Sharing Her Success!

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“…I proved five neurologists wrong— by living.”
–Sandi Gold, Westerly, RI

by Roger Zotti


Recently The Resident interviewed Sandi Gold of Westerly, RI, who began writing her book, The Art of Living, twenty years ago. When friends suggested she publish it, she said, “I can’t think of that now. I’ve got to keep on writing.” Eventually she acquiesced, looked into the publishing business, and was shocked to learn how expensive it was to “publish a book like mine.”

Because Sandi believes in “not focusing on problems but rather on their solutions,” she created, where “people can help me help many others by donating and helping me get my book published and read by as many individuals as possible. It is a book about helping people, and I believe I have a responsibility to share what I learned from my experience—which is, to live fully and find happiness, even under difficult circumstances; to have a strong support system [for] a loved one whose health is threatened; to use the arts as a confidence-building guide; and much, much more.”

You wrote about doing what your doctors said was impossible. Yes, I did. In 1986 I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor—life threatening but not cancerous—and was told by five neurologists I would die within a year. In 2011, two doctors urged me to have a mastectomy within a month to stop the spread of breast cancer. Instead I choose an all-natural treatment.

And what was the result? In five months my MRI and mammogram came back cancer free. Having had these unusual experiences and knowing that others can benefit from what I’ve learned, I share in my book the hope of helping others. Most people are so frightened when their doctor says they are going to die, or just hearing the word “cancer,” that they shut down and only do what their doctors tell them. Had I done that in 1986 I would have gone home to die—but I didn’t. In 2011, I had the advantage, as funny as it may sound, because I had proved five neurologists wrong—by living. Therefore I knew to say, ‘Wait a minute!’ on the mastectomy and look for other options.

I spent years navigating through the often-confusing and challenging medical world and [knew my knowledge] would help readers. I know how important the mind-body connection is and about surrounding oneself with a support system that encourages us to look within ourselves for answers— and why we need to avoid doctors and loved ones who try to strong-arm us into doing things their way.

What do you wish you had known before taking steroids or Trental? To first check if there was a natural equivalent before taking medications. They created the worst experience I’ve ever had. Thankfully, I received help from a naturopathic physician—Dr. Deidre O’Connor in Mystic—who suggested taking fish oils, which did what those medications were trying to do for months and without the horrific side effects.

Subscribe to Sandi’s blog—www.sandigold.comand receive, free, her first chapter, which “lets people know the tone in which I write. There is no self-pity or gruesome gratuitous details. No woe-is-me. By reading the chapter, which is the book’s foundation, people can decide for themselves if they want to read more.”


Fundraiser will benefit the Connecticut Sports Foundation to help local families battling breast cancer, as well as support the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work at UCONN


Hartford, CT – October 1, 2014 – Panera Bread will partner with Rebecca Lobo to support the Connecticut Sports Foundation and the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work at UCONN, two areas that complement the life and work of Rebecca’s late mother, RuthAnn Lobo. The partnership, now in its second year, will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when Panera Bread will conduct its annual Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign for the 13th consecutive year. Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Connecticut* will donate 25 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased during the month of October to the Connecticut Sports Foundation, which provides funds to families battling cancer to help with daily living expenses.


“I am excited to continue this partnership spearheaded by Panera Bread to benefit multiple charities near and dear to my heart,” said Lobo. We look forward to Connecticut residents joining in and helping others throughout the State.”


Rebecca Lobo is an American television basketball analyst and played in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003, after leading UCONN’s 1995 undefeated national championship team and the 1996 US Olympic team.  She is the daughter of RuthAnn Lobo, a long-time breast cancer survivor who lost her battle after 18 years.


A former Simsbury resident and school counselor at Granby Memorial Middle School, RuthAnn Lobo emerged as a tireless advocate and inspiration for women whose lives had been interrupted by breast cancer.  In 1996, RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo wrote the book The Home Team, in which they chronicled how they dealt with RuthAnn’s cancer diagnosis. RuthAnn Lobo eventually underwent a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. In 2001, Rebecca launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship for Hispanic students admitted to the UConn School of Allied Health.  A new RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work was then established in 2013 to support educating the next generation of hospital-based social workers working with cancer patients.


“We are extremely grateful to Panera Bread for its continued generosity and partnership,” said Amy Chesmer, Senior Director of Development for the UCONN Foundation.  “As UCONN leads the way in personalized medicine, social workers are playing a critical role as members of the health care team to ensure that each patient’s personal needs are addressed,” Chesmer added.


The Connecticut Sports Foundation, inspired by the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work, presented a new “Social Worker of the Year Award” at its 27th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction on February 7, 2014. This award was granted to Hillary Keller and Charmain Ali, Hartford Hospital social workers who stood out for their advocacy, passion and dedication to their patients. CSF’s signature event raises over a half-million dollars annually to support Connecticut cancer patients and their families.  The 2015 Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Mohegan Sun. For more information, please visit,


*The Pink Ribbon Bagel is baked fresh daily in each of Panera Bread’s bakery-cafes and features dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.  Participating Connecticut locations for the Rebecca Lobo Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign are located in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester, Newington, Southington, Waterford, West Hartford, and Wethersfield. These locations are among the 28 bakery-cafes owned and operated by leading franchisee, Howley Bread Group, LTD, based in Cumberland, RI.  For more information, please contact or visit the company’s web site at

Stream Insects are the Focus of Natural History Museum Activity

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, will hold water a quality activity “Stream Insects” on Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 12 noon. Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret and Program Staff with UConn’s Kids Are Scientists & Engineers Too, will lead the program.

