Frontline Workers Not Eager For Vaccine

Recent findings from the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Survey looked at frontline workers’ willingness, specifically healthcare workers and first responders, to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Surprisingly, 51% of these “Tier 1A workers” did NOT say they would agree to get the vaccine even if it was “free, available, FDA-approved, and 90% effective.” Gallup Poll Front-line Workers No Keener Than Others to Get Vaccine The Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Skeptics? Front-Line Health Care Workers

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending 25 years working in the Nestlé Test Kitchens, one could say I’ve learned a thing or two about chocolate chip cookies. I’ve tested and eaten more cookies than I care to admit! Ruth Wakefield was really on to something when she created the Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe back in 1939! To this day, the classic recipe is still my favorite. Having said that, I have modified the recipe ever so slightly to my liking.  Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the…

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Springtime can be lovely, but if your pets have allergies, this season can also be very uncomfortable for them. Just as with people who have hay fever or other allergies, your pet’s immune system can overreact and become hypersensitive to a particular substance, causing itchy skin and unwanted responses. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments to remove your pet’s discomfort. Pets can have allergies to the same things people do: food or things they come in contact with; but the most common pet allergy is…

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s time for everyone to be as informed as possible about the new COVID-19 vaccines. In February 2021, the FDA issued an “emergency use authorization” (not FDA approval) for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for individuals 18 years old and older. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which consist of a series of two injections, the Janssen Vaccine is only one shot. It also works using a slightly different mechanism — spike protein DNA instead of mRNA. The DNA for the spike protein of COVID-19 is…

LOVE SPARK CHALLENGE #3

The Conejo Guardian’s monthly “Love Spark Challenge” continues! With each “love spark,” readers are taking the challenge to make a difference in our community and in the lives of others.  Let’s extend our care to those who keep our grocery stores running: store managers, cashiers, stockers, folks behind the meat and deli counters and in the produce and dairy areas, and those ensuring our carts are free of germs.  Instacart workers are also part of this great group. Hats off to all who support our access to food and supplies!…

Park Planning

Parks make life better, providing greenspace and relief from the developed areas around town, shade trees and open spaces for those seeking solace, and amenities for recreation and activities. Many parks are the focal point or primary gathering place for a neighborhood. Many happy memories are made at parks. But parks don’t just happen. They have to be planned for, designed and built. How many parks does a community need? Where should they be located? What amenities should they include? Park planners and landscape architects often assume the creative and…

Passover and America

Three thousand years after the Hebrews (Israelites) were freed from bondage in Egypt — an event celebrated as part of Passover — a new nation on a new continent saw a parallel to the great Exodus of the Bible in its own developing history America had begun as a place of refuge for those escaping religious persecution, but by the 1760s the colonists were experiencing increasing political and economic persecution from the King of England as well. Led by George Washington, American colonies fought the Revolutionary War, defeating England, the…

The Wellness Corner: Smile More

Gardening may be good for the soul, but it can also be an intimidating task with so many things to consider before even getting started. However, with the right information, new gardeners can start planting some happiness gardens.  California’s Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters allows so many different plants to grow and thrive.  By considering the following factors before planting a garden, gardeners and their plants will be well on the way to gardening success. The first thing to consider is the garden’s style. Similar…

Plant Some Happiness This Month With Your Own Garden

Gardening may be good for the soul, but it can also be an intimidating task with so many things to consider before even getting started. However, with the right information, new gardeners can start planting some happiness gardens.  California’s Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters allows so many different plants to grow and thrive.  By considering the following factors before planting a garden, gardeners and their plants will be well on the way to gardening success. The first thing to consider is the garden’s style. Similar…

White Bean Chicken Salsa Verde Soup

Mildly spicy and a snap to put together, this soup will become a family favorite on cold winter days! I just doubled the recipe for a for a family gathering and we were scraping the saucepan, so that’s a good sign! Have fun with it – top with tortilla strips, quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, sliced green onions or radishes, shredded cheese and dollop of sour cream. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!  White Bean Chicken Salsa Verde Soup  (Makes 10-11 cups)  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil …