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Reduce fat and sugar in your diet

Since March is National Nutrition Education Month, let’s continue our focus on making positive food choices. The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a full chapter on foods Americans need to work on reducing in their daily consumption; solid fats and sugars are two that take top billing. SoFAS is the acronym USDA has coined a few years ago to describe this trend in the American meal patterns; the “SoF” stands for solid fat, and the “AS” represents added sugars. While the intention is a catchy phrase, it might leave…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: My Mom – My Blessing

My mother has always been one of the most Christian, caring, sweetest and generous women that I know. I am confident other people who know her would say the same thing. While my brothers and I were growing up, she rarely raised her voice to/at us, she never cussed (at all), never argued, and never spoke badly of anyone. She didn’t drink or smoke. She always told us, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all” and “Do unto others as you would have them do…

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From the sunny side… Remembering Herbie

I have been very blessed in my life to have had the opportunity to meet some very fascinating people. People from literally all walks of life, from all over the world. I remember very well the first time I met Herb Allen. “Herbie,” as most of us knew him, was one of those fascinating people who could make an instant and lasting impression on anyone whose path he crossed. A man of immense talent, Herbie was the first musical director for the international group, Up With People. As some of…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: The boiling frog affect

I have watched and listened closely these last several weeks about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and all the discussions about gun control since then. I cannot possibly understand the hurt and loss that these families have right now. Most of us, in all honesty, cannot fully grasp that. But, I do understand that they hate guns and feel as if guns took their children away. Since their children died by guns, that is where their anger lies. There is no changing that! No matter what is said…

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