Household Tips

Sometimes in life we need extra little tips to help us fix that stain or spot, or make our lives easier.  Here are a few tips for you!     Dirty Windshield: Clean bugs and dirt off your windshield with a mix of vinegar and hot water.   Strong Smells: Clear the air by putting oil of wintergreen on…

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On Becoming Wise

Novelist Barbara Kingsolver says, “Wisdom is like frequent-flyer miles and scar tissue; if it does accumulate, that happens by accident while you’re trying to do something else.” As a teacher of writing courses, she is inevitably asked by earnest 20-year-olds: “How do I improve my writing?”    Kingsolver’s advice? “Quit smoking, and observe posted speed limits. This will improve…

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Change School Environments to Change Childhood Obesity

Research has found that by making changes to a school environment, such as providing nutrition education and parent outreach, the rate of childhood obesity can be significantly reduced. The study was conducted by the Temple University School of Medicine and The Food Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring everyone access to  affordable, nutritious food.   More than 1,300…

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MLK Day

On the third Monday of January (Jan. 18 this year), the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a champion of civil rights.  Many workers have the day off to commemorate his legacy and contribution to our society.   Þ    MLK, Jr. had 4 children: Yolanda, Martin Luther III, Dexter and Bernice. Þ    He was Time magazine’s…

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‘Accessorizing’ is as Old as the Hills

Humans have been flashing jewelry around for a long time. Seashell beads found in Algeria and Israel in the early 20th century were reexamined by researchers in 2006. According to a chemical and elemental analysis of them, they were worn 100,000 to 135,000 years ago—25,000 years earlier than researchers previously believed. The findings were first published in the journal…

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Does Your Worry Make Sense?

Worrying can be a productive way to stave off problems, but for many people, worrying about things can become more vexing than the original problem they were grappling with. Robert L. Leahy, director of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, recommends asking these two questions to keep worry in its proper place:   1.  Is the problem plausible or…

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How Failure & Imagination Started J. K. Rowling’s Journey

When J. K. Rowling, author of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, had been out of college for seven years, she found herself at a dark juncture in her life. At that time, she says, she had failed in life on an epic scale. “An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded. I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor…

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New Years Resolutions 101

Statically, you won’t keep that resolution you’ve just wrote in your diary (perhaps another resolution?). So why make them at all?  Don’t give up yet—statistics also show that setting resolutions make a person not only look at their life analytically, but also give one something to work towards. Both of these factors are highly motivating and the process typically…

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How to Live a Long, Long Life

The oldest person who ever lived, according to The Guinness Book of World Records and other official documentation, was Jeanne Calment of Arles, France. She lived to be 122.  And many medical experts and scientists have wondered what it was that allowed Calment to live so long. Theories abound, but here are some of the facts of her life:…

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Prolong Your Life with a Mediterranean Diet

Researchers like Antigone Kouris-Blazos (Monash University, Australia) have long touted the benefits of eating a traditional Greekstyle diet. In 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study of 22,000 adults in Greece conducted by Kouris-Blazos and her colleagues. In the study, a traditional Greek diet was defined as small amounts of red and white meat, larger amounts…

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