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Why Old-Growth Forests Matter to Cities

In cities around the U.S., old-growth forests bring unique ecological benefits and let us experience ancient landscapes.

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What's the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

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What the How-To Blog Posts Don't Tell You About Sleep

Right, right, right.... I am guilty of it too.


I have also written a post on sleep with some quick fix tips related to nutrition.....

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How to Transform Social Anxiety With One Simple Question

Have you ever done this? You're at the grocery store, holding two boxes of cereal reading the nutrition information, trying to decide which one to buy. U...

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19 Truths That Are All Too Real If You're An Introvert

It can be a challenge to have a complex inner life. Introverts are often mistaken as unfriendly or shy when in reality they just prefer reflection and solitude. What’s so wrong with a little silence and alone time? (Answer: Nothing).

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The 5 Most Misleading Grocery Items Shoppers Waste Money On | Money.com

If there’s one thing I spend way too much time on in life, its the process of grocery shopping.

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5 Shocking Truths about Freelance Blogging

Freelance Blogging has become the epitome for both young and experienced writers. It has created its own medium and thought catalog so writers can be more established in an easier way. But how convenient is it for the writer with no knowledge of life hacks?

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9 Little Hacks That'll Turn Your Crappy Day Into A Happy One

hether you love your job or are searching for a new one, there will be those inevitable days when you arrive at the office and feel a little blue.

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When wedding photographs go wrong - in pictures

Photobombs, animals and unexpected backdrops provide some of the funniest images released by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

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Erasing the Negative Narrative Through Mindfulness Practice

The thing about mindfulness practice is that is not magic, or mysterious, or mystical; it is practical and applicable and easy; a ready tool for a more peaceful interior life and it only takes a few minutes a day.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder: An Owner's Manual For The Uninitiated | Meredith Arthur

A friend put it well: "I realized that I did everything in a rush. Even simple things like brushing my teeth or making coffee. And 80 percent of what I do on a typical day does not require hurrying and rushing. That creates a lot of stress and worry

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The Exact Steps I Took to Lose 40 Pounds in 4 Months | Women's Health Magazine

I've always been bigger. I had a really difficult home life growing up, and I was an emotional eater. When I was sad, I would eat. When I was scared, I would eat. Pretty much any emotion triggered me to turn to food...

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Vacuuming Your Stomach Is the Easiest Way to Get Flat Abs

It's the new crunch! Stomach vacuuming has nothing to do with your Dirt Devil — and seriously, don't try that at home. Instead, it's actually a breathing exercise that activates and strengthens the transverse abdominis — your deepest abdominal muscle — by simply contracting it.

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Don’t be a bachelor: Why married men work harder, smarter and make more money

Even as more young people are delaying or foregoing marriage, research shows that marriage transforms many men, spurring them to become more responsible people and smarter, higher-earning employees

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Scientists Asked 5,400 People in 20 Countries What They Were Doing at 7 PM - CityLab

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."

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Born In 1898: World's Oldest Living Person Celebrates Birthday : NPR

Misao Okawa of Japan is now 117. She has reigned as the world's oldest living person since 2013, when Guinness World Records certified that she was 115.

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How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.

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Golden Globes 2015: Snubs, surprises and assorted trends - LA Times

Angelina Jolie has been nominated for Golden Globes for her acting in “Changeling,” “Gia” and “The Tourist,” part of half a dozen noms over the years for the A-list star. The group even nominated

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Itzhak Perlman and Other Classical Musicians on Navigating the Stage With a Disability - WSJ

Itzhak Perlman is one of a handful of New York-based classical musicians with coming concerts who have navigated substantial careers amid significant health challenges.

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Who cares about 'Black Friday' deals? Why you should boycott 'Gray Thursday' - LA Times

Thanksgiving , more than any other holiday, revolves around the communal family meal. With Americans’ increasingly busy schedules, it is a rare occasion to slow down and be with your nearest and dearest. But if some retailers have it their way,

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Your Elite School Is Not Worth The Cost, Studies Say

The cost for a college education has risen to the astronomical, resulting in debt that haunts young people after graduation like a ghost bent on dragging them to a Dickensian poorhouse.  It’s forcing us to ask, “Is it worth it?” Especially if the s

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What happens when you accidentally become internet famous?

Wondered why #Alexfromtarget was trending this morning? It’s because someone posted a picture of someone called Alex working at Target. Confused? Welcome to accidental internet fame

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Early Incarnations of 11 Beloved Toys | Mental Floss

Here's what some famous toys looked like in their early days, including Barbie, LEGO bricks, and Mr. Potato Head.

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Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss - The Washington Post

Flavanols, found in cocoa and tea, reverse cognitive decline in a key area of the brain, study shows.

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Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think : All Tech Considered : NPR

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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In Syria and Iraq, Trying to Protect a Heritage at Risk - NYTimes.com

Antiquities guardians around the world are asking themselves if it’s better to raise the alarm about what’s in harm’s way — or keep quiet to avoid the militants’ gaze?

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Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent? | Mental Floss

Even the staunchest dictionary-thumping pronunciation stickler has a regional inflection. Still, accents that are more common can sound neutral. In the U.S., that title belongs to the General American accent, which you probably know from the nightly news. There’s nothing neutral about it: General American resembles the accent spoken in a small swath of the Midwest, stretching from eastern Nebraska through Iowa and parts of western Illinois. It doesn’t sound funny to many of us simply because we’re so exposed to it.

