A Family Caregiver Thanksgiving Story: In Rehab

My pop was fond of responding to any “How are you?” inquiry like this: “I’ve never been better in my life!” My mom shared her wisdom when sending me off to grade school: “Elaine, never let anyone think you aren’t having the best day of your life!” I was raised with the power of positive thinking. And through the years, I was consistently inspired by the spirit, humor and resilience my parents demonstrated throughout a lifetime of challenges. One time, …

Thaw A Turkey in the Dryer? Try Some Safer Methods

Under the heading “Don’t Try This At Home,” comes this photo of actress Zooey Deschanel, star of the new Fox TV sitcom “New Girl,” trying unsuccessfully to defrost a Thanksgiving turkey in the dryer on a recent episode. Obviously, her character is meant to be clueless, but thawing that gigantic poultry cannonball in time to cook it for the holiday feast is a common problem — and a potential source of food-borne illness. Because most of us only have to …