer in the house.

Charcoal in Your Stocking?


No one wants coal in their stocking at Christmas, but, what about charcoal? For that, I may want to be bad enough to get coal!

I first heard about the properties of activated charcoal years ago, at Whole Foods, where I was showed capsules supposed to help rid your body of toxins.

Activated charcoal has been used for years to treat venomous snake bites, upset stomachs, and mercury and alcohol poisoning.

Make It a Season for Sustainability


Bells ringing, cookies baking, ribbons tying. The merriment is joyous, but behind it is much excess and waste — which you can be a part of changing. Here are some areas to contribute to sustainability and make your holidays a little greener this year.

Try these ideas for achieving greener celebrations: