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Our kidneys work hard to keep us healthy so it is good to take some time to think about what we can do to keep them healthy. Our kidneys work 24/7 filtering our blood, removing toxins and fluids to keep our bodies well.

Robert Rycroft has found meaning through the art he’s able to create by using a brush and his mouth.

If there’s one thing that energizes Bethany Larson, it’s the opportunity to inspire young people beyond what they could have imagined for themselves.

I used to take the probability that I’d always have at least one more day of life for granted. Now that I’m older, I don’t. With this heightened sense of mortality I’ve become an advocate for helping our community right now — while I’m still alive and kicking.

This past Christmas Day, my beautiful bride of 35 years passed into eternity. Carmela Valentina Coyne had a bubbly persona and loved to encourage others.

Follow these simple tips to keep yourself warm and dry during the winter months

Blending theology with creativity, Aumsville artist Don White loves to find ways to use his passion for art in his ministry.

Cradled upright in their holders, still warm from their “just below the boil” simmer, our soft-boiled eggs waited for the crack of a knife across their 75-degree latitude.

In 1819, Donald McKenzie was exploring the Snake River for the Hudson’s Bay Company when he came to its confluence with another river. Unsure of its origin, he sent three members of his fur trapping expedition to further explore the river. They never returned.

The Contreras family owns a small bakery but bakes traditional Mexican goodies with a big heart. “We love what we do,” says Maria Contreras, who runs Pilos Mexican Bakery in Corvallis with her parents, Celestino Contreras Padilla and Marcelina Lopez de Contreras, and brother Alberto Contreras.

When your whole world is just a bed and a few personal items, a bouquet of lovely flowers can make your day. Heidi Berkman discovered that fact when caring for her stepmother’s mother in her final days. She remembers how the mood indoors often matched the gloomy January weather outside. There was no sun to fill her stepmother’s condominium, and little to perk up her disposition.

Like most teens in the mid-1960s, Robert Santelli found himself glued to the television as Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles. And, like so many, it was a life-changing experience. On that day — Feb. 9, 1964 — 12-year-old Santelli made an emphatic decision – he would be a musician.

Lenor Simpson has spent nearly 30 years training others in security and public safety. She understands that most of us feel the world is increasingly unsafe.

Hear the word “barbecue” and what comes to mind? Warm summer gatherings? A piece of cooking equipment? Or does your mouth begin to water as you remember smoky, tangy flavors that delight your taste buds?

Most amateur genealogists probably do not fully appreciate the professional staff and dedicated volunteers required to maintain the vast archives that we easily access through the many available websites.

Do you remember newsreels before movies, Blackjack chewing gum, roller skate keys, Butch wax, party lines, and cereal with prizes in the box? Did your mom buy her groceries at a particular grocery store just to get that free dinner plate? Did the groceries come with an added bonus – S&H Green Stamps?

Gerardo Calderón has brought his love of folk music from Mexico to Oregon and, in so doing, has brought pleasure to people of all ages. He’s performed in schools, at the Portland International Airport, in auditoriums and at elder care facilities — one of his favorites.

There are giant pumpkins and then there are the mother-of-all-pumpkins. Ask Steve Daletas which ones he prefers. He’ll tell you about a pumpkin that weighed nearly 2,000 pounds and won him almost $12,000 in competition. In fact, Daletas, a commercial pilot, has been growing pumpkins as a hobby for more than 30 years, and entering competitions for many of those years.

It isn’t often that a child’s activity turns into an adult hobby, but that’s exactly Guy DiTorrice’s experience. He began collecting things such as fossils, rocks, leaves, snails and insects when he was 7 years old in Illinois. When his family moved to Colorado’s dinosaur country, he began looking into finding and collecting their bones and fossils.

Carol Lindauer calls herself a “Harley chick.” It’s hard to put into words what she enjoys most about riding a motorcycle, but “fun and freedom” come to mind. Lindauer, now 72, is petite and slender. Several years ago, she was used to riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, but then decided she wanted to learn to ride her own.

What will be on your dinner table when you dine with your nearest and dearest for the holidays? Thanksgiving (especially) and Christmas are often an open invitation to overeating and drinking too much. Consuming becomes a measure of a successful holiday.

At a time when most seniors are enjoying their retirement, Guy and Mary Ann Scott still run a 400-acre farm about 10 miles northeast of Sublimity. “We’re very busy,” Mary Ann says. “We have a big garden and big yard to take care of and other daily chores.”

If there’s one person who knows hiking in Lane County, it’s William Sullivan. He’s written five books covering all of the hikes in Oregon, as well as 16 other books including adventure memoirs, novels, mysteries and short stories. “The thing I like about fall is the fall color and huckleberries,” Sullivan says. “For huckleberries the trick is to go to the high Cascades to places where the forest has been cut back by fire or windstorms or clear cuts. The huckleberries only develop fruit if they get sun, so you see huckleberry bushes in the deep woods all over the high Cascades but there’s no fruit.”

Thousands of families flock to Seaside every summer to enjoy wide sandy beaches, rolling ocean waves and an ice cream cone, but autumn offers just as much fun for the over-50 population.

It’s not often that a new sport is called “life-changing,” but that’s how many new players are describing pickleball, one the fastest growing sports in the country.

Retired businessman Bill Lackner loves to fish, dig clams and catch crabs “over and over, again and again.” “I got interested in these activities when I was unable to work, and wrote a book about harvesting the amazing bounty from the marine environment common to the Oregon Coast,” says Lackner, founder of the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon. “The work included thousands of hours of research. The topics in the book, which in time became an encyclopedia, was too large to be published.”

Rod Minarik likes to drive. In fact, it was a trip “passing through” Oregon with a 35-foot trailer that changed his life. He’s originally from southern California, but 17 years ago, he was just expecting to pass through Oregon on a tour when he quickly realized his trailer was too big. So he parked it in Eugene and stayed awhile.

As Oregonians living in the Willamette Valley, we know how exciting it can be to finally have the rain dry up and the sun come out. But summer time, and the high temperatures that come with it, can pose some serious health and safety risks for everyone, especially adults 65 and older. As we age, our bodies become less able to adjust to drastic temperatures. Further, older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions and medications that impact the ability to moderate body temperature.

Dorothy Wallace Foisy sews baby quilts — a lot of them. Often, two a day. In fact, since September, she has sewn 50 blankets. But as she sits among the blankets, folded neatly on the bed by her daughter Lynn Walker, Foisy picks up a blanket, unfolds it, strokes the pink fleece and comments, “Who made these?”

Gerald Gaule was just a boy when he had his first on-air experience in radio. He was at the Clark County Fair in southwest Washington when he came upon a radio station disc jockey broadcasting remotely. Gaule, already a fan of radio who loved to listen to his shortwave and create radio shows at home, watched and listened to the DJ for two or three hours.

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