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DECEMBER 2014

LIVING WELL

THE PERFECT PARTY LIST! WINE & SPIRITS FOR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS & GIFT GIVING

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SUSTAINABLE GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAY BLUES

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Shortly after the November Issue of LWM came out some Facebook friends started to post that they had finished their holiday shopping. One of our friends even posted that they had not only finished their holiday shopping but had also put their tree up. WHAT? This actually made me feel panicky about my holiday readiness. Then I remembered the arsenal of gift ideas from our very own gift guides, both last months and this month’s stocking stuffers and last minute gift ideas to choose from, for almost everyone on your holiday shopping list. Most importantly remember that love and friendship doesn’t cost a thing. Therefore, they should be given with abandon. One of my very favorite books this time of year is “The Polar Express.” The last line of the book is priceless and something that I always love to hear because it is reminds me that I still believe.

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“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

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Wishing everyone a very healthy and happy holiday and an even happier and healthier New Year! We look forward to sharing the New Year with all of you. Enjoy those extra sugar plums, because in 2015 we’ll be back and ready to help get everyone into a healthier routine for 2015. Enjoy! Diane & Brian Strauss

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Researchers report that men who consumed more of them did worse on word recall test The trans fats found in your favorite junk foods aren’t just clogging your arteries: New research shows they might also be messing with your memory. Young and middle-aged men who ate large amounts of trans fats exhibited a significantly reduced ability to recall words during a memory test, Men with the most trans fats in their diet suffered as much as a 10 percent reduction in the words they could recall, the study found. “The higher the trans fat consumption, the worse the performance,” said study author Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Trans fats are a type of dietary fat that has been shown to both increase blood levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and decrease levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Small levels of trans fats naturally occur in milk and meat products, but artificially created trans fats like partially hydrogenated oils are widely used in processed foods, fast food, baked goods, snack foods, frozen pizza and coffee creamers. Golomb said her team decided to investigate trans fats’ potential effect on memory following another study they did that found that chocolate improved memory. “Chocolate is an antioxidant and supports cell energy, which is important to an area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is known to be very important for memory,” she said. The researchers studied adults who had not been diagnosed with heart disease, including slightly more than 1,000 men aged 20 or older. To assess memory, researchers used a proven test called “recurrent words,” Golomb said. They presented participants with a series of 104 cards with a word on each. Participants had to state whether each word was new or had already appeared on a prior card. The researchers found that among men younger than 45, those who ate more trans fats showed notably worse performance on the word memory test, even after taking into account factors such as age, education, ethnicity and depression. Each additional gram a day of trans fats consumed was associated with an estimated 0.76 fewer words correctly recalled. “For people at the higher end of consumption, that would translate to 11 to 12 fewer words correctly recalled,” Golomb said. disease and cancer. However, Golomb noted that her study only shows an association between trans fats and memory, not a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Trans fats already have been shown to have an adverse effect on people’s moods and behavior, and are associated with increased depression and aggression, Golomb said. Dr. Martha Daviglus, a professor at the University of Illinois said the research shows that “we have to be careful with what we eat because it has consequences.”

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Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas

For a pretty and paper-free gift wrapping solution, fabric left over from a previous drapery or upholstery project work wonderfully for wrapping gifts. You may also find fabric samples perfect for smaller packages at decorating stores that may have discontinued fabric samples they might be willing to give up. Fabric can also be used to make simple reusable fabric gift bags held together by either a quick needle and thread or the good old glue gun, (which is my favorite piece of equipment in the office. I use the glue gun to fix everything imaginable). Depending on the size and shape of the gift will determine the size and shape of your bag. In the image shown on the left page, we have wrapped a jar just a bit larger than a jelly jar, and used a piece of fabric that is a 10 x 10 square.

Directions for Making A Fabric Bag: Turn the fabric inside out and Line your fabric up so that both sides are relatively equal in size. Fold the bottom and the sides approximately 1/4 inch towards the center, and sew or glue (if gluing you will have to glue down both folds, one to the actual square and the other on top of the first fold. After sewn or gluing and the glue is dry, gingerly return the fabric to the correct side and you should have something that resembles a bag. Once your gift is placed inside the bag, you can tie the top with yarn or burlap and use a button or earring (missing its partner of course) to adorn the bow. You can even use beads from broken

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More Ideas: Newspapers, magazines, paper bags and junk mail can be shredded to use in your bags and or for shipping. Scarves make a great wrap around bow for gift boxes of all sizes, and the person on the receiving end gets an extra bonus, either a re-usable bow or a wearable scarf. A kitchen towel is the perfect accompaniment when gift wrapping a gift item for the home. Newspapers, magazines, and paper bags can be adorned with stamps, drawn on, stickers, stencils, glitter and beads. Children and adults will get a kick out of planting their gift tag with Seed Paper Gift Tags from Botanical Paper Works. For those of you who will hardly find the time to get your gifts wrapped without the added headache of creating your own wrapping solutions, you can still contribute by reusing boxes, bows, and wrapping paper from year to year. By LWM Staff

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like any other vegetable or piece of fruit. “This phenomenon was documented in 1996, as soybeans with a Brazil nut gene—added to improve their value as animal feed—produced an allergic response in test subjects with Brazil nut allergies,” reports UCS. Given these risks, some 21 countries and the European Union (EU) have instituted policies requiring foods created with GE technology to be labeled as such so consumers can know what they are buying and putting into their mouths. EU rules mandate that if any ingredient in a food has 0.9 percent or higher of genetically modified organisms, it must be marked accordingly on its packaging. Environmentalists in the U.S. would like to see the federal government put in place a similar policy—research from the non-profit Just Label It found nine in 10 Americans to be in favor of mandated GE labeling—but lobbying interests from agricultural states with a vested interest in selling more GE products still hold lots of sway over elected officials. So for now, Americans concerned about what’s in their food will need to do their own homework regarding what’s safe to put on their dinner tables. Luckily some natural foods retailers are making it easier for consumers intent on avoiding GE foods. Whole Foods, for one, is working toward full disclosure via labeling in regard to which of the foods on its store shelves contain GE ingredients. While Whole Foods may be a pioneer in this regard, environmentalists are hoping other U.S. grocery store chains will follow suit so that Americans can decide for themselves whether or not to take the risk of eating GE foods. CONTACTS: UCS, www.ucsusa.org; Just Label It, justlabelit.org. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

