Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A glavanized container harvest

Large metal containers are gaining popularity as an option for raised-bed plantings. Galvanized stock tanks require no assembly, are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and sit at just the right height for tending vegetables or flowers. These containers also mean less back-breaking work and fewer insects. My initial introduction to galvanized containers […]

New 3-D mammograms offer benefits over traditional test

Researchers from several radiology centers across the United States found that three-dimensional mammograms have some advantages over standard digital mammograms, the kind most women receive for regular breast cancer screening. In a study of 454,850 breast scans, 3-D mammograms found slightly more cancers than standard digital mammograms and caused fewer women to be called back […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 28, 2014

Yesterday Mercury drank a truth serum, and the next two weeks of his stay in Scorpio should produce some stark honesty. Scorpio’s serum has a way of tuning us in to body language and the secrets it reveals. Much will be revealed in the way a person uses space, especially when he or she is […]

Be alert to stroke warning signs

In an instant, a stroke can change your life. It can be far more devastating than a heart attack because it can cause irreparable damage. You could lose the ability to speak, have weakness or paralysis on one side of your body, and experience short-term memory loss and balance problems. A major stroke can cause […]

Old pets, new chances: The case for senior adoption

Perhaps Moses and Harry realize how fortunate they are. But if they do, they’re not talking. Moses and Harry are cats, 11 and 13, respectively, who are living comfortably in the New York apartment of Maria Pfeiffer. What’s special about these two felines is that they were both 11 years old when they were adopted […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 21, 2014

The United Nations calls for international peace today, though Mars and Neptune aren’t so sure they want to comply. The resistance they show with a conflicted square configuration will be reflected throughout the world. If we can’t all get along at the same time, at least we can learn from and own up to our […]

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