Our hearts are made of vegetables. Honestly, mine would likely be a carrot heart, but this one fits so nicely. Can you guess what vegetable this is? by Suzanne Podhaizer For Kate Spring, who owns Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester with her husband, Edge Fuentes, her life as a writer has always “very much intertwined” with her interest in agriculture and the environment. At St. Lawrence University, she pursued a combined major in English and environmental studies, in which one topic informed the other. “My senior thesis connected essays about peace and the environment, action and acceptance,” she explains. “I wove in a lot of different things.” But when Spring began farming on a windy, Central Vermont hillside with her husband, she didn’t initially see a way to combine her art with her business. She saw herself as a writer and a farmer. Soon, she saw herself as a mother, too, to a rambunctious, red-headed boy named Waylon. As Waylon and the … [Read more...] about Good Heart Grow Food Art
CLEVELAND -- Ohio's Democrats haven't been mere victims of Murphy's Law. For nearly 30 years, they've acted like they wrote it. Losing six out of seven elections for governor isn't good for a party's reputation. It's worse when a lot of the damage has been self-inflicted. This year was supposed to be different. President Donald Trump's historically low approval ratings will be a drag on the GOP ticket. And state Democratic leaders had reason to expect the process of picking a nominee would be normal and relatively civil. But there's never anything normal about a Dennis Kucinich run for office. And his candidacy has renewed fears that, with the primary just days off, Murphy's Law again lurks in the shadows. In the shadows is where it's likely to remain. But most Democratic strategists still worry a Kucinich win over likely winner Richard Cordray and two others on May 8 would almost certainly lead to a Democratic disaster Nov. 6. No one … [Read more...] about Dennis Kucinich has a good heart but bad judgment
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge facing removal after a DWI conviction and inappropriate comments from the bench says she has a "smart mouth" but a "good heart." Embattled Rochester city court Judge Leticia Astacio (uh-STAH'-see-oh) says she hasn't decided whether to appeal a decision Tuesday from the state Commission on Judicial Conduct that she should be removed from the bench. Astacio hasn't heard cases since her 2016 DWI arrest. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that she told journalists, "I rub a lot of people wrong in the beginning and then I grow on them in the long run." The commission cited a series of incidents in its decision, including her jailing after skipping a court date and telling a deputy in curt to shoot or punch a rowdy defendant. … [Read more...] about Rochester judge facing removal says she has a good heart
It’s a little after 5 a.m. when 89-year-old Betty Heaser arrives at the Bozeman Senior Center to start her weekday shift.Betty, as everyone calls her, works in the kitchen, making sure the right meals, salads and desserts are loaded into Meals on Wheels delivery bags.It may be a minimum-wage job, and most 89-year-olds would have retired years ago. But Betty is happy to work. × Advertisement “I like to do it,” Betty said. “I’m around other people. I’m making money, which I need because Social Security is only $780 a month. When you’re socializing, you get along better, health-wise and mentally.”She walks stooped over, but she can pick up 10 individual meal trays at a time and carry them to the delivery bags.“We love her,” said Tracy Downing, a kitchen manager. “She’s got a good heart… She very seldom asks for help.”Betty leans on a wheeled kitchen cart for support when she walks. She admits … [Read more...] about A good heart: Betty still working at 89
(CBS) Statins can be a godsend to people with heart disease, but for those with healthy tickers, the risks posed by the cholesterol-lowering drugs may outweigh the benefits.That's the word from English scientists, whose new study raises questions about the conclusions of previous research highlighting the benefits of statins, including popular drugs like Lipitor and Crestor.The scientists reviewed 14 studies involving more than 34,000 patients, some of whom received statins and others placebos. They found little evidence that statins prevent heart trouble in patients with no history of cardiovascular disease, according to a written statement released by the study's publisher. And there is evidence linking low cholesterol levels with increased risk of death from other causes."It is not as simple as just extrapolating the effects from studies in people who have a history of heart disease," lead researcher Fiona Taylor, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, said … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Statins: Bad Idea for People with Good Hearts?