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Surviving The Holiday Blues

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Whether your faith is grounded in religion, in the universe, mother earth, a higher power, in the process itself or in yourself. Faith is the antidote to fear. “

There is something that we all experience in our lives. No one is exempt. For some it is sooner rather than later, for others it comes as a shock. Some experience it in great waves and others seem more surprised that is it is happening to them. Regardless of your gender, color or ethnicity, we all experience it. It is a part of life. We all experience life’s dark moments. It could be a loss of a love one, a health diagnosis, being told you no longer have a job or that your business is out of money. It is in those moments that it feels like someone has kicked you in the gut. We lose the feeling of certainty and security and we end up asking ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?” In my 15 years of working with individuals I have coached people from everything imaginable. I have coached people who were depressed, getting a divorce, change in career, dealing with an empty nest, and trying to find a purpose in life. One of the reasons more than anything else that causes a person to feel as if their life is spinning out of control is when life suddenly takes a sharp and unexpected turn. As we move into the holiday season which seems to amplify what you are experiencing and what you are feeling; I wanted to offer you some tools and guidance to help to lighten your load.

So how do you do something that you don’t know how to do? You must have FAITH. Faith comes in many flavors and whatever flavor you like is perfect for you. Whether your faith is grounded in religion, in the universe, mother earth, higher power, in the process itself or in yourself. Faith is the antidote to fear. There is rarely a clear defined path. Faith is believing that everything will be alright and you are ok. It is what gives us certainty when there seems to be none. Faith is the key. Lastly remember that everything in life serves you on some level. Whether to help you to grow an emotional muscle, change the path that you are on, to give you the experience and wisdom so that you can serve someone in the future. Regardless of the deeper meaning, understand that no problem is bigger than who you are at the level of your soul. And remember whatever you do, no matter how hard it may seem, don’t ever ever give up. I wish you love and passion, live free!!

I know from firsthand experiences, there seems to be no end in sight. No light at the end of the tunnel. The first tool I would like to share is the tool of HOPE. Hope is that spark of light that changes the darkness. It may not bring you all that you desire, but it is a step towards peace. Our brains are wired to not handle situations in that which we feel pain is never going to end. The first step is to see or believe that a solution is possible. The key word here is “possible”. That is what hope is. It is the realization that the pain may not last forever, which presupposes we may be able to escape and become free. Without hope, we can not survive. Although hope gives us a reason to not give up, it does not ensure that we will do what is absolutely necessary to get out of the pain. We must take action. We must move forward. We must let go and move on! When you are stuck in the middle of a situation sometimes the last thing you feel you can do is to take action. You may even feel taking any action is just not possible but you must. www.livingwellmagazine.net

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Recipes Traditional Holiday Recipes Since 2008, and New Recipes to Spice-Up This Holiday Season.

Pineapple and Ginger Spiced Ham

Method of Preparation

Ham is a holiday meat that works exceptionally well with Indian flavors. I tried many a variation on this recipe and ultimately settled for this version. It looks quite beautiful with its vivid colors, and the meat tastes moist with just the right amount of bite!

1. Heat the oven to 350ºF. 2. Place the pineapples, pineapple juice, cayenne pepper powder, chaat masala, brown sugar, ginger, and soy sauce in a saucepan and cook for 15 minutes, until the mixture thickens. 3. Place the ham in a roasting pan and pour the pineapple mixture over it. Bake the ham for 3 hours, occasionally spooning the pineapple mixture over it. 4. Turn off the heat and let the ham rest for 20 minutes. 5. Slice the ham and serve with the pineapple sauce spooned over it.

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Winter Squash Stuffed with Walnuts and Paneer This delicate preparation of winter squash stuffed with leeks, breadcrumbs, walnuts, and grated paneer. It makes a delicious holiday side dish or a nice vegetarian entree for those who prefer to go meatless. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes (mostly unattended) | Serves: 4 to 6

Chaat Masala 1/4 cup cumin seeds 1/8 cup coriander seeds 2 tablespoons black peppercorns 1/2 cup amchur powder (Dried mango) 1 tablespoon red cayenne pepper powder 3 tablespoons black salt

Preparation 1. Dry roast cumin seeds in a small skillet until fragrant and toasty, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan. 2. Add Criander seeds and black peppercorns to the skillet and dry roast for about 1 1/2 minutes, until they smell fragant and darken slightly. 3. Grind the spices in a spice mill or coffee grinder until smooth. 4. Stir in the amchur powder, cayenne pepper powder, and black salt. 5. Store in an airtight jar in a cool dry place.

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1 large or 2 small acorn or delicata squashes 3 tablespoons ghee 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1 leek, finely chopped 1 cup walnuts or almonds, finely ground 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons grated paneer cheese 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese to sprinkle 1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. 2. Cut the squash(es) in half. Scoop out the seeds and remove the pulpy strands holding the seeds. Spread the cut sides with 1 tablespoon of the ghee. 3. Heat the remaining ghee on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the cumin powder and leek and cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until the leeks are very soft and beginning to turn brown at the edges. Stir in the walnuts, salt, and sugar and mix well. Stir in the paneer. 4. Gently fill the center of each squash half with the stuffing and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and return to the oven to let the cheese melt. Serve hot.

