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One of my dearest friends loves all things watermelon. It’s always a challenge to think of new ways to serve her favorite melon.

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August is Family Meals Month and for many parents, it may be much easier to forget about family meals altogether. Overscheduled lives can lead to being constantly on-the-go and feeling the need to eat on the run.

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Now and then we just don’t want to cook as much as we normally do. Maybe it’s the heat of summer that keeps us from wanting to get in the kitchen or trek to the grocery store. If it’s winter, maybe there is a layer of snow on everything outside.

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Summer is one of the best seasons to indulge in beautiful, leafy green vegetables. These include the most common varieties seen in grocery stores or farmer’s markets, like spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens or Swiss chard. You also can eat the green, leafy tops of many root vegetables, such as beets, turnips and rutabagas.

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There are several different types of stents, and some of them have medications embedded in them, which release slowly over many months. These “drug-eluting” stents require using both aspirin and clopidogrel for a longer period of time.

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A paperweight that looks like a forgotten mound of gold coins is a vintage puzzle that has been solved. A pristine example was offered for sale recently with the original box.

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One of my favorite year-round lunch or light dinner menus is a half of a club sandwich and a bowl of vegetable soup. When people think of summer recipes, they seldom think of soup.

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If we’ve been inactive for many years, it’s easy to just assume that there’s nothing we can do at our age to increase our health and longevity. Not so, according to a new study.

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There are many unfamiliar names for antiques and even vintage collectibles. What is a collectible “dumbwaiter,” a “finger vase,” or a “swift” — and what is a “tazza” and how was it used?

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Black-eyed peas have had a tremendous influence on both my writing and culinary career. My first book for children was entitled “Picking Peas for a Penny.”

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Stir up a no-cook meal for your family on a hot summer day. Just spin the globe until your finger lands on Spain and think gazpacho. The season’s freshest tomatoes, cukes, peppers and onions come together in this satisfying and zesty cold Spanish soup.

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It’s getting more and more difficult to stay safe on our phones, computers — everything that involves communication that someone else can access.

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A 4 1/2-inch-high heavy glass pyramid was in a recent house sale. It was inexpensive, but no one knew what it was used for. It was almost too heavy to lift, so it wouldn’t be a practical paperweight, but we bought it to display on a table with our obelisks.

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My introduction to green beans was the canned variety. My mother was such a great cook that she managed to make them taste delicious, but green beans were not a vegetable I ever requested for dinner.

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Bacteria can get into the bloodstream occasionally in healthy people. They often enter through the mouth, especially in people with poor oral hygiene or with inflammatory oral conditions, such as gingivitis in gums or periodontitis in tooth lining.

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Have you been counting your steps every day? Do you have one of those step trackers? I keep reading that we’re supposed to take 10,000 steps day for good health. Some studies say 4,400 are enough.

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As I latched a favorite bracelet made of reindeer leather and spun silver/pewter designed by the Sami artisans in the north of Sweden around my wrist, I couldn’t help but think that sometimes “things” really do matter. I wear it paired with a silver bangle when I dress up, or as is when I come and go.

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Like many of you, when the weather turns warmer, I start thinking about shedding a few pounds. As I grow older, getting rid of my extra winter weight becomes more of a challenge.

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As the summer reaches peak temperatures in July, Americans look for a way to cool off. What better way to beat the heat than enjoying the nation’s favorite frozen treat with friends and family and celebrating National Ice Cream Month!

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According to an AARP study, one-third of seniors are lonely. Another study revealed that loneliness and social isolation can cause increased mortality. Yet another study talks about cognitive decline and depression.

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Surfing is a popular worldwide sport today, but when did it start and what is collected? People have been swimming and bodysurfing by riding the waves since ancient times.

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Jet-lagged, a friend and I recently bumped into each other at the gym — she just back from France, and me from two weeks in Morocco. I asked her what her trip highlight was.

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I love celebrating the Fourth of July. Our celebration traditions have changed now that my daughter does most of the cooking, and my son-in-law does the grilling for our family gatherings at their home.

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Gardeners play a critical role in the nurturing and conservation of both native and introduced pollinators. Gardens and landscapes provide pollinators with food, water, shelter and habitat to complete their life cycles.

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Keep newly established plants watered during dry weather. Allow water to penetrate deeply into soil rather than sprinkling frequently and lightly.

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Although it could be done now, late winter is the ideal time of year to completely cut the shrubs to the ground. But there is some renewal pruning that you can do now to help the plants look better.

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When it comes to perennials, putting the right plant in the right garden location is key to plant survival with minimal gardener input.

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Cole crops is the general term used to describe broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and kohlrabi. Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in nutritious, high-quality produce.

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A recent study revealed that the number of deaths from senior falls has tripled. This is not new. A 2015 study also concluded that the number of falls was increasing, even when America’s growing senior population was taken into account.

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June is the season for berries. Sweet, juicy summer berries are like the healthy “candy” of the food world. Not only are berries nutritious, new research indicates that eating berries also may help stave off the cognitive decline and memory loss that come with aging.

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 All medicines should be stored in a cool and dark place, as direct sunlight and heat can damage their effectiveness. Hormones, such as oral contraceptive pills, thyroid hormone and insulin, are among the most sensitive. 

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Ten-year-old Josh and his 7-year-old sister, Naomi, might have the best lemonade stand going in their small town situated over the hill from Silicon Valley, California. It all started when their mom asked, “Where does money come from?”

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Remember when we were kids and summers were spent riding our bicycles around the neighborhood? We’d screech around corners, never worrying about balance or falls.

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As a mother awaits the arrival of her new bundle of joy, she makes plans on how she will parent, love, care for and, most importantly, feed her baby.

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If you watch the news, you might have seen there's a proposal underway that would allow states to import prescription drugs from Canada, where costs are lower. Drugs are cheaper in other countries because their governments control the prices.

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On average American drinks 28 gallons of bottled water a year. Most Americans drink bottled water because they think tap water is not safe. Municipal water has been in the news lately because of the lead getting into the water supply. Lead along does not make bottled water safer. Data shows that 25% or more of bottled water is tap water. Sometimes more treated than tap water. This means that bottled water may be just as likely as tap water to contain contaminants that include infectious organisms, pesticide residue and metals. The metals include lead.

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Singer Miley Cyrus, former President Bill Clinton and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities who’ve adopted a plant-based diet. Athlete Novak Djokovic, who recently won the men’s singles at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, is the latest celeb catching waves over his plant diet.

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According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn more about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on the CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact," …

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Caffeine, a stimulant that occurs naturally in some 60 plant species, shows up in soft drinks, energy drinks, tea, cocoa, weight-loss supplements, and a national favorite, coffee. While many simply enjoy caffeinated beverages as a morning ritual and in social situations, there are those who are not fit to be around until they’ve had their daily fix.

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The Trump administration has rolled back major environmental regulations, but critics say the policies could harm the health of many Americans. Learn more about the impacts of Trump's deregulation on the CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact," airing Friday, August 2…