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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Q. Is it true that licorice can interfere with some medications?

Some forms of licorice may increase the risk for digoxin toxicity.

Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and arrhythmias. Licorice may also reduce the effects of blood pressure medications or diuretic drugs (water pills).

These are just a few of many drug-related interactions that can occur in your body.

Drug interactions fall into three categories. There are drug reactions with foods and drink, dietary supplements and with other drugs.

Monday, May 19, 2014
FILE - In this April 21, 2012 file photo, a National Park Service worker tends to the White House kitchen garden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during a preview for the media of the Spring Garden Tour. Plants that can offer high yields with low watering include leafy vegetables such as kale, lettuce and spinach; beans, snow peas and sugar snap peas; and some varieties of cucumbers and squash. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

How can you get the most yield from a garden where space is limited, and water is too?

Plant smart, and pay attention to the soil.

"Your garden is only as good as your soil," says David Salman, chief horticulturist at High Country Gardens, a Santa Fe, New Mexico, catalog that specializes in native and low-water plants.

Find out what nutrients your soil has and what it's missing with a soil test, available through local cooperative extension offices at a nominal fee (home soil-test kits are less reliable, according to the Colorado State University Extension).

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District was abuzz Saturday morning with the annual science fair and art show.

One of the highlights of the art show was a group of five chairs decorated and donated by the eighth-grade art class to the "Chair-ity Fundraising Event," which is sponsored by the Penn Kidder Library Center.

The fundraiser, an auction, which will take place in July, features a wide variety of chairs decorated by local artists, signed by sports teams or donated by businesses.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Amy L. Gale will sign copies of her new book, "Blissful Tragedy" from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Friends of the Dimmick Library Book Store, 58 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Gale's book tells the story of an ambitious young woman who, about to start the job of her dreams, gets sidetracked by a budding romance with a captivating singer in a rock 'n' roll band.

Gale, who is from northeast Pennsylvania, is a fan of writing, reading and rock concerts, in addition to being a pharmacist. For more information go to

Thursday, May 15, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Jenna Starr inspects a pair of Louis Vuitton handbags to authenticate them and make sure they meet brand standards at the headquarters of The RealReal in San Francisco. An explosion of resale online sites from RealReal to Chairish that allows shoppers to easily trade in their gently used top brand handbags, furniture and gadgets for cash is changing the way Americans buy. The ease of reselling their possessions allows consumers to keep refreshing their wardrobes and homes without feeling guilty. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NEW YORK (AP) – Jenna Broems shops for clothes the same way she hunts for a new car: She considers resale value.

Broems, who lives in Stamford, Connecticut, only buys brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and 7 For All Mankind because she believes they will fetch the highest prices when she's ready to move on.

"I'm now walking in like 'What's the return of this? Am I going to be able to resell?"' said the teacher who has gotten $2,500 from stuff she's resold on ThredUP, an online resale site for used clothes.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kathy Keip and Jeanne Blonsky of Tamaqua look to add to their collection at the Innovative Bead Expo, which took place May 3 and 4 at Ag Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown. The pair make bracelets as gifts for friends and family members. A variety of stones, beads and jewelry-making supplies were available during the event from over 20 vendors.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This Apr. 14, 2014 photo shows summer baked Alaska in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)This Apr. 14, 2014 photo shows summer baked Alaska in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When it comes to ice cream, I generally feel it's hard to improve on a simple scoop right out of the carton. But this time my mind has turned to baked Alaska. I know ... How retro!

Baked Alaska once was the star dessert of cruise ship dining rooms and upscale restaurants. The classic recipe called for vanilla ice cream enrobed in sponge cake, lavishly frosted with meringue, then lightly browned in a high-heat oven.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Oven-Roasted Vegetables are super easy and super tasty.

We love vegetables, so figuring out ways to serve them so that my kids would eat them was never an issue.

Boiled, baked, fried, sautéed it didn't matter.

Which makes me wonder how it is, that up until a couple years ago, I had never had them roasted.

I don't know exactly why roasting vegetables makes them taste even better, but it does. They are sweeter and the flavors are just more intense. All you really need is a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper, and you have a terrific side dish.

This is perfect for feeding a crowd because it goes a long way.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Q. In soap operas, the writers love to include characters with amnesia who don't remember their identities.

Is it common for someone to actually forget who they are?

It's extremely rare. People with amnesia usually are aware of their identities. A person's identity is among the most durable long-term memories.

Amnesia, which means loss of memory, comes in several forms.

The most common type is anterograde amnesia. People with this form have trouble learning and making new memories.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Jeff Steinberg

Zion's Stone Church, 45 Cemetery Road, New Ringgold, will present the Jeff Steinberg Ministry Team at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

Born in Philadelphia with multiple birth defects, he has no arms and two bent, scissored legs a condition known as Phocomelia, thought to be the result of Thalidomide or a similar drug prescribed for his mother during pregnancy.

He and the news of his condition were kept from his mother until he was almost 2 years old.