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Wheel of Balance

I recently sent out a newsletter to my patients talking about a little tool I use to make sure I'm keeping my life in balance. All too often I'll get too involved in work, or the family, or my own health and wellness. Which are all good things - until one or more areas start [...]

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Every man needs – a ninja

I knew Ninjas were tough - so I tested its strength this Christmas by making my own peanut butter. With witnesses, this surprisingly quiet ninja blender turned peanuts into peanut butter in just a couple of minutes. With blades wrapped around the center column - ice, peanuts and frozen fruit are no match for this blender. The [...]

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Bacon wrapped tenderloin

People often ask me - isn't that low carb diet you follow, boring? No - it's not! Every chance I get I enjoy greens and protein, protein and greens. One of my personal favorites? Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with grilled peppers! [slideshow]

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A few months ago I agreed to help coach my daughter's basketball team. I was the assistant coach, paired with another parent who far surpassed my knowledge of youth basketball rules. A level headed, caring, smart guy. I had a feeling our team would do good. Then I saw the roster. Five. Five girls. Total. From the [...]

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Talk of the Trip

What makes a vacation a success? When you're still talking about it months later. And that's just what our family is doing when we look back on our summer trip to Florida. Ask my son, he'll tell you his favorite thing about Florida was feeding fishies to the pelicans - or playing with his truck at the [...]

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A great gift after all

My last birthday wasn't the best. My entire family had a stomach bug. Luckily, it didn't last long - and the next day I got to open my gifts. The kids showered me with beautiful art projects. My wife, well, she gave me something for work. Today - I got to use those gifts! She [...]

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Summer Fun at Auction

What do you do when it's 100 degrees out and your family is in town visiting? Bring the group to the Urbana Civic Center for the Champaign Area Fish Exchange public auction. I was excited for my family to experience their very first live fish auction. Heading there straight from work, I met my wife, daughter, father-in-law, sister-in-law [...]

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Tour de Cure

After months of waiting, today was the day. Tour de Cure 2012 and I was ready to ride. I drove to Indianapolis Friday after work, grabbing a night of good of sleep prior to heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 6:15 a.m. Over 1,500 cyclists were in attendance, participating in either the 50K, 75 K, 100K or [...]

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I'm not sure what it is about the 2012 spring yard waste pick up schedule, but I could not be more out of sync if I tried! The season started off bad when mother nature sent along beautiful weather (perfect for outdoor work) - weeks before city yard waste pick up was planned. So I called the garbage company [...]

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Each year my brother-in-law organizes a family NCAA tournament. The only requirement to participate, other than being family, is that you be old enough to pick teams. Some participants root for their alma mater (buckeyes or mizzou tigers), others pick based on team potential. Then there's my son who chose San Diego to win it [...]

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