Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to help prevent sports-related eye injuries

Are you ready for some football? As baseball season is nearing an end and football season beginning, we need to take a closer look at eye safety. Each year in the United States, more than 100,000 eye injuries are estimated to be sports-related.  The cost of treating these injuries is over $175 million. More than […]

Beware of invading plant species

No, these plants don’t uproot themselves in order to kill you like in the “Day of the Triffids,” nor do they produce seed pods in order to replace you like in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” – but invasive plants are a real threat, however. They can be harmful to animals, the environment and the local […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

‘Tammi’ and I are getting serious, but her friends don’t like me

Dear Annie: My girlfriend, “Tammi,” and I have been together for six months. We saw each other only briefly over the summer because she took a job in another state. I feel that our relationship is getting serious. The only problem is her friends. They don’t like me. The reason is that while Tammi flew home […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 14, 2014

There’s a free feeling as the Gemini moon shakes it up with several planets before going void-of-course tonight. We’ll feel grateful to the rebels whose vision and courage made our freedom possible. When we give a nod to the ones who came before us and made our lives better, we’ll be honoring that part of […]

Area service members promote, graduate

Air Force Airman Lawrence Antonio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Antonio is the son of Socorro Antonio of Suisun City. He is a 2014 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Kenneth W. Norman has been selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant in the Air Force. He is the son of Richard M. and […]

CBO: Claims explode, but trend could slow

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? Why have yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014? The Congressional Budget Office explains why […]

Safe routes to school starts students off safely on the right foot

It is back-to-school time and motorists need to be extra alert as more children are afoot. Solano Transportation Authority’s Safe Routes to School program works with local schools, parents, students, public health staff, engineers and law enforcement to promote safely walking to school. Families want their children to start off the year ready to learn. […]

Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

We pamper our gardens all year, but then desert them to go on vacation during what’s often the hottest, driest time of the year. A little planning can soften the blow. Ideally, a neighbor or fellow gardener could handle watering and other tasks while you’re away. But if that’s not possible, here are some easy […]

Marketing magic in the plant world

I went to a garden shop recently just to browse. I wanted to see some plants that were not heat- and drought-stressed. I didn’t intend to buy anything. As I walked by the succulent area, I saw a plant I hadn’t seen before. It had short, chunky, wedge-shaped leaves that were wavy at the ends. These undulations […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 17, 2014

This connection of Jupiter and Venus in Leo may as well be a cupid in the sky – it’s pretty spectacular for lovers and potential lovers everywhere. Think of this day as a one-time deal. What are the things you could do now that you might never do again? What are the things you’ll only […]

My mother-in-law rarely comes around since we’ve had children

Dear Annie: My husband and I used to be close to my mother-in-law. We took trips together and enjoyed one another’s company. But since our oldest child was born, things have changed. Even though she has an open invitation, Mom rarely comes around. She often won’t return phone calls or respond to emails and texts. Mom […]

Service members with county ties complete training

Navy Fireman Apprentice Schenita L. Allen recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va. She is the sister of Bruce A. Allen Jr. of Vallejo. Air Force Airman Andrew J. Custodio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Custodio is […]

Did leadership help spark vet wait-time crisis?

Until he resigned in May, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki led his department of more than 350,000 employees for five years by setting “bold goals” that looked impossible to achieve, but that he knew, from his Army years, could inspire better performance and, from Congress, bigger budgets. But did a goal to cut wait times in […]

Be on the watch for water waste in public spaces

I think everyone should be aware by now that there is a definite water shortage problem here in California. It’s the No. 1 topic in newspapers and gardening magazines; these articles tell us how and where we should be looking at home to find leaks and sprinklers that water home hardscapes and other concrete structures, as […]

My husband’s very controlling, but I can’t leave him permanently

Dear Annie: My husband has always been very controlling. I feel as though he puts me in a box and only lets me out when he decides it’s necessary. He always has to know who I am talking to and where I am every minute of every day. He is obsessive when it comes to texting […]

Horoscopes for Aug. 3, 2014

The Leo sun brings the action, and the brooding Scorpio moon contributes dramatic lighting to intensify the effect. Just as actors look one way on stage and another way if you meet them backstage, the people in your life may seem different to you in different settings. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ve an almost shamanistic […]

