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An Update: Lifting the Nicotine Fog

smoker at graveyard

A nicotine fog is more than just smoke that fills a room, it's a fog that clouds your brain. Nicotine fools you into believing that although you want to quit, you can't. The bad news is that there are a lot of cigarette substitutes on the market today that keep the addiction going.

Gym Shoes


Like most parents, as my children grew up, I wanted to give them the world on a string. For most of us, our desires far exceed our capacity to fulfill them. I wonder if that sends the wrong message.

Punishment vs. Discipline:
Are You a Parent Bully?


Do you remember being told or telling a rival to “pick on someone your own size?” As parents, it’s easy to forget our children are not our size, and confuse punishment with discipline.


Lake Winona
photo credit: Amanda Gillett

Maybe it's because of the beauty of this area but the people here are among the friendliest, most good-natured, and warm-hearted that I have met anywhere.

Epilepsy in Dogs

Bailey Jenkinson

Like any addition to your family, there is no guarantee that a puppy will be born healthy or stay healthy throughout his life. That was the case with Bailey. Idiopathic epilepsy often begins when a dog is between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old. Bailey’s seizures started in March 2012 when he was 4 1/2 years old.