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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

For a change of pace, a meatless meal might be in order. Ann Frommer says her Spinach and Rice Pie can stand on its own or as a filling side dish.

Spinach and Rice Pie

Serves 6 for an entrée or 8 for a side dish

Pie crust for 9- or 10-inch pie pan

1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach

1 cup cooked rice (your choice)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 eggs, beaten

10 ounces lactose free cottage cheese

8 ounces lactose free sharp cheese, shredded

¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/8 teaspoon marjoram

1/8 teaspoon basil

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Crime Victims Council is forming support groups for adult survivors of sexual assault. Each group has a maximum capacity of 10 participants and is led by a trained sexual assault counselor.

Sessions will be held at 801 Hamilton St., Allentown. Both groups meet at 5:30 p.m. and will run for 8-10 weeks.

• Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Assault begins Feb. 1 and meets Mondays. To join contact Connor Moriarty at 610-437-6610, ext. 18, or

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Planning for long-term care is difficult enough even when you have a child or spouse to help out.

But not having anyone to rely on will add more pressure to an individual’s later stage of life. Even my parents didn’t want to be a burden on me or my siblings, but in the end we were their “senior care” support. The family is the backbone of elder care today in the America.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Most Americans rely heavily on Social Security, but it’s not enough to retire on.

There are numerous stories and statistics about worrisome Americans and retirement. The average American is not saving enough for retirement. Millions who are in low wage jobs are barely able to survive.

There is simply not enough income in many instances to even cover life’s necessities. You can’t save money when you are barely making it. However, there are also plenty of stories of Americans who simply will not try to save any money.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Next month is American Heart Month, and a healthy heart is a happy heart. These tips from TOPS Club Inc., the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, will help keep your ticker humming strong for years to come.

1. Stay positive.Not only is optimism good for the soul, it can also counteract stress. A more relaxed “you” has a lesser chance of developing heart disease.

2. Slow down.Unplug from the digital world and remember some classic diversions. Write a letter, read a physical book or sing a song you used to love.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Q. My husband is getting a drinker’s nose. He reminds me of W.C. Fields. But my husband doesn’t really drink more than an occasional beer. I don’t get it.

W.C. Fields, the vaudevillian and comedic actor in early films, was known to hoist more than an occasional beer.

But, Fields got his red, bumpy nose from rosacea, not alcohol. Former President Bill Clinton has rosacea and so did the late financier J.P. Morgan.

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-shee-uh) is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling. It usually affects the face.

Monday, January 18, 2016
Monisha Vasa

As 2016 begins, we might find ourselves thinking about New Year’s resolutions for how we can better parent our children.

More than ever, it feels important to help our children develop tools that will allow them to grow into conscious, healthy adults.

One of the most important skills for emotional well-being is that of gratitude.

Here are give quick, easy (and free) ways to encourage an attitude of gratitude in our children.

Monday, January 18, 2016
On-the-spot meetings of Movement leaders were common. From left, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Bernard Lee, the Rev. Martin Luther King and Hosea Williams confer during a rally in Kelly Ingram Park. Photograph by Bob Fitch, Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965. COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY EXPRESSION AND ART Copyright - ©1965 Matt Herron / Take Stock Photos - Images of Change

What was it like to be surrounded by intense social upheaval in the South in the 1960s?

An exhibition that opened Sunday over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at the Allentown Art Museum will allow visitors to step beyond the headlines to view 156 striking and emotional images taken by nine photographers who lived at the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement.

“This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” is on display now through May 15.

Friday, January 15, 2016

While most parents realize that it’s important to give their children opportunities to socialize, the need for “mama” time might not be as obvious.

But as local moms will tell you, a chance to socialize and talk with other parents — without the kids — is just as important.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Layne Fenstermaker, 3, the son of Shannon Wetzel and Doug Fenstermaker of Walnutport, plays alongside Cole Hablett, 2 , the son of Jacy and Wes Hablett of Lehighton. the boys met while their parents were seeking new play group opportunities on Smile Mom and through word of mouth. STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS

he idea of a play date — a few hours set aside for children to socialize and play together — seems like a quaint but impossible idea with busy work and home lives.

Today’s parents are finding that despite the challenges, play dates are more important than ever.

If a child isn’t in day care, play groups are one of the few opportunities (for both children and parents) to regularly get out of the house to flex their social muscles.