Don’t drive, call 911

Most of us will probably call 911 only once or twice in our lifetimes. Even then, some people hesitate. In an emergency, it may be tempting to pile the victim into your car and rush to the hospital, but doing so could actually prove harmful. In an emergency, make the 911 call. Here’s why. Calling 911 alerts […]

No ‘butts,’ secondhand smoke isn’t healthy for your unborn baby

Smoking is bad for you. It can cause serious health issues, as well as cancer, heart disease, stroke and eye disease that can lead to blindness. Smoking is bad for your unborn baby, too. When you are pregnant, the placenta grows in your womb and supplies your baby with food and oxygen. When you smoke […]

Horoscopes for July 27, 2014

Unlike some others in the animal kingdom, human babies come into the world so utterly helpless that they cannot live without a nurturer to feed, warm and protect them. To be human is to be dependent on other humans. The point is driven home today, as the opposition of Venus and Pluto highlights our vulnerability […]

Scientists unlock secrets to boost metabolism

What’s the best way to boost your metabolism and burn more fat? That’s the holy grail for metabolic researchers and for many Americans. Florida scientists are at the forefront of some of the most promising research in the field. A heart hormone, the “caveman diet” and cooler spaces are all potentially promising ways to burn more […]

What can I do to get my brother to keep in touch?

Dear Annie: Several months ago, my husband and I moved to the Ozarks after falling in love with the area. We left behind a lot of dear friends and the life we had known for 25 years, but we are quite happy here. The only sadness is my brother. He and his wife still live in […]

Health centers: Local engines for healthier communities

Ever visited a health center? Chances are that even if you haven’t, someone you know probably has and you’ve probably reaped the benefits of having one in your area. Across the country, there are 1,200 health centers, delivering care through more than 9,000 service delivery sites in every state and territory. In 2012, these health centers […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Controlling those pesky weeds

Weeds can seem hard to control because they have such a vigorous reproductive system. Many weeds can grow from root or other weed fragments. Other weeds that propagate primarily by seed can produce literally thousands of seeds per plant. For example, a single purslane plant (Portulaca oleracea) can produce 52,300 seeds. Weed seeds remain viable […]

I want my daughter to lose weight, but she won’t talk about it

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have four wonderful children, all college graduates with great jobs in their chosen careers. They are also involved in long-term relationships with people we like and respect. So what’s the problem? One of my daughters is at least 40 pounds overweight and doesn’t […]

Horoscopes for July 20, 2014

Saturn has been retrograde in Scorpio for four months, and that all changes this week. It may seem like the thing that was distracting you is no longer an issue, that the problems that were in your way are solving themselves and the reasons you had for not moving forward are vanishing into the mist. […]

The summer smell of lemon

Would you like a plant that has a wonderful lemon scent when it brushes up against something? Try adding the shrub lemon verbena, Aloysia triphylla, to your landscape. If you prefer, this shrub can be pruned to resemble a tree, remove some of the bottom branches, leaving a main one as a trunk. This plant […]

Protect yourself against skin cancer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five United States residents will get skin cancer during their lifetime. You’d think that statistic would lead to simple preventive actions being taken – but it often doesn’t. Perhaps that’s due to the fact that two of three types of skin cancer – basal and squamous cell carcinoma – are typically easy […]

Horoscopes for July 13, 2014

Venus in Gemini forms a coquettish angle to Mars in Libra, and interest between men and women is stirred. Men and women understand one another better. For a moment, it’s as though the natural differences between the sexes are cast in such a light that they are seen only as intriguing and endearing. Flaws transform […]

I’m a single mother who really wants to find my better half

Dear Annie: I am a single mother of a wonderful 5-year-old son and am expecting another baby in the winter. My son’s father cheated and lied and then left me for another woman. He briefly came back, and I thought he meant to stay, but it was only a one-night stand. I became pregnant, and he […]

Stay sun-safe this summer

It’s natural to want to get out in the sun once the weather warms up. It should also be second nature to take steps to protect your skin from the sun when you go outside. Ultraviolet rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the primary cause of skin cancer. Too much […]

June 15, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply