How does one become a professional volunteer – just ask Barbara Brown, involved with many organizations including the Toledo Opera Guild and Association, Toledo Symphony, Questers Antiquing, Toledo Animal Shelter, St. Elias Church and others. Her career, with the Washington Local Schools as a teacher for 38 years, had her teaching literature as well as acting as a school volunteer, tutor, and receiving the State of Ohio Teacher of the Year award and the Kenneth Bishop Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Washington Local Schools. She has also been honored by the Toledo Opera as an outstanding educator of the year. Her passion is giving back to the community – her strength is her ability to work in harmony with so many to do so much. What was your first job? Television repair shop assistant. What health or lifestyle tips do you support? Organic non GMO foods, locally grown, if possible. Embrace the moment. Help others when possible. Feel gratitude. Most memorable trip/trips? Returning to my father’s hometown in Indiana and seeing what I thought was Nirvana from an adult’s point of view. It taught me perspective. Biggest self-indulgence? Spoiling my grandchildren. I have always wanted to …? Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef. What trait do you admire in others? Honesty Your pet peeve? Tunnel visioned people who refuse to explore all sides of a situation Something most people don’t know about you? I’m a Duke basketball fan and I love to ski. Words you live by? Polonius quote from Hamlet: “This above all, to thine own self be true, and therefore thou canst not be false with any man.” (sic) What was a defining moment in your life? The birth of my grandchildren. What advice would you give to the younger you? Collect more experiences and fewer tangible objects. Who is someone you’d like to meet? Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Khalil Gibran. What inspires you now? My Church, Opera, Symphony, Art, Ballet and my Grandchildren. Each brings joy into the world and beauty to Life.
A worldwide pandemic, a contentious national election and a renewed examination of racism in America, accompanied by hurricanes, fires and even murder hornets, made 2020 a once-in-a-lifetime year. “The hardest thing for people to get used to in 2020 was the lack of predictability,” explained Matt Rizzo, CEO and president of A Renewed
Happy New Year! Did you eat your way through the holidays? Need or want to shed a few pounds? Still want to enjoy restaurant fare? Diets and restaurants are not necessarily incompatible. The USDA gives these tips for making healthy choices at restaurants. Drink water, split meals, pick salads full of vegetables with dressing
by Jason Webber Dr. Steven Zook is a hometown product and a University of Toledo School of Medicine graduate who works at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He’s also a member of what has been called “the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine”—hospitalists. What is a hospitalist? Coined in 1996, the term “hospitalist” is
Taking care of a loved one with a serious illness can be a confusing time that leads to a number of high-stakes questions. Do they require end-of-life care? Do healthcare plans provide for long term treatment? What are the options? Local services can help to answer these tough questions relating to both palliative care and