odds & ends
It Didn’t Start
with the Oreo
Who doesn’t like a cookie every
now and then? Cookies have a
long history, but the first ones
didn’t taste much like the treats
we enjoy today.
According to some sources, the
first cookies were made in Rome
around the third century B.C. They
were thin, hard, bland wafers
that were twice baked, and the
Romans ate them by dipping them
in wine. Modern cookies may
have originated in Persia during
the seventh century, when sugar
became more common in that
region. They became popular
across Europe in the 14th century,
enjoyed by royalty and peasants
alike. One reason for their appeal
was that they traveled well in tins
and boxes, making them a reliable
source of food on trips.
The word “cookie” comes from the
Dutch “koekje,” for “little cake.”
Cookies arrived in America in the
17th century, in the form
cookies, and the
“jumble,” a hard
cookie that combined
nuts, sweeteners, and
water. The cookies
we’re most familiar
with, made by
odds & ends
Skin cancer most often develops
on areas exposed to the sun, but it
can occur anywhere on your body.
Understanding the risk factors is
crucial—you don’t want to let a
skin cancer go untreated because
you’re not aware of the potential for
a serious illness. Even before you
have any reason to worry about that
blemish on your shoulder, study this
list of factors that can increase your
chances of getting skin cancer:
The pigment melanin
in your skin provides some
protection from damaging UV
radiation. The fairer your skin, the
less you have, thus raising your risk.
A history of sunburns.
one or two blistering sunburns,
especially when you’re young,
can dramatically increase your
chances of developing skin cancer
as you age.
Fall is the perfect time to fire up the
fireplace with a cozy blaze. If you want
to add a little fragrance to your hearth,
try these types of wood to sweeten
It not only sweetens the
smell, it produces colorful flames.
Although not as sweet as
apple wood, cherry wood still adds a
little sugar in the mix.
Known to many great
barbecue grill-meisters, hickory
brings in a nice nutty aroma and is a
great heat producer.
Don’t like your fires so
sweet? Black birch adds just enough
spice with its cinnamon scent.
Snuggle Up to
a Fragrant Fire
Excessive exposure to the sun.
If your job or your recreational
activities take you outdoors for
long periods of time, sunscreen
Find out if your
parents, grandparents, and other
family members have ever had
skin cancer. This can add to
If you live in
a tropical climate, or in a high
altitude area, your chances of
developing skin cancer
Moles and lesions.
are large and irregular are more
likely to become cancerous.
Watch also for growths that
show up as rough, scaly skin
patches that appear to be
brown or dark pink.
Risk Factors Associated
with Skin Cancer