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The health benefits of cherries

I wrenched my neck a few days ago and wondered whether there was something else I could take for the pain instead of ibuprofen. Based on what I’d read in magazines, I searched for the answer in my fridge, which happened to contain more than 40 pounds of tart cherries I had just picked.

6 inexpensive, off-the-radar wine regions

The words “wine country” conjure thoughts of Napa and Sonoma — or maybe Burgundy and Tuscany if you’re headed abroad. But any oenophile worth their stemware knows various wine regions exist throughout the world, some in the least expected places. Not only will you find delectable wine with more reasonable price tags in the six off-the-radar locales we’re highlighting here, but you’ll also discover winery tours and accommodations that are far from the crowds — and far more affordable. Bonus: These wines aren’t as easy to find in your corner shop, making any bottles you sample on your trip all the more special.

Kids help kids during annual fundraiser

Youngsters will be showing their talents and their giving spirits on Aug. 15 during the seventh annual Kids Entertaining Kids fundraiser for the Early Childhood Intervention program, a part of the Texoma Community Center. The popular event will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom.

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Disabled volunteer gives time to local organizations

June 29—Bruce Bernstein could have given up a long time ago after a devastating car accident 40 years ago left his left side partially paralyzed at the age of 21, but multiple surgeries and his indomitable spirit brought him through those dark days and today he is one of Cooke County’s volunteer heroes.

Why it’s normal not to be happy all the time

Take one look at your Instagram feed and you’ll see it: an abundance of smiling faces and enviable activities. Turn on the TV, open a magazine, glance at a billboard and the results are the same. From ear-to-ear grins to endless laughter, it’s like the whole world is happy all the time.

Gluten doesn’t deserve its bad-for-you reputation

Some people go off gluten because they have gastrointestinal problems. Others because they think it will aid with weight loss. Yet others are convinced that a gluten-free diet is more healthful. By one estimate, almost 1 American in 3 reports cutting down on gluten, a mixture of proteins that is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Yet scientists warn that for most people, this may be a bad idea.

Sauces, rubs and marinades can help create sparks for Fourth of July cookout

Holidays are all about tradition. so little surprise that July Fourth remains the most popular day of the year for grilling. Close to 70 percent of us will be cooking our beloved beef, chicken and fish over gas, charcoal or an open fire on Independence Day, cementing the cookout’s reputation as America’s favorite — and perhaps only — way to celebrate the Fourth.