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From The Desk

Close your eyes and keep reading this column. Neat trick, huh? If you did it, What did you imagine I wrote? If you thought it was about Thanksgiving and other holidays, you were right. This year, I am thankful for my family, my friends, and for everything that keeps me going. Did you know that […]

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Aerobic and strength training exercise combined can be an elixir for better brain health in your 80s and 90s, new study finds

People in the oldest stage of life who regularly engage in aerobic activities and strength training exercises perform better on cognitive tests than those who are either sedentary or participate only in aerobic exercise. That is the key finding of our new study, published in the journal GeroScience. We assessed 184 cognitively healthy people ranging […]

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From the Smithsonian collections

The Christmas Tree This sentimental lithographic print is from around 1860. It’s at the National Museum of American History in Washington., but it is not on display there. Prints like these became popular as an affordable art form for the masses, according to the Smithsonian Institution, which says the prints are a pictorial record of […]

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The Daffodil Dance

William Wordsworth wrote his famous daffodil poem in 1804. In the more than two centuries that have passed since then, the poem has become a classic, and the daffodil a welcome harbinger of spring. Most people are familiar with the bright yellow blossom, typically the variety King Alfred, sold by big box stores each fall […]

Holiday Magic in Howard County, Maryland

This article was provided by Visit Howard County, the Tourism Council of Howard County. When it comes to holiday shopping, we understand the importance of finding that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift. Discover exceptional holiday shopping and festive activities in Howard County, Maryland, near Washington D.C. and Baltimore. With charming neighborhoods and unique experiences, let Visit Howard […]

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Camping with Dogs

As you’re planning future camping trips, think about one that can include the family dog. There’s something nice to be said about watching a group of dogs running free, playing, exercising, all safely in the confines of a fenced, grassy area most campgrounds count as standard as the playground equipment installed for the youngest campers […]

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The Graceful Evergreen: A Symbol of Christmas

Witness the statuesque spruce: Brilliant with crystal balls and glittery lights, vainly crowding out a small floor space, its grainy trunk nestled in a sea of feathery cotton, and emitting its piney essence throughout the surroundings. The celebrated Christmas tree! Childhood’s recollection of packages beckoning beneath its branches; today a symbol of yuletide throughout the […]