On Your Table: Don’t rush to say goodbye to summer, just yet

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Pasta with fresh corn, chicken and vibrant vegetables makes a colorful farewell-to-summer dish. September is all about the fine line between saying goodbye to summer and looking forward to the crisp weather and new flavors that fall brings.  The changeover is happening earlier this year, thanks to a hurricane bringing rain and cloudy, humid and...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Getting back on track

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It’s fun to step away from the usual for a while and kick your heels up, but, inherently, we are creatures of habit and feel more centered when we have a routine. What have you set aside? What do you have to take off the back burner and fire it up again? Labor Day, 2018, is behind us and although we still have two weeks remaining of the summer, our minds...

Inner Nature: The eyes have it

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times The Earth rotates once on its axis every day, with the resultant periodicity of night following day. The predictability of exposure to the energy sources of light and heat have allowed lifeforms to evolve mechanisms to harvest it during daytime and develop materials to store that energy. All energy that emanates from the Sun is in the form of electromagnetic waves....

A peek behind the curtain – and insiders look at a dental practice

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times When I was building my first office, I was amazed by the tremendous amount of time, energy and money that was needed for things that I felt had no direct relation to patient care.  Decades later, the only difference is that each and every one of these tasks I have learned has a very direct relationship to patient care.  It’s the side of a...

On Your Table: Savoring Summer’s bounty

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Tomatoes, the jewels of summer. It’s that time of summer when produce beckons.  All of it. From that first bite into butter slathered corn on the cob, to that cherry tomato that bursts with flavor when you pop it into your mouth, to the juicy sweetness of red ripe watermelon.  Even zucchini, that butt of too many jokes.  Well, I’m sure you...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Soak in the Summer

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It is ever so subtle.  The days are starting to get just a little bit shorter. When that starts to happen, there’s a sense of urgency that comes over me, like I better be outside as much as possible, soak up the warmth of the sun and thoroughly enjoy the last forty-five days left of the summer. While Fall is a wonderful season, as the leaves turn their...

Inner Nature: Metamorphosis – Buggy Development

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times The growth of a single cell from a fertilized egg, or zygote, to an adult composed of trillions of cells is amazing and magical. This process which scientists, with their knack for understatement, call “development” happens with most eukaryotic organisms – those that have cells with a nucleus and other membranous compartments. Nucleated eukaryotic cells are...

On Your Table: It’s National Blueberry Month — let’s eat pie!

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times What better way to celebrate National Blueberry Month than with a mouthwatering pie. “Everybody in the car!”  On scorching hot July Ohio mornings, my mother, siblings and I headed out in our trusty station wagon to an abandoned blueberry farm near town where we filled turkey roasters with scads of perfectly ripe dusky-colored blueberries for...

Inner Nature: Aposematism – Worn Warning

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times Aposematic coloration refers to the conspicuous colors some animals exhibit to advertise their unpalatability or warn of peril to potential predators. A familiar example is the black and yellow/orange stripes of bees. Black and orange aposematic coloration extends to flatworms (ex. sea slugs), reptiles (ex. coral snakes), fish (ex. lionfish) amphibians (ex. newts...

Vacations were made for smiles

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times School is out and the shore traffic tells us all that vacation season is in full swing.  We all need a vacation and for most of us we cherish those well-deserved days away from the daily grind of work and chores. Before you pack your bags, be sure your dental visits are up to date. Fixing a small concern before you go may prevent a toothache...