Streams meander through many of Connecticut’s natural habitats and play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment. While they may appear to be crystal clear, the water quality in some streams can be questionable. The presence of certain aquatic insects can be indicators of water quality as some types of aquatic life are more sensitive to pollutants than others. Join naturalist and science educator Paula Coughlin and explore a small stream to learn about a community of aquatic insects that are water quality indicators. Bring appropriate footwear for moderate hiking and boots or old sneakers that can get wet. Dress for mucking about in the stream. Special nets and waders will be provided during this family friendly activity.

The program fee is $15, $10 for Museum members. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 5 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For registration information visit or call 860-486-4460.

Bark For Life 2014

On Saturday, October 4th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harkness State Park, Bark For Life will be taking place. Bark For Life is a canine based event to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.  There will be canine games and demonstrations,  chili dogs, a bake sale and basket drawing..  Fight cancer with your furry friend!

Project Alpha: Making Olive Harvesting Easier

Agroworld by DI ZIO S.R.L. is a company in the start-up phase (visit us on facebook and our project web site). Our business is about making a significant contribution to innovation within agricultural technology by the design, construction and sales of Agricultural machines and products.

The general manager is 29 year old Luca Di Zio, who for 5 years has led the company with an inventive business outlook.

Our business idea is to offer a wide range of products and equipment to offer innovative technological solutions to aid agricultural processing. Making agricultural mechanization more accessable.

In particular we are focussing on agricultural tools that will make fruit harvesting easier.

We do also supply other equipment, sundries, and seeds.

What we would like to do: Our project Alpha

We want to manufacture and supply to farmers, an automatic tool capable of easily and efficiently harvesting olives for the production of Extra virgin olive oil. The tool consists of a double rake  with a pneumatically powered movement mounted on a telescopic pole, lightweight and quiet.

Compared to the traditional method of manual harvesting the tool will offer three major advantages to farmers:

1 Allow the the farmer to work safely from the ground without the need for ladders or hazardous tree climbing.

2 Less physical effort required from the farmer compared to the manual method

3 Reduction of harvest time by up to 80% compared to the manual method.

Results of the Alpha prototype

A prototype of the Alpha pneumatic rake has already been built and used to test and assess its functionality. The Alpha prototype was given to a farmer to be used for the harvesting of 1000 Italian Lecciono Olive trees (Olea europaea L.) which are the most common in the world.

We gave the possibility of using Alpha directly to the farmer plantation owner.

The result was surprising: Harvesting rates of approxiamately 80 – 90 kg of olives per hour were achieved with a total harvest of 80 000 Kg.



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How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event

How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event

(Family Features) From weekend backyard barbecues to spontaneous weeknight gatherings, summer is filled with celebrations that bring friends and family together for fabulous food, drink and fun. Whether you’re unsure of what wines to serve as the host, or the best refreshment to pick as a guest, you don’t have to be a master sommelier to choose the perfect wine pairing for every meal or occasion.

As a general rule, nature has color-coded foods with the wines best suited for their flavors. For example, white wines pair well with light foods, while dark wines usually complement richer fare. Here are some more specific scenarios to help you enjoy the warm weather and good times ahead this summer.

Wedding Showers and Celebrations

Long summer days are a great time to celebrate big life events – like wedding showers and house-warming parties. Because many of these soirees include an assortment of foods, there are several routes you can take to discover the perfect wine pairing. For guests enjoying fresh, fruit salad or tilapia with a mango salsa, consider an herbaceous sauvignon blanc which will complement the fruit flavors with its crisp acidity. For those who prefer a more floral wine, a viognier may be the answer to go alongside any grilled chicken or seafood dish.

Al Fresco Events

Summer is often marked by cookouts, picnics and other al fresco dining occasions. A top choice among many guests is a vibrant, flavorful glass of chardonnay. This favorite white wine pairs well with crisp summer salads and lighter grilled selections, such as salmon and shrimp entrees. One expressive offering, Kendall-Jackson AVANT Chardonnay, is fruit forward and fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, which bring out its distinctive green apple and lemon flavors. It is the choice for those who prefer a Chardonnay with a little less oak.

Summer Barbecues and Daytime Events

If a sunny, mid-day get together is in your future, there is one delicious pairing option to consider. For hosts who plan to serve a grilled selection, such as pork chops or saucy, smoky ribs, consider pairing the menu with an expressive and fruit forward red blend. Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend offers a silky and smooth texture that begins with fermentation in neutral oak barrels to bring out rich, fruit flavors. A sultry mosaic of French varieties, the wine focuses on Syrah and Malbec with aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry.  Hints of spice and dark chocolate  deliver a smooth, lingering finish, so this red blend will also complement a grilled steak or any other red meat favorite.
No matter what festivities are booked on your summer calendar, this season is full of delightful sips for every event. For more ideas to make celebrations special, visit

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Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Introduce a new protein your family will love

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos

(Family Features) The easiest way to get the family together for a meal is with a delicious, homemade dish with tasty ingredients, such as protein-packed shrimp.

