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Health Watch: The heat is on!

As “fitnovations” go, exercising in hot environments has become a pretty common practice among fitness fanatics. It is not unusual to see Bikram style yoga, hot aerobics, Cross-Fit and even specific weight lifting classes conducted in overly warm environments. Some believe that hot temperatures facilitate the removal of waste and toxins from the body by… Continue Reading

Tips and tricks to get you through summer

It doesn’t take a lot to put a little punch in your food. Sometimes just a pinch of something flavorful will be enough to make a dish sing. Herbs Growing and cooking with your own home-grown herbs is one of the perks of summer. The aromas that linger in your kitchen are the payoff. Here… Continue Reading

Couponing — All that glitters isn’t good

Dear Jill, “I learned of a way to save even more with coupons that I’ve never seen you talk about. On Facebook, I have joined several groups for ‘glitter’ couponing. Did you know that just because a coupon shows one product, you could use the coupon on other products that cost less for a better… Continue Reading

Hitch your wagon to the WYO next week

SHERIDAN — The theme for the 86th annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo parade is “Hitch Your Wagon to the WYO.” It is appropriate because this year the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association will hold its ninth annual conference in Sheridan. The NSFWA is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 that is dedicated to the interpretation,… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Practicing patience

“Summertime … and the living is easy …” I love that old song and the message that comes from within its lyrics: “… one of these mornings, you’re gonna rise up singing, and you’ll spread your wings and take to the sky …” Those words speak volumes to me. However, we human beings tend to… Continue Reading

Column: What to do for July

Inside: Too hot outside? Spend the morning cleaning the basement. Give some thought to having curtains or drapes laundered. Take drapes to the dry cleaners one week then launder kitchen and bathroom curtains the next. Don’t forget to give your windows a wash too. Dust blinds weekly. Once or twice a year clean wooden blinds… Continue Reading

‘Nothing to do this summer’

Do you remember when we all actually got summer off for a school break? Hanging out with you friends, loving not going to school and sleeping in (until 8 a.m.) every day. How times have changed. With summer school, athletic camps and travel team basketball and baseball, we have made the most out of a… Continue Reading

Cooking with rhubarb

Cooking with rhubarb is kind of like planting hollyhocks in your garden. A little old-fashioned but well worth the trouble. Rhubarb-almond muffins INGREDIENTS Vegetable cooking spray 2/3 pound rhubarb, tops removed and ends trimmed 2 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour 3/4 cup chopped almonds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg… Continue Reading

Privacy concerns in the digital coupon age

A few weeks ago, I shared some innovative ways that brands and retailers are using regular people as social media influencers. A brand recently contacted Instagram users, offering to put a favorite photo on a free bag of potato chips. One of my readers participated in this campaign because it was fun and cost him nothing.… Continue Reading

Ambassadors give back to the community

This past year has been a very active one for the Chamber Ambassadors committee. This group of volunteers serves as the high-profile representatives of the Chamber, as they focus on promoting new businesses, conventions, tourism and recreation in the Sheridan area, as well as encouraging progressive growth in established businesses. In addition to assisting the… Continue Reading

Looking back at the Belle Fourche Rodeo

After graduating from high school in 1951, I was cowboying on a local ranch. I was sweet on a local girl that was a year younger than me. Our friends and we decided to attend the rodeo that was scheduled for the Fourth of July at Belle Fourche, South Dakota. I was driving a 1937… Continue Reading

Not your mother’s cleaning

I was recently sitting with a group of dental hygienists from out-of-state.  They were lamenting the fact that it is often hard to fit everything they want to do into the appointment. Dental hygienists used to be “tooth cleaners,” with their duties limited to teaching patients how to care for the teeth and gums, and using… Continue Reading

Jesus weeps!

As I view the current political landscape, the recent killings in Orlando and other places as well as the continued fighting around the world, I’m reminded of Luke 19:41 and Jesus’ words in verse 41: As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized… Continue Reading

Making a miniature pond

Having a pond or large water feature is great but if you don’t quite have the acreage, try a smaller more manageable feature by making a miniature pond from a large watertight container. You won’t have to deal with a pump or a bubbler. Supplies: watertight container water plants garden soil (heavy clay or aquatic… Continue Reading

Column: A pH Diet — all about the base

Balance is key to all nutrition messages. This is true for balancing our pH as well. Balancing pH with food means choosing foods that enhance our natural body chemistry. When discussing foods that enhance pH, “The acid — alkaline balance in question is not that of the blood. The pH of human blood is strictly… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Managing, recognizing PTSD

June is national PTSD awareness month. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after a shocking, scary or dangerous event. Exposure to traumatic events doesn’t automatically lead to the development of PTSD. In fact most people who live through dangerous situations do not go on to develop PTSD. However, other people who… Continue Reading

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