Monday Memo — Helping Those Who Grieve

Romans 12:15 tells us to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” The latter can be the hardest to accomplish effectively. To help you in this area, I thought this blog would be a blessing to most of my readers. It’s written by Amy Givler, a family physician in Monroe, Louisiana, who works part-time at an indigent-care hospital.

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A Christmas Story – Part 1

My most popular books, at least based upon sales and letters, are the Bryson City series. In the second book in this series, Bryson City Seasons, I wrote about an encounter with a patient on Christmas 1982 in Bryson City, North Carolina. Today, tomorrow, and on Christmas eve, I’ll be excerpting the story for you and hope it will be a Christmas blessing for you and yours: Continue reading

Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Protecting Your Family from Holiday Fires or Burns

Dear Dr. Walt,

As a first responder, I know that the risk of burns increases over the holiday season because people are cooking more, putting up potentially flammable decorations, and using fireplaces and candles.  Can you remind your many readers what they can do to reduce your family’s risk? I don’t want to be called to their house this holiday season.

Fireman in Fargo

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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Give Your Memory Muscle a Workout

Dear Dr. Walt,

No matter what TV channel I watch, I seem to come across ads touting a product called Prevagen that suggest it can help me “experience improved memory, a sharper mind, and clearer thinking.” I’ve researched it a bit. It looks like it costs about $40 per month, which would be a lot more expensive than the vitamin E and ginkgo I’ve been using. Thoughts?

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Give Thanksgiving leftovers a healthy and delicious overhaul

One of the wonderful things about Thanksgiving dinner is there are often lots of delicious leftovers. You can just warm up a few of your favorite dishes or make a simple turkey sandwich. Here are a few healthful alternatives from the Eating Well magazine. I hope you try them out:

  • Cream of turkey and wild rice soup
  • Creamy carrot and sweet potato soup
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