(AP) - WASHINGTON - Be happy - it seems to be good for your heart.Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks.PICTURES: 17 worst habits for your heartPICTURES: 9 surprising heart attack risksNow a Harvard review of the flip side of that psychology concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just may help protect against heart disease.Rather than focusing only on how to lessen heart risks, "it might also be useful to focus on how we might bolster the positive side of things," said lead researcher Julia Boehm of the Harvard School of Public Health.Boehm reviewed dozens of studies examining a positive outlook - as determined by various psychological measurements - on heart health. Optimism in particular seems key, as a number of studies found the most optimistic people had half the risk of a first heart attack when compared to the least optimistic, Boehm said.Why? Previous work shows the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Study: Positive outlook tied to good heart health
Areas of Coronado and San Marcos have the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in San Diego County, according to state data that tracks the number of heart-attack-related emergency room visits. In the northwest area of Coronado, which encompasses the North Island Naval Air Station, the rate of heart attacks from 2011 to 2013 is about 1.7 per 10,000 people, the lowest rate in the county. It’s followed by a southern Coronado area, between the Hotel Del Coronado and Silver Strand Beach, with a rate of 2.4, and two sections of San Marcos. The data were collected as part of CalEnviroScreen 3.0, an interactive tool that helps identify communities most affected by pollution. The California Environmental Protection Agency analyzes more than a dozen sources of pollution with socioeconomic and public health conditions to help identify environmentally-disadvantaged communities. According to the California EPA, cardiovascular disease is an important health factor to include because … [Read more...] about Coronado has good heart health, National City much less so. Find your community on interactive map.
More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, "Jumanji" has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a "modern" twist. The result, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ," is a very sweet, and generally entertaining body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself. Why it had to be "Jumanji" is the head-scratcher. Even speaking as someone who was 12 when the first came out, and genuinely enjoyed the Joe Johnston-directed adventure and the fantasy of being swept up in a board game come to life, the idea that a die-hard "Jumanji" fanbase exists, or that the "brand" is so rock-solid that it needs a reboot, seems dubious at best. There are pointless sequels everywhere of course, and questioning the purpose for their existence is a fruitless exercise. The only reason I bring it up here is because Jake Kasdan's "Welcome to the Jungle" spends a fair amount of … [Read more...] about Movie review: ‘Jumanji’ sequel serves up stars, good hearted fun
Three months after a good Samaritan was shot dead after intervening in an argument, the suspected gunman fled to Canada but law enforcement caught up with him, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday. On Sept. 22, Philip Antonino, 57, saw Ervin Watson “berating” an elderly landscaper near a Pembroke Park convenience store, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Antonino told Watson to back off, and Watson shot him in the chest and abdomen, the sheriff’s office said. The gunman, whose identity was then unknown to law enforcement, was seen in surveillance video jogging away from Antonino, who fell at 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Pembroke Park and died at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Broward County Crime Stoppers, friends, relatives and area business owners contributed to a combined $14,000 reward for information about the shooter. After the homicide, Watson, 27, of Hallandale Beach, ran away to Canada, Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Gina … [Read more...] about Suspect in killing of good Samaritan arrested after fleeing to Canada, cops say
Three months after a good Samaritan was shot dead after intervening in an argument, the suspected gunman fled to Canada but law enforcement caught up with him, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday. On Sept. 22, Philip Antonino, 57, saw Ervin Watson “berating” an elderly landscaper near a Pembroke Park convenience store, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Antonino told Watson to back off, and Watson shot him in the chest and abdomen, the sheriff’s office said. The gunman, whose identity was then unknown to law enforcement, was seen in surveillance video jogging away from Antonino, who fell at 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Pembroke Park and died at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Broward County Crime Stoppers, friends, relatives and area business owners contributed to a combined $14,000 reward for information about the shooter. After the homicide, Watson, 27, of Hallandale Beach, ran away to Canada, Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Gina … [Read more...] about Man accused of killing good Samaritan arrested after fleeing to Canada, cops say