Day: June 1, 2016

Beauty & Health, Fitness

Build Strength and Stability While Increasing Flexibili

By Nicole Flanagan Incorporating yoga positions into your workout can greatly improve your core strength, stability and flexibility. For those of you who have never taken a yoga class, I recommend giving it a try. A yoga class will challenge you in a way that is incomparable to a strength-training workout. Yoga increases flexibility through various positions that act on the joints. It gently stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments that we usually don’t focus on in a workout. For someone with limited flexibility, yoga will help to improve the range of motion that the joints can handle. Performing yoga moves will also increase blood circulation and help the body move vital fluids throughout.  By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the body’s organs, yoga ensures that blood is reaching all parts of your body.  This increase in circulation improves your body’s ability to flush out toxins. With so many benefits of yoga there is no reason not to give some of them a try.  Here are some moves to do on your own, or add to your existing workout that will help improve strength, stability and flexibility. Downward Dog: ♦ Start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips ♦ Walk hands a few inches forward and spread fingers wide, pressing palms into mat. ♦ Curl toes under and slowly press hips toward ceiling, bringing your body into an inverted V, pressing shoulders away from ears. Feet should be hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. ♦ Hold for three full breaths ♦ Make this move more challenging- once you are in the V position bring one leg straight up toward the ceiling keeping your hips level. Hold each leg for three breaths. The Crow ♦ Starting from the downward dog position walk…

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Beauty & Health, First Blush

Transitioning to Summer!

By Kim Putens Transitioning to Summer! As we prepared for our daughter’s lacrosse game, my husband and I began talking about how our grooming routines have changed as the weather has gotten warmer and the sun sunnier.   The conversation turned to how best to protect his skin because he burns so easily.   And, he commented on how much quicker I am getting ready.  It made me think how many people are having similar conversations and wondering how best to prepare their skin for the warmer and sunnier months of the summer. With the change in weather comes adjustments in the way we care for and dress our skin.  For men, the changes may actually mean more work.  They may actually have to consider caring for their skin before heading out into the bright sun.  While, for women, these changes might mean less work – lighter skin care products and less make-up.  For women, the result may be a quicker routine. So, what must you do to get ready for summer?  For starters, get a really good sunscreen.  Consider two different types of sunscreen products.  One that is for maximum protection.  This would be a typical sunscreen product that you would use when playing sports and going to the pool or beach.  Another sunscreen product would be for everyday.  This would be a light moisturizer with sunscreen.  A tinted moisturizer with sunscreen would be a good choice to add a little color, even out skin tone, and provide protection from the sun. Second, take a look at your skin care regimen.  Even the driest of skin types need to lighten up on skin care products in the summer.  I have dry, like the Sahara desert, skin in the winter, but in the summer my skin is much more moist…

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Financial Focus, Pets, Places, & Things

Dividend-paying Stocks: A Staple for Your Portfolio

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, Managing Director and Senior Global Equity Strategist for Wells Fargo Investment Institute.   While hardly the sexiest of investment choices, Wren says dividend-paying stocks may offer a difficult-to-beat combination — good quality and a history of typically lower volatility than the overall market. He likens this kind of investment to the slower competitor in the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise is not flashy or speedy, but over the long haul, he runs a steady and rewarding race. Wren cites an impressive number in this regard. “During the past 80 years, about half of the market’s growth, as measured by the S&P 500®, has come from dividend-paying stocks.”   The essentials Some investors equate dividend-paying stocks with “blue-chip” stocks, but Wren is quick to point out that these terms are not interchangeable. While there are some longstanding, bellwether firms that pay dividends, such as AT&T and Johnson & Johnson, any number of large, high-profile social media and tech companies pay no dividends. They might be regarded as blue chip based on performance and growth potential, but they are not dividend-paying stocks.   Wren likens the presence of these stocks in your portfolio to breakfast items in your pantry. In the morning, you see staples such as name-brand coffee, cereals, and other breakfast foods, and you know the essentials are there. The quality is what you depend on, and you never have to think twice before starting your day right.   Not long ago, however, these stocks drew little interest and almost no enthusiasm. “From 1995 to the early 2000s, they…

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History

A LEGION OF UNKNOWNS AND THE ORIGINS OF MEMORIAL DAY

By Doug Coleman The Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict; about as many died in the Civil War as all of our other wars combined. Typically the dead were buried on the battlefield where they fell in shallow graves; visiting the Manassas battlefield a week after the first fight, Vaucluse’s Constance Cary commented upon the “hasty graves” littering the hillsides and shuddered to witness a withered hand reaching out of the ground. The graves were deeper and marked if they were your people, less deep and less marked if not. Sometimes the opposing dead were buried in the ditches of recently disputed trenches, sometimes in mass graves. We should not necessarily interpret these hasty burials as disrespectful to the dead. Keeping in mind that most fighting was done in the warmer months, men and horses would begin to decompose and stink very quickly; witness the photos of the bloating dead taken at Antietam. Being in a burial detail must have been absolutely nauseating. When one finds a bayonet bent into a hook on a battlefield, it is not to hold a cooking pot – these were used to drag the dead into their scrapes without having to handle putrefying flesh. Horses were burned where they fell. Officer’s bodies were frequently sent home as a courtesy, regardless of which side held the field. Dying in a field hospital increased one’s chances of having a marked grave, unless the hospital was overwhelmed by casualties and the intake process broke down, as did happen on several occasions. Comrades were aware that someday the soldier’s family might want to recover his remains to take home. By the end of the war, experienced soldiers were wearing brass identity tags. Those lacking that sort of forethought pinned their name and shipping address on their uniforms prior…

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