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The song from the 60s "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to..." expresses radically that in life, we can choose our actions and reactions. It's our life, and we can cry (and rant and rave) if we want to... or we can choose to live our life with meaning and celebrate the small (and big) miracles that come our way. The more we celebrate life (gratitude), the more we will have to celebrate. In the same way, the more we complain, the more we will find to complain about. 

So it's our party... our planet... what shall we do? This week our articles encourage us to choose wisely... and learn f rom our mistakes and from everything that comes our way.

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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
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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The Tools With Which We Build Our Life

Author: Jeanne Collins

Do you ever wonder if you are living your best life? Do you question if you are truly happy? Do you feel stuck and unsure about how to move forward? If any of these questions resonate, wow, do I have a story for you....
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Grandma Knowledge: Caring for Ourselves Is Caring for Others

Author: Celia Landman

After all those years looking after others, this old heart has finally learned to look after itself. Each act of kindness a stitch in this warm blanket that now covers me while I sleep.
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The Role of Chaos and Chance in Life

Author: Robert Jennings,

Humans tend to craft tidy narratives to explain history and current affairs as if events unfold predictably due to understandable causes and effects.
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The Path to Forgiveness: My Dog Bokie and the Mysterious Hospital Chaplain

Author: Joyce Vissell

Bokie was more like a child to me than a dog. He was a steady loving presence that I counted on. While I still couldn't fully trust Barry, I could completely trust Bokie. He was never far from my side.
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Truth as Lifeblood of the Inner Self

Author: William Wilson Quinn

The conflict or struggle within oneself of which “self” shall rule—the Inner or the Outer--is as old as time for wayfarers on the higher spiritual path, and the attributes of the opposing sides are recognizable to us all.
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Are You Defining Yourself with a Label?

Author: Lawrence Doochin

Labels are not only misleading, but they can also define us in a way that is not beneficial for us to be defined.
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Cultivating Even-Mindedness in Your Career

Author: Robert J. Stephens, Clemson University

What the ancient Indian text Bhagavad Gita can teach about not putting too much of our identity and emotions into work...
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AI's Surprising Human Personality Traits

Author: Robert Jennings,

Have you ever chatted with an AI program and left wondering if it was actually a real person?
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Spring's Early Bloom: How Plants Sense Changing Seasons

Author: Paul Ashton, Edge Hill University

Plants are flowering earlier than ever – here’s how they sense the seasons...
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Deep Sleep's Role in Dementia Prevention: What You Need to Know

Author: Andrée-Ann Baril and Matthew Pase

Better sleep is a protective factor against dementia. Lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, is one of the risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there are ways to improve sleep.
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The Blend of Magic and Medicine in Medieval Japanese Healing

Author: Alessandro Poletto, Washington University in St. Louis

The tools in a medieval Japanese healer’s toolkit: from fortunetelling and exorcism to herbal medicines...
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Witches in History and Feminism: A Story of Resilience and Power

Author: Maxime Gelly-Perbellini, École des Hautes Études

During Halloween, witches resurface alongside other frightening figures summoned for the occasion. However, unlike pumpkins, zombies, and other poltergeists, witches have never entirely left the public consciousness in recent years.
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How Violence in the Neighborhood Can Impact Kids’ Brains

Author: Robert Jennings,

A new study finds that growing up around community violence changes brain development in kids and teens. Specifically, it makes the amygdala overly reactive.
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The Mathematical Secrets Behind Historical Crises

Author: Daniel Hoyer, University of Toronto

History’s crisis detectives: How we’re using maths and data to reveal why societies collapse – and clues about the future...
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The Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Brain Function Explained

Author: Ziyad Al-Aly, Washington University in St. Louis

Mounting research shows that COVID-19 leaves its mark on the brain, including with significant drops in IQ scores...
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The Curious Case of February 29: Leap Year Explained

Author: Rebecca Stephenson, University College Dublin

The leap year is February 29, not December 32 due to a Roman calendar quirk – and fastidious medieval monk...
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From Naked to Net: Navigating the Complex World of Carbohydrates

Author: Saman Khalesi, CQUniversity Australia et al

‘Naked carbs’ and ‘net carbs’ – what are they and should you count them?
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Staggering Inequality and Loss of Upward Mobility Betrays the American Dream

Author: Robert Jennings,

The belief that America is a land of opportunity where hard work pays off used to be a virtual article of faith for most citizens.
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How To Beat Mental Fatigue

Author: Matthew Robison, University of Texas at Arlington

Mental fatigue has psychological triggers − new research suggests challenging goals can head it off...
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The Beatles' Final Song: A Ghostly Closure

Author: Alexander Carpenter, University of Alberta

The ghosts of the past: Pop music is haunted by our anxieties about the future...
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Free Speech's Big Tent: Virtue or Vice?

Author: John Corvino, Wayne State University

In the ‘big tent’ of free speech, can you be too open-minded? People often extol the virtue of open-mindedness, but can there be too much of a good thing?
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Why Do We Crave What's Bad? Insights into Sugar and Salt Cravings

Author: Hayley O'Neill, Bond University

I want to eat healthily. So why do I crave sugar, salt and carbs?
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The Uncertain Future of U.S. Oil Production

Author: Robert Jennings,

A little over a decade ago, the United States transformed seemingly overnight from a significant oil importer to a leading world producer.
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview & Horoscope: March 4 - 10, 2024

Author: 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.  (For audio and video version, use the "continue reading" link.)
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