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We are all connected and everything that takes place touches us. We are affected by every-thing and every-one in our world. Even the people we don't know, the animals we've never met, the planet hurting in other people's neighborhoods. 

Whether the events are a consequences of politics, climate change, animal cruelty, unloving relationships, failures - personal and global, we are part of it all. And of course we are also part of the "happy" stories as well. The world is One, and the energy linking us all is One.

As famously said by John Donne, in the 17th century: "No man is an island". We need to remember that we are all in the same boat, and that this boat needs our TLC and Love. 

This week, as every week, we bring you articles to add to your information, insights, and inspiration. 

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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, health-full, and loving week. 

Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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Hearts on Fire: Maui -- The Heart Center of Our World

Author: Will Wilkinson

Maui exists as a special place for millions of people all over the world, from those who revere it as one of the world’s sacred sites to tourists who come to reboot their lives. (Video version will be available by Monday evening.)
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Eight Things Travel Taught Me About Humanity

Author: Boris Kester

I realize that over the years, the people I met during my travels taught me much more about life and the world than I learned at school.  (Video version online.)
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Nature Without a Garden: 3 Ways to Get Your Fix

Author: Emma White, University of Surrey

Spending time in a garden is good for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re watering plants or simply chilling on a deck chair – there’s a whole range of benefits that come with it.
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How to Attain Freedom from Hidden Shame

Author: Joyce Vissell

Ram Dass taught us many very important things. Perhaps the most important is to accept and love ourselves completely and to not hide the darker sides of our being. (Video version online.)
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A Natural Bug Repellent Recipe: Even Your Cat Might Like It

Author: Marie T. Russell,

You've probably heard of catnip in relationship to cats. Some cats really love it. On the other hand, bugs hate catnip. I'm talking of mosquitoes, black flies... (Video version online.)
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Anticholinergic Medications and Their Impact on Brain Health

Author: Robert Jennings,

In our pursuit of better health and well-being, we must equip ourselves with the knowledge that can potentially enhance our lives and those of our loved ones.
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Re-Imagining Democracy for the 21st Century: Exploring New Governance Possibilities

Author: Bruce Schneier, Harvard Kennedy School

Imagine that we’ve all – all of us, all of society – landed on some alien planet, and we have to form a government: clean slate. We don’t have any legacy systems from the U.S. or any other country.
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Protect Your Pet from Climate Change: Tips to Ensure Their Well-Being

Author: Edward Narayan, The University of Queensland

Earth has just experienced its hottest month since records began and Australia is now gearing up for an El Niño-fuelled summer. Extreme heat isn’t just challenging for humans – it brings suffering to our beloved pets, too.
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Discovering Balance: The Wisdom of Hungry Ghosts

Author: Robert Jennings,

The concept of hungry ghosts and the principles of balance, moderation, and non-attachment can be applied to understand the behavior of individuals...
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Nourishing Gut and Social Health: The Link Between Diet and Community

Author: Christopher Damman, University of Washington

Gut microbes are the community within you that you can’t live without – how eating well can cultivate your microbial and social self
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Time-Warping Effects of Drugs: Unlocking the Secrets of Altered Perception

Author: Ruth Ogden and Cathy Montgomery, Liverpool John Moores University

Imagine a world where you could control your sense of time. Where trips to the dentist flew by in a second and holidays felt like they lasted forever.
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Does An Apple A Day Really Keep The Doctor Away?

Author: Janet Colson, Middle Tennessee State University

Because apples contain many health-promoting bioactive substances, the fruit is considered a “functional” food.
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What is the Riskiest Region in the US as the Climate Changes?

Author: Robert Jennings,

In 2021, the United States witnessed the impact of natural hazards on nearly one in 10 homes. As climate change continues to shape our environment, it becomes imperative to identify the riskiest regions in the country.
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Sinéad O'Connor: Lesser-Known Songs Revealing Her Brilliance

Author: Denis Flannery, University of Leeds

The death of Sinéad O'Connor (1966-2023), the Irish, singer-songwriter, performer, activist, actor and memoirist, was announced on July 26, 2023.
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The Evolutionary Reasons Humans Love Pets: 9 Benefits Explained

Author: Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln

We’ve all read stories about owners’ love for their pets, but you might be taken aback to hear how some people are willing to spend thousands of pounds on vet care for small animals like guinea-pigs and hamsters.
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Maximize Your Savings with Rising Interest Rates: 5 Research-Backed Strategies

Author: Fredrick Kibon Changwony, University of Stirling

With the Bank of England base rate currently the highest it has been since early 2008, you may have a valuable opportunity to increase your earnings on pensions, investments and savings accounts.
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The Truth Behind Government Debt

Author: Robert Jennings,

Government debt, often called public or national debt, bears little resemblance to the debt that concerns us personally.
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From Brown Bread to Pâté: A Delectable Journey through Ice Cream History

Author: Lindsay Middleton, University of Glasgow

English Heritage is now selling what it calls “the best thing since sliced bread” at 13 of its sites – brown bread ice cream, inspired by a Georgian recipe.
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Isometric Exercises for Lowering Blood Pressure and More: Planks and Wall Sits Proven Effective

Author: Alex Walker and Jamie Edwards, University of East London

Planks and wall sits are best for lowering blood pressure – here are six more reasons they’re such great exercises
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Political Metaphors: Witch-Hunts and More (and What It Has To Do With Wrestling)

Author: Howard Manns and Kate Burridge, Monash University

Maybe the Coalition and Trump are trading on the good reputation of witches. After all, a 2013 poll found most Americans preferred witches (also cockroaches and haemorrhoids) to politicians.
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The Future of Art and AI: Collaboration Over Replacement

Author: Arne Eigenfeldt, Simon Fraser University

I am a composer who has used creative AI in my music and sound practice for almost two decades. My creative practice and research has focused upon the potential for a collaborative relationship between artists and AI.
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Uncivil Obedience: Unconventional Protests and Religious Freedom

Author: Kristina M. Lee, University of South Dakota

When Utah legislators passed a bill requiring the review and removal of “pornographic or indecent” books in school libraries, they likely did not imagine the law would be used to justify banning the Bible.
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Youth Leading the Change: Empowering Nova Scotia Schools for a Healthier Future

Author: Julia Kontak and Sara F.L. Kirk, Dalhousie University

Youth and young adults hold unique, creative and diverse perspectives and approaches compared to their adult counterparts.
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: August 14-20, 2023

 Pam Younghans

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This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart. (Video version online.)
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Videos Added to YouTube This Week

Astrological Overview: August 14 - 20, 2023

A Natural Bug Repellent Recipe: Even Your Cat Might Like It

Eight Things Travel Taught Me About Humanity

How to Attain Freedom from Hidden Shame

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