Service Dogs at Work

WORDS BY M. DIANE MCCORMICK, PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY ANN SHULER Dogs are instinctually attuned to the needs of their humans. We humans turn to mush in their paws. The made-to-order dog-and-human match-up is as inevitable as chocolate and peanut butter,...

Saying Yes to Yoga

WORDS BY JILL GLEESON Yoga isn’t a certified craze in the United States now, it’s darn close. According to a survey conducted last year by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal, the number of Americans practicing yoga has grown from 20.4...

Be Well: Plateau

WORDS BY BENTZ P. TOZER, JR., B.S., CPT The dreaded plateau. Anyone who’s ever worked toward a fitness goal, be it losing weight, building muscle or setting a new weight-lifting personal record, is familiar with this frustrating “stop” on the...

Bookmarks: Commonwealth

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (Harper, $27.99, 322 pages) WORDS BY HARVEY FREEDENBERG Two of Ann Patchett’s most recent novels have been distinctive for their exotic locales and propulsive plots that teem with the stuff of today’s headlines. In Bel Canto, a terrorist...
Words by Scott Campbell After a 30-year stint in the golf business, Gerry Dougherty decided to pursue another career path. The Perry County resident teamed with his son, Sean, to establish Dougherty Construction Company. Operating from the company’s address on the...

Did You Know: Movies

BY RICK DAPP Before there was television, before there were videotapes and VCRs (or Betamax for those unfortunate enough to believe that it would succeed), before there was Blu-ray, before streaming video, before you could watch a motion picture on...