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Ah, fall!

A tree nearby puts on a blinding show of fall color. Seeing that bright scarlet tower against a bright blue sky on a sunny day is breathtaking. I think it’s a sunset maple. For nearly two decades, whenever I pass it, I gasp in awe at this amazing tree’s regal raiment.

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Could flying cars be in our future, a la “The Jetsons?”

Not quite yet, but advances in technology mean today’s new cars are safer, more reliable and fun to drive.

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Thanks to technology, doctors are once again making house calls.

That’s what Steven Kassakian considers the virtual visits that have become the norm thanks to the Corona Virus. Kassakian is chief health information officer and physician at Oregon Health Sciences University. He says home visits via telemedicine brings back some of yesteryear’s benefits of home visits. For instance, the doctor gets to see the patient’s home, can interact with family members, and have a focused conversation regarding the patient’s concerns.

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To ease stress, you can walk, ride a bike, or run into Bud Lewis. The exercise may lift your spirits but the man’s giant smile, hearty handshake, bear hug, and kind words will warm you like a summer day.

Meet Leland Stanford Lewis, recently turned 100. Called “Bud” by everyone, he’s hard to miss. The silver-haired mountain of a man, still strong at 6’2” with sparkling sky-blue eyes, has a voice that fills a room as he remembers your name, asks about your family, conveys a compliment, and introduces you to whomever is near.

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Ready for adventure?

The smoke is clearing, and we’ve all become “comfortable” with safety protocols. After recent months of “pandemic life” we’re all ready for some fun! Favorite pastimes are those spent friends and family, and there are many options. Northwest attractions have reopened and are excited to welcome visitors. They’re doing things a little differently — in fun and creative ways — with safety protocols in place. Just in time for the season, this month we highlight great regional pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more. 

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Ah, fall!

A tree nearby puts on a blinding show of fall color. Seeing that bright scarlet tower against a bright blue sky on a sunny day is breathtaking. I think it’s a sunset maple. For nearly two decades, whenever I pass it, I gasp in awe at this amazing tree’s regal raiment.

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Thanks to technology, doctors are once again making house calls.

That’s what Steven Kassakian considers the virtual visits that have become the norm thanks to the Corona Virus. Kassakian is chief health information officer and physician at Oregon Health Sciences University. He says home visits via telemedicine brings back some of yesteryear’s benefits of home visits. For instance, the doctor gets to see the patient’s home, can interact with family members, and have a focused conversation regarding the patient’s concerns.

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Could flying cars be in our future, a la “The Jetsons?”

Not quite yet, but advances in technology mean today’s new cars are safer, more reliable and fun to drive.

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You’ve decided to sell your home – maybe because you’re downsizing or relocating to be closer to family. Whatever the reason, you want to get the best possible price with the least amount of hassle.

Saying goodbye to August is never easy for me. Heck, saying goodbye to July, isn’t easy for me. I love summer and being outdoors. I never get tired of sunny skies, buzzing bees and balmy nights to view the stars.

Our everyday movements — walking, reaching and even balancing – reflect the strength of our core. To build a strong foundation and ensure that other muscle groups can perform effectively, you need to start with your core. The best part is that a good core workout can fit into a busy schedule…

According to a 2018 report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled “Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability,” unless the world improves its consumption patterns and waste management practices, by 2050, there will be roughly 12 million metric tons of plastic litt…

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As states around the country open up after months of prolonged isolation due to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is providing tips to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease about how to protect their loved ones during the reopening process.

It seems obvious that road trips to places within a few hours of home will be what the majority of Americans will be doing for summer and fall travel plans. As we struggle through a second wave of COVID-19 positive cases the future of travel in general is uncertain, but based on what we have…

The equipment used for physical therapy does not need to be abandoned once you’ve completed your rehabilitation. It’s time to take these versatile pieces of equipment out of the closet and see that they can do so much more – particularly if you are short on storage space or traveling.

Does your next trip involve getting caught in a deep hole along the rushing Colorado River, summiting the highest mountains in Asia, or riding camels in the Sahara with two guides you just befriended?

During this long stay-at-home spring of coronavirus, people have increasingly turned to their local public library for book recommendations that help pass the time. Though library buildings closed, many staff continued working virtually, offering online library card registration, providing b…

If you’re Looking for an exotic bird, then look no further than Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon, an all-volunteer-based nonprofit whose mission is finding safe, loving homes for every bird. Based in Springfield, the organization also offers education and support to the communities it serves.

A strong relationship with your health care provider is critical to your overall health and well-being. Annual physical exams are important for everyone at any age. But for those on Medicare, the Annual Wellness Visit is equally important. The two sound the same, but they are quite different.

I can’t recall how I discovered the article in Pacific Horticulture Magazine. I can’t even tell you how long ago it was. But I can tell you that the subject matter was plants, specifically hardy Geranium and its relatives.

While one of the most enjoyable experiences of working from home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic may be the extra time you’ve spent with your cats, the downside may be their separation anxiety when you return to work.

For many of us, summer offers opportunities for additional reading time. If you have a library card, then you have access to digital books for free. With options for smart phones, tablets, kindle e-readers, and home computers, you can get e-books and downloadable audiobooks from home 24/7.

There is a 25-foot-tall Japanese maple tree growing by my backyard patio. It started as a tiny seedling that germinated from a seed that fell off the coral bark maple growing in the front yard.

At a certain point in the aging process, you may notice your joints getting a little stiffer and you may start to wonder if a joint replacement is in your future. The procedure is common and has helped millions of people overcome the disabling effects of arthritis, but how do you know when t…

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is seeking submissions of Portland-area outdoor cat enclosures and cat patios, or “catios,” to be featured on the Eighth Annual Catio Tour on Sept. 12.

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Like almost everything healthy, emotional check-ins take some effort at first. They may feel odd or awkward, and that’s OK. New things take practice.

May is National Bike Month and a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and practice social distancing — even when and if quarantines have been lifted.

When the call of the road compels you to pack up the car and head out for adventure, you’ll want to make sure you are feeling in tip-top shape when you get to your destination. The journey may be half the fun, but not if sitting in the same position for long periods of time leaves your body …

If you are concerned about our food system and its impact on animals, soil, water and air, you might consider eating a plant-based diet.

If your income has been affected by the “stay home” orders currently in place and you are struggling to find money to buy groceries, there is help available. Food pantries and meal sites are still operating in many locations across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. You also may be eligible …

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What is the best thing a woman can do to battle cancer? Go running in the mud with dozens of enthusiastic supporters, of course.