Brent P. Agar

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The practice and promise of mindfulness

<b>Mindfulness offers the promise of a healthier mind for everyone, raising questions of how to develop a practice that works for you.</b><p>When Bill …

The Grumpy Gardener's Guide to Hostas

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122 Container Gardening Ideas

David Hillegas<p>Orange Crush<p>For a late-summer container that steals the show, make bold foliage the focal point. This easy-care, end-of-season planter …

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Actually, You Don't Have to Sand Wood Furniture Before Painting It

And you've got some options<p>Painting wood furniture has to be one of the best ways to transform it on a dime (hello, flea market finds!), but sanding it first can be a real pain. Maybe it's a big, awkward platform bed or table and your arm is already tired just thinking about firing up the handheld …

Why it’s so important to speak freely about your invisible illness

opinion<p><b>One of the hardest parts of living with an invisible illness is just that – it’s invisible.</b><p>This means that while someone with a physical …

Six Common Misconceptions about the Chronically Ill

More often than not, chronic illness and chronic pain go hand-in-hand, so when I use the term “chronically ill,” I’m including people who are in …

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Here's why the GOP is struggling to come up with a new healthcare plan: That wasn't the goal

The House GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appeared in deep trouble Tuesday, underscoring the limits of a party that has traditionally put a priority on cutting taxes and government spending over digging into the details of safeguarding Americans' healthcare.<p>Many Republicans in Congress …

The Spoon Theory – Insight into Chronic Illness

For years and years Christine Miserandino has faced the reality that most people just don’t understand her situation: lupus, a devastating illness, …

I Am A "Spoonie." Here's What I Wish More People Knew About Chronic Illness

Are you familiar with the Spoon Theory, or the term "spoonie"? If it sounds a little odd, hear me out.<p>It began when a young woman named Christine …

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Beautifully preserved midcentury home in Florida asks $1.4M

It was designed in 1952 by Jack West<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Sarasota, Florida<p><b>Price:</b> $1,395,000<p>This beautifully preserved midcentury …

15 small bathrooms to see before renovating yours

There is a place in the home where great transformations happen. This is a room that is used to perform ordinary tasks, such as showering, but it …

UPDATE: How Much Vitamin D Should You Take?

<i>By: Dr. Alan Christianson</i><p>By now you've heard your body needs vitamin D to be at its best. Feel free to read HERE to learn more about its many benefits, like lowering risks of:<p>Mortality (death)<br>• Cancer<br>• Heart disease<br>• Dementia<br>• Asthma<br>• Infections<br>• Obesity<p>There has been plenty of focus on the dangers of getting …

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The Hidden Risks of Those Popular Medicare Advantage Plans

There's a costly trade-off to paying lower premiums.<p>Retiree health care costs are taking an ever-growing bites out of seniors’ income. So it’s no …

5 Medicare Stats That Will Blow You Away

Image source: Medicare.gov.<p>For more than 50 years, Medicare has helped protect Americans age 65 and older from having to carry the burden of high healthcare costs without assistance. Along the way, Medicare has grown substantially, and some of the program's statistics have grown to the point where …

5 Medicare Rules You Should Know By Heart

Deciding between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans is a key thing to consider. Image: Medicare.gov.<p>Healthcare is an essential need for everyone, and it becomes even more important as you age and require more medical services. The Medicare program is a vital component of getting …

3 Reasons a Medicare Advantage Plan Could Be Right for You

Image source: Pixabay.<p>Whether or not seniors realize it, they have an important decision on their hands that has the potential to greatly impact their retirement nest eggs -- and no, I'm not talking about when to file for Social Security benefits.<p><b>A critical decision for seniors</b> Arguably one of the …