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Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is the original Serendipity frozen hot chocolate recipe. *(with one change.) 6 oz. chopped semisweet chocolate 3 cups whole milk, divided 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. your favorite powdered hot chocolate mix 3 Tbsp. sugar 6 cups ice cubes top with whipped cream *Place chopped chocolate and 1/4 cup of the milk in a microwavesafe container. Heat on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir. (If necessary, continue heating in 30-second increments until chocolate is melted.) (Authentically, the melting process is done stove top) Add hot chocolate mix and sugar. Stir. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir, and let cool to room temperature. Pour cooled chocolate mixture into blender. Add remaining milk and ice cubes. Puree until smooth. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately. Makes 2 giant frozen hot chocolates.

Brian’s Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

10 large potatoes, peeled 2 large onions 1 carrot 6 eggs 2/3 cup flour or Matzoh Meal* 1/2tsp Baking powder salt & pepper to taste 1/2 cup oil for frying salt & pepper Grate the potatoes, onions and carrot in a food processor or in a blender .Strain through a colander, pressing out the excess water. Add eggs, flour*, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Use a 10” skillet Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat. oil a 1/2 cup measuring cup. fill with batter and carefully drop batter into pan. you should be able to place 4 to 6 into the pan at a time. Cooking time is approximately three minutes per side, or until brown on each side. remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Repeat until batter is gone. Optional: Serve with applesauce, sour cream or jelly. Serves 6 to 8 people

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Oh, Tidings of Comfort and Joy (Part IV – The Real Legacy You’ve Left Your Children) “Jeez Dad, what are we supposed to do with all this crap when you die?” Those charming words of endearment were uttered by Elliot’s forty- something daughter, Trish, as she gazed around his basement. The pictures you see here were taken in Elliot’s basement with his proud permission to set an example for all those granddads still in love with their man caves. This is a fraction of the joy in Elliot’s basement. The train set is expansive; the Pez collection hysterical. There is the office, one of three in the house, and the obligatory piles of papers. There are pictures and pinups. There are cars, trucks and fire engines. There are books and games, the old record player that plays only 45s, the lava lamp and an early Apple computer. There is a pinball machine. There is also a running fish tank still awaiting the new fish. There is the wood working shop that produced his daughter’s dollhouse and many a bird house. There is, of course, the magazine collection: a variety of titles and 40 years of Time arranged in chronological order. This is a tidy, miniature Smithsonian guaranteed to leave you filled with awe and giggles. Elliot, now in his 70s, is also a man who continues to be active, well-respected, and loved in his community. He knows everyone 20

and is greeted with hugs and handshakes wherever he goes. He continues to make a difference and has won numerous awards for doing so. His office walls are lined with plaques of recognition and gratitude. He keeps mementos, gifts, and bits of silly. He displays it all with delight and great amusement. His grandkids love it; his daughters…not so much. Trish has only said out loud what many adults children have secretly lamented. This future task of downsizing and disposing has begun to secretly haunt them with every family visit. They see their parents’ home with new eyes, visualizing a future filled with months of sorting and hauling away. That dear old dad is still enjoying his man cave and mom her crafting corner is not their focus. Letting go and getting organized have been the New Hot Topics for several years now. But getting seniors downsized to move and move on is the “New” New Hot Topic in numerous publications nationwide. All are testaments to our nesting abilities that have run amok over time: our shopping, storing and saving; our scooping and shoving. In a September 2014 issue of The Seattle Times, writer Claudia Buck details the issues and problems of downsizing parents in her article, “Boomers Need Help Dealing With Their Parents’ ‘Stuff.’”

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It’s a look at how people who had time, and some who didn’t, approached this daunting situation. I’d recommend that you gain a bit of leverage by reading these personal accounts that reflect a growing concern. But I also would like to recommend some services that can help you. I assured Trish that I could give her four phone numbers and she wouldn’t have to touch a thing if she didn’t want to. While that may have seemed highly optimistic, there is no reason for anyone to think they have to go this alone.

Clean Out Companies: Though often followed with the words

“buy out” they charge to bring in the men and trucks to haul away. If they see value in what they are taking and know they can sell it in their warehouses, the cost for their services is less. You may be able to make some money but it depends, again, on what is being removed.

You can start here, you can end here, but know that this is money well spent whether time is of the essence or not. Take the “clean out” part seriously.

Estate Sales: Professionals can come in, mark everything, establish sale dates, and send the message that the sale is starting through their extensive client list. They rely on social media and are very successful. The house must be empty of occupants. Charities: If time matters, find the ones that send out trucks. If you have time, find the charity closest to you and continue to make a beeline for it. Habitat for Humanity would love to have Dad’s tools and hardware as well as household items and furniture. You might have to have items at curb level. Ask about this. Auction Houses: There are probably several in your area and it’s worth a few phone calls or a Google search to see how they operate in regards to sending out trucks or any fees that may be involved. Think of paying someone to have that garage sale for you.

Antique Dealers: If you grew up in that same house, you might

have an idea of what would be considered valuable. A Google or E-bay search may be helpful to find specific collectors as well as values. Dealers may have different opinions on what they feel is worthy and what might sell.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: If your parents are still in the house

and plan on staying there, you want to see that it is safe and comfortable; that the stairways are clear and that trash is not accumulating. Know where the important papers are. If your parents are leaving, or have left, then you want to get the house on the market. Don’t get weighed down in the little stuff. — continued on next page www.livingwellmagazine.net

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If you are the parent, start now, start small. Even if you are just getting rid of old papers and magazines and cleaning out a drawer here and there, you are doing something helpful. If you’re the adult child, look into these services in your parents’ area now. Have a few strategies in place so that when the time comes, you can handle this with some level of grace and assurance. It will still be challenging, but maybe less so if you’ve done a little homework. Bringing everything that belonged to your parents across your own threshold to “go through later” is not always a good idea. You may have no other choice, but it can mean compromising your own home and discovering those things being ruined with time and dampness in your basement.

