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April brings us Easter and the possibility of Easter Brunch. Do you have traditions? If these include brunch at home, check out some of our favorite recipes. April also brings us Spring, with flowers and trees in full bloom. I’ve planted vegetables and cleaned out all the leaves from fall and winter. Everything looks cleaner and brighter. This year, we’ve had our share of rain. If you haven’t checked out the Glory

Hole at Lake Berryessa, you’re probably one of the few who haven’t. It’s quite a sight. May ushers in Mother’s Day…a time of reflecting on our mothers. It’s a good day to celebrate with her, take her to brunch, make her day special, and thank her for all she’s done. As a mother, it’s a holiday I think we should have every month! If your mother is no longer with you, this is a good time to remember her and celebrate her life. May also brings us Memorial Day…a time of reflecting as well. Check out my article on the history of Memorial Day. Then, thank a veteran for all they have done for us. With Prime Time Travel Season coming up, take a look at our ideas and tips. Let us know if you have questions or a destination you’d like to hear about.

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YOU helps to let it go. As I persisted on wanting to feel good, I began looking for things around me to appreciate. I put on some favorite music that helps me feel good and that helped too. Then I began appreciating sound and how I respond to certain sounds positively. This caused me to think about one of my favorite sounds in the whole world: A spring afternoon and listening to the birds chirping. I could enjoy that for hours. There is nothing quite like it. This caused me to think about the courtyard right outside my office and how nice it is all messy with leaves and such. The birdbath where I can watch all different sizes and types of birds pause for a drink, or splash around bathing themselves.

By Terry Minion

Yesterday was a fascinating day. I got up feeling “off.” As I moved through my morning, I felt more off. As I was recognizing the negative feeling within me, I wanted to feel better. So I began trying to find better feeling thoughts, yet this off-feeling was persistent. So, I sat down, put my headphones on and played my 15-minute morning meditation

CD. Then, I did another, then another. I was feeling better, but still not where I wanted to be. Now I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with physical possessions around me, so I took a short nap escaping the thoughts for a few minutes. Sometimes I just need to chill for a bit and let go of that rope, so to speak, and taking a nap often

Then I looked around at the stuff in my house that was previously bothering me and my thoughts of being overwhelmed by it all, but now I was seeing it differently. I was seeing all manner of things and remembering when I bought them or how I acquired them, and how special they were at that time. I began appreciating them all over again, and that if I wanted to, I could let them go at any time and that it would be okay. Then I. . . well, I don’t want to make this too long. Let’s just say that I turned myself around and I began to feel good again. I began feeling appreciative. I began feeling valuable. I began to feel

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yourself to the vibrations of those things--and so those kinds of good-feeling experiences will dominate your life. Today, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing, it is my dominant intent to look for what I am wanting to see.”

whole again. I kept finding more things to see that helped me to feel these improved feelings. My world became see-worthy again. Here’s a great bit from Abraham, Esther Hicks on this subject: “As you hold to your intention to look for evidence of WellBeing and thriving and success and happiness, you will tune

“You cannot be in a place other than where you are right now, but you do have the power to begin to express your perspective about where you are in increasingly better ways. And as you do that consciously and deliberately, you will see the evidence of the power of your focus on every subject to which you turn your attention.”

consciously look for positive aspects within the subjects that you are involved in every day, and as you deliberately identify and focus upon what you do want regarding these subjects, you will set yourself upon a path of Eternal unfolding satisfaction and joy.” Help your world to be see-worthy by telling a different story. Tell it the way you want it to be and spread some joy today by creating joy for yourself through appreciation. Terry Minion is an owner/manager of, a website, online marketing company based in Fairfield CA. He also writes the CTS Daily Inspirations at

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It’s a Loud,

By Cynthia Peffers, ACA, BC-HIS


oise pollution is a feature of our increasingly crowded world and many people have already experienced dangerous hearing conditions. How can you tell if your hearing has been affected? It’s not as easy as you might suspect.

What are you listening to? Sound


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As a simple test, think about how your ears reacted to loud noise situations. If there was pain, a feeling of having your ears blocked, the need to shout in order to be heard, or a temporary buzzing or ringing in your ears, chances are you have experienced hearing damage. How does this damage happen? Inside the ear are small, delicate hairs that help conduct the noise that constitutes your hearing. Injury to these hair cells comes from exposure to loud noises that can be sudden or prolonged. This can result in temporary and permanent hearing loss. To guard against noise-induced hearing loss, you need to become familiar with and avoid dangerous decibel levels. Any sound over 85 decibels exceeds what hearing experts consider the “safe” range. More than that and, over time, there’s a good chance you’ll damage your ears. • The average conversation between two people tunes in at about 60 decibels. • A motorcycle ramps the sound up to about 90 decibels — this exposure most likely wouldn’t damage hearing unless it was for an extended period of time.

