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Because deep, calming breaths get boring...

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I’m terrible at relaxation techniques. I’m more of a type A, get-things-done, move-at-the-speed-of-stress, I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead kinda person. So when someone tells me—a physician, for example—that I’m too stressed and need to calm down, I usually roll my eyes and keep on rolling my stress ball in front of me.Then I read an article that said eating sushi could help reduce stress in your life. Now that’s a relaxation technique I can do, I thought. I researched a couple of other ways to tone [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: crochet

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People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.I learned how to crochet about three years ago. I've mastered scarves, hats, and baby blankets. Friends and family members are always asking for sweaters, socks, and those adorable amigurumi toys. But I've a confession to make: I'm a lazy crocheter. I can chain, single-, double-, treble-, and even half-double crochet stitch with the best of them, but when it comes to shaping I’m abysmal. Sleeve holes are as apt to vanish on my [Read More...]

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2012 is looking bright

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The change is coming. Are you ready? Do you know what I’m talking about? 2012! It's probably not the end of the world for us, but it is for old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, thanks to the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007 (EISA).The EISA's stated purpose is “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean, renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, [emphasis added] buildings, and [Read More...]

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Photo negative candle holders

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Here's a quick and crafty solution for all you shutterbugs wondering what to do with the neglected negatives taking up space in your closets. Negative candle holders are simple, fun, and add a nice photog-touch to any decor.A big shout-out to Photojojo for this nifty idea!Negative Candle HoldersWhat you need: Photo negativesGlass candle holdersGlue dots, or double-sided tape Step 1: Measure AroundMeasure your strip of photo negatives around the candle holder to see how many frames you need to [Read More...]

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Back to school, but don't be blue

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Ah, Labor Day weekend. The longest, sweetest weekend of the summer…except for that bitter aftertaste that reminds you that summer is, for all intents and purposes, over.It’s time to go back to school.As a kid, school started right after the Labor Day weekend, if it hadn't already. In May, the summer stretched out infinitely and every afternoon seemed to last for days, but by the end of August each day slipped by faster than the one before. The final weekend of summer was a last respite from that [Read More...]

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Nerd Vision, or, How I Learned to Love Not Having Glasses

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I always wanted glasses. Glasses made people look smart. It’s like kids who think smoking is cool (which it’s NOT). I thought kids who wore glasses were smarter than kids who didn’t. All the smart kids on television wore glasses. I mean, Velma solved 99.9% of the mysteries on Scooby Doo. And what was her accessory of choice?It sure as heck wasn’t a wimpy ascot.Last year, in an attempt to have a more total-body approach to health, I saw the optometrist for the first time. Memories of eye exams in [Read More...]

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The evolution of community

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This is a little story about Joe the cave man, Pleistocene predators, and how communities evolved.In the beginning, there was Joe.Joe was a prehistoric man with a problem. He had found a good cave to live in—it was dry and blocked the wind and was big enough for him to store extra food and furs. The problem? A pack of enormous mondo wolves had decided they liked the cave, too. At first, Joe scared away the wolves by lighting a fire and throwing rocks and even bits of burning wood at them. It [Read More...]

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Why it might be okay to be yellow

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Recently, I was helping a friend pick out the color for his bathroom. I assume I was asked my opinion because I just happened to be around, because I’m not exactly known for my home decorating skills. More for Jumble and Scrabble skills—oh yeah.Dark blue made the bathroom feel small and confined. Crimson red, a rich gorgeous hue on the Pantone chip when we looked at it in the living room, didn’t look right in the bathroom lighting. (See how I casually slipped in the importance of proper lighting [Read More...]

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Written in Ink…on Skin

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Earlier this week I wrote about how much I love reading. I considered myself a pretty hardcore word maven, but then I saw this link:http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/2009/08/literary_tattoos_-_fashion_or_whim.htmlI’ve got nothing on these guys and gals. They’ve actually inscribed some of their favorite words from songs, poems, and books right into their living flesh! What a testament to the power of the written word!The quotes in the collection range from song lyrics to poetry verses to whole [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: reading

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I am that annoying person who can, and does, read just about anywhere. I carry a book in my purse and keep one on my bedside table. I listen to audiobooks in my car and when I’m on the treadmill. When people ask me if I've seen such-and-such TV show or movie I almost always shake my head. If there’s a choice between reading and just about anything else—I’m reading.The first novel I ever read was Bunnicula. A slim volume, only 128 pages, but it was the first book I had ever picked out and bought [Read More...]

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