There are many scrumptious reasons for including shrimp into your family’s diet. In fact, the American Heart Association and other experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, and the FDA just announced this year that pregnant women should consume between 8-12 ounces of seafood a week. It’s easy to work towards this dietary goal by introducing Gulf shrimp into your diet. This versatile protein is easy to prepare; has a wonderfully salty and fresh flavor from the nutrient-rich environment in which it is caught; and is also widely available fresh and frozen at your local grocery.

Better-for-you benefits

Flavorful Gulf shrimp contains high-quality protein and a variety of essential nutrients, such as vitamins B-6 and B-12. Plus, it’s a natural source of vitamin D, low in saturated fat and offers healthy omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Simple substitutions

Add flair and flavor to your family’s meal routine (and keep the kids happy) with these easy meal ideas that incorporate Gulf shrimp:

  • Breakfast: Dice it up and add to omelets with fresh vegetables, such as sautéed spinach and tomatoes.
  • Lunch: Perk up your midday meal by adding it to salads and tortilla soups.
  • Appetizer or snack: Serve with simple cocktail sauce for a no-fuss crowd pleaser, or a light stick-with-you snack.
  • Dinner: Mix it into spaghetti sauce and serve on a bed of whole wheat pasta.

For more great Gulf shrimp recipe ideas, visit

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos


  • 1/4 pound tortilla chips
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheese
  • 1/2 pounds small fresh or frozen Gulf shrimp (or large shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces), boiled and peeled
  • 1 large tomato, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, diced
  • Low-fat or fat-free sour cream (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Fresh guacamole (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to broil. In large, oven-proof platter, place tortilla chips in single layer. Sprinkle black beans and half of cheese on top of chips, then evenly distribute shrimp on top. Add diced tomato as next layer, then cover with remaining cheese.
  2. Cook under broiler for roughly 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish nachos with sliced scallions, and top with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

2-4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe provided to the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition by Chef Justin Timineri of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Total Time:
10 minutes

Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition

A Healthier Relationship

Money Tips for a Healthier Relationship

(Family Features) The way someone saves and spends money can tell you a lot about them, and it can also impact how one chooses a future partner.

In fact, according to an April 2014 Valpak® Consumer Survey, 74 percent of panelists said they find people who save money responsibly more attractive, which is sparking a new relationship trend — savers, not spenders — are the new sexy. While expensive getaways and lavish gifts are nice to fantasize about, couples are finding enjoyment in celebrating the savings and practicing smart budgeting together.

With wedding season well underway this summer, and the national average wedding spend at an all-time high, the topic of money savings is front-and-center with couples nationwide. Renowned relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch, better known as The Love Doctor®, is the director of a landmark study called “The Early Years of Marriage Project,” funded by the National Institutes of Health. In her research, she has followed the same 373 married couples for more than 27 years.

“When couples don’t talk openly about money, it can become a sensitive subject and lead to conflict,” said Dr. Orbuch. “As a result, couples learn to avoid serious money conversations that need to happen.”

Four easy steps

Dr. Orbuch has developed four simple money strategies to foster a healthier relationship based on her expert research and observation of couples for more than two decades.

  1. Don’t let finances come between you

My research shows that in the early years of a relationship, money is the number one source of conflict. Too often, disagreements about finances have little to do with the money itself and more to do with other issues within the relationship. When a financial issue comes up, ask yourself if it’s really a money problem or if it’s a relationship problem. Think carefully as you discuss money issues with your partner to make sure there isn’t a larger problem at the core.

  1. Focus on smart saving

Studies show that being financially responsible (or saving smart) can increase the romantic desire between you and your partner. People who focus on saving smart are seen as more desirable and attractive, than those who spend excessively. This is because savers are viewed as responsible, trustworthy and more committed to the relationship.

  1. Have a direct and specific conversation

When you sit down with your partner to have a “money chat,” start with simple, direct questions like, “What are we spending?” or “How can we save?”  If talking about money is new or difficult for you as a couple, start with this approach. If one person in the couple is more familiar with handling finances, keep the language as straightforward as possible with a positive tone.

  1. Keep things exciting and new

It is very common for a relationship to fall into a rut. It becomes routine and humdrum, and partners start feeling as though they are missing all the good things that make relationships exciting. Reignite the excitement in your relationship by trying novel or surprising things together as a couple like a different cuisine. Take advantage of great Valpak® offers in your Valpak envelope and on the Valpak mobile app for activities you can both try for the first time together such as amusement park tickets, or quaint local restaurants.

When you’re prepared with a few financial tips, you’ll have everything you both need to keep your relationship strong and healthy. For more money-saving tips, visit the Valpak Behind The Blue Blog.


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