Want more help? Try this: https://www.caring.com/ articles/getting-rid-of-seniors-junk There are numerous websites with tips and suggestions. Don’t read everything all at once. Take baby steps and tiny bites. So, Elliott, why not give away some lovely memories now? Go through the pictures, the memorabilia and wrap them up for any giftgiving opportunities this coming year. You get a few things out of the basement, and your grown kids get to choose if they want to immortalize them or toss them. Trish, now you have these resources to investigate that can help you in the future. Not to worry. Just don’t be surprised if you get old family photos for Christmas…and some Time magazines on your birthday. Karen Jessee is a professional organizer and founder of Simply Organized. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Philadelphia Chapter of Professional Organizers. She encourages people to simplify their lives and works with those who need to downsize and get organized. Karen helps clients make the decisions and create the systems that are best for them. She also teaches the strategies to help clients gain greater clarity, control, productivity and peace. Karen is a public speaker on these topics. Visit her website at: www.nowsimplyorganized.com 22

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All That You Are

Or all of the above, at varying times.

I have a confession to make: this is my last column for 2014 and I want it to be special – yet I’m not sure what to write. The year is swiftly drawing to a close, the holidays are once again upon us, and by the time you read this you’ll likely be up to your ears in the mad rush of the season. More than anything I’d love for this article to serve as a respite for you, a time-out that calms your nerves and soothes your soul. If you love to read, perhaps the very act of giving yourself this time will do just that. (And if you don’t love to read…please, do something else! Nourish yourself, for God’s sake!)

Regardless of how you might initially perceive or label this year, give yourself the gift of stepping back and seeing it from the perspective of how beautifully it has served you, and how perfectly it has extended the arc of your life in ways that really matter to you.

Every year around this time we are bombarded with suggestions about how to get through the frenzy of the holiday season with our wits and our waistlines intact. I have my own perspective on that, but in all honesty I don’t want to be part of the bombardment. I suspect you already know, given your life experience, your heartfelt intentions and the wisdom of your soul, how you want to move through this time. So…listen to yourself. Honor the inklings and impulses that guide you to celebrate the season in a way that is uplifting and meaningful to you. Traditions are wonderful, yet over time they can become confining. Be willing to let one or two of them go and create space for something new to flow in. Pause now to take a full, deep breath. And another. And another. I love doing that, especially when I have writer’s block. The simple act of pausing and suspending all need to “do” or to “figure something out” is subtly refreshing. And in this fresh moment I find that what I most want to share with you is this: as you package up 2014, be sure to put a beautiful bow on it. No doubt you experienced a bounty of highs and lows and ebbs and flows this year. You may consider it one of your best years…or one of your worst. It may have surprised you with unexpected challenges - or unexpected miracles. It may have moved so quickly that you could barely keep up, or so slowly you felt you might atrophy from boredom.

Ask yourself a few heartcentered questions – preferably with a warm mug of something yummy in your hands – such as:

And just to keep things from getting too serious: Did I fully celebrate my good hair days? Feel free to make up your own questions. The idea is to consciously see yourself, and the year you’ve just lived, through the eyes of love. What if you could trust that every moment of your life is either an expression of the love that you are, or an opportunity to awaken further to it? What if you could see your life as an ongoing process of growing and evolving, rather than a race-to-the-finish marathon of solving problems, improving yourself and correcting mistakes? What if you are exactly where you need to be, and you can go anywhere from here? You are, and you can.

1. What did I open myself to this year? 2. In what ways have I grown? 3. What have I let go of that needed to be let go? 4. What did I learn about myself?

Take another sip and another deep breath. This is the perfect time to acknowledge and appreciate all that you are and all that you are becoming. Open your heart to yourself and feel your innate goodness. Your inner light. Your courage and willingness and persistence and humor. Your quirky “youness.” Your absolute worthiness. You are a gift to this world. And if that’s not something to celebrate, I don’t know what is.

5. Where have I gained clarity about what matters to me?

So here’s a toast to you and all that you are. May this season be a glorious reflection of your spirit and your sparkle.

6. How did I uplift, inspire or comfort others?

Enjoy!

7. What do I feel really good about? 8. What can I now forgive in myself? 9. What can I now forgive in others? 10. What qualities, talents or accomplishments do I want to expand in 2015?

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While working on my thoughts for the Tech Addicted products this month, I decided I could kill two birds with one stone. I was having a harder time than usual focusing on all of my other work and I didn’t know why, until I realized how soothing I found the ambient sound of rain on my desk. As my eyes got heavier and heavier I realized that I had, had the Sound Oasis on the entire time. The Sound Oasis is a tiny speaker that comes preloaded with soothing sounds that will help you relax; imagining the beach and the ocean is a lot easier with the sound of the beach sitting on your desk. Once I realized what the cause of my sluggishness was, I turned on the Bluetooth mode and was surprised at how nice the sound quality was listening to my music collection. The moral of this story: The Sound Oasis is a great compact speaker that has the ability to put you to sleep or rock you out to get some work done.

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This month’s Tech Addicted will be looking at some gear that is designed to compliment the toys you already own. We also have some fun stuff that are designed for the iPad that helps children learn math, letters, and shapes, in a fun interactive gaming experience.

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For the aspiring artists out there, this pen could be a complete game changer if you are interested in moving to a digital medium. The pen features a precise and pressure sensitive tip to help you create the super heroes of the future. It also features a convenient button that turns the stylus tip into an eraser.

