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Well, 2022 is upon us. After surviving the first year of the pandemic, we all had high hopes for 2021, and instead, it felt more like emotional whiplash.

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When I was growing up in Minnesota my family always celebrated New Year’s with oyster stew. Really just a soup, it was simply fresh oysters simmered in milk, with a bit of butter, salt and pepper. Although I was a picky eater I remember loving the warmth and richness of this simple dish.

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It never ceases to amaze me what an amazing and complicated thing a community is — always changing and interconnected. When there are issues, solutions rarely come down to one intervention or agency. Maybe it is because we are in the middle of various needs assessments or dealing with the ne…

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Over the years I have learned to savor the short summers we have here in the valley. But as a former midwesterner, I miss the long season of succulent produce.

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With so many things flying around social media and the news it is hard to know the truth about the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it safe for our kids? Is it necessary? What kids can and should get it? Where do they get it?

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I recently read a post by an over-50 woman lamenting that she could no longer eat pasta. Dozens of women commented below, offering low-carb recipe substitutions, commiserating with her on the unwelcome midlife “muffin top.”

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Blood sugar disorders inhibit blood flow to the brain. Low or high blood sugar also contributes to inflammation in the brain. Neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, and GABA that help you feel good and sleep well are sabotaged by poor blood sugar balance.