April 26, 2015

Be Well

Empathy can be learned, or not learned, early in life

Diane Bigler
Be Well

Garret Kaulkus, a young boy who was riding his bike in suburban Washington, recently came across a badly injured and abused dog. He abandoned his bike and carried the almost 80-pound mortally wounded animal more than half a mile to his house, where he and his parents rushed it to a local veterinarian’s office.

Christmas traditions carry on well past childhood

Diane Bigler
Be Well

An ugly Christmas sweater contest, Aunt Ethel’s famous cornbread stuffing or catching a matinee movie after all of the presents have been opened and bellies filled. Holiday traditions often anchor us and create a bridge between where we have come from to what we hope to pass on to future generations.

Restorations can provide lesson in hidden potential

Diane Bigler
Be Well

If any of you are fans of television shows such as American Pickers, Antiques Roadshow or Pawn Stars, you know that they highlight the best of old America. These shows celebrate the history of our country by honoring items from past generations, decades and even centuries. Whether it’s an old transistor radio from the 50s, maybe Grandma’s well-used but rare ceramic pitcher or even a rare 1910 Ford Model T Coupe. While most of these shows focus on the bartering of these items, which in some instances can leave the seller quite happy or as equally disappointed, there is another …continue reading

Pay attention: You can help prevent suicide

Diane Bigler
Be Well

A suburban mother of two. An Oscar-award winning actor. Jennifer Huston and Robin Williams couldn’t be more different, but they shared a similar pain that evolved into something deeper: suicide. Both Huston and Williams recently ended their lives, and their deaths sent shockwaves through the nation.

Be cool

Diane Bigler
Be Well

When most of us think of summer, we think of pool parties, grilling outdoors with friends, and family vacations. One of the challenges of summer can be the sweltering Midwest heat. We have been able to enjoy fairly decent temperatures lately. While it’s not “August hot” yet, a few days have felt like we’re stuck in one giant sauna.

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