About Jan Caster

Jan Caster

Jan Caster

Recently retired, Jan Caster is a transplanted Oklahoman living in a small Syracuse suburb. In her 15 year career with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, she formed relationships that will last a lifetime. Jan looks forward to visiting her kids, mom, sisters and other family, reading, watching her favorite PBS and Acorn series, practicing yoga, and volunteering. She plans to give meditation a serious go and hopes to live up to her newest mantra, “Kindness matters.”

Posts by Jan Caster

18 Fabulous Fiction Books for 2018

“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” This quote from Albert Camus is why I love fiction. Reading about other peoples’ made up lives, I learn something about myself. Fiction transports me to other times, places and events. Yet, universal truths about the human condition are true for all. For convenience sake,…Read More »

Teresa’s Grateful for Her Gift of Life

After Teresa Arnold’s 12-hour liver transplant surgery, her doctor told her husband, “It’s amazing she was still alive. Her liver was a small, hard rock.” Teresa emerged from the operation looking pink after years of having a yellow cast to her skin. Her husband, David, burst into tears of relief. He had been her primary…Read More »

18 Great Non-Fiction Books for 2018

If you’re looking for an inspirational, uplifting or funny book for the New Year, here are a few of my favorite non-fiction books. When you need a real-life hero “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand I was riveted by the resilience of Louis Zamperini who started out life as a delinquent. Zamperini took his talent of running…Read More »

Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Home Chef & Kitchen Verde

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” and encourage you to change up your dinner offerings. Here’s my two cents on some of the more popular brands, plus feedback from my colleagues who’ve also used them and other services. (This review is…Read More »

Cervical Cancer survivor Christine Baze wants everyone to get this vaccination. Here’s why.

Before you decide whether or not to have your pre-teen vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus), you may want to read about Christine Baze’s battle with cervical cancer. Don’t have kids that age? You may still want to read Christine’s story. The National Cancer Institute says HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men…Read More »

Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Martha & Marley Spoon™

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” and encourage you to change up your dinner offerings. Here’s my two cents on some of the more popular brands, plus feedback from my colleagues who’ve also used them and other services. (This review is…Read More »

Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Sun Basket

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” and encourage you to change up your dinner offerings. Here’s my two cents on some of the more popular brands, plus feedback from my colleagues who’ve also used them and other services. (This review is…Read More »

Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Blue Apron

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” and encourage you to change up your dinner offerings. Here’s my two cents on some of the more popular brands, plus feedback from my colleagues who’ve also used them and other services. (This review is…Read More »

What Parents Need to Know About Concussions

Playing sports may be a milestone in your child’s life, but it also may be another notch in the worry belt for you. You can handle bruised egos, sprains and strains and an occasional broken bone. But what about a blow to the head? What if your child suffers a concussion? A concussion is a…Read More »

Something You Don’t Do for Your Health

A co-worker recently faced the reality that she had to floss. Cavities were likely on the horizon if she didn’t, her dentist said. She later discovered that she hated flossing because she “always had the cheap stuff around.” My colleague started using Oral-B Glide floss and loved it. “It’s so gentle on my gums that…Read More »