8 Water Getaways

When summer finally rolls around and you have some extra daylight on your hands, it’s a good time to escape to somewhere wet. It could be to a beach, lake, river or even a neighborhood pool. But my advice is to skip all the places everyone goes and try something new. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Mohawk, Mich. Plan an outdoor adventure on the stunning shores of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. You’ll  have access to the country’s largest lake and its stunning shore …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The words “knavery,” “rapscallion,” “flapdoodle” and “caterwaul” are in danger of extinction. (Learn more at UPI) 2. Despite New Year’s resolutions, Americans double their purchases of food calories in January compared to the holidays. (Learn more at the Los Angeles Times) 3. It’s true. Keeping warm can help ward off a common cold. (Learn more at Yale Univ. via Futurity) 4. Banana bread slipped into first place in online searches for recipes in 2014. …

John Spence: Fighting Frogman

During World War II, John Spence was the kind of hero who belonged in a comic book or movie serial. He was a member of an elite, top-secret team of combat divers called “frogmen,” trained by the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of today’s Central Intelligence Agency, for critical but highly dangerous missions – from rescuing downed airmen before they could be captured to planting explosives on underwater barriers set up by the enemy to hinder beach landings by …

Catch Your Storm-Water Rebate

Rarely does a piece of mail from our local county government contain good news. It’s typically a property tax bill or a notice that our trash-collection fees are going up again. But the other day I received news from the county and it made my inner cheapskate sit up and take notice. Like an increasing number of counties and municipalities across the country, our county has initiated a Rain Check Rebate Program, designed to encourage property owners to take steps …

Does Drinking Water Trigger Weight Loss?

 Perhaps so. Researchers studied middle-aged adults who were placed on a low-fat, low-calorie diet (1,200 calories for women and 1,500 for men). After three months, the subjects who drank two glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost an average of 15.5 pounds, compared to the non-water drinkers who lost 11 pounds. The difference occurred because the adults who drank water ate 75-90 calories less per meal. Also promising were the long-term losses. Researchers continued to monitor the water …

Stay Hydrated Sure, But Why Are We Paying for Filtered Tap Water?

Talk about the miracle of brilliant marketing: Did you know most bottled water is actually filtered municipal water? Put it in a pretty bottle, throw on a sexy label and mention something about a mountain spring, and we’re willing to shell out  2000 times the amount of money it costs for something we could get virtually free (from whence it came to begin with!) Eee-gads have we been hoodwinked! I know, I know, there is something to be said for the convenience …