Maple Syrup…Yum!

Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! More »

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, More »

How Trendy are You?

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme? After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York More »

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. More »

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

by Trish Utter You all know I have a passion for cars. I find that they are like a piece of exquisite art work and I also thoroughly enjoy the excitement of speed. More »


The Most Important thing to Human Survival … the Honey Bee

by Trish Utter

You might be irritated by the buzzing sound of a honey bee in your yard, or even afraid of being stung, but the honey bee is not aggressive and just wants to collect pollen and go about its tasks. Honey bees have no interest in humans and will not harm you. It is vitally important that we protect honey bees, as without them, our world would be barren of fruits and vegetables and ultimately, this would lead to human dismiss.

Honey bees pollinate most of the crops grown around the world and they’re responsible for the foods we enjoy. Just think what the world would be like without trees, bushes, and flowers. Most of the earth would probably look like deserts. Animals would also be affected, as they would not have the grasses and grains that bees pollinate, so gone would be your steak, hamburgers and barbeque!

Saving the Life of Your Pet

by Ruth Ward

According to JAVMA, Journal of American Veterinary Medicine Association, about 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year, most from smoke inhalation, and 500,000 pets are affected overall.

A high percentage of those deaths are from asphyxiation. The pet smoke masks are critical to saving lives and not many Fire Stations have the necessary equipment.

Alachua’s Allstate agent, Hugh Cain, is the proud owner of Lizzy, a 6 year old Chocolate Labrador, Lilly, a 3 year old beagle, and Tebow, a 12 year old chihuahua. While attending the annual Mutts and Pups event in High Springs, Cain learned about the life saving pet masks.

New Technology in Prostate Cancer

by Charles L. Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

North Florida Radiation Oncology (NFRO) is proven to be a leader in providing comprehensive, compassionate cancer care for men with prostate cancer. Because of this leadership patients in Gainesville and surrounding communities can receive the SpaceOAR® (OAR stands for “organs at risk”) System as part of their prostate cancer treatment plan. SpaceOAR hydrogel is a temporary injectable gel that protects the rectum in men undergoing prostate cancer radiation treatment either with external radiation (IMRT), CyberKnife or even with prostate seed implants. SpaceOAR® Hydrogel is made of polyethylene glycol (PEG), a compound which is commonly found in cosmetics and drugs because it is non-toxic and well tolerated by the body. When first injected SpaceOAR is a liquid however, within seconds, it solidifies and becomes a soft, gel-like synthetic material that expands creating a space between the prostate and rectum. The SpaceOAR product is often referred to as hydrogel because it is composed of mostly water. The SpaceOAR hydrogel remains in place during the entire prostate radiation treatment, but is slowly absorbed by the body over time; at 6 months the hydrogel has completely disappeared.

SpaceOAR became available in the US after results of a phase III trial demonstrated significant reduction in the radiation dose to the rectum in patients who received the hydrogel. This reduction in dose was proven to significantly reduce side effects and the severity of not only rectal, but urinary and bowel toxicity as well. In addition, there was a significant reduction in the sexual side effects from radiation in men who underwent the SpaceOAR procedure.

Finding the Perfect Place to Rent

by Trish Utter

A friend of mine, who is a nurse, was telling me how difficult it was to find a nice apartment in a great location in the Gainesville area. She said that Glennette Maxwell at Bosshardt Property Management gave her a tour of the Cricket Club 2, located off Tower Road and close to Newberry Road. It turned out to be everything she had been searching for and she was immediately able to move in, with the help of the Bosshardt Moving Van! She added that it was the perfect environment for her in the medical profession with a quiet and upbeat environment.

Many struggle to find the perfect rental. Bosshardt Property Management offers every type of property imaginable. Let me tell you a little bit about this amazing company and how they helped my friend and how they can help you.

Emergency Care for Injured Wildlife

by Trish Utter

Nan & Joe Soistman of Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc

Recently, I found an injured bird, but I was not sure what I should do. I spoke to Nan Soistman from Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc., and she had some very useful information.

What made you start Sunrise Wildlife?

A baby barred owl was brought to us. The good Samaritan thought it was an orphan. If you see an animal like this, leave it alone and watch, as most of the time the parents will return for it. It is also important to note the location of an injured animal, as it can be re-nested with its family.

Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. was established in 2016 as a nonprofit all volunteer organization. Before SWR, my husband Joe and I volunteered for another wildlife rehabilitation center for over 7 years. We began rehabilitation after a neighbor’s cat had killed and eaten a gray squirrel and her babies began coming down from the trees searching for food. We contacted Florida Wildlife Care in Gainesville and they trained us on squirrel rehabilitation. That was the start and when our first enclosure was constructed. We hold proper permits for rehabilitation of native mammals, birds, and reptiles. We also hold special use permits for educational wildlife.

The Modern Hippie

by Brooke Utter

Our parents and even grandparents might have gone to music festivals such as Woodstock. Music festivals have come a long way since then, they are now wellpolished, glitzy and spectacular. Most have milliondollar sound systems and state-of-the-art light sets. They even have their own security teams. The massive productions are well organized. Many of these festivals go on for three days and treat their participants to a totally immersing experience with multiple stages that are transformed into mythical places. Some concertgoers stay in hotels, while others choose to camp onsite. Most of the concert-goers go through great lengths and expenses with their wardrobe, wearing the most eye-popping outfits and costumes. Glastobury Festival is a five-day festival held in June in England, with over 135,000 attending. A mere 250,000 attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held in California. Electric Daisy Carnival will be held this November in Orlando, but there are far too many others to even list.

Kids having a Blast

by Joe Hankock

As I am raising my two young kids, I am always looking for things to expose them to. Since I am a nerd of all things unusual and a fan of rockets, I decided I would see if there were any rocket clubs in the area. Sure enough, I found one not too far away in Daytona called the Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR).

These are not your typical model rockets you see in the store. These rockets measure approximately five to twelve feet tall, or even bigger! They certainly are no toy.

In the field of a large, open sod farm in Bunnell, Florida, under blue skies, gather a group of people with one mission: to fly their rockets as high and as fast as possible based on their engine size.

Royal Recipes

Summer Pudding

This is a dessert that Buckingham Palace serves as its one of the Royals favorite things.

  • 8 thick slices of white bread without crust.
  • 7 cups of mixed fresh berries such as, cut strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  1.  Put berries in saucepan pour sugar over and heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Coat a 1 ½ quart bowl with butter and line with plastic wrap (this will help you get the pudding out intact)
  3. Line the bowl with bread, fill in any spaces with bread
  4. Pour berries over the bread, in the bowl.
  5. Cut bread to form a lid on top of bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Place a small dish on top and weight it down by placing a food can on top. Place in fridge for 6 hours.
  6. To serve, place dish on top of bowl and flip over. Remove bowl and plastic wrap. Enjoy!