Alert! Sun Exposure and the Development of Pre-Cancerous Skin Growths: Latest in Diagnosis and Management 771892318_bd82207c0f_z

Actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous growths) are red, pink, or light lesions with a scaly, rough surface. They frequently occur on sun-exposed areas and are especially common on the balding scalp, forehead, face, dorsal forearms, and hands.

Poetry Sunday: “Annual Review,” by Connie Post connie and son

“I like the plain language that, with devastating directness and restraint, tells the story of a whole world of language lost with that one quoted word.”

OUR APRIL INVITATION: Spring In Northern California: Newts, Stellar’s Jays, and an Exuberance of Wildflowers hawk IMGP8663(1)

Nevada County is blessed with miles of hiking trails, each one a separate treat. On the trails that are near water, Sierra newts put in a spring appearance. Their bright orange bodies stand out in the crystalline water, where they swim and bask, amusing watchers of all ages.

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The birdsong chorus is a wonderful melee, a beautiful cacophony, both melodic and chaotic, a crazy din. It reminds me of the way Utah Phillips sometimes ended his concerts.

Fitness Saturday: The Single-Leg Bridge

This exercise does a lot for you: It works your hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves, abdominals, and lower back.

Fashion Friday: Hats for Spring Hats

“A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.”

Hospice Care: A Primer for Patients and Their Caregivers kimberly hone

By Deborah Harkins

Hospice care at home is not turning the home into a hospital, but making the home environment a safe and comfortable place to die. Hospice nurse Kimberly Hone explains how a hospice team educates caregivers on how to give the patient hands-on care; manages the patient’s pain; offers crisis (emergency) care; and helps shepherd caregivers through their loved one’s dying process.

Book Review: ‘Our Bodies, Our Shelves,’ by Roz Warren captions

By Stacia Friedman

“Librarians aren’t allowed to exhibit any emotion other than politeness,” mild-mannered Roz Warren notes in her hilarious new book about the peccadillos of patrons in the Bala-Cynwyd library. “Not even when patrons curse, refuse to pay fines, or use cherry-flavored condoms for bookmarks.”

The Wednesday 5: Women in the News gty_meryl_streep_oscar_tk_120226_wg

Meryl Streep fully funds a screenwriters’ lab for women writers over 40; more stars are making Hollywood a better place for women; a returning soldier surprises his son in the best use of a photobomb we’ve seen; a new company aims to make breast cancer gene testing less cumbersome and more affordable for women; and a list of 10 groundbreaking women of science we all need to know about.

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By Suzanne Russell

Even if you don’t enjoy listening to Björk’s otherworldly music as you are cooking dinner or running in the park, you owe it to yourself to try to appreciate one of the most original pioneers of contemporary culture alive today.

Antidepressants: What Are Your Options When Your Medication Isn’t Helping? 3134063173_e05b16f9fb_z

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

“The depression came on gradually, slowly sapping me of my energy and typical enthusiasm. I can’t concentrate at work; all I want to do is sleep all day, and nothing in life is enjoyable any more. . .”

OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Seattle, Swooning Over Spring wvfc toni dogwood+garden+2

By Toni Myers

Two weeks ago, our frequent contributor Toni Myers found herself so captivated by the lush beauty of Seattle in the spring that she sat down and wrote this “Ode to Demeter and Persephone.”

Poetry Sunday: “What He Thought,” by Heather McHugh McHugh+and+Mr+Bones_4-3-15

“This week’s column features ‘What He Thought,’ a narrative poem by Heather McHugh. I hope it will not be too much of a spoiler to reveal that this poem answers the perennial ‘What is poetry?’ question as well as, or better than, any poem or essay I’ve ever read.”

OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Coastal California, It’s Almost Always Spring Watsonia

Each year in early March the UCSC Arboretium gets hundreds of visitors eager to admire and photograph the mighty hummingbirds as they feed on red (their favorite color) grevillea and perform their 70-mph dives for mating displays.

OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . . 13590873844_03852bbcb1_z

When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.