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Shirley Rebello (center) joins the Silver Sneakers meet at the Concord YMCA on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  The class meets every Monday and Wedesday.

(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor Staff)

Don’t take a vacation from exercise

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer poses many challenges to those of us trying to maintain our fitness routine during the hot and sticky dog days: barbecues, vacations, parties, weddings, sweltering heat and humidity and those pesky buckets of beer just to name a few. What can you do to ensure that you stay on the right track and don’t let summer get the best …

Gardening as your grow older

Thursday, August 6, 2015

As gardeners age, the work to keep a flower garden flourishing seems to take more of a toll on knees and backs. There are a few ways to keep your yard looking vibrant while working within your own limitations. 1. Plant hardy, reliable perennials that truly come back year after year. Select black-eyed …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey into an alcoholic beverage. Archeologists are pretty certain fermentation had been going on for thousands …

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With final exams bearing down on them at the end of last semester, nearly 1,000 students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond turned out for “Paws for Stress” – a chance to pet and play with therapy dogs. …

Kitchens go outdoors with fire pits, rings, tables

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living …

Rat rods: Vintage vehicles made into rusty rides

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Peter Duvaloois’s rat rods are way cooler than your car. The fast machines, pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds, also are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. That’s pretty much the point of …

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Although banks often absorb bogus charges, it’s up to victims to clean up their credit histories and recover stolen funds. …

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target in 2013, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified …

Taking stock: Making your own broth is a labor of love

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I was raised in a household where broth was either chicken or beef and came out of a can. So 30 years ago, when I began my training at the French Culinary Institute, I was surprised to learn …

5 ways to make a kitchen more germ-free

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Even the tidiest kitchens might be harboring harmful bacteria, and often where they’re least expected. Paying more attention to a few often-overlooked places can help keep your household safer, experts say. For starters, home cooks should have four …

New tools can take the backache out of snow removal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

That familiar refrain of winter is back. Do you hear it? Metal shovels scraping snow-covered driveways and sidewalks. The industrious whir of snow blowers. The grating sound of scrapers chiseling cars out from beneath layers of ice. Snow …

Sleigh ride, anyone?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The sleigh had just rounded a corner. It was now headed up a sloping stretch of terrain. The temperature was hovering around freezing, a handful of snowflakes falling from the ashen sky. The horses pulling the sleigh started …

Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clark Griswold would be proud. Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays this …