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This time of year can be a wonderful celebration but it can also be challenging as we visit family members and encounter old patterns, whether ours or theirs (probably both).

This week we bring you a variety of articles to assist you in your journey, both within your own self and with others in your external world.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season...

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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 and Robert Jennings
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Becoming a Family Pattern Breaker

Author: Kate King

If I know one thing for sure, it’s that patterns don’t break on their own. When something is stuck in a repetitive rhythm, the path of least resistance is to keep on keepin’ on. But, the path of least resistance does not lead to a radiant life.
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Unraveling the Ties That Bind Us: Healing Our Core Wound

Author: Sally Patton

When we fall into a hole of our own making, it is probably a situation we’ve experienced before. There may be different actors and a different setting, but the essence of the problem is the same.
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Body Language Is Everything: What Is Yours Saying?

Author: Lisa Weinert

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you're communicating powerful messages all day without uttering a single word...
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Yule, Winter Solstice, Christmas: A Mix-and-Match of Traditions?

Author: Ellen Evert Hopman

Yule Logs, bonfires, candles lit in windows, and the strings of twin­kling electrical lights we hang on our homes and trees today are a faint memory of the winter fire festivals and rituals our ancestors...
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Taking Care of Yourself during the Grief Process

Author: Angela Garner

There is no doubt that grief can be exhausting, draining, and make one feel generally run down, so that coping with everyday things, such as work and looking after the home, becomes much more of a struggle than it would be normally.
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Dementia: Denial Is Not an Option

Author: Leona Upton Illig

I wish I had known more about dementia and its effects right from the start. I might have avoided a lot of stress on my family, on me . . . and on Mom.
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A Comprehensive Approach to Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Beyond Quick Fixes

Author: Robert Jennings,

In a world where the quest for quick solutions often overshadows the journey towards sustainable health, the conversation around weight loss drugs like Wegovy offers a crucial opportunity for introspection and a return to foundational health principles.
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The Science Of Gift Wrapping Explains Why Sloppy Is Better

Author: Erick M. Mas, Vanderbilt University

They say appearances can be deceiving. In the case of gift giving, they might be right.
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What Are The Origins Of Santa Claus?

Author: Darius von Guttner Sporzynski, Australian Catholic University

We’re all familiar with the jolly, white-haired and bearded overweight man who sneaks down chimneys on Christmas Eve delivering presents to children. But where did this come from?
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Trump Insurrection and GOP Voter Suppression - Uptake December 23, 2023

Author: Robert Jennings,

In today's edition of "Today's Uptake" we present a trio of critical analyses on contemporary political issues.
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Winter Solstice Wonders: The Deep Meaning of Yule

Author: Helen A. Berger, Brandeis University

Yule will be celebrated by Wiccans and many other Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere on Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice.
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Beyond Aloofness: The Playful Side of Cats Revealed

Author: Elizabeth Renner and Jemma Forman

Cats have a reputation for being aloof (some may even say lazy) – but our new research has found they interact with their owners in surprising ways.
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2023's Extreme Weather: Unprecedented Heat, Wildfires, and Storms

Author: Shuang-Ye Wu, University of Dayton

2023’s extreme storms, heat and wildfires broke records – a scientist explains how global warming fuels climate disasters
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Why Trump's Involvement in the Jan. 6 Insurrection Matters

Author: Robert Jennings,

Why the 14th Amendment bars Trump from office: A constitutional law scholar explains the principle behind the Colorado Supreme Court ruling.
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The Role of Dreams in Emotional Well-Being and Survival

Author: David Samson, University of Toronto

Dreaming may have evolved as a strategy for co-operative survival
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Coping with Grief During the Holidays: Finding Meaning in Loss

Author: Mandy Doria, University of Colorado

For many who are suffering with prolonged grief, the holidays can be a time to reflect and find meaning in loss
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The Paradox of Hypochondria: Why Worrying About Health Can Shorten Lifespan

Author: Stephen Hughes, Anglia Ruskin University

Hypochondriacs die earlier than those who worry less about their health – what might explain this paradox?
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From Awkward to Awesome: Your Guide to Enjoying a Different Family's Christmas

Author: Jessica Robles, Loughborough University

Welcome to the holidays, a time for families coming together. It’s exciting to visit your partner’s family and experience new relationships and rituals
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Navigating Holiday Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

Author: Johanna Peetz, Carleton University

The urge to spend money is present all year round, but during the gift-giving season, the temptation to splurge on loved ones can be particularly strong.
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From Roast to Right: Food Thermometer Tips for a Safe Feast

Author: Shannon Majowicz, University of Waterloo

Ensure a safe and delicious holiday feast: How to use a food thermometer to prevent foodborne illness
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China's South China Sea Ambitions: More than Meets the Eye

Author: Edward Sing Yue Chan, Australian National University

What we don’t understand about China’s actions and ambitions in the South China Sea
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: December 25-31, 2023

Author: Pam Younghans, NorthPoint Astrology

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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.  (See section below for video version of this article.)
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