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When Lucy Morgan retired years ago, the opportunity to own a moving company serving seniors “fell into my lap.” After owning and working in the industry for another 15 years she was ready for her next adventure.

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Looking back over her 52 years, Kari Anderton says she was always gathering ingredients for the successful at-home cooking school, Kari’s Kitchen, that she started 10 years ago. The ingredients came from a mix of memories:

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Twenty years ago, the storm clouds overhead were as dark and threatening as my thoughts. Brooding about life and darkly preoccupied, I grabbed two things and pointed my car west.

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Did winter seem longer than usual this year? Maybe a bit more somber and wearisome than it normally is? With COVID restrictions limiting our activities indoors and inclement weather limiting them outdoors, it felt like spring would never get here! But now as the days get longer and the therm…

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Calling all weekend warriors and home improvement heroes! Before you kick off a home project, take time to warm up and stretch. You want to be back at it the next day to complete the project — not sidelined with an injury!

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If you’re looking for some magic in your life, meet Neen Fitzwalter — she has plenty to spare. The certified magician-golfer-sports enthusiast-musician-ordained minister-mixologist-cook-collector-entertainer and holiday home decorator has brightened the lives of family, friends and neighbors…

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In the summer of 2012, Dennis Doyle and Erica Piccolo became enamored with each other — and the hammer throw sealed the romance.

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When the weather gets chilly, I welcome any excuse to stay in bed after the alarm goes off. But I also love to start my day checking off a task. This presented a little dilemma until I incorporated stretches specifically designed to be completed before even getting out of bed!

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“Firing on all cylinders” is what it takes to survive a pandemic, and that’s just what boutique owner-designer Erica Lurie is doing. While many popular locally-owned boutiques have closed due to loss of business, Garnish Apparel — offering locally created designs of contemporary women’s clot…

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When Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO and author of Disrupt Aging, received "over the hill" cards and sentiments on her 50th birthday, she realized she wanted to challenge outdated beliefs about aging and encourage others to celebrate aging well.

Jenkins’ book explores living fully at stage, and encourages retirees and soon to be retirees to embrace the following ideas supporting living well as an “Active Adult.”

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‘Tis the season for celebration and adventure. For many folks, the annual Thanksgiving gathering or cozy Christmas eve dinner may not be on the table this year given the unknowns due to the pandemic. Still, there are ways to include loved ones this year and even host that gathering — given a little thought toward simple precautions.

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Flying to Louisville for Christmas last year didn’t begin with the usual seasonal sparkle. I was reminded that a seatmate can make or break a flight. The first leg was the breaker when the man offered his elbow but no words or eye contact. The maker came during the final leg — a front-row aisle seat with extra leg room... and Tyler.

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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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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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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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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About a year ago, at age 90, she enlisted the help of James Ryan, MD, who replaced her hip at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. “They did a beautiful job,” Carter says. “It was great to find myself in a quiet, private room and I loved the staff.”