Born for a Life of Service

July 25, 2016

Man’s best friend serves as the eyes, ears, arms and legs of its handler When she was in her 30s, Nancy Sawhney began having serious difficulty walking. Enduring seemingly endless medical tests and uncertain diagnoses for nearly a decade, the California woman struggled to use crutches, a cane and, at one point, a wheelchair.

Doctors declared she suffered from “unspecified neuron disease”—a condition that would gradually deteriorate. The diagnosis changed her life forever.

So did an information booth about assistance animals at the California State Fair in the early 1990s—and Josephine, a lab/retriever …

Providing Comfort and Companionship

July 25, 2016

Therapy animals come in all shapes, sizes and types of service: miniature horses that provide love to patients in nursing …

Shadows and Shade

July 25, 2016

I love shadows because it means the sun is shining somewhere. Those long, deep shadows can be such wonderful helpers …

Outdoors 101: The ABCs of PFDs

July 25, 2016

Personal flotation devices can be bulky, hot, uncomfortable and—for the vain at heart—uncool. But they are also lifesavers. A case …

Tasty Warm-Weather Salads

Refreshing salads are synonymous with summer Asian Chicken Salad Juice from half a lime 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped 4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 2/3 cup guacamole 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar ¼ teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons …

Summer Peach Delights

Tantalize your taste buds with juicy fruit flavors Peach Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette 9 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini 3 cups sliced peaches 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into match sticks 1/4 cup basil vinaigrette (recipe follows) 4 …

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