Let me preface this by saying that my handwriting is indecipherable and my best drawings are composed of stick figures. With that out of the way, I still enjoyed my time using the Bamboo Stylus Fineline by Wacom. Ever since I got my first laptop, my note taking has primarily been done in Microsoft Word, and my notebooks of yester year have been gathering dust. For those of you who still like taking notes with a pen and paper, this pen is for you. Whether you are actually taking notes or just doodling the Bamboo Paper app that works with your pen can export to various popular services, such as; Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, and Twitter, so you can have all your handwritten notes neatly organized.

All and all the Bamboo Stylus fineline is a great accessory for the techies that have an iPad. www.wacom.com

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Tiggly Counts

Tiggly Counts is an adorable and fun way for your child to learn addition. The game is played on your iPad and comes with 5 magnetic pieces, that when touched to the screen input your child’s answer. In the Tiggly Chef app, you are greeted by a silly chef that needs your help to make his delicious concoctions. Hot Egg Sundae Lickety-Split is the name of my favorite addition recipe. The animation and the visual style are top notch and will have your kids laughing at the silly ingredients the Tiggly Chef wants them to put together. At the end of each exercise, your child will be asked if his creation is yummy and will record your child’s voice response. Tiggly Count was a lot of fun as an adult; I think your kids will agree. Tiggly Counts come with three free iPad learning apps: Tiggly Chef, Tiggly Addventure, and Tiggly Cardtoons. http://tiggly.com

Valedo is a medical device that attaches sensors to your lower back and your chest and makes a game out of promoting lower back health through movement. Valedo and an iPhone using the Valedo app, enables it to read how your posture is from the through the attached sensors placed on your body. The game had me flying through the air collecting coins and dodging enemies all while strengthen my lower back with side bends and other movements that translate my movement into flight. It was a lot of fun, and for me a complete game changer when it comes to my at home therapy, though my dog Calvin was confused at what I was doing and decided that it was a good time to dance with me, totally messing up my score. If you suffer from back, pain or you want to help prevent it all together, do your self a favor, and look into Valedo, a product that will take your back to the future. www.valedotherapy.com

Back pain is a miserable way of life for a lot of people. It is the type of pain that you can get relief from, but somehow, someway, it always comes back (no pun intended). If you are someone, who suffers with back pain my first recommendation is to go see a healthcare professional and get you’re back evaluated. Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, and a Masseuse have all helped me immensely in the past, but they all have something in common, homework. I constantly drop the ball by not doing the recommended exercises, though helpful, I find them to be a chore. Fortunately, Valedo has made a product that speaks to my inner tech addict as well as my avid love for gaming.

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Osmo Osmo is a game that is designed to teach shapes, spelling, and will challenge your kids with new ways to interact with the iPad. Osmo consists of a stand for you iPad and a mirror that goes over top of the camera, so that the iPad can scan the area in front of it. This allows for physical Tangram puzzles to be assembled based off of blue prints that show up on the screen, and once assembled correctly it will let your child know. Osmo also includes letter pieces that are part of a spelling game. The game challenges two teams to put the correct letter pieces in front of the camera, while giving visual clues that help them identify what things are as well as how they are spelled. The last game in the set called Newton looks to be the most innovative of the bunch. This game features a ball that starts at the top of your screen, which then falls down into an abyss, but if you take a regular piece of paper and draw the proper shape it will hit that and bounce the ball into the target. Your kids can even use their own toys to manipulate how the ball falls. All in all this is a very cool product that will have kids and adults using their nearby toys in a fun and educational way. Osmo awakens all of your childs senses. www.playosmo.com

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You taught me a home technique of pulling my lower teeth forward to make room for my wisdom teeth when they first started to bother me. Ten years laterand amazingly I have no pain and my wisdom teeth have grown in. How do I learn other tricks of the trade to do for myself at home to prevent having to get interventions?

I am in law enforcement and I am in my car most of the time that I am on duty, my back seems to be getting progressively worse. Occasionally, I get a pain that almost buckles my legs when I get out of the car. I am afraid to report this to work because I love my current assignment.

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There are several tips I tell all my patients: enter a room with your heart first and not your nose, do press-ups several times a day to keep your posture upright, drink lots of water, decrease acid foods, think constantly “I am Love and Light”, be aware of your posture especially when talking, chewing, standing, sitting, lifting or using your arms overhead, use glycerin in your ears, drink carrot juice for night blindness. The list goes on and on as well there are even more particular messages for individuals. You must understand osteopathy is about creating space so your body can naturally transform. Space can mean opportunity for all kinds of things to move and shift; thoughts, cells, restrictions, belief systems. Osteopathic techniques address all aspects that may be creating the limitations of the human being on the treatment table. As these layers of tight tissue, thoughts that encourage restricted posture, health issues that cause postural muscles to splint and protect, old injuries haunting us years later are eliminated one by one, it is like a chain reaction occurs and change starts sprouting up everywhere. Freedom in the truest sense. For these concepts, I have two types of lectures. One is for my patients and the public; “Bodies Work” where many insights are revealed with a questions/answer segment. This is very informative. For a more professional curriculum, an accredited class is available called Myofascial and Osteopathic Manual Therapy which can fulfill CEU. requirements. The most important thing in the world for you to know about is Your Own Body. Keep doing your homework and asking questions.

