Archive for February, 2009

02/1/2009

Martina After 50

  You could call Martina Navratilova an “active retiree.” The nine-time Wimbledon singles champ enjoys tending the fruit trees around her Casey Key home. She walks along the beach and dines out in downtown Sarasota. Like so many retired Sarasotans, she’s also filling her golden years with charity projects and world travel. But she’s hardly […]

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02/1/2009

Decorating Can Be Murder: Chapter 4

In last month’s installment, Mr. Timothy Spryke, a retired high school teacher who has moved to Sarasota and opened a decorating business named “Casual Elegance,” got a plum assignment—decorating singer Tom Jones’ dressing room at the Van Wezel. But just when he and his team, which includes assistant Mary Alice Wiggins and carpenter Rick Yoder, […]

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02/1/2009

Born Too Soon

I woke up with a start at 5 a.m. last Thanksgiving when my wife, Tracy, called to me. Tracy, who was seven months pregnant with our first child, wanted me to bring her the phone so she could call the obstetrician, Dr. Michael Shroder. She had left our bed earlier because of back pain, and […]

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02/1/2009

Baby Face

Remember that scene from Brazil where the plastic surgeon stretches the surgery-obsessed woman’s face like rubber until it looks like a hideous plastic mask? Old-school cosmetic surgery often had that effect, and maybe that’s why I am still ambivalent about the concept, even though I frequently report on plastic surgery as a health reporter for […]

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02/1/2009

10 Best Beauty Trends

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful technique that softens wrinkles, improves skin tone, eliminates age spots and repairs sun-damaged skin. Fraxel laser treatments are in high demand because of their minimal discomfort and downtime. Sandra Day, co-founder of NeoDerm Aesthetics, says she’s seeing “terrific results with Fraxel in reducing lip lines. The improvements are remarkable […]

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