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What is a Naturopathic Doctor? Can They Practice in Maine? Are They Covered by Insurance?

What is a Naturopathic Doctor? Can They Practice in Maine? Are They Covered by Insurance?

When my daughter was a toddler back in the mid 80s, one day I noticed that the soles of her feet were all cracked and peeling and red. She was diagnosed with eczema. The treatment was a steroid cream to reduce the inflammation. It didn't take long to figure out what was causing the problem. Footed pajamas. We thought they would keep her little feet warm and toasty, but instead the plastic materials made her feet sweat. We cut out the feet and she wore cotton socks instead. We also began using Calendula cream, which was prescribed by a naturopathic doctor. Read more ...

Leaving Something to Chance Might Open the Door to New Possibilities

Leaving Something to Chance Might Open the Door to New Possibilities

It's not easy to let go sometimes. To leave something to chance and see what happens. That's what we learned to do in our 2D design class while working on three separate projects. Read more ... 

Jill McCorkle's Life After Life

Jill McCorkle's Life After Life
I tend to gravitate toward books with PLOT, and although there's nothing wrong with a great narrative - in fact there's a lot RIGHT about it - it's healthy for me to enjoy a character-driven novel. Enter Jill McCorkle's Life After Life. Although I finished it more than a month ago, and I'm just writing about it now, I actually read it very quickly.  Imagine a set of concentric circles, or a web.  Or maybe a whole bunch of Venn diagrams. With six main characters (and a supporting cast of a couple dozen), their lives are very much intertwined, even though they don't realize it.   READ MORE

How Becky Sawtelle is Doing Eight Months After Weight Loss Surgery

How Becky Sawtelle is Doing Eight Months After Weight Loss Surgery

It's hard to believe that is was the beginning of the year when I first wrote about Becky Sawtelle's decision to have weight loss surgery. We haven't had an update on the blog since the end of May, but that doesn't mean she hasn't made progress — she's made incredible progress. She and her little dog Muffin also moved to Florida, so she's been dealing with a lot of changes. And, I think she spends a lot of time at the gym getting in shape.