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One of the greatest potential dangers to animals in the winter months is antifreeze (ethylene glycol). Antifreeze is extremely toxic to pets. It has a sweet taste that is often what attracts dogs and cats to taste it. Consequently, even the small amount that may spill on the garage floor can be fatal. Be sure to clean up even the smallest amount. Less than a teaspoon can kill a cat! Antifreeze is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. The mortality rate is very high. Pets will appear as if they are intoxicated. Vomiting, stumbling and depression are common signs in the first twelve hours after ingestion. The toxic chemical has an affinity for the kidneys and quickly causes kidney failure. If you suspect that your pet may have ingested antifreeze, get them to your veterinarian immediately. This is a medical emergency. Minutes can make the difference between life and death. There is a product on the market that is an alternative to the active ingredient in antifreeze, ethylene glycol. It utilizes propylene glycol in place of ethylene glycol. If you own a pet or care about those animals that wander outdoors, please consider purchasing the safer antifreeze. It costs a few dollars more but it could save the life of someone’s pet. Snow and ice can be hazardous to your pet if it gets stuck between their pads. Ice balls form and cause frostbite and trauma to the skin. Be safe by wiping off your pet’s pads when they come in from the outside. Even cats that go outdoors can have major difficulties. Keep a bath towel near the door as a reminder. Feet that stay wet also set up the kind of environment that bacteria and fungus thrive in. Routinely check your pet for evidence of frostbite. Frostbitten skin can appear gray or red in color. The most common places affected are the ears, feet and tail. If you suspect that your pet has frostbite, wrap them up in a blanket to start the warming process and get to the veterinarian promptly. DO NOT use a heating pad. Animals with frostbite must be warmed gradually. Another hazard to be aware of is the salt and chemical de-icers spread on the ground. Some of these materials can be caustic

and irritate the pads and skin between the toes. There are environmentally safe products that can be used in place of these others. If you and your dog walk trails, it is not unreasonable to ask the township or whoever is in charge what kind of materials they use for snow and ice removal. Cold and damp weather can also aggravate degenerative conditions such as arthritis. Arthritis can be present at any stage of your pet’s life, but it is more common in the middle aged and geriatric years. A person with arthritis can feel stiff and painful in the joints in cold weather. The same holds true for our companion animals. Dogs and cats are not very obvious in their expression of pain and discomfort. If your elderly pet seems more lethargic, is reluctant to move, or walks a little stiff then he or she may be in discomfort. It is best to have your pet checked by your veterinarian to make a proper evaluation. There are a number of modalities, including acupuncture that can bring relief to an ailing companion animal. For those pets best suited to the outdoors other factors come into play. Obviously, adequate shelter from the rain, snow and wind is very important, as well as, insulation against cold weather. Even breeds like Huskies and Samoyeds should not be kept outdoors for long periods of time. They too can succumb to frostbite and hypothermia. Fresh water is necessary at all times. Avoid metal bowels if your pet is outside because they freeze quickly and their wet tongue can get stuck to the ice. Ceramic is a better choice. Heated dishes are available but not recommended for dogs that tend to bite or chew on wires. Finally, I believe it is a good idea to have extra supplies for your pet during the winter months just in case a snowstorm leaves you house bound. Take the time to purchase extra pet food, kitty litter and medications or supplements that your pet needs. Dr. Rose DiLeva is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of Veterinary Medicine. She practices alternative and conventional veterinary medicine. Dr. DiLeva is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and a certified veterinary chiropractitioner. She can be reached at her Animal Wellness Center in Chadds Ford, Pa. at 610-558-1616 for appointments and telephone consultations. Her web site is www.altpetdoc.com and www.drrosesremedies. com

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ARE YOU VITAMIN D DEFICIENT? As the temperatures become colder and the days are shorter, Vitamin D starts to become an issue for many people. Vitamin D is often refered to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” and is actually a hormone, made naturally by the body from fat under the skin in response to sunlight. Our bodies need this vitamin for many different functions and about one third of the U.S. population has low levels. It’s no wonder we feel so great under the warm summer sun! Do we get enough? To make enough Vitamin D to see us through the winter, we typically need ten to 15 minutes of direct sunlight on unprotected skin several times a week from May to September. Outside these months, the sun is at the wrong angle to produce the right wavelength of ultraviolet light, and no Vitamin D is produced. In October, our levels of Vitamin D should still be acceptable, assuming we have gone out in the sun during the summer. Unfortunately, Vitamin D is only stored for between one and two months in the body. Therefore, from now on, levels will start to drop and by January almost everyone will have below optimum levels.

supplement. Which one is right for you? There are two forms of Vitamin D. D2 comes from plant sources such as mushrooms or is synthetic, and D3 from sheep’s wool. There is a slight difference in their chemical structure but this shouldn’t affect the way they are processed by the body. When supplementing a vitamin-rich diet, the daily amounts will maintain levels but if already low, will not push them higher. It may take up to a month to reach respectable levels again. Research is showing that the population as a whole is becoming increasingly deficient in Vitamin D. The bright side? If you can give your skin a boost of D from the outside in, great. But, you still need to practice sun safety and fill your plate with foods naturally rich in D (like tuna or salmon) or those that get it added in (ie milk) or a 600-1000 IU supplement to be sure that everyday your body and skin, get some Vitamin D. Before you make any changes or if you suspect you have a deficiency, consult with your physician.

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The Offseason By Danny Singles, PT, DPT, MA

Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews recently authored a book about the current injury epidemic in youth sports.

Reading this book reinforced some beliefs about what I see daily in my clinic. Pre-teen and teenage athletes are constantly coming into the clinic with sports related injuries. They trickle in during the summer like drips of water from a leaky faucet. By midway through fall and into the spring, there is a steady stream of young athletes who do not make it through their seasons. Some of these injuries are traumatic, some are not. Almost all have one thing in common. The athletes who sustain them seem to be the ones who play a single sport all year round. This leads me to the topic of this month’s article. What happened to the offseason? 38

Literally, the “offseason” used to be a season off. Time spent away from a primary sport or physical activity to allow the body to recover from fatigue, wear and tear, and injury sustained during a competitive season. The “offseason” once allowed an athlete to train, to develop, and to improve their overall athletic ability. The “offseason” was crucial to a good season – how you took care of yourself in the “off season” could dictate how you did in the competitive season and if you stayed healthy. From Little League to club Lacrosse to Ballet dancing to club Soccer and everything in between, an offseason is an increasingly rare concept. Far too often, I have young patients that sustain serious overuse or traumatic injuries that might have been prevented if they were able to develop more balance in their musculoskeletal system. Instead of a season off to pursue other interests, take care of their bodies, and develop better control, coordination, balance, and safe movement patterns, they pursue a particular activity all year.

