Lifestyle Columns

Healthy Outlook: Healthier gift options your family won’t hate

My holiday spirit tends to fluctuate. Some years, I’m a Sugar Plum Fairy; others, I’m a Grinch. (This year, I’m going a secular Unicorn route.) But you can expect a couple of things from me annually like clockwork: overdramatic lamentation of the cold and the short, dark, soul-stifling ...

Healthy Outlook: I had my brain waves balanced; here’s what happened

Lawrence psychotherapist Ed Bloch is used to losing clients after just a few sessions — but that’s OK with him. It’s just the nature of Cereset, the new brain wave balancing technology he offers out of his new office at 5040 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite A1, near the western edge of ...

Garden Variety: Repeated use of salt-based ice melt can hurt plants

The Lawrence area has already experienced two winter precipitation events this year that have warranted the use of de-icers to keep roads and sidewalks safe for travelers. Although necessary in many instances, de-icers can be detrimental to plants, especially when used repeatedly over the ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence doctor bucks insurance to focus on patients

Imagine that you go get a haircut, with the agreement that the stylist will bill you for it. You walk out of the salon, turning heads on your merry way. But when you get the bill a week later, it’s double or triple what you expected to pay, and the shampoo that you thought was included in ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence practitioner harnesses music to help people heal

A recently certified local practitioner has the healing power of music down to a science. Longtime Lawrence resident P. Allen Macfarlane, 71, was a research scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey for 34 years. After retiring from that position, he taught middle school science at Topeka ...

Healthy Outlook: How I’m dragging myself back into a fitness routine

An object at rest stays at rest. I think the first law of motion applies to people, too. Lately, my mind’s attempts to push my body to exercise have been met with a resounding “ugh,” or at times, “meh.” I’ve stopped even trying to muster mental excuses: “I’m not working out ...

Healthy Outlook: I tried a home-delivery meal service; here’s how it went

I’ve spiraled beyond being a fan of convenience. Quick, easy solutions have become a necessity in my life. That’s why the idea of delicious prepared meals delivered to my front door was so appealing to me. First, I’m not an excellent cook. I get by, but, for the most part, I can’t ...

Healthy Outlook: Breast cancer by the numbers

Most people have some personal connection to breast cancer, whether they know someone who has battled it or are themselves survivors — a term the Susan G. Komen foundation uses to describe a person “from the moment a breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed.” But for every one person we ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence eye doctor wants to start World Sight Day trend

Dr. Scott Hickman has traveled the world helping people see, and now he has a new idea to help those in need in the town where he was born and raised. Hickman, an ophthalmologist, is hoping to start a trend in his profession, both locally and nationally. He’s set aside Thursday, Oct. 11, to ...

Healthy Outlook: CBD products could help treat what ails you

It’s not a big surprise anymore for Brandon Zoeller when customers return to his store without the walkers or knee braces they used in their first visits — but he said it’s still one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Zoeller and his wife, Heather, opened the doors of their ...

Go, See, Do | Well-known author appearance; car show; downtown block party

A leading voice on socio-economics and class will soon come to Lawrence to share some knowledge of growing up poor in Kansas. Sarah Smarsh, a freelance journalist who has reported for several media outlets, has experienced a meteoric rise recently, becoming a proud voice for America’s ...

Healthy Outlook: Ketamine a new depression treatment option in Lawrence

For those who have battled depression, finding a treatment option that actually works can be life-changing. That makes it all the more difficult when symptoms begin to creep back in. Lawrence psychiatrist Dr. Hiten Soni has experienced this firsthand. He’s familiar with patients’ tiresome ...

Garden Variety: Add structure to landscape, garden during fall season

Patios, walls, raised garden beds, walkways and other structures within the landscape and garden provide space to enjoy the yard and move easily within it, improve aesthetics and create more favorable growing environments for plants. These structures are often referred to as hardscape. Fall is ...

Fix-it Chick: Keys to stripping wallpaper without leaving giant mess

Removing old wallpaper can dramatically improve the look and feel of any room. With the right tools and some hot water, stripping wallpaper can be a fun and rewarding project. Step 1: Peeling wallpaper is messy. Move furniture to the center of the room and cover it with dropcloths. Take down ...

Healthy Outlook: Pets can benefit our health

It never ceases to amaze me to see pet lovers’ reactions when their beloved furballs come up in conversation. Even the toughest facades tend to crumble — at least a little bit — at the mere mention of the loving counterparts that make so many of us whole. But besides the hugs, kisses, ...