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Bourdain, a man I deeply admired for his snarky attitude, his cavalier nature, and the way he shrugged off and scoffed at pretense and pretenders, died in a Paris hotel room. more

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So go to sleep, envision what you want, let your dreams be the subconscious manifestation that precedes reality and look forward to rule number 1 – where it all starts. more

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A study in the Journal of Social Psychology showed that people performing a single kind act a day for ten days experienced a significant increase in overall happiness than those who did not. more

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Now usually in a bar fight between two moronic men like this, who thump and bump their chests in an alpha male show of useless bravado, one moron gets fed up and punches the other one on the nose. more

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–In the Glutton for Punishment Category: sometimes when I’m driving, I ask for directions from Siri and Google Maps just so I can have two women at the same time telling me where to go. more

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And although I’ve just started this whole hiking thing, like many people new to a hobby I am an expert because I love talking about it on social media, where the definition of expert is “mocking people who don’t know nearly as much as you do.” more

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I used to work at a daily newspaper, where coffee and cigarettes ruled my working hours. I’d smoke two decks a day easily, and power down gallons of java ... more

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The mind and body operate as one. Western medicine splits it up. Nature doesn’t do that. For example, panic attacks, which are based in the mind, come with physical manifestations: chest pains, shortness of breath, a pounding heart. Mind. Body. more

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Anyone who’s had major dental work knows the pain. No, not that pain, the financial pain, which is worse and much longer lasting. Major dental work is up there in the “Are you KIDDING me?!” range. more

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I trusted him, that trust extending to believing he truly wanted to cure me of smoking. Which he has. I almost said “so far.” But I won’t. My brain has been fooled into not wanting a cigarette again. more

Prime Times

Know what’s not for sale? Walking. Pretty much, anyway. Granted, you can join a gym or pony up thousands of dollars to do it at home on a stair-stepping machine or a treadmill. But walking, one of the most basic and best forms of exercise, is free. more

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I am not a man of any particular faith; I keep my own. But I am a man who believes in the power of love that death cannot diminish. That power had a hand in putting that ring back on mine. more

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Every day, we read about addicts overdosing and dying. Every day addiction claims the life of, on average, 129 souls. ...Every day we wonder what we can do. more

Good Times

And that probably had nothing to do with her religious beliefs. It very well may have, though I suspect it had more to do with a good upbringing. But mostly, she seemed like a decent human being. more

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We are the lowing chattel cattle of their profiteering dreams and usury visions in the form of baggage fees to offset skyrocketing fuel costs that are no more, and overpriced so-called meals a soup kitchen would refuse. more

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I’m the sole American in the group. The Summer Olympics are underway and I compare this to anyone who would listen as a classic Canada-USA clash of Olympian proportion. more

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I took my anger out on that innocent but uncooperative nine iron and disrespected what is called a “gentleman’s game,” a wonderfully quaint and decidedly sexist term that should be updated to “a game demanding the patience of a male or female saint.” more

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) more

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So stop being obnoxious (in your control) over their seeming obnoxiousness (out of their control.) more

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...negative sensationalism in the news...definitely has an effect on us...it changes “how you interpret events in your own life, what types of memories you recall, and how much you will worry about events in your own life.” more

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