Giving thought to a few words of thanks

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love it for its simplicity. Basically, it is a day dedicated to sharing a meal with people you love. That’s it. No pressure to give or receive gifts. The present is our presence. (Cheesy, I know. But, isn’t it the truth?) And, as the title suggests, it is a time to give thanks for the many wonderful things that...

Just scraping by — the tongue — for better oral health

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times If you never heard of tongue scraping – you are not alone. While it’s been a standard go-to therapy in bad-breath treatment for years, most of us never really paid a lot of attention to our tongues.  So let me explain what it’s all about. Just imagine that cold winter day (the one we are all dreading) … as you stand at the door,...

On Your Table: For Thanksgiving, don’t stress, but plan ahead

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Turkey is central to Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving is coming and the best advice I’ve heard about this is, “Take it all in stride.   Everything is going to be ok.” Executive Chef Tim Baker of The Whip Tavern in Unionville agrees.  He declares Thanksgiving to be his favorite holiday for eating with family and friends.  And it needn’t...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: What is your contribution to the season of Thanksgiving?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Autumn in Chester County, this year, is one of the most brilliant displays of color that I’ve seen in recent years. This month of November is packed with so many thoughts and emotions, as we enter the season of giving thanks and being grateful for what we have. All of that spills out into the holiday festivities leading to the New Year. So, here we...

Camping? Nope. But Glamping? Absolutely.

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I am not a camper. Even as a kid, the idea of sleeping on the ground did not appeal to me. I wanted to be a Girl Scout for the cute, green outfit and sash full of badges but, ultimately, gave it up due to the relentless, camping trip requirements. While I enjoy being outside, I don’t like dirt, bugs, wild animals, or walking to a community bathroom in...

Inner Nature: Good Vibrations – The Science of Hearing

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times A disturbance in any medium except vacuum causes vibrations whose energy is transmitted from atom to atom in all directions from the epicenter. These waves encode the amplitude (intensity) and frequency (pitch)(see Figure 1) of the disturbance thus broadcasting information to anyone who can decode the vibrations. Animals, whose very existence depends on whether...

Super Six: ‘Fall’ into some great products

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Autumn, is that you? Could it be that Mother Nature has agreed to forgo the relentless heat and humidity in favor of some seasonable weather? I love, love, love fall in Chester County. The colorful leaves add even more magic to an already stunning landscape. And, the chilly temps necessitate adding layers, which is my favorite when it comes to personal...

On Your Table: Making the best of this year’s apple harvest

By Cathy Branciaroli,  Food Correspondent, The Times Photo Caption:  Brining pork tenderloins in apple cider and spices yields a moist, juicy and flavorful result. Think apples are “As American as Apple Pie”?  Think again.  Apples as we know them today were not native to North America. When early colonists arrived from Europe, they disdained the tiny crab apples they found here and brought...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Are you an Influencer?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Does the concept of being an Influencer sound like it means controlling someone’s thoughts or having power over them? It may, but there is another, better, more positive direction I’m taking you in. It’s a direction that you may or may not have considered until now. We must abandon the antiquated way of thinking about the act of influencing. We...

An event to help transition into Fall Fashion

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times This may come as a surprise…but, I am not a fashion expert (although, I sorta have held myself out to be since I started this column six years ago). I don’t have a degree and I can’t even sew a button. I just have strong opinions, a big mouth, and a knack for picking the most expensive options on the planet. What can I say? It’s a gift. However,...