Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dad’s WWII love letters give a glimpse into a forgotten past

Hidden in the attic were tales of war and sacrifice, love and resilience

By Lauren Stiller Rikleen for Next Avenue

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Stiller, right, with his commanding officer outside their tent.

It is always fun to read about other peoples’ attic discoveries of valuable art or historic artifacts. It is very different altogether to be the one to make such a find.

As I was moving an innocuous plastic container out of the way, I decided to see READ MORE

Changing courses

Saiket “Johnny” Patwary, Emporia Presbyterian Manor chef.

Presbyterian Manor’s new chef switched career paths after he discovered cooking in college.

When Saiket “Johnny” Patwary was a student at Emporia State University, he worked on campus as a dishwasher. One day, he came into the kitchen to find READ MORE

Emporia Presbyterian Manor honored

Susan Siepelmeier, executive director, center, accepts an Emerald Certificate from Bruce Shogren, chief executive officer, left, and Bill Taylor, chief operations officer, right, of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. Emporia Presbyterian Manor was recognized for achieving a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Emporia Presbyterian Manor received a certificate of recognition from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for reaching goals in fiscal year 2015, July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

The recognition came through PMMA’s new Emerald Awards Program, designed READ MORE

5 ways to make sure your parents are safe in bad weather

You can’t control Mother Nature, but certain precautions are important

By Jasmine Dyoco for Next Avenue


Lately, it seems our headlines have been filled with stories about Mother Nature wreaking havoc on our surroundings. From horrible flooding to fast-spreading wildfires to monster hurricanes, weather and the damage it causes is putting human lives READ MORE

Remembering the wit of Erma Bombeck

A new play reminds us of one of America’s most-clipped columnists

By Richard Harris for Next Avenue


Credit: Photo by C. Stanley Photography Barbara Chisholm as Erma Bombeck in Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

Even at 9-years-old, Margaret (Peggy) and Allison Engel were avid newspaper readers. Each morning, the twin sisters from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, would spread the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the floor and devour the comics together — so neither could get READ MORE

9 best knee-strengthening exercises

Knee pain can be reduced with these simple moves you can do at home

By Linda Melone, CSCS for Next Avenue

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If you can tell whether it’s going to rain by the pain in your knees, you’re in good company.

Knee discomfort is second only to low back pain as the most commonly reported pain among adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and READ MORE