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COVID, Closure and Clubs

The State of Local LGBTQ Bars

For months, in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s decree for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, all the bars and private clubs in the state have been closed. In the last decade, there had already been a noticeable decline in the number of LGBTQ establishments nationwide, and this public health crisis only adds to the pressure these businesses face.

Wellness on a Budget

Health & Wellness: Staying Healthy During Insecure Times

It seems that 2020 will be a year to remember for many dynamic reasons. My concern is that general public wellness could break down in the face of an unprecedented combination of crises in public health, economic shocks and civil unrest.

Conspiracies, Family, Death and Discovery

Health & Wellness: Coping with big changes during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

I don’t know what switch got flipped, but I’ve already received three messages this morning related to conspiracies. What I’m about to share isn’t bragging or boasting, it’s an expression of gratitude.

Ozone and coronavirus

Possible Therapies are Dangerous and Toxic

In energetic situations like lightning strikes, three oxygens come together to create a loosely combined molecule of O3. It is because of these weak bonds that O3 is so highly reactive. Thus, it is a powerful oxidant.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Health & Wellness: Do Not Try This at Home

When I first conceptualized this entry, it was my intent to offer a list of alternative ingredients for making your own hand sanitizer during the shortages caused by the 2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. However, I am totally scrapping this solutions story, because upon closer consideration, it proves to be a very bad idea.

COVID-19 and Entertainment

The Importance of Being Virtually Connected

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the vital importance of social distancing (a concept that went from zero to 100 in two weeks), a vast array of live interactions are now off-limits. It’s the only way to slow the inevitable progress of the virus as it burns its way through the population. But people are still alive and raring to go.

Community Gardening

A Nourishing Project for the Body and Soul

If you’re going to start gardening, get ready soon! Planting day is April 15, and you’ll want to be prepared with all your seeds, sprouts, materials and tools. But what if you don’t have a yard, or even a patio or balcony?

Bananas are not Your Enemy

Health & Wellness: The Recently Maligned Sweet Treat

Bananas are quite amazing, aren’t they? I suppose one might take a pause saying that in an LGBTQ publication. But fear not intrepid reader, we are going to discuss something far more interesting: the nutritional value of many people’s favorite fruit.

Glycemic Index

Health & Wellness: An Incomplete Picture

Here I am again, telling you to stop counting calories. … The degree, frequency and severity of insulin responses to food are what matters when it comes to improving blood sugar and/or body composition.

Innercise: Dispelling the Dark, Part 2

Health & Wellness: Caffeine Is Not Your Friend

I don’t really drink coffee for pleasure. I drink it only if it’s already available, and I happen to need a jolt of energy. Otherwise, I just really don’t ever think about it. I greatly prefer tea, especially green and white.