SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder Tips and Mood Lifters

Do you feel a sort of depression after the New Year that lasts until spring? If so then you may be suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It's likely that while you may have heard of SAD, you may not
understand the causes, manifestations and ramifications of this seasonal mood disorder. Read on...

GLEE, The Music, The Christmas Album Review

"Glee, The Music, The Christmas Album" premiered on November 16, 2010. This holiday CD features 12 tracks of contemporary favorites (Last Christmas), secular classics (You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch) and sacred hymns (O Holy Night).

Bible Verses and Scripture Quoting Used as Weapons

The Bible is the Holy book for Christians, yet sometimes we used Biblical scripture verses as weapons. Is the Holy Scripture a teaching tool or a weapon? Read on...

Is the Bible a Weapon?

Bible Scripture Verses: Teaching Tool or Weapon?
When you read this title, did you think "Obviously, the Bible is a tool, not a weapon?" The Bible refers to itself as 'a sword of truth' and a sword can be used as a weapon. But as Christians, are we called to use Bible scripture for hurting or helping?
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LimeWire P2P File Share Closed Down

LimeWire P2P File Share Loses Court Battle, Closes Service
LimeWire, of internet file-sharing (aka "piracy") fame, has lost its lengthy court battle with record company moguls over its right to disseminate music and video files over the web. The decision was announced Oct. 27, 2010.
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Best Childrens Christmas and Holiday Toy Drive Donations

Best Toys to Donate for Toys for Tots and Giving Tree Childrens Christmas Gift Drive
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is choosing gifts for the Marines Toys for Tots drive and church missions Giving Tree childrens gifts. Sometimes it's difficult to know what kind of gift to choose. Here are some considerations to help.
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NY Republican Governor Candidate Carl Paladino Anti-Gay Remarks?

NY Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino Anti-Gay Remarks
NY Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has made his views on homosexual lifestyle and gay marriage clear. Paladino does not support gay marriage. Does that make Paladino's comments 'anti-gay' and Paladino himself 'homophobic'?
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Relationships: Respond in Love vs. Retort in Kind

Relationships and Communication: Responding Kindly is Healthier Than Reacting Angrily
We've all seen (or been in relationships) where one person gives most of the  positive while the other partner selfishly takes the positive but gives negative. However 'what goes around comes around' doesn't work. Here's why.
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Michigan Bids Granholm 'Farewell'; Decides New Governor: Bernero or Snyder?

Michigan Voters Decide a New Governor November 2, 2010:
On November 2, 2010 Michigan voters must decide on a replacement for incumbent governor Jennifer Grandholm (D). Candidates include Rick Snyder (R), Virg Bernero (D), Stacey Mathia (UST) Ken Proctor (L) and Harley Mikkelson (Green).
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My Personal 'Bucket List'


Top 10 Bucket List Ideas
"Bucket List" has become a word for "list of things to do before you die, or 'kick the bucket.'" Cancer patients Carter (Morgan Freeman) and Edward (Jack Nicholson ) coined the term in The Bucket List movie. Here are my top 10 bucket list ideas.
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Sarah Palin's 'Refudiate' Most Frequently Searched Word Summer 2010

Sarah Palin's 'Refudiate' is Most Frequent Internet Search Word for Summer 2010
Being an internet writer, I watch internet search trends. When I spotted an article titled' Most Frequently Searched Word for Summer 2010', I clicked, to find that Sarah Palin's ubiquitous misnomer 'refudiate' was #1 most oft searched word.
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Jackie Evancho 10 Year Old Classical Crossover Youtube AGT Singer is New Jenny Lind


Jackie Evancho 10 Year-Old Classical Crossover Singer and Youtube AGT Sensation: Next Jenny Lind
Jackie Evancho, 10-year old classical crossover soprano from Pittsburg, PA is singing her way into the hearts of music lovers in her Youtube videos and recent entrance on the America's Got Talent. Is Jackie the next 'Swedish Nightingale' Jenny Lind?
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Matisyahu: Hasidic Jewish Reggae Singer


Matisyahu Hasidic Jewish Reggae Rapper Blends Roots, Faith, Music
Matthew Paul Miller, better known in the music world by his Jewish name Matisyahu, left his traditional reconstructionist Jewish roots to embrace orthodox or Hasidic Judaism and now expresses his faith and world view in reggae/ light rap music.
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AA and Al-Anon Slogans: Keep it Clean