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• The highest setting on your personal listening device can hover between 105 and 120 decibels — these levels are dangerous and can damage hearing. Hearing loss should be addressed before it spirals into other issues such as depression and brain atrophy. If you think you’ve already experienced dangerous sound levels and want to find out if you have hearing damage, you should have your hearing tested. Regular visits to a hearing provider will help you retain your hearing fitness.

What Are You Not Hearing? When it comes to hearing loss, people are often confused because silence is easy to ignore. It is also easy to dismiss an inability to hear on a phone or in a crowded restaurant as being an isolated incident.

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The truth is that hearing loss occurs at different levels, so not being able to hear in certain situations can be a sign of hearing loss.

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Do you have a problem hearing on the telephone?


Do you have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?


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Do a lot of people seem to mumble or not speak clearly?


Do you often misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?


Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?


Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?


Do you often hear a ringing, roaring or hissing sound?

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The winning tickets will be drawn at the 30th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, set for May 20, 2017 at Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree in Vacaville.

That top prize is a choice of a 2017 Nissan Altima, 2017 Buick Verano or 2017 Hyundai Sonata, courtesy of local auto dealer Rami Yanni.

Ticketholders need not be present to win, but those who do attend will experience Solano County’s finest opportunity to mingle and socialize while enjoying an evening of wine, food and great music, all while benefitting a great cause – the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.

Raffle prize tickets are $50 each, or buy two and get the third for free. Yanni has four dealerships -- Vacaville Nissan, Vacaville Dodge, Vacaville Buick GMC, and Vacaville Hyundai – and he has generously supported the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee for the past four years. The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee and its Raffle are fund-raising opportunities for the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. In addition to the choice of cars as a top Raffle prize, $10,000 in cash will also be awarded, according to Wendy Jackson, raffle chair. There will be 12 winners of $125, 10 winners of $500, one winner of $1,000 and one $2,500 winner. The best part? Odds of winning something are about one in 100, as only 2,500 tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, purchased with a credit card by fax at (707) 646-3135, or in person at the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation office at 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, or at Jackson Medical Supply on Main Street in Vacaville.

Presenting Sponsors are Al and Patt Shaw, Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Rami Yanni of Vacaville Nissan, Dodge, Hyundai and Buick GMC, Western Health Advantage, DPR Construction and Brett and Mimi Johnson. The 30th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee has a wine country casual theme this year, and the event gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Jubilee tickets, for those ages 21 and over, are $75 each (plus a small service charge) through March 31, and must be purchased in advance by going to www.wineandfoodjubilee. org.Tickets will be $100 after March 31 and $125 on the day of the event, if still available. For more information, call (707) 646-3133.

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all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it’s a necessary evil that gets old very quickly! Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier. When cleaning is fun and even effortless, you’ll feel more energized and gain the momentum you need to knock out your list of chores. Afterward, your house will sparkle from top to bottom, which is its own reward! boom 14


Find smarter tools

Throw out the messy bucket and mop and reach for a smarter floor solution that’s efficient and fun to use. For example, the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop & Bucket System has a builtin wringer that offers superior moisture control of the mop, which makes it safe and easy to use on all hard floor surfaces even hardwood! The hands-free wringer requires a simple press of the foot pedal to easily spin out the water and help finish the job with less mess and faster drying times.


Try natural solutions

Commercial cleaning solutions can add extra costs to your deep cleaning session, not to mention the harsh chemicals can leave behind unpleasant odors. Why not experiment with everyday pantry items? These often cost less and are just as effective in their cleaning power. A simple solution of warm water and vinegar removes built-up grime from your floors, while leaving a clean, rinse-free finish. Just add a half cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon of warm water and start mopping.


If you dislike the smell of vinegar, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil - the fresh scent will be like a small reward!

Shortcut to shining windows

If you want streak-free mirrors and clean windows without the hassle, Cas Aarssen, author of “Real Life Organizing: Cleaning and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day” and the YouTube channel ClutterBug, has this expert tip: Add a teaspoon of cornstarch to your favorite glass cleaner and shake until dissolved. Cornstarch improves the cleaning power of the solution and makes streaks a thing of the past, so you’ll get the job done more quickly.

cleaning day more difficult. To clean your ceiling fan without showering dust bunnies everywhere, an old pillowcase is your best tool. Spritz the inside of the pillowcase with a vinegar and water solution and slip it over the blades of the fan, pulling it back to trap the dust.


Use a cleaning method that also protects

For those tough to reach moldings and corners, use a sturdy rubber band to wrap a microfiber cloth around the end a broom, and give those hard-to-reach areas a clean sweep!

Aarssen has an easy tip that will not only shine up your kitchen appliances, it will repel fingerprints and food splatters often left behind. Just spritz on a little wood furniture polish and rub in with a soft cloth until the surface shines like new.

