5 myths about health care's 'young invincibles'
Coined by the health insurance industry, the term "young invincibles" has come to describe 18- to 34-year-olds who go without coverage because they expect to remain healthy. Here, a few myths are debunked about who these uninsured young people are and what they want from the health-care system.
Turkeys are funny-looking and tasty, but can they fly?
Turkeys are an ungainly mess of a bird. Their bodies appear too big for their scrawny legs, and they are pocked with all manner of bizarre anatomical structures, including snoods (fleshy bumps on their foreheads) and a dewlap (that distinctive flappy wattle under its neck). But amazingly, the bird - at least in its wild form - can fly.
Keep tabs on food safety while prepping holiday meals at home
When it comes to planning those elaborate, holiday meals, food safety is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind.
“But it shouldn’t be,” commented Diana Romano, a registered dietitian and the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. “No one wants their holiday meal to be remembered because it made people sick.”
Even though America’s food supply is one of the safest in the world, a lot of people still get sick every year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that as many as 48 million people fall ill due to food-borne illness.
First Presbyterian Church to present ‘Images of Christmas’
Nearly 15 years ago, during his first year after rejoining the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond staff, Jim VanHemert directed Ovid Young’s stirring cantata “Images of Christmas.”
“I love it,” VanHemert said of the work.
On Dec. 15, he will be once again directing the cantata with a large choir and orchestra, this time on the eve of his retirement as minister of music.
In between, VanHemert has experienced the holy bliss of beautiful music well sung, an act of worship itself, experienced the sometimes bitter realities of denominational issues, witnessed the increasing popularity of contemporary music, been a part of weddings and funerals, experienced the tragic death of his son and been blessed beyond measure by supportive staff and his extended family in the embodiment of choirs.
VIDEO: Students rally around boy, 6, to stop teasing
Some young boys from Bridgewater show they are truly wise beyond their years when they rally around a boy who was being teased.
FCC chief shares pain of own proposal to allow calls on planes
The U.S. regulator proposing to end a ban on phone calls during commercial flights understands why some passengers say the change would take connectivity too far.
When Black Friday madness takes a tragic turn
As Black Friday bleeds into Thanksgiving Day, the frenzy surrounding one of the busiest shopping days of the year has grown and, in some instances, led to violence or even deaths. Here is a look at some recent incidents that have marred one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
A short course on the history of Thanksgiving foods
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims.
Life is good when friends gather
This Thanksgiving season I’m grateful for friends who come to my house, and I count it a miracle that they do. I suppose my Diet Coke and bottled water are as refreshing as any, and that my coffee pot set on brew is inviting, though nothing so prestigious as Starbucks. Still, they do come.
It’s been years since I greeted them face-to-face. The doorbell rings; Su-the-weenie-dog howls, and I threaten her with a rolled up newspaper as I reach behind me to open the door. My back remains toward my guests as I continue to fend off Su even after they’re safely inside and the door is closed so she can’t escape. But why would she want to now that her guests have arrived? Well, my guests too, though she considers all who enter to be exclusively hers.
Parents need to take care of problems before they get out of control
The mother of a 4-year-old boy shared an interesting story with me the other day. At age 2, her son began chewing meat to the point where it became liquid, but would not swallow. The parents became worried and began attempting various means of persuading him to swallow. Nothing worked, which increased the parents’ anxiety and, likewise, the energy they put into the swallowing project.
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