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How to achieve youthful healthy hair and skin no matter your age

SAN DIEGO:  Healthy hair and skin often signal overall good health. Given that Americans spend several billions of dollars every year on the latest dermatological procedures and over-the-counter products, there is no denying that having great hair and skin is highly sought after. Achieving success through increased health, while also improving appearance, is not as difficult ...

Life’s purpose is to have purpose, goals and forward thinking

SAN DIEGO:  What is your purpose in life? Finding one’s life purpose gives meaning to existence and the motivation to create goals which accomplish it. It is what makes us reach for the stars! A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE Researchers are finding that having a higher purpose in life, extending beyond mere day-to-day survival, has major health ...

Christmas: Staying in balance during the most wonderful time of the year

SAN DIEGO: The holidays and the Christmas season are the most wonderful time of the year for many Americans. However, it’s important to remain balanced. Celebratory times with friends and family can include indulgences on a variety of levels from overeating to overspending, just remember to pace yourself. THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ...

Balderdash, Family Game, Bob Taylor

Living with ALS: Playing Balderdash, family, and “rotating the board”

CHARLOTTE, NC, December 23, 2018 — One of our many family traditions during the holidays is playing a board game after Christmas dinner. Each year we try to find a game that is new, challenging and just plain old family fun. For me personally, my favorite is still a game called “Balderdash.” Over the years ...

A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, December 18, 2018 — Christmas was always a wonderful experience growing up in San Diego, California. NO WHITE CHRISTMAS IN SAN DIEGO The concept of a white Christmas is not entirely lost on those who live in warm climates. However, in sunny San Diego, the experience of dashing through the snow is completely ...

Tis the season for giving Christmas gifts: Picking the right gift for the right person

SAN DIEGO: Don’t let the stress of gift giving ruin your holiday. Follow this easy guide to keep Christmas the most wonderful time of the year! It is a time for gathering with loved ones, enjoying get-togethers with friends, decorating the Christmas tree, stringing Christmas lights, baking Christmas treats, and giving and receiving Christmas gifts. ...

ALS Hugs

Living with ALS: Improvising a new “ALS Hug” keeps us close

CHARLOTTE, NC:  Sometimes with ALS it is difficult to maintain a positive attitude. It’s easy to have a “pity party” for yourself during those rare times when you are alone. Rachel Doboga, an ALS patient with advanced conditions, writes in I’m Stepping Out of the Past to Fully Appreciate the Present: “It’s hard to live in the ...

Keeping the holiday spirit alive for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease

SAN DIEGO:  Christmas is considered the most favored holiday each year. Christmas engenders feelings of love, generosity, and goodwill as it brings together family members and loved ones in shared moments and traditions. Feelings of stressfulness and loss gradually replace joy and merriment when Alzheimer’s strikes the family. When mom or dad, grandma or grandpa ...

Rome, Travel, Tour, Memories, ALS, Bob Taylor

Living with ALS: Retaining the memories of friendships discovered in Italy

CHARLOTTE, NC:  A recent e-mail from a longtime friend had a particular impact on me this week. During the early days of my travel writing career, I was invited on a trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast by a hotel rep who specializes in family-operated properties. Having never been to Italy, I immediately accepted ...

The Flu: What you need to know to avoid and fight the winter gift that can kill

SAN DIEGO, November 27, 2018 — Flu season is now upon us. Beginning in October and peaking in February, the season has been known to persist as late as  May. Influenza is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It occurs in the Northern and Southern hemispheres throughout the winter months when the sun is ...

Vegan gluten free pumpkin pie is perfect for Thanksgiving

SAN DIEGO: Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is the perfect pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving dessert this season? Here it is! With only 10 ingredients and easy to make, it is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert and will delight holiday guests while ensuring appeal for those with special dietary needs. GO VEGAN WITH THIS THANKSGIVING FAVORITE Pumpkin ...

als, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gherig's Disease, Bob Taylor

Living with ALS: Reaching a milestone and giving thanks for the joys of life

CHARLOTTE, NC:  Today is a milestone for me because it marks my 100th column about ALS since being diagnosed with the condition. Though ALS is not something anyone desires to deal with, like almost anything else, there are mixed blessings hidden within the daily rituals of overcoming the on-going adjustments the ailment presents. Most people ...

Living with ALS, accentuating the positive and seeking a better quality of life

CHARLOTTE, NC:  One of the keys to dealing with ALS is the ability to remain motivated while making sure to accentuate the positive. It is all about attitude. It’s a challenge that is frequently easier said than done, but it’s a must for the quality of life. Many experts believe that one of the keys to ...

ALS, Straw

Living with ALS and fighting to the “last straw”

CHARLOTTE, NC: Almost every American trend begins in California and works its way east. It’s been that way for decades. They were the first to ban smoking.  And San Francisco gave us Sour Dough bread.  So it should surprise no one that the latest fad to reach the public conscience is a ban on straws. ...

Pumpkins, Halloween, Health Benefits, Recipe, Laurie Edwards Tate

Pumpkins: Pie and Jack o’ Laterns make a booming Halloween business

SAN DIEGO: When pumpkins become available in grocery stores and at community pumpkin patches and parks, they signal the beginning of the fall season and the advent of Halloween. LIGHTING THE WAY Serving as traditional Halloween jack o’ lanterns, pumpkins are carved into frightening faces that glow eerily at night from the candlelight deep within ...

Mental illness on the rise in America

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2018 — Approximately 1 in 5 American adults will experience some form of mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This accounts for approximately 44 million U.S. adults, or 18.6 percent of the entire U.S. adult population. GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICANS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ...

Don’t wait for Halloween, make some caramel popcorn tonight

SAN DIEGO, October 2, 2018–Why wait for Halloween to enjoy some caramel popcorn, make a batch tonight! October is a time when candies, sweets and other treats abound, creating a tendency to over consume them and making it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Superhero help is on its way with a popular snack recipe ...