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In a world of vibrant colors, we seem to spend a fair bit of time thinking in black and white.    Today we’re unraveling the impact of labels – that is, the words that we privately assign to others and, of course, to ourselves. At their best, labels make it easier for us to navigate the world...
If you ask so-called experts how to celebrate Valentine’s Day you’ll get some really bad answers.    Proflowers.com, for example, suggests setting up an art making experience. “He will love creating something with you that he can see on display every day.”    I can see his eyes rolling...
Sexual predators are using a new tool to exploit children -- AI image generators. Users on a dark-web forum shared 3,000 AI-generated images of child sexual abuse in one month, according to the Internet Watch Foundation.   Current child sexual abuse laws are outdated. They don’t account for...
The mother showed up first, but she was soon bringing a young woodpecker with her. It was June of last year when the little black and white birds started frequenting our yard. The mom would visit the bird feeder occasionally, but she spent most of her time on the large oak limbs nearby, showing...
Apparently, procrastination is not about laziness. And it’s not about time-management or self-control.    Apparently, procrastination is simply a coping mechanism linked to our emotional state. Explains author Charlotte Lieberman: “People engage in [an] irrational cycle of chronic...
Grateful for Kindness Kindness in this world of ours is all too precious and often all too fleeting. People who exude and exemplify kindness make a profound difference and positively impact their communities in myriad ways.   I would like to shine a light on someone who positively impacts...
Where focus goes, energy flows. - Tony Robbins   On more than one occasion over the years I’ve come away disappointed with what I thought would be a great photograph ruined by one major mistake. It was out of focus. Ugh!   You would think after a lifetime of taking pictures and being an...
It’s becoming more common for adult children to live with their parents in the U.S., a relatively normal generational living arrangement found in European countries.    According to a 2023 Harris Poll for Bloomberg, roughly 45% of individuals ages 18 to 29 live with their families – a figure...
Nearly half of all 20-somethings are living with their parents – myself included. No, I’m not ashamed to admit that.     Moving out and living on your own is often seen as a marker of adulthood. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t dreamed about finding the perfect apartment to decorate, having...
FICTION: “America Fantastica” is the first novel by Tim O’Brien in over 20 years. Author of  “The Things They Carried,” his new novel is a farcical look at our current society. Fraudulent businessmen, crooked cops, a cross- country chase, and more. A blend of tragedy and comedy.   “Do Tell...

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