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O’ Tannenbaum: Picking out the perfect Christmas Tree

(screenshot via YouTube/The White House)

(screenshot via YouTube/The White House)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate–all about Christmas trees.

For many, the day after Thanksgiving is spent looking for the perfect Christmas Tree. According to The National Tree Association, it is estimated that Americans purchase 25 to 30 million trees each year.

Americans have been enjoying decorating their homes with fragrant pine trees at Christmastime for decades. Households across the country will collectively spend approximately $984 million on Christmas trees, according to Nielsen Research reports published in Visually.

Christmas trees slowly became popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, when German and Scandinavian peoples placed evergreen trees outside or inside their homes each winter in celebration of the season and the promise of a fruitful spring.

In the 1800s, German settlers brought their traditions with them to the United States.

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Alzheimer’s disease: Making the most of holiday traditions

(photo courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(photo courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate. All about Alzheimer’s.

Most Americans love Christmas, and it is considered the most favored holiday each year. For those who have family members stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, sharing family traditions could gradually become greatly altered as this horrible disease becomes more apparent.

Christmas engenders feelings of love, generosity nd good-will as it brings togetherfamily members and loved ones in shared moments and traditions.

Feelings of stressfulness and loss gradually replace joy and merriment when Alzheimer’s strikes the family. When mom or dad, grandma or grandpa slowly decline, never to be the same.

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Multiple Sclerosis: Shining the light on a frightening disease

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about MS.

Multiple Sclerosis affects approximately 400,000 Americans. 200 individuals are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) every week in the U.S., and 2.5 million individuals worldwide are afflicted with this incurable neurological disease.

It is estimated that three times more women are stricken with MS than men, a discrepancy that is believed to likely be due to estrogen.

Shining the light on this debilitating disease is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which has chapters all over the United States. One such chapter is the outstanding Pacific Coast Chapter located in San Diego, California.

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Friendsgiving, the new millennial way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

(image by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(image by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about Friendsgiving!

Families and friends across America are making plans to come together with loved ones on Friendsgiving Day!

Joyous in the spirit of gratefulness, families will share warm, memorable moments of hearth, home and traditional Thanksgiving dinners. For those without family, Thanksgiving can be a very lonely time. Whether due to distance, illness, or the loss of those we love, discovering new ways of experiencing Thanksgiving can bring us new happiness.

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Veterans Day: Honoring those who protect the freedom we value

(image via flickr/U.S. Air Force/Josh Pleurer)

(image via flickr/U.S. Air Force/Josh Pleurer)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a U.S. federal holiday that we celebrate every November 11.

Originally known as Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson first honors our Veterans in November 1919 at the end of World War I.

He said,

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude…because of the thing from which it has freed us,”

In 1938, President Dwight Eisenhower signed HR 7786 into law, forever changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day, focusing on the contributions of those who have served in the armed forces.

“From Armistice to Veterans, as one Veteran to all, I salute you all! We should honor ourselves for keeping our flag free and secure. We are the courageous men and women who fought and died for the idealism of liberty and freedom for all.” – Richard A. Zelonis, United States Navy “Forever a Veteran”

American freedom and democracy have come at a great price in terms of human sacrifice.

Published by “PBS Newshour,” the following harrowing statistics reflect the extent to which military lives have been lost in service to our country, beginning with the Revolutionary War.

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Safety tips: Halloween trick-or-treats for your pets

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about Halloween safety for pets!

Halloween can be an exciting, and scary event for our precious pets.
While we are busy with Halloween celebrations throughout this spooky night, what can be overlooked are “the things that make Halloween a treat for people, noises, smells, trick-or-treaters at the door and people in costumes, can overwhelm many pets,” laments KC Theisen, of The Humane Society of the U.S.

Keep your pets safe this Halloween

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Healthy apples: Caramel and baked apples are a Halloween treat

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(image via wikimedia/Neil Conway)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about apples.

Halloween and the abundance of healthy apples come hand in hand. With its early roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain, Halloween revelers would dance around roaring bonfires wearing scary costumes designed to ward off ghosts.

Today, Americans enjoy modern-day Halloween celebrations such as trick-or-treating, dressing in Halloween costumes, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, participating in school festivities and enjoying private parties.

And crunchy delicious caramel apples and baked apples are favorite Halloween treats!

Apples Health Benefits are many

For those who are health conscious, apples are a great choice as the main ingredient for your Halloween desserts. They are a wonderfully delicious fall fruit and are abundant in grocery stores, whole foods markets, farmer’s markets and outdoor fruit stands.

Rich in vitamin C and high in fiber, it is thought that the old adage, “an apple a day,” may have basis in truth as they come with many health benefits.  It is now thought that apples are also helpful in staving off dementia and providing blood sugar stabilization for those with diabetes.

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From jack-o’-lanterns to pies: Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere

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(image via GeorgeWBush-WhiteHouse.archives.gov)

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere – in grocery stores and piled high at farmers’ markets, community pumpkin patches and parks – signal the beginning of the fall season and the advent of Halloween.

At our homes, transformed into traditional Halloween jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkins are deftly carved into frightening faces that glow eerily at night from the candlelight flickering deep within them.

But pumpkins are far more than the fascinating orbs so frequently used as the basis for seasonal displays. They represent a $145 million dollar U.S. industry, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The United States is among the top five pumpkin-producing countries in the world.
As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of melons and cucumbers, within the genus Cucurbita of squashes and gourds, pumpkins are natives of North America.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What you need to know

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(image via vandenberg.af.mil)

One out of 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

To put this phenomenon in perspective, walk down the street of a typical neighborhood and count out 8 dwellings. Residing in one of them will be a woman who will become stricken with breast cancer.

As the most common form of cancer in women, striking women of all ages, National Breast Cancer Awareness is the ideal time to bring this epidemic to the forefront.

In his 2016 Presidential Proclamation, Barack Obama had this to say:

“During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we honor all those who lost their lives to breast cancer, and we recognize the courageous survivors who are still fighting for it. For these individuals, and for their loved ones who give their unwavering support during the most trying times, we recommit ourselves to the essential and necessary work of forging a future free from cancer in all its forms.”

The good news is that there is a 5-year relative survival rate of 99% for those with early-stage breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society further indicates that there are more than 3 million survivors in the U.S.

Early stage breast cancer oftentimes means that early detection was a critical component of a high success rate.

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Las Vegas: Finding resilience to hate in the face of tragedy

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(image via wikimedia/Darwin Cruz)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate

On a Sunday evening in Las Vegas as country
music enthusiasts were enjoying an outdoor concert, at approximately 10:08 pm the sounds of repetitive gunfire replaced revelry with tragedy.

From a hotel room 32 stories up at Mandalay Bay a mass shooter, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, opened fire with what has been described as automatic weapons.

Tragically, 59 people were killed and over 500 wounded, during what has now been described as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Rumors started to fly, as many quickly ascribed this horrific incident as being terrorist, racial, or political in nature.

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