Life and those you love is what matters in the end

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Last Saturday was my birthday. Normally, I would start this article with some type of self-deprecating remark about being old as dirt, but I’m turning over a new leaf. Over the past few weeks, I’ve witnessed the heartache of several people close to me that made me reevaluate my tendency to joke about life. Not that I don’t think that there is some...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Embrace the possibilities

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Possibility. That’s a great word, isn’t it? You can interpret it however you want.  You can create possibilities. You can invent possibilities.  Possibilities are endless! What does possibility mean for you, in your life? You can look at possibility as a thing that may happen or be the case. It can mean chance or likelihood, probability or hope,...

Yes, you can dress for Easter Sunday

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times One of my fondest childhood memories from Easter Sunday (besides the obvious time with family and hoards of candy) was the opportunity to wear white patent leather shoes, a lace dress, hat, and gloves. No, I did not grow up in Colonial times (despite what my kids say) but in the late 70’s it was appropriate to get all decked out. I feel like that doesn’t...

On Your Table: Getting out of your comfort zone with mac & cheese

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Macaroni & Cheese can satisfy anyone’s appetite. This version takes a Mexican twist with chorizo cheese, poblanos and other tasty ingredients. Think you know macaroni and cheese?  Comes in a blue box from Kraft Foods right?  Family standby for decades?  Well, yes, but so much more. Macaroni and cheese is everything someone could want...

Making sure your fitness routine doesn’t hurt your teeth

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times We all know that exercise is good for us.  Many Americans are participating in fitness routines in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  All of this exercise can have both positive and negative impacts on our bodies. Athletes today often have sports related trauma and injuries. Oral fitness is no different.  A healthy mouth is part of...

Where is Spring?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times There are TWO DAYS LEFT until Spring. Would someone please tell Mother Nature to get on board? I am so sick and tired of listening to Glenn Hurricane Schwartz talk about “the potential for snow,” I could SCREAM. I’m done with being cold. I have officially stopped wearing a heavy coat…not because I don’t need one but because it should be warm....

On Your Table: Spring finally arrives along with St. Joseph’s Day

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Celebrate the official start of Spring with whole fish or fishes for light seasonal eating. Here we go – Spring 2018 officially arrives March 20th and not a moment too soon considering the flurry of Nor’Easters we’ve just been through. But first we need to pause for a moment and celebrate the most important feast day in Italy which...

Admitting vulnerability can lead to growth

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I’m confident that over the course of the six (plus) years that I have written this column, I’ve discussed my family’s obsession with basketball on numerous occasions. My husband and sons are passionate about the sport. And, the constant exposure has turned me into a fan, as well. Therefore, particularly in the winter months (honestly, all year ‘round),...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: ‘Spring’ into Spring

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Although Spring will not officially begin for another two weeks, we can now see the light at the end of the “winter tunnel!”  The days are getting longer. The birds are chirping louder and I even saw some growth popping out of the ground!  It’s great to think about these things, in anticipation, particularly since, as I’m writing, it’s snowing! Have...

Super Six: March roars in like a lion

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Well, March lived up to its reputation of coming in like a lion! I feel very, very fortunate to have electricity right now. What a mess! I’m assuming that a lot of you are probably reading my article on your phone, so I am determined to make this Super Six worth your while. My birthday also happens to fall at the end of the month…so, it’s a wishlist,...