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Word of the Day – Dec. 30 – Saponaceous

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  Adjective: Saponaceous  (sap-uh-NAY-shus) Definition: Resembling or having the qualities of soap. Sample sentence: When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous and the resulting lather cuts through grease. When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous, and the resulting lather cuts through grease. Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#TtI5xCpFGfeRjQfQ.99 resembling or having […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 30 – Knock On Wood

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The age-old superstitious practice of invoking the help of friendly spirits by knocking on wood may not bring good luck, but according to psychologists who actually tested methods of knocking on wood in a scientific study, it does have positive effects. It turns out that you feel better about a negative ordeal or event you’re […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 27 – Exhilarate

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Verb: Exhilarate  (ig-ZIL-uh-rayt) Definition: 1. To make cheerful and excited: enliven, elate. 2. Refresh, stimulate. Sample sentence: There is nothing like a swim in a cold lake to exhilarate the body.

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Health Tip – Dec. 27 – Talk to Yourself – It Helps

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We used to think that people who walked around talking to themselves were a bit unbalanced. Now we notice the Bluetooth and shrug. But talking to yourself appears to have its uses, at least when you’ve misplaced something. A team of psychologists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania has reported on […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 26 – Be Prepared for Weather-Related Emergencies

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Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.Here are a few tips to have you and your family ready to deal with what old man winter may throw your way: Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers. Have a good supply of flashlights and candles, preferably the battery-operated […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 26 – Paraphernalia

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Noun: Paraphernalia  (pair-uh-fuh-NAIL-yuh) Definition: 1. The separate real or personal property of a married woman that she can dispose of by will and sometimes according to common law during her life. 2. Personal belongings. 3. Articles of equipment: furnishings. 4. Accessory items. Over the years, Bob has been into hiking, fishing and collecting bar parahpernalia.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 24 – Nativity

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Noun: Nativity  (nah-TIV-uh-tee) Definition: 1. The process or circumstances of being born: especially, capitalized, the birth of Jesus. 2. A horoscope at or of the time of one’s birth. 3. The place of origin. Sample sentence: We will go to church for the Christmas Eve service to hear the story of Jesus’ Nativity.    

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Health Tip – Dec. 24 – Have Realistic Expectations of Family and Friends

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Have realistic expectations of family and friends.  Just because it is Christmas, does not mean the attitudes or behaviors of relatives and friends will change.  Accept this and plan how you will respond to help keep the Christmas spirit.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 23 – Eupeptic

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Adjective: Eupeptic  (yoo-PEP-tik) Definition: 1. Of, relating to, or having good digestion. 2. Cheerful, optimistic. Sample sentence: With all the holiday treats offered at the office party, I am glad I have a eupeptic stomach.

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Health Tip – Dec. 23 – Practice Fire Safety

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  Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly. As tempting as it is to show off your holiday decorations, never leave home or go to bed with holiday lighting left on. This means Christmas tree lights, […]

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