Author: CM

Step Right into Warmer Seasons

by Nikki Krug Our feet bear the weight of our everyday lives, but they are often overlooked until it is time to trade the snow boots for sandals. Luckily, a few of Carroll County’s foot experts have some tips for how to care of common foot problems and get you ready for the summer season. “Feet are in shoes all winter and this is the time of the year when people start to become concerned about wearing open toed shoes,” said Dr. Erik Diamond, a board certified podiatrist in practice for 30 years, most recently with Chesapeake Podiatry. Discolored nails, fungal infections, hammer toes, bunions – “a lot of these things take time to heal, so it’s important to take care of them sooner rather than later,” he added. Fungal infections take about six months for treatment with pills or topical ointment, and some more serious issues may require surgery and a lengthy recovery. Bunions and hammer toes should not be fixed because of how they look, however, but because of pain. The most common foot problem, according to Dr. Diamond, would be heel pain known as plantar fasciitis, an inflamed ligament caused by overuse and wearing unsupportive shoes. Additional common foot problems include diabetic foot care and skin issues, according to Dr. Annette Joyce, a board certified podiatrist of 17 years and founder of Freedom Foot and Ankle...

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Aging With Wisdom & Grace

If you love your children, get rid of everything before you go. That’s essentially the message my friend told a congregation of loved ones at her mother’s funeral. Each year before her mother died, she started asking the children if there was anything in particular that they loved or that their children might love. A painting, the china, her box collection, or even the wrought iron wood basket beside the fireplace – each year, she made sure items left her house. My own mother has talked about assigning each relative a color and asking them to put color-coded stickers on the bottom or backs of items, like a yard sale. Only this time it’s kind of like a mindful life sell. This issue of Carroll Magazine features “Aging with Grace,” a Special Section that we hope will help readers plan for retirement and their final years. The section is somewhat self-serving because many of us are either caring for our parents, or we are close enough to rounding the retirement curve that we want to have a better sense of what to expect. One tiny, but important goal was to also get folks talking – with each other, with their parents, with their significant others and/or their children. While you are healthy and happy, talk about the inevitable – aging and dying – so that you can approach both...

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Pair Up: Local Wines Shine At Home

by michael vyskocil    photography by tara hope cofiell From Manchester to Mount Airy, Carroll County’s fruit of the vines delivers with every nuance and depth of flavor. The richness of full-bodied reds, the tang of tannins and the sweet punctuation marks of ports give Carroll County’s wines unmistakable nuances of flavor, making exceptional choices for drinks with your dinner. We asked three Carroll County wineries — Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester, Old Westminster Winery in Westminster and Black Ankle Vineyards in Mount Airy — to provide some pairings for this special occasion dinner. Discover what wines the winemakers...

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Pop & Shop

by Kym Byrnes  photography by Kelly Heck Local entrepreneurs are cashing in on a temporary retail trend that enables them to test the viability of their grand ideas. Commonly called Pop Up Shops, this flash retail trend started in the early 1990’s in large urban areas with heavy foot traffic, like Tokyo, New York and London. They often pop up around holidays and special events like product launches and movie premiers.  For example, WIRED Magazine opens an electronic store around the holidays every winter in New York City; before its premier, Where the Wild Things Are set up a...

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Let’s Get It On

by Kate M. Breslin Whether it’s Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay or a good old-fashioned hand holding, everyone has something that turns him or her on. Not everyone’s turn ons are uniform, however. What makes one person’s toes curl may send another running, much like one person’s trash is another’s treasure. As Valentine’s Day rounds the corner, couples tend to pay more attention to turn ons and turn offs. After all, tis the season to get it right. Tips from local residents, counselors, and therapists might help you navigate the love terrain, if not enjoy a voyeur’s thrill. Relying on...

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