Nothing is more precious than your smile

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times There are many wise old sayings involving a smile.  Mother Teresa is credited with saying “We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do.”  A Chinese proverb suggests that every smile makes you a day younger.  It’s no wonder we show people how we feel with our smiles.  Today a simple smile has become big business for corporate...

This is music?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I’m old. Like, officially “middle-aged” although I fight like hell to defy it. Beauty serums, hair dye, daily workouts…if it helps me to feel younger, sign me up. In my mind, I’m no older than 25. But, you know what gives me away? Makes me feel like that commercial for Progressive Insurance that says “we can’t save you from turning into...

On Your Table: Don’t rush to say goodbye to summer, just yet

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Pasta with fresh corn, chicken and vibrant vegetables makes a colorful farewell-to-summer dish. September is all about the fine line between saying goodbye to summer and looking forward to the crisp weather and new flavors that fall brings.  The changeover is happening earlier this year, thanks to a hurricane bringing rain and cloudy, humid...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Getting back on track

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It’s fun to step away from the usual for a while and kick your heels up, but, inherently, we are creatures of habit and feel more centered when we have a routine. What have you set aside? What do you have to take off the back burner and fire it up again? Labor Day, 2018, is behind us and although we still have two weeks remaining of the summer, our...

Super Six: Back to School

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Why should kids have all the fun with back to school shopping? I say, it is an opportunity for us to freshen up our wardrobe, too. After all, drop-offs, pick-ups, sports practice runs, incessant grocery shopping, and laundry folding deserves a fancy outfit. Correct? Well, lucky for y’all that I rounded up six of my favorite finds! Here we go…

Inner Nature: The eyes have it

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times The Earth rotates once on its axis every day, with the resultant periodicity of night following day. The predictability of exposure to the energy sources of light and heat have allowed lifeforms to evolve mechanisms to harvest it during daytime and develop materials to store that energy. All energy that emanates from the Sun is in the form of electromagnetic...

Balance, Schmalance

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times “Work life balance” It is a concept that garners A LOT of press, particularly around the start of the school year. However, with all the buzz, I have yet to discover a definitive formula for success. When I was a high schooler (back in the time of the covered wagon), you were defined by your intellect OR your athletic prowess. Not to say that you couldn’t...

A peek behind the curtain – and insiders look at a dental practice

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times When I was building my first office, I was amazed by the tremendous amount of time, energy and money that was needed for things that I felt had no direct relation to patient care.  Decades later, the only difference is that each and every one of these tasks I have learned has a very direct relationship to patient care.  It’s the side...

On Your Table: Savoring Summer’s bounty

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Tomatoes, the jewels of summer. It’s that time of summer when produce beckons.  All of it. From that first bite into butter slathered corn on the cob, to that cherry tomato that bursts with flavor when you pop it into your mouth, to the juicy sweetness of red ripe watermelon.  Even zucchini, that butt of too many jokes.  Well, I’m sure...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Soak in the Summer

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It is ever so subtle.  The days are starting to get just a little bit shorter. When that starts to happen, there’s a sense of urgency that comes over me, like I better be outside as much as possible, soak up the warmth of the sun and thoroughly enjoy the last forty-five days left of the summer. While Fall is a wonderful season, as the leaves turn their...