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  • Obesity isn't from lack of medicine

    John Myers|Updated Jan 3, 2024

    Antidiabetic medications have been given a lot of attention lately. In the Age of Information, some subjects take over every screen, while others gather dust in the basement. The Human Genome Project got plenty of attention in the 1990s. It captured our imagination - the thought of unveiling the blueprints for life. Unwinding the DNA. Hope for humanity and our many ailments seemed within reach. Born with bad genes? We’ll be able to fix that soon. So far, the project yielded few answers and left us with many new questions. M...

  • The 10 best, worst Christmas songs

    Drew Lawson|Updated Jan 3, 2024

    As soon as the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are put away on Thanksgiving, it's officially time to turn the holiday calendar to Christmas. Notice I didn't mention mashed potatoes in the list of Thanksgiving foods. That's because mashed potatoes are the worst dish served in a classic Thanksgiving meal. Think that's a controversial opinion? Good. That was just a setup for this column that leans into the Christmas spirit by sharing the 10 best and 10 worst Christmas songs....

  • False spring: Maybe not this time

    Lucas Walsh, Franklin Connection|Updated Jan 26, 2023

    You’ve heard it said in the Pacific Northwest that, during the winter, we see a long stretch of bleak weather followed by a temporary rise in temperatures around mid-January, a “false winter” as it is sometimes called. Well, according to the Farmer’s Almanac for 2022-2023, the unusually warm weather we’ve been experiencing the past few weeks may just be the herald of real, honest-to-goodness spring. Granted, meteorological predictions aren’t perfect, but Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction for November and December in 2022 were fai...

  • Onward and Upward

    Lucas Walsh|Updated Dec 29, 2022

    As the dawn of a new year approaches, it is important to pause and take stock of ourselves, and of the many mercies and comforts we enjoy. After all, “Gratitude,” Cicero said, “is not the greatest of the virtues, it is the parent of them all.” Of course, much has been lost in our society, and even more has been changed by the passage of these last few years. But not all that undergoes a sea-change in the wake of a storm is unsalvageable; in fact, some of the most precious and useful lessons are those which we acquire through...