Northeast Wisconsin
August 2010

August 2010

This is the first summer we’ve had a garden and I have to admit I only begrudgingly consented to the idea after some heavy lobbying. What could I possibly have against a garden, you ask?

Well, in case you didn’t know, a garden is a bit of work — what with the planting, watering, weeding and picking of vegetables and herbs, not to mention the extra effort it takes to go around it with the lawnmower and protecting vulnerable crops from hungry predators. So I assumed that because I’m a mom of two who works from home, as well as an annoyingly conscientious person, many of these tasks would fall on me.

But hubby knows the best defense is a good offense and pointed out some inarguable points: it’d be good for our girls to see how food is supposed to grow; it would teach them a bit about responsibility; and, not least of all, fresh homegrown food tastes a whole lot better than anything you buy at the store. While I couldn’t argue with any of that reasoning, I wasn’t completely on board.

But all that changed last night when we ate our first batch of fresh green beans from seeds we planted with our own hands and then nurtured to maturity. Now, intellectually, I know how things grow and that it’s been happening since the beginning of time and I’m certainly not the first person to have a garden. But I have to admit that on some level I was a bit awestruck by the wonderful simplicity of it all and felt an unfamiliar primal feeling as a result.

Someone else who understands the importance of fresh food is Chuck Spanbauer, co-owner of Cena of Appleton and the subject of our cover feature this month. Be sure to read his story, as well as the many other interesting and informative articles we’re running this issue. It’s a veritable cornucopia of healthy living tips!

Recently, I sat in a chair listening to a young man, Paul, talk about his past 15 years. A truck driver, he went on to tell me how in 6 weeks he was to marry his high school sweetheart. Born and raised on a farm, Paul had been to a…
Shannon Epps of Appleton was named by Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) as its "Outstanding Achiever" for July. Each month, Goodwill NCW selects a participant from one of its 26 programs or a volunteer for this special recognition. The award recipients come from one of Goodwill’s 21 store…
Dry hair is the number one issue salon professionals face come September. That’s because our patrons have enjoyed months of fun in the water and sun, resulting in hair damage. Unfortunately, once hair is stressed to the point of no return, the damage is done. But there are treatments you…
Chuck Spanbauer learned the meaning of hospitality at an early age. His grandma, Nonnie, instilled a love of good food, an appreciation for great entertainment and how each are better when shared with people you care about. “I grew up on the apron strings of a French grandmother who grew…
According to data from the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (the most recent year for which data is available), 23.6 million children and adults in the United States — 7.8 percent of the population — have diabetes. Another 5.7 million people are undiagnosed. In 2007, about 1.6 million new cases…
Dry mouth, also called xerostomia (zeer-o-STO-me-uh), results from an inadequate flow of saliva. A lack of saliva can be a common problem that may not seem to be anything more than a just a nuisance, but a dry mouth can affect both your enjoyment of food and the health of…
Do you know what it takes to succeed at achieving your fitness goals? Are you one of the millions constantly searching for that “magic” turning point to happen?  Success in your quest for better health, a better body and a better mind does exist. That “magic” will happen, but it’s…
I’ve worked with many parents who want to help their children manage anxiety, improve sports performance, sleep better, etc. Every parent I’ve met not only wants their child to succeed but to excel! As a certified hypnotherapist, I know numerous techniques to help your child; however you can also guide…
The difference between a plump baby’s face and the creased face of his grandparent is mainly water. When we are born, we are 90 percent water, and by the time we reach adulthood, we are down to 70 percent water. If we die of old age, we will probably be…
Thinking about doing some home improvement projects? Whether you decided to tackle them yourself, or hire a contractor, the following information will help you make the right decision — for you and your wallet. Develop a plan with these considerations: Define your project and what is most important to you.…
Alcohol dependence is associated with three or more of the following symptoms: Social withdrawal Increased tolerance for alcohol Persistent desire to cut down Drinking more alcohol than desired Spending time getting, drinking and recovering from alcohol Giving up social, occupational or recreational tasks in order to drink alcohol Continued use…
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a condition initially observed in children of preschool and elementary school age. It is estimated to be present in 3 to 10 percent of children in the United States. The National Institute of Mental Health indicates many causative factors in ADHD including environmental…
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