Editors’ Letter
Letters to the Editor

FEATURES
The truth about the chicken wing diet and other unpalatable facts
More than ever before, fad diets have captured the hearts and minds of Americans yearning to be svelte. Yet, for most of us, the opposite is happening. Analysis and solutions from experts in the field, and testimony from those who are taking it off and keeping it off.
By Anna Geronimo Hausmann

Buffalo’s gurus of fitness: Bob Batesman, Don Alessi, and Victoria Lerman
By Betsy McCall, Don Alessi,
and Victoria Lerman
Three experts in the art of exercise offer their advice and recommendations.
Eat your fruits and vegetables! go outside and play!
By Christina Bolich
Common sense works. Make small changes that will transform your health and fitness profile.
Health and technology
By Mark Webster
Will the Internet’s ever-widening grasp take over the prescription drug market and other health-related commerce?

DEPARTMENTS
Info@Spree
Buffalo news briefs and more.

ARTS
Artist profiles
Sharon McConnell
and Joshua Marks
By Linda Levine
Tribute
Larry W. Griffis:
His Impact Will Live On
By Cynthia Farrington Lohr
Music
June in Buffalo:
A Paean to Possibilities
By Cheryl Gobetti Hoffman
Theater
Shaw: A New Season
and an Expanded Mandate

By Anthony Chase
Theater
Buffalo’s Summer Stages
By Darwin McPherson
Spree recommends
Mini-reviews of books, music, exhibitions, and more.

By Robert Boardman
and Elizabeth Licata


Food & Living
Gardening
The Herbal Garden
By Susan and Wayne Johnson
Nature
100 Years and Still Growing: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
By Elizabeth Licata
Antiques
The Real Deal
Spree Asks Expert Dana Tillou about 18th
and Early 19th Century Furniture
Personal currency
The Other Half of Health Insurance
By Bruce Eaton
Self-Awareness
Stress Reduction through
Psychological Assessment
By Dolah Saleh
Chefs’ best
Recipes from Pranzo and Ambrosia

By Gene Pigeon and Stavros Malliaris
Restaurant review
Some Healthy Choices

By Ann Blask
Cooking 101
Spring Vegetables
By Joe George
Wine
From Everyday to Exalted: Making a Splash with Your Start-up Cellar

By Bernard Ledermann
Second helpings
The Continuing Adventures
of Three Foodies
By Tracy J. Marshall, Vicki G. Marshall
and Margaret M. Toohey
Spree recommends
Mini-reviews of books,
music, exhibitions,and more.

By Robert Boardman and Elizabeth Licata

Essays
Delaware park
Revisiting Olmsted’s Vision
By Philip Nihuis
Reforesting the Olmsted loop
By David Colligan
Art for the people
Norman Rockwell and Sister Wendy

By Elizabeth Licata
Looking back...
Buffalo Schools at a Turning Point

By Jake Halpern
...looking ahead
Leaving High School—with Few Regrets
By Raina Lipsitz