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Health, Mind & Body

12/14/2017 - 9:51am
Microgreens: More than Just Alfalfa Sprouts!

You can grow edible, delicious, vibrantly beautiful, and nutritious microgreens all year round indoors. Add color, texture, and flavor to salads, sandwiches, tacos, and other recipes.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be grown easily in a small space at home. All you need is a little sun or a grow light, a shallow container, a little potting soil, and the right seeds. The library has plenty of resources to get you started, including a Grow a Microgreen Garden class in England Run Branch’s MakerLab on Saturday, January 13, 1:00-2:00.

11/28/2017 - 12:59pm
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

A quack is defined by Google.com as "a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically in medicine." There are other words relating to a quack, such as humbug, charlatan, con artist, and swindler. Overall, anything recommended by a quack will not be useful. In fact, it may be quite dangerous. It may just take your life.

Most of the time, quacks lured in their victims by promising medical miracles. The cures themselves are so dubious that only the desperate would try them. However, the authors of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything suggest that quackery is not just about pure deception but, in fact, includes situations when people believe that what they're selling may actually be working. Some examples of common practices include the citizens of the Ottoman Empire eating clay to keep the plague away and the Victorians using mercury steam rooms to cure syphilis.

10/19/2017 - 3:51pm
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

What are you doing reading this article? Go take a hike! No, seriously. Take a Hike Day is on November 17, so you should go take a hike. Not only is Virginia filled with a variety of trails for all levels of hikers and all interests, but local trails are plentiful, too.

10/02/2017 - 1:38pm
Cover to Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, is a book about the rise in opiate addiction in America. Centers for Disease Control states that “91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.” Also, by 2008, drug overdoses surpassed car deaths as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Many folks are struggling with opiate addiction, even in the Fredericksburg area. The Free Lance Star published an article on April 27, 2017, entitled “Officials Take Action to Combat Spike in Opioid Deaths.” Dreamland is a book that sheds light on the opiate addiction throughout America.

10/02/2017 - 1:38pm
Cover to Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat

Solve for Happy, by Mo Gawdat, explores the quest for happiness. As the Chief Business Officer at Google [X], Gawdat brings a unique perspective to finding contentment, and he uses his engineering background to create an algorithm for happiness by means of scientific research and logic.

08/09/2017 - 11:16am
CRRL Guest Picks: Nimali Fernando, "Dr. Yum"

Known by some in my community as "Doctor Yum," I am a pediatrician and founder of The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization in Spotsylvania. We try to help families understand the connection between good food and good health with cooking instruction and nutrition education.

10/02/2017 - 1:48pm
Cover to Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic: The Definitive Guide to Multiuse Trails in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Rolling down the highways, watching the usually dull scenery go by, you might never guess that there are interesting places to explore not that far from the interstate. For some people, being a hiker means doing the Appalachian Trail, preferably all the way through. But there are a lot of other trails, many just as scenic, within an hour or two or a day’s drive of our area.

06/26/2017 - 12:58pm
Alzheimer's Association Support Group for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a support group, led by an Alzheimer's Association-trained leader for caregivers on the fourth Mondays at England Run Branch. The support group is a safe place to learn, receive helpful tips, connect with resources, and meet others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group meets from 10:00-11:30.

Tips for Caregivers from the Alzheimer’s Association:

10/02/2017 - 1:53pm
Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures

On June 10, 2017, 10th Annual GO Day, or National Get Outdoors Day, will be celebrated around the nation within national parks, large cities, and small towns. Hiking is a popular activity many share during GO Day. In the book Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures, experienced hikers Jennifer and Brew Davis inspire families of all shapes and sizes to get outdoors and start adventuring. 

05/09/2017 - 11:32am
Cooking with Coconut: 125 Recipes for Healthy Eating

Cooking with Coconut: 125 Recipes for Healthy Eating offers a plethora of methods to use the delicious coconut fruit in an wide assortment of recipes.

The coconut is considered to be one of the most versatile plants in existence. The fruit, fiber, and tree sap can be processed and used in multiple ways. Coconut "meat" can be eaten green, ripe, or dried. Coconut water (the liquid found inside the fruit) and milk (coconut water mixed with coconut "meat" to make it thicker) can be healthy for cholesterol levels. Using coconut products in your everyday meals may not only be a healthier choice, but it may help you feel better about what you're eating.

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