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What are these safe movement patterns that they miss out on? Think of all the skills you learn on a playground while playing tag or catch (ex: squatting, running, jumping, landing, ducking, swinging, climbing, turning, pivoting, cutting, throwing, pushing, pulling, etc.) – raw athletic skills that are needed as the basis for safe movement in any athletic activity. These are exactly the type of skills that most of my young injured patients do not have. They are immensely skilled at a particular activity or sport because they have done it 24/7 since age 10 or younger. Their muscles, bones, nervous system, and whole bodies, however, have only adapted to the stresses of this one particular activity so that now, at age 14 or 15 or 16, they are very specific in their ability to control their body in skills related to that activity. This is a very bad thing. Being imbalanced in this way opens the door for injury – competitive sports require specificity of skills, but not of athletic movement. Athletic movement must be good movement regardless of sport. It transcends sport or activity and is a universal. Look again at that above list of “playground skills.” Almost any of them can be present in any sport. Without these fundamentally sound movement patterns, the kind that can only develop from doing multiple activities, an athlete is likely at an increased risk for injury. I commonly expect to see these imbalances in adults who are more specialized in their activities in life. Unfortunately, it is also becoming all too common a sight for me in the clinic to see younger patients with the same imbalances I might see in an adult. How does this happen? Many reasons exist, but the one we are focusing on here in this article is the lack of an offseason. Participating year round in a single sport, often with multiple teams at once, allows no time for the body to rest, recover, repair, and rebuild. How do we bring back the offseason?

sport or a secondary sport is also foreign to me. I was a multisport athlete throughout high school and never hurt. Admittedly, my 34 year old brain isn’t what it used to be, but I remember very few non-traumatic overuse injuries in my teammates. In any case, there certainly weren’t droves of student-athletes coming into athletic training rooms with injuries they way they do now. Anecdotal and weak evidence I know, but take a moment and think about your own experience as a young athlete (if you played sports). I’d bet yours is similar to mine. Many young athletes I talk to have known what their primary sport is for several years by the time they are a pre-teen. It’s as if they forget about exploring their interests and become pigeonholed as a tennis player, soccer player, basketball player, or dancer long before their bodies have even finished physically maturing. I am always struck by this when watching professional sports – the announcers often talk about what incredible athletes these men and women are and how they excelled in multiple sports in high school and many of them in did so in college as well. For most of their playing careers they pursued balance in their activities. That right there should be a big clue; to excel, you need the balance that multiple activities provides. Again, an offseason is a perfect time to devote to such activities.

Maybe you are considering giving an offseason rest or offseason activity a try? For you, your young athletes, or anyone else, the body needs its season off.

Part of the problem, I suspect, is that to a young athlete with college scholarship aspirations, an offseason seems to be wasted time. “You mean I have to spend 3 months away from tennis/ swimming/soccer/lacrosse/basketball etc and do something else?” An offseason can be active rest – an athlete can do cardio and strength training to maintain and improve fitness. Or, it can be time to pursue a secondary sport. What are secondary sports? I honestly despise the term, because the notion of a primary

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When All Else Fails, You Can Play “Show Me Your Movie!”

Maggie saw Jim kick the family dog. His foot firmly connected with Grover’s belly, sending him into a humiliating skid on the kitchen floor. The dog yelped and peed on the floor but he wasn’t injured. Maggie was shaking with anger and a little bit of fear. It was bad enough that Jim had been yelling at her, but now he was abusing their dog? He would pay for his lapse in judgment, but right now she just wanted to get away from him. She stormed out of the kitchen and slammed the door to her bedroom. Later that evening, she approached Jim in the family room while he was channel surfing. “We need to talk,” she intoned. Jim looked rather sheepish but he agreed. Tears began streaming from Maggie’s eyes as she expressed her shock and dismay that Jim would take his frustration out on Grover. As Jim listened to Maggie’s recounting of what happened, he was horrified. How could she think he would do such a thing? “I did no such thing, Maggie! I merely yelled at Grover. I realized that was the wrong thing to do when he peed, but all I did was yell!” Jim was adamant that he would never touch any living thing out of anger, let alone kick a defenseless dog. How could Maggie attribute such a despicable action to the man she claimed to love? Jim was inconsolable at the thought. Needless to say, since Maggie and Jim could not agree about what happened earlier that day in their kitchen, there wasn’t much they could do but continue to argue about who was right and who was wrong. It devolved into an argument that would last for years and never be resolved. Whenever another conflict arose, it always 40

came up. Does this sound familiar? Have you ever had the experience of recalling events completely differently from the way someone you are close to remembers it? Have you felt utterly shocked by a close friend’s, family member’s or romantic partner’s version of what happened? You remember what happened in detail yet it seems like this other person whom you usually trust and feel close to is suffering some sort of memory lapse. You are sure they are sane but in this moment they seem to be having a severe leave of their senses. Most of us have experienced some version of this many, many times. It is a huge issue for couples. She is certain he said or did one thing, while he swears he said and did something different. He knows it is her fault, but she can recall every single thing he said and clearly he is to blame. This dynamic is so common in couples we refer to it as “He said, She said.” And yet, few of us know how to sort out the facts in a way which satisfies both parties. How can this all too frequent rift in partnership be solved? This may sound insane but when all else fails, you can play a game! Not just any game, but a very specific game. I refer to it as “Show Me Your Movie” and my partner introduced me to it. He has an advanced degree in psychology and although he doesn’t seem to think that counts for much, I find that his educated insights often produce the most delightful strategies for solving interpersonal conflicts. At his prompting, I learned how to play “Show Me Your

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Movie” when we were experiencing a complete departure in our versions of “what happened.” Rather than allow our interaction to follow the all too common path of trying to “convince” each other that our version is the “right” one, we played this game. The end result was beautiful! Our hearts opened as we laughed and cried and experienced each other’s version of reality as if we were watching a movie. We felt connected at the heart again and somehow “who was right” didn’t seem as important anymore. In fact, we could forgive each other for seeing things differently.