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Memorial Day the Unofficial Start of Summer… and So Much More

graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

By Wendy VanHatten


emorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, conjuring images of picnics, barbecues or just a lazy day off. But, it’s more than that. Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear; Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the boom 16

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I, when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war. It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May. The long-cherished Memorial Day tradition of wearing red poppies got its start in 1915. While reading Ladies’ Home Journal, an overseas war secretary named Moina Michael came across the famous World War I poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae,

50 other countries, including England, France and Australia.

which begins, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/ Between the crosses, row on row.” Moved, she vowed always to wear a silk poppy in honor of the American soldiers who gave up their lives for their country. She started selling them to friends and co-workers and campaigned for the red flowers to become an official memorial emblem. The American Legion embraced the symbol in 1921, and the tradition has spread to more than

While traditional Memorial Day rites have dwindled in many towns, they remain strong at Arlington National Cemetery. Since the 1950s, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division have placed American flags at each of the more than 260,000 graves there. During the weekend, they patrol around the clock to make sure each flag remains aloft. On the holiday itself, every year about 5,000 people turn out to see the President or Vice President give a speech and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And other Americans are encouraged to observe in a more solitary fashion. At 3 p.m. local time, according to the 2000 National Moment of Remembrance Act, which was passed to emphasize the meaning of Memorial Day, all Americans should “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

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The Being Mortal Project By Louise Joyce

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A Community Collaborative Conversation

not the only ones who share our vision of easing suffering at end-of-life.

As the Yolo Hospice Community Liaison, for five years I have been waiting patiently, deeply and passionately for everyone, not just our medical professionals and clinicians, or the chronically and terminally ill, to step up and receive this conversation, because whether we know it or not, we need it. We at Yolo Hospice may be your experts at end-of-life, and our calling is specific, but we are

Dedicated medical professionals and clinicians of Yolo County, whose daily work is to walk patients and families through the overwhelming and intense landscape at end-of-life options, end each day knowing that if the conversation had started sooner, there would be so much less suffering. They came to the table, as if our request to participate in the conversation eased the ache of their knowing. Among us there began a collective cloud of creativity around how we would continue the conversation. We at Yolo Hospice were simply the navigators. The Being Mortal Project of Yolo County was fast becoming a Community Collaborative Conversation (try to say that really fast three times) or a CCC as we lovingly call it amongst our Being Mortal team at Yolo Hospice. An even greater beauty is that, thanks to our Community Partners, we were carrying the conversation the non-profit way. The financial cost of the mission/work so far has been $0. Together, we have moved many lives a little closer to the conversation.






Our focus is on You!

But we needed more help. As a small non-profit hospice we were committed to saying “yes� to every request for the conversation. We were so excited that it was finally here. The challenge was to release our clinical staff to do their much needed work of hospice, while supporting Being Mortal to continue the conversation.



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Foundation of America liked the idea. In October, we officially asked all of our discussion facilitators, who gave of their time and effort to advance the conversation, if they would officially accept the title of Being Mortal Ambassadors for 2016.

Yolo County’s

We’re proud to introduce your Being Mortal Ambassadors for Yolo County today. Many can be seen pictured in the large Ambassadors photo. Being Mortal Ambassadors not present that day for the event at URC include: Jeffrey Yee, MD, Dignity Health; JR Vega, LVN, Carlton Plaza Davis; Gitane, PhD, Heart to Heart Radio; Alison Kent, Listen Ink; Theresa Daniels, our Master Data Keeper.

Yolo County’s

We reached out to Hospice Foundation of America with the idea of creating Being Mortal Ambassadors from the medical professionals and clinicians Solano County’s Solano County’s within Yolo County. These Ambassadors would be committed to continuing the conversation and carrying it wherever we need it to go. Hospice

Solano County’s

Our Yolo Hospice Being Mortal Ambassadors (unpictured) include: Craig Dresang; Gwendolyn Kaltoft, RN, EdD; Stephanie Gwiazdon, RN, MSNEd, CHPN; Leah Morris, RN, MPH, MS; MaryAnn

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1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts 1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 cup green onions, chopped 8 ounces Swiss cheese, grated and divided 6 large eggs, beaten 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon table salt Dash of ground red pepper Dash of white pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 425°. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp. Prick bottom and sides of crust with a fork. You can also add pie weights to keep crust from shrinking or bubbling.

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Nothing better than a tasty quiche and a piece of delicious coffee cake to start off your Easter Brunch. Our tested recipes come to us from people who love to cook…and to eat.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Cool piecrust. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until crispy. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle bacon over bottom of pie shell. Sprinkle green onions over bacon. Sprinkle half of Swiss cheese over onions. Whisk together beaten eggs and next 5  ingredients. Carefully  pour egg mixture over cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese over egg mixture. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and set in middle. Cool 15 minutes before serving.  Recipe provided by

flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Cut the butter into 1-tablespoon pieces, then add it to the mixture and use your hands to mix it in until you’ve formed moist crumbs. Set aside. To make the cake, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl to combine. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, sugar, and melted butter to combine. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until fully combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan and top with half of the streusel. Pour the remaining batter on top, then finish with a sprinkling of the remaining streusel.

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