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  • COLUMN: Addicted to romance?

    This topic is a familiar one with too many people I have had in my office over the past 40-plus years. While most people are familiar with the usual run-of-the-mill addictions, namely alcohol or drugs, most have not known that those who would be classified as “romance addicts” are as addicted to their “fix” as all the other more common addictions.

  • COLUMN: Inexpensive ways to spend this Valentine's Day

    My husband and I decided long ago not to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the conventional way. We do not go out to dinner or dancing and my husband does not send me roses. Instead we have a nice dinner at home and spend time as a family. Then, if we still feel the need for candy or flowers after the day, we check out the clearance prices at the local stores.

  • COLUMN: Get to know the Meyer lemon

    Meyer lemons have been on my list of “must try” food for several years. I finally bought two pounds of them in January for testing purposes. They are believed to be a hybrid between regular lemons and mandarin oranges, and are sweeter than standard lemons. They were brought to the United States from Beijing in 1908.

  • COLUMN: Caring love is the only true love

    This subject is presented a full week before the day each year when most of us remember, with at least a card, or more, those to whom you want to express something special.
    Some go to great extremes to express this love with elaborate gifts. Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day, one week from tomorrow.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Car shopping tips for older drivers

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What resources can you recommend to seniors who are shopping for a car? My wife and I are relatively healthy 70-year-olds and are looking for a new senior-friendly vehicle, but could use some help.
    Older Drivers
    Dear Older,

  • Columnist Deanna Godman’s failed lime experiment could be your success story

    I love limes. I like lime-flavored candy and squeezing a lime wedge over Asian and Mexican food. I read Little Women when I was 8 years old, and longed to try lime pickles like Amy March, thinking that they were pickled limes and would be sweet like fruit slice candy.
    When I started reading online about marmalade recipes, it was inevitable that I would decide to try making lime marmalade myself, especially when I read about adding a spoonful of marmalade to a cup of hot water to make tea. I had never even had marmalade, but I was obsessed with the idea of making it.

  • COLUMN: Live peaceably with everyone if you can

    Well, what kind of subject is this week’s column about? Well, this is actually the essence of a teaching from the Bible found in Romans 12:18, and in its complete form is: “If it is possible, live peaceably with all men.”
    Note: the word men does not necessarily mean only males, but also includes females.

  • Retiring abroad requires homework

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What tips and resources can you recommend to folks interested in retiring abroad? My wife and I will be retiring next year and are intrigued with the idea of living in a foreign country. What can you tell us?
    Looking Abroad

    Dear Looking,

  • COLUMN: Recreating the perfect mint chocolate cake

    Several years ago, my husband and I enjoyed White Christmas at Derby Dinner Playhouse in Indiana. We rarely get to have a date night, so to make it extra special we even ordered dessert. If there is dessert around, I generally go for the chocolate one, and this time was no exception. This cake contained a fluffy crème de mint filling that I was so impressed by that I took a picture.

  • COLUMN: Develop a healthy family

    In my many years of family practice in the field of mental health, I have heard routine testimonies of some conditions in the homes in which my clients were raised. It didn’t matter if the family background was in wealthy or very poor families, just because one family has all or most of life’s goods, and the other seems to have lived from paycheck to paycheck, what I heard was that their particular family history was one of unhealthiness.