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Giant wall of dust sweeps through Phoenix, Arizona - timelapse video

Timelapse footage shows a giant wall of dust blow through Phoenix, Arizona, over the weekend

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Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest | TIME

Comedian Jim Norton remembers Robin Williams and sheds light on why the funniest people are sometimes the saddest

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Watching TV after work makes you feel 'guilty and like a failure'

You had such good intentions for when you got home from work: go to the gym, call a friend and sort out that paperwork.

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Never Pay Retail Price Again with These Shopping Apps and Websites (as Seen on the Today Show)

InStyle Senior Market Editor Dana Avidan-Cohn shares five apps and websites so you never pay retail price again! Check them out here.

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'Downton Abbey' Series 5 Gets First Teaser

Julian Fellowes' period hit will return for its fifth run later this year, with ominous narration from Jim Carter (Carson) hinting that change is coming to Downton.

Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor, and Sue Johnston are among the new cast additions joining the series in 2014.

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Michelle Obama Wants a Female President ASAP

Any chance it could be, oh, say, Michelle? Yesterday was the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, which aims to create workplace policies that give modern American families the best chance to succeed at work and at home.

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First Look at La Mascarade d’Orleans at Disneyland Park

If you’ve visited New Orleans Square in Disneyland park lately, it’s no secret that significant enhancements are underway. Here’s your first look at some of the authentic, eclectic and jazzy new merchandise that will find its home inside the quaint

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This Brilliant App Lets You Swap Lives With A Stranger For 20 Days

We're all too obsessed with our own small social circles. 20 Day Stranger, a tool to build empathy and awareness, lets you anonymously share your life...

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    Uber is upending that old motto about the customer always being right

    I had a rude shock recently when trying to hail an Uber cab. It showed up alright, but only barely. The driver told me he almost didn’t pick me up “because of your low score.” Low score? For what?! I knew passengers rated drivers, but I had no idea

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    Ladies' Home Journal Folds After 131 Years

    Despite a 131-year history and circulation of over 3 million, the magazine laid off its entire editorial staff and announced that its July edition will be its last

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        Births to mums over 50 soaring

        Almost three babies were born to a woman in her fifties every week, deepening fears over the health of both the mothers and their babies.

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          Pastry cup lets you drink your coffee then eat the cup!

          Designed by Venezuelan designer Enrique Luis Sardi with coffee company, Lavazza, the Cookie Cup is a handy cup-shaped pastry that is thoughtfully coated wi

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            The world's first underwater museum – in pictures

            From algae-encrusted VW Beetles to classical busts covered in psychedelic coral, dive into the magical world of Jason deCaires Taylor’s seabed sculptures. He covers his exhibits – which include a dream…

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              19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day | Inc.com

              Each is a small thing, but each also has the power to change your life… and the lives of the people around you. Slideshow Options Loop Through:  Don't loop

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                10 Things Mark Twain Didn't Really Say

                The man who provided us with some of the best quips ever is also one of the most misquoted men of all time.

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                  25 Little-Known Facts About Thanksgiving

                  In this week's episode, John Green serves up plenty of Thanksgiving history you can share while eating turkey and green bean casserole.

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                    Console Wars Heat Up As Zenith Unveils Gamespace Pro

                    LINCOLNSHIRE, IL—With next-generation video game systems such as the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 hitting stores later this month, the console wars got even hotter today as electronics manufacturer Zenith announced the release of its own console,

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                      When I Saw What This Dad Did, I Couldn't Stop Smiling. It's So Simple, But So Awesome.

                      One father went above and beyond to make his children smile every day. Reddit user airjmax posted a gallery of lunchtime notes to two little children, Alex and Olivia. The talented dad wanted to make his kids happy, so he spent each morning creating this awesome artwork for them.

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                          Newsweek: Los Angeles’s Endangered Modernist Homes

                          Los Angeles’s architectural gems are being endangered by a hot real estate market—and a decidedly Beverly Hills aesthetic.

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                            The Best Kids Stores in Los Angeles | Apartment Therapy

                            Need to do a little shopping for your child, your nephew, or a kid's birthday party? We've got you covered. Read on to see our favorite places to shop for and with kids in Los Angeles.

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                              Why Do Cats Knead?

                              Kneading is a common behavior seen in domestic cats, in which the feline pushes in and out with its front paws, alternating between left and right. It's unclear exactly why cats knead, but a number of hypotheses exist.

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                                Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?

                                The unofficial fashion rule can be traced back to some snobby millionaires over 100 years ago.

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                                  11 Engagement Photos That Will Make You Happy You're Single

                                  These make your middle school yearbook pictures look like they were taken for Vogue .

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                                      Mint Green Leather Bracelet with 6 Golden tubes by by pardes

                                      So delicate and pretty bracelet for everyday use and add a touch of class to any outfit. This is a beautiful bracelet designed with 6 strands of 1.5 mm

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                                        Crochet tank and knit crop jacket - Polyvore

                                        A fashion look from March 2012 featuring Etoile Isabel Marant jeans, Yves Saint Laurent pumps and Monsoon handbags. Browse and shop related looks.