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Five great, green films: Ninth annual environmental film festival March 29
It takes more than just being a great film to get selected for the annual Environmental Film Fest put together by the Eagle View Group of the Sierra Club. For Kathryn Allen, one of the event organizers, a film should ideally have "that local touch," a connection to an issue that hits close to home.
The film fest, now in its ninth year, will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, in Olin Auditorium at Augustana College, 733 35th St., Rock Island. As in years past, admission is free, and healthy snacks will be provided throughout the event.
The local connection is key, says Allen, because it empowers audience members to take action on issues they have a stake in. "That's what we're after," says Allen. "Not just good movies, but something to change your life." More »
Seeds with a story: Some heirloom variety names have a tale to tell
Flip through any seed catalog for heirloom vegetables and among the brilliant photographs of multicolored beans and polychrome tomatoes you'll find some pretty colorful names as well. Some, like the white "casper eggplant" and the ruffled "drunken woman fringed-headed lettuce," almost don't need photographs at all — their name says it all. Others leave you scratching your head. Just where did those names come from?
Jenna Sicuranza, who... More »
Beans for breakfast: A protein-packed, high-fiber start to the day
For many years I thought the phrase "full of beans" was a perhaps more colorful way of saying someone was full of hot air. In fact, the phrase actually is supposed to refer to someone who is full of health and vigor. Imagine my surprise (to say nothing of the previous conversations that I now had to re-evaluate)!
And yet, thinking back, this turn of phrase really shouldn't have come as a revelation at all. As far as nutritious foods go,... More »
Palliative care: Opening a dialog between patients and care providers
When someone is suffering from a serious, chronic illness or disease, there can be more to managing the condition than just treating the condition itself. The person also may be battling anxiety or depression and struggling to make big decisions, all while dealing with the symptoms that come with a life-threatening or incurable illness.
Enter palliative care. "It is really looking at the patient as a person," says Dr. Ahmed Okba, medical... More »
Feeling lucky: Sometimes good fortune is a matter of perspective
I once owned a retail store. When it was just starting out, I happened to find a patch of four-leaf clovers in our yard. I picked a bunch of them every week, carefully placed them between the pages of books until they were flat and dry, then framed and sold them for $7 each in the store. Customers loved them, and I had people from out of town stop in the store asking for them.
I thought it was some kind of talisman of the great fortune that... More »
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