Would you like to try this game? Next time you get into a deadlock with your partner or someone else that you are close to, try this: 1. At Home, Forget the “Facts!” ONLY Feelings Matter Few people are able to agree on what is or is not a fact. Intelligent and well-meaning people disagree all the time. And yet, a lot of people attempt to “prove” they are right and the other guy is “wrong.” The fact is that our feelings shape our perceptions, and so even when you are attempting to be logical and factual, you probably are less so than you think. And no matter how much you may enjoy “winning” debates, your home is no place for such displays. In intimate relationships, “winning” an argument translates to losing the love we want. Each time we “prove” our partner “wrong,” we ultimately lose because we fail to acknowledge our partner’s valuable contribution and we diminish their role in the relationship. While I recommend that you cultivate a preference for feelings over facts in general, you may not be ready to make such a sweeping change. In that case, you can at least agree that for the sake of this game, what’s most important isn’t the “facts,” but the feelings. So find the feelings, yours and your partner’s, and allow that to take center stage.

2. Take Turns Agree who will share their movie first. While your partner is recounting their version of what happened, don’t think about anything else, just immerse yourself in their experience and allow their emotions about their story to touch your heart. Then when they are done, express your empathy and identification with their story. See if you can describe their experience from their point of view. Once they feel totally heard and understood, ask if they are ready to hear your movie. If they are ready to listen with empathy and enthusiasm, or at least curiosity, you can share your version of what happened. But be careful to tell it like you were telling it for the first time and avoid anything which smacks of asserting that your version is the “right” one. For instance, don’t say things like “I know for a fact.” Instead, say things like “In my movie, what

happened was . . .”

3. Listen, Feel, Empathize and Enjoy the Movie! When listening, suspend your critical observations and allow yourself to get pulled into your partner’s story as if you were sitting in a movie theatre allowing the story to sweep you away and impact your emotions. Laugh, cry, get caught up in the storyline without trying to figure out how your partner’s reality might impact you. At the points where their “movie” differs from your own, you may be tempted to shut down, but remember partnership is better served when we are able to perceive conflicting viewpoints simultaneously. Become an impartial observer as well as an enthusiastic movie-goer!

4. Don’t Try to “Solve” the Problem Most importantly, don’t try to solve the conflict or come to an agreement about what did or did not happen, and what should or should not be done about the disagreement. For now, at least, focus on connecting at the heart level and feeling your partner’s emotions in your own body. Too many of us try to “solve” our conflicts instead of connecting empathically with the emotions. What happened is in the past. What matters is how we want to live moving forward. And what really defines an intimate relationship is the quality of the heart connection. We can tend to forget that when we are bent upon “winning” an argument. But “winning” only corrodes our relationships. What we need is understanding and emotional safety. If you have any trouble playing this game, it might help to have a third party who is experienced with the process guide you a few times until you get it. This is just one of the many techniques I teach the couples I work with so they can enjoy each other more fully. Location is no barrier. I do this work over the phone just as effectively as I do in my Northern California office. Give me a call, text me or drop me an email. Let’s play Show Me Your Movie!

Veronica Monet, ACS, CAM: Author, Couples Consultant and Radio Host Veronica Monet’s perspective on sex, anger and relationships may challenge your old beliefs but you are sure to find her insights uniquely helpful to your personal life. Veronica is a highly visible spokesperson for sexual rights and has appeared on every major network as well as CNN, FOX, CNBC, WE, A&E and international television programs. She has been profiled in many publications including The New York Times and has lectured at a variety of academic venues including Kent State, Stanford and Yale Universities. As a Certified Sexologist (ACS), Certified Sex Educator (SFSI), Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAM), and a Trained Volunteer for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) Veronica Monet coaches clients over the telephone and in-person at her Northern California office. You are invited to contact her at veronica@ TheShameFreeZone.com, call toll free at 888.903.0050 and listen to her online radio program, The Shame Free Zone, at http://www.sextalkradionetwork.com

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Poor diet is a major contributor to the leading causes of chronic disease and death in the United States, including heart disease, diabetes, increased fat in the blood, and stroke1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey revealed that less than 25% of Americans consumed the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and equally few were as physically active as what was recommended.2 According to a report from CNN, “Harvard researchers say, inactivity caused an increase in deaths from coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancers caused more than 5.3 million deaths in 2008 worldwide.”3 I am aware that you have heard such research before, already know what two plus two equals and have a pulse. You know this, America knows this! But, how can you be motivated to change? Even a little? Why are the Junky Burgers of the world winning? This coming New Year’s Eve, resolve to rethink your game plan. Take back control of your health! Tell the dark voice inside to shut it! Start with the man (or woman) in the mirror! Ask how it’s working for you! Pray, meditate and facilitate! Run to the highest peak and shout “2015 is MY YEAR!” Tell your couch it’s benched!

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Ponds at Bayberry a place to live well

an american small town in the making. A place to linger with friends on the front porch – or enjoy morning coffee with the sunrise. A place for lounging poolside on a sunny summer day – and relaxing in a comfortable empty nest. The Ponds at Bayberry is all about quality of life – in every aspect of its thoughtful, environmentally-sound design. Green, tree-lined boulevards, acres and acres of parkland and a variety of beautiful, historically-inspired, energy efficient home designs will create a setting and a lifestyle unlike anything else. Interested? The best way to experience The Ponds at Bayberry is to visit us. Come and take a look at your future hometown…The Ponds at Bayberry.

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