New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that obesity is highest in the Southeast and Appalachia regions of America. More than 80 percent of counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia have high rates of obesity. The same problem was found in 75 percent of counties in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina.
From start to finish it was a complete exercise in too darn much. Kroger had 10 boxes of Barilla whole wheat pasta on sale for $10. So I bought 10 boxes. Then I made dinner for Petey and me, using an entire 1 pound box. I don’t know what I was thinking.
Darya Pino Rose likes creating new words like "foodist" and "healthstyle," and loves to eat and write about food — healthy, real food. Rose also makes lists; lots of 'em (more about that later).
You are going to see some things that look different in Durham Public Schools this year.
Our graduation rates have risen and achievement gaps have narrowed over the last few years. Magnet and traditional schools alike have adopted new academic programs and technology to help all of our students achieve their potential.
The new show at the Ackland Art Museum is not the conventional exhibition with paintings on the wall and sculpture on pedestals. In this show the galleries are full of posters, signs reproduced on burlap, a motorized rickshaw, on-site photographs and lots of videos. This is pop art, that is the art of the people, and it speaks out against injustices in India. This is art by Indians about the freedom of expression in their own country. These are voices against secularism and censorship. Much of the art focuses on the enmity between Indian Hindus and Indian Muslims.
Q. I have had a rash under my breasts for more than a year. It's very itchy and red, and though I try to keep the area dry and clean, the rash never goes away. I have tried many things, but they all seemed to make the rash worse.
I enjoyed speaking to the Roxboro Kiwanis Club recently. My subject was the history of Duke sports, but we mainly talked about Duke football and basketball. I made sure to talk about former Roxboro native Enos Slaughter, who went on to be a Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player and also was the baseball coach at Duke in part of the 1970s. Some of the Duke athletes and coaches we discussed were Wallace Wade, Eddie Cameron, Vic Bubas, Bob Chambers, Jeff Mullins, Ace Parker, Bucky Waters, Dick Groat, and Sonny Jurgensen. Another subject was the 1942 Rose Bowl, which was played in Durham. If this is a topic of interest to you or your organization, let me know.
Q. A few months ago, a gentleman wrote to you about having an increase in libido after using beet root juice. You told him that the beet root juice had much the same effect as if he were taking Cialis or Viagra: The juice allowed more blood to flow to the penis, enabling him to have better erections.
Some folks love it; others can't stand it.
What is it?
By the numbers, few folks like lamb, let alone love it, and over the past 40 years we've come to like it even less.
Since the traditional-calendar school year began on Aug. 26, I have visited 23 of our 56 schools, and am pleased to note that in general they are off to an excellent start. I continue to be impressed with our teachers’ resilience and dedication to their students. I, our school board and leadership team all remain committed to supporting them with every available resource.
Shangri La conjures up eternal youth and paradise in some exotic location. On more earthly grounds, in 1937 Doris Duke (1912-1993) built a house near Diamond Head in Honolulu with her first husband, James Cromwell, named it Shangri La, and decorated it as if it might have been built by a Sultan who lived in 15th century Spain or 17th century India.
I got married in 2006, and got diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007. But my good wife evidently took the marriage vows, in sickness and in health, to heart. She went to work each day, then came straight to where I was getting my cancer treatments and sat with me. Beth offered me nothing but total support all the way through, and I’ve been in remission now for more than five years.
There is not one among you, I dare say, who does not have a stash of letters and postcards at the bottom of a drawer or in the back of a closet. You probably have them because they were love letters or delightfully funny or poignant notes from a child or grandchild, or perhaps a note announcing something important. You kept them because of what was written. But there are all sorts of mail people keep because of the way they were made.
Q. I read recently about the Food and Drug Administration's warning that acetaminophen can cause serious skin reactions. I have become more alarmed, however, by the number of people being diagnosed with liver problems as a side effect, including my 30-year-old son.
We have been taking this drug as a safe alternative to aspirin without paying attention. This is a wake-up call.
Orecchiette is a small, round, cup-shaped pasta. It means “little ears” in Italian. I don’t see it. I think it looks more like a stocking cap for Hipster Barbie.