Shopping isn’t a problem, right?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Right now, I’m sitting in a weekend graduate course on Addictive Disorders. While we are focusing primarily on substance abuse, we are also discussing behavioral addictions like gambling, gaming, and….shopping. Eeeeek.  Why is my face turning red? I don’t have a problem. I mean, arguably shopping is part of my job. How can I advise others...

No really, 10 easy hacks for oral health

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times While you’ve probably seen linkbait around the Internet on “10 easy hacks to…” on everything to weight loss to dating, many of which are of dubious quality, there really are a few simple things you can do to improve your dental health (and keep your family happier and maybe save you a few bucks). So here’s an...

What is the definition of vanity?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I was standing in line at CVS the other day and witnessed something interesting. A woman and her pre-teen daughter (probably 12?) were ahead of me to check out. While we waited for the cashier, the young girl picked up a lip-gloss from the aisle display. Her mother’s response? “Put that down! Don’t be so vain. You do not need lip gloss.” Obviously...

On Your Table: Lighten up and deconstruct

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Lightening up familiar favorite dishes is a great way to please the family while serving healthier dishes. If the recent spate of springtime weather (this week’s crazy winter weather notwithstanding) has started you thinking about summertime and bathing suits, now is the time to start lightening up food choices. And, by the way, this doesn’t...

Couples as…gasp…Twinsies?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I have a confession to make. I like when couples coordinate their outfits. Calm down. I’m not talking matching identically…but, putting a little effort into complimenting each other is chic, in my opinion. I stumbled across this article about a couple from Japan who has been dressing alike for the past 37 years!

New month, new Super Six for your Sunday

It’s the first Sunday in March….so, that means it is time for the Super Six! This monthly article is a “Kelly hodge podge” of ideas/stream of consciousness/ window into my personality. I must confess that I don’t really have any rhyme or reason for my selections. They are (literally) what I have been perseverating about since last month’s rendition. So, without further ado… ●...

All About Connecting: Online dating quiz

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times This month, a quiz to kick off the column (don’t worry about studying!): ALL ABOUT CONNECTING’S ONLINE DATING QUIZ Do you find that the people you write through online dating sites and apps don’t write you back? Do you find that the people that reach out to you are the ones you are not interested in? Do you wonder if there are any new people on...

Spring fever coming just a bit early this year

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I am (blissfully) typing this article while sitting out on the patio, sans coat, iced coffee in hand. In February. Although it is highly unlikely that these 70 degree temps will continue long term, I am happy to soak it up now. Even when the weather returns to normal, the brief respite from winter is enough to force an early transition of the contents...

On Your Table: Gumbo is for Mardi Gras

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Mardi Gras, the New Orleans celebration of Fat Tuesday which is marked by eating, drinking and parading. The raucous event preceding the start of Lent will soon be upon us. Let’s face it, Mardi Gras is an excuse to party, or at least host friends over for a festive dinner. And gumbo in its many variations is at the heart of Mardi Gras celebrations. So...

A few fashion tips for the guys

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Last week’s article was a flashback to my amazing NY Fashion Week experience from 2015. I was thrilled to witness, first hand, the energy of a runway show. It was a revealing introduction as to how the inspiration of haute couture trickles down to the trends that end up in our favorite stores. Great fashion is NOT for “females only.” I think that...