Battling the 20-minute weekend

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Why does the weekend go by sooooo quickly? Am I right? (Of course I am) The work week drags on and on and on…but Friday comes and I blink and it’s Sunday night. It feels exceptionally fast once the summer ends and the days are shorter. Daylight Savings Time messes everything up (MAJORLY) and makes those precious 48(ish) hours of downtime feel fleeting. So,...

When too much is, well, too much

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times True confessions: I don’t always practice what I preach. Case in point, how many times have I written about weeding out the clothes/shoes/accessories that are taking up space and collecting dust in your closet? Over the six years “Read My Lipgloss” has been in existence, I would have to guess that it has been my subject approximately eight times. But,...

Your rights and responsibilities as a patient

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times In just a few days I will be representing the state of Pennsylvania at the annual meeting of the American Dental Association.  As a member dentist I subscribe to a code of ethics. Whatever the future of our healthcare holds, we cannot lose sight of ethical care.  The American Dental Association also has a patient’s bill of rights. This...

Finding the bright spot

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Every time I turn on the TV, the news seems to get more disturbing. The temptation to avoid media coverage altogether is becoming harder to resist; but yet, I don’t want to feel blindsided if something important is unfolding. Knowledge is power…even if you’d rather not hear it. But, how much more heartache can we take? I read an interesting study...

Don’t retire, Refire: What are you hanging onto that you should let go?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As we go through life, we carry memories and emotions that warm our hearts but also ones that block our creative flow and, sometimes, because of that blockage, we are stifled to the point where many of us don’t believe we’re worthy or deserving.  We lose our confidence, our Mojo.  This might seem like a grim way to start an article but, keep reading,...

All About Connecting: Just for the ladies

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Although many of us strong, independent women don’t want to admit it, it’s still a man’s world. Moreover, without getting involved in the nastiness of politics these days, our rights, ladies, are definitely on the down-turn. Thus, I feel it is my duty to encourage every woman to start standing up for herself all day and all night. Not just in your dating...

On Your Table: Nothing says ‘Fall’ like apple pie

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Nothing beats a great apple pie this time of year Being a Midwest girl from Northeast Ohio I am particularly drawn to apples.  Remember Johnny Appleseed?  When we were kids my father took us and our bag of dropped apples to a cider mill nearby where our apples were popped in a bin with everyone else’s and we certainly enjoyed that pungent...

October SuperSix: time to dive into fall

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times The weather is finally cooperating just in time for my October edition of the Super Six! After that recent stretch of temps in the high 80’s I was beginning to think that fall would never arrive. Maybe it has to do with fond childhood memories of back to school shopping or perhaps it’s the close proximity of the holidays, but I am in the mood for some...

Age is just a number

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Of course, as a self-proclaimed fashionista, I watched the Emmy Awards last weekend. Well, that’s not exactly true. I focused my efforts primarily on the red carpet footage (which is what matters, in my book). Honestly,  I had barely seen a quarter of the shows vying for accolades. It’s 99% about the couture for me. The dress (or tux), hair, make-up,...

On Your Table: Savoring the last of summer, preserving your tomatoes

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent , The Times Tomato jam is a wonderful way of making summer tomatoes last longer. If you’re like me you’ve been pampering garden tomatoes all summer, and guess what, now they’re all coming to harvest. What to do? I love to eat them like apples with a little salt sprinkled on. But really – what can one do to preserve this bountiful harvest? Here’s...