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Agewise: Creating, remembering and valuing the assets of our memory banks

Reminiscing is good for the brain as we age. A 2003 study by Eleanor Maguire and Christopher Frith performed brain scans on people in their 70s and in their 30s while they were reminiscing and found that the entire hippocampus is “lit up” and actively engaged in older adults, while 30 year olds only utilize one small part of the left hippocampal region. Remembering and making sense of our past is natural and even contributes to us feeling better about the future. Sometimes a photograph, smell, or song will trigger a memory so vivid we are immediately transported back in time. And though not every memory is positive, reminiscing often makes us feel good. This is true for most of us, and, particularly for persons suffering from dementia. […]

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CURD QUIPS: Is your cheese fresh or frozen?

When it comes to cheese, there’s a fine line to walk in the cooler. Living cheeses, meaning real cheeses, and especially raw milk cheeses are each alive. These cheeses (like people) develop traits and features as they age – usually for the better. Similarly, living cheeses have a lifespan. A lifespan that can be shortened as cheeses are exposed to prolonged heat or preserved in a cool and humid environment. Cool is good for cheese all the way down to 33 degrees. Humidity requirements vary by type/ style of cheese. […]

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The Sweet Side of Things: Ice cream or gelato – it’s all sweet and good

Remember the saying, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for _____________”, fill in the blank, gelato or ice cream. At one point in time, at least in the U.S., we all screamed for ice cream but not anymore. In today’s environment, you have a choice of ice cream or gelato, all good, it just boils down to personal preference. […]

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The Wine Nerd: The Little Stars of Virginia

Summer is a classic time of year both for travel and, better yet, for entertaining traveling friends and family. There is no end to the ways to show your visitors the beauty of Virginia, and her native wines and vineyards are high on that list. Whether your guests are novice drinkers or full-fledged wine nerds like me (my condolences), they will easily fall under the spell and grandeur of the vines and barrels. When acting as their impromptu tour guides through the state, it is helpful to know a couple of simple, yet truly unique, stories that will forever leave the mark of Virginia upon their memories. […]

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Epicurean Muse: Try this heat beating beauty of a wine

It’s starting to feel like true summertime in the Old Dominion. With those signature sticky, hot and humid days upon us, it’s the perfect time to pass the lazy, hazy days with new adventures in cold white wine. One thing is certain, white wine sales are up right now and there are many to explore beyond the usual chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. If vacation is just out of reach or sadly just passed, treat yourself to a mental holiday with a virtual trip to Italy’s central coast and the Le Marche region via a new grape. Just the location sounds refreshing, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea with miles of picturesque coastline dotted with charming fishing villages, and the first glass of wine hasn’t even been poured. […]

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Culpeper Currents: A celebrity visits Bell Tavern

My last column focused on a description of Bell Tavern which sat at the southwest corner of Main and Locust Streets in Culpeper. I mentioned that the proprietor Benjamin Shackelford had hosted President Thomas Jefferson. Here is a brief account of the President’s arrival: […]

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Observations on Orlando

I was going to write about my vacation to Orlando with my grandson. We were at Disney at the time of this terrorist attack, blissfully sheltered from the grim reality only a few miles away. […]

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Look for ways to get involved in the community

I believe government at all levels belongs to the people. Because our local government is closest to the people, I feel it is vital for our representatives to share and be transparent with their thoughts and ideas. When asked by the editor to deliver an occasional individual supervisor perspective piece for Culpeper Times – I said yes! […]