Innocence Lost: A Story of Friendship, Heartbreak, and a Toothbrush

Toothbrush Was I 15? Could have been 16 or pushing 17, I suppose. Regardless, this is a true story of the power of a toothbrush—or, perhaps more notably, the lack thereof. Miranda* was a year older and had a car she could use full time—a totally legitimate basis for high school friendship. She was also whip-smart, …

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How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Traditional I've added a few layers to this old cake metaphor: un-riddling this inconvenient, age-old, conundrum. So go ahead — have the best (but still, also, worst) of both worlds. Just follow these seven simple steps: Step 1.) See cake. Immediately start salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs. Marvel in its innate ability to simultaneously awaken …

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Trump’s Tribal Mentality: How Love Actually Trumps Hate

WAGNER.             Excuse me, but it gives the greatest satisfaction             to view the spirit of another age,             to see how wise men thought before our days,             and to rejoice how far we’ve come at last. FAUST.             Oh yes, a journey to the stars! -Faust, Play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1808 …

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Trouble in Paradise: “Coral Crusader” Concerned About Mysterious Marine Killer

Is the Navy and RIMPAC –Rim of the Pacific Exercise: world's biggest global ocean warfare exercise and experimentation –  polluting ocean life with an invisible but deadly carcinogen, adversely affecting human life in coastal communities? One concerned citizen explains how electromagnetic radiation may be corroding coral and damaging DNA, resulting in tumors and other debilitating effects for animals and humans …

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Book Recommendation and a Story, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Vigor Is Fleeting - A Story And a Book with Purpose It's hard to pick a favorite story (all true) from Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Each character broke my heart and earned my respect for different reasons. Alice's story stays with me daily though, seeping into my subconscious and sleeping hours. …

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Hike: Escape the Stagnant Stench of Suburbia

Hike: Daily Prompt, Sept 19 “Even the most beautiful of the stars are taken for granted night after night.” -Veronika Jensen Sorry for the buzzkill, but here's a healthy dose of reality for ya: The older you get the more probable it is that life will throw some unfortunate happenings your way. It's a numbers game, really. And may the odds be ever …

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Frame: Self Portraits Can Be Deceptive (and so can selfies)

Frame This week's photo challenge is "frame: to use your surroundings to capture a different point of view." As conscious beings, we humans still seem to lack a lot of self-awareness in favor of self-deception. Self-preservation, perhaps. Modern social media enables us to manipulate and mold whatever self we want to see and share with the …

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