Kevin on June 16th, 2011

As a card carrying, officially certified old fart, I sleep like a baby at night – about once a year. Most nights, I wake up several times, look at the clock, and go back to sleep. On some occasions, whether I’m preoccupied with something at work or for reasons which are inexplicable, I’ll lie awake […]

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Kevin on December 16th, 2010

Holiday travel is stressful for anyone, but it’s particularly tough if you’re dealing with health problems.  Here are a few tips to ensure that you maximize the odds of having a safe & healthy trip: Essential:  travel with a readily available health profile.  If you become ill during your trip, quick access to a summary […]

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Kevin on November 25th, 2009

If instead of hiking or backpacking, you’re traveling to a country in which the tap water and/or bottled water is of questionable quality, what can you do? An option more suited to travelers is the SteriPEN. You’ve probably seen or heard about these devices. The SteriPEN concept is simple: use ultraviolet radiation to kill the bad stuff in water, and do so quickly.

The SteriPEN Journey – as the name implies – is targeted at travelers who want to ensure that the water they drink is free of bacteria and viruses. The Journey couldn’t be much simpler to use. Push its button once, and it’s ready to purify 1 liter of water; push the button twice, and it’ll treat 1/2 liter of water.

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Kevin on October 14th, 2009

First we learn that bills often test positive for cocaine; now this: Confirming what your mom told you or what you’ve intuitively known for years, researchers from the Medical Center of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio determined that dollar bills in circulation carry bacteria, including strains that cause sore throats, urinary tract infections and […]

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Months ago I added a simple Emergency Contact card to my FREE Downloads page, but just recently I happened to stumble upon a better alternative. It’s a free ICE wallet card that you can personalize and print in a matter of a couple of minutes… All you need to do is complete a simple input […]

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Kevin on February 9th, 2009

One of our family’s genuine treasures is a family book which was started in 1847 by my great-great-grandfather Martin Connolly (1824-1891) in Troy, New York.  Written in longhand in a leather bound ledger, the book captures our family’s history, noteworthy news events, and random bits of trivia – an occasional grocery shopping list appears here […]

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About six months ago a colleague was preparing to return from a week long trip to the UK and began feeling ill as she arrived at Heathrow.  She was able to board the aircraft but still was feeling queasy and had an upset stomach. What ensued over the next 8 hours is one of every […]

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