Cod! The fish that changed the world

Ian Leatt
Foodie

Cod was the reason that European sailors braved the uncharted Atlantic all the way to North America. For the several hundred years of colonization, this fish was the mainstay of existence. Wars were fought over it, revolutions were spurred by it, diets have been based on it and the first settlers were driven by it. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland? Cod,  frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple food in medieval times? Cod!

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An Italian cemetery is worth a visit. It shows how the dead live on in the hearts and lives of their loved ones

When you visit a cemetery that is full of life with its plants and people, you visit another part of your life. What has happened to us that our cemeteries are so cold, with just a gravestone and a little pot to put flowers in?

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Out of sight and dynamite!

Scott proudly holds his first fish. He liked the velvety feel of the skin.
Steven Wintemute
Off the Hook

Over the last five or six weeks I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know a young man named Scott. Scott has been working as an editorial intern with us through REES Internship Training Project. Scott is an excellent writer and Scott is blind, has been since age 3. Continue reading Out of sight and dynamite!

Testing the benefits of alternative medicine practices

There’s a CAM treatment today for many female ills, and studies to help us gauge their safety and effectiveness.

By Jamileh Daneshnia

Alternative therapies are gaining adherents.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are practices which fall outside the umbrella of conventional medicine, though they may be used in conjunction with or instead of mainstream techniques. Many of these therapies have roots in historical and cultural traditions. Popular CAM therapies include acupuncture and herbal remedies. Continue reading Testing the benefits of alternative medicine practices

Drained, guilt-ridden and angry: boomers endure the trauma and tumult of conflicting impulses as they become caregivers to aging parents

WOMEN’S HEALTH

One great challenge confronting caregivers is to give their elderly parents quality care without endangering their own health, well being and personal growth.

By Barbara Bowes

Caring for aging parents has upsides and downsides.

While there’s been much hue and cry over baby boomer retirements from the workplace over the past few years, there hasn’t been much said about the fact many baby boomers are right in the middle of a crunch known as the “sandwich generation”. In fact, in this past month alone, I’ve encountered at least three individuals who are betwixt and between looking after two sets of elderly and ailing parents.

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All about living in the age of maturity

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