Relationship and Emotional Health Help: Al-Anon Slogan 'Keep it Clean'
Al-Anon and AA (Alchoholics Anonymous)provide a great toolkit for emotional health. It's called the Al-Anon Slogans. Part of recovery from addiction or emotional illness includes 'Keeping it clean' in relationships.
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Joan Rivers to David Letterman on Rift with Johnny Carson

Joan Rivers to David Letterman on Her Rift with Late Night Host Johnny Carson
Joan Rivers, sometime guest host of Late Night with Johnny Carson, spoke with David Letterman July 23, 2010 about the estrangement between herself and Johnny Carson dating back to 1986 when Rivers called to tell Carson that she had her own Fox TV show.
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Mel Gibson Obscene Phone Rant to Oksana Grigorieva


Mel Gibson Obscene Racist Phone Call Rant to Oksana Grigorieva
From 'The Passion of the Christ' we come full circle to the rantings of a criminally insane megalomaniac. Mel Gibson caught on tape by girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva yelling threats, F-bombs, obscenity, racist comments and pure vile.
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Mungo Jerry 'In the Summertime' 40th Anniversary

Remembering Mungo Jerry and 'In the Summertime' Jug Band Music
I don't know about you, but 'In the Summertime', by Mungo Jerry, with Ray Dorset on lead vocals, is summertime for me. 40 summers ago, Mungo Jerry was #1 on the UK charts and uber popular in the US, too. Lady Rose and Baby Jump were hits, too.
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'Iron and Wine' Sam Bean- Modern Troubadour

'Iron and Wine' Sam Beam Wandering Minstrel and Modern Troubadour
'Iron and Wine' is a the stage name of Sam Bean, native SoCal and current Texan. Sam Bean as 'Iron and Wine' is a modern troubadour with wandering minstrel tendencies. We experienced 'Iron and Wine' at Hope College, downtown Holland, Michigan.
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Author Joseph Wambaugh Nears 40 Publishing with 'Hollywood Nights'

Author Joseph Wambaugh of Hollywood  Moon Nears 40 Years of Writing
Early 1980s Political Science classes put author Joseph Wambaugh's best-selling books The New Centurians, The Onion Fields and The Choirboys at the top of required reading lists. Wambaugh's LAPD stories continue with his newest Hollywood  Moon.
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WLAV 'Blues on the Mall' Grand Rapids, Michigan 2010 Season

WLAV Budweiser 'Blues on the Mall' Kicks Off 2010 Summer Season in Grand Rapids, Michigan
WLAV radio station presents another season of 'Blues on the Mall' beginning June 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Enjoy free live blues every Wednesday evening of the summer in the downtown outdoor ampitheater of Rosa Parks circle.
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Detroit Tigers Pitcher Armando Galarraga Loses Perfect Game to Ump Jim Joyce


Detroit Tigers Pitcher Armando Galarraga Loses Third Perfect Game to MLB Umpire Jim Joyce's Bad Call
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was set to pitch his third perfect game Tuesday, June 2, 2010 at Comerica Park. Two out, ninth inning; first baseman Miquel Cabera neatly fields grounder. But umpire Jim Joyce calls safe.
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American Transcendentalism: Culture, Philosophy, Relgion


American Transcendentalism as Philosophy, Culture and Religion in Modern Life
I was born in a loving protestant home. In college, I explored Zen Buddhism, Quaker communities and Judaism. As an adult I converted to the Catholic faith. Recently, I've realized that American Transcendentalism reflects the expression of my faith.
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American Transcendentalism: Live Simply that Others Might Simply Live


Transcendentalism: Living Simply that Others May Simply Live
Transcendentalism is aptly defined as a culture, religion and philosophy. Like Judaism, transcendentalism is a way of life. Mother Theresa said, 'live simply that others may simply live.' Transcendentalism teaches simplicity, common sense and compassion.
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Finding Your Inner Wisdom


Finding Your Inner Wisdom, Karma, Zen or Higher Power in Tough Times
Everyone exhibits toxic behavior and stinking thinking occasionally. Sometimes, you feel miserable and you want others to be miserable, too. When I or someone I interact falls into toxic behavior, I'm learning to look for that little gem of wisdom.
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6th Grader Greyson Michael Chance Sings Lady Gaga 'Paparazzi'


Sixth Grader Greyson Michael Chance Goes Viral on Youtube with Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi'
That Lady Gaga has her own style goes without saying. That Youtube is flooded with Lady Gaga and Paparazzi covers is eqally obvious. What is surprising is that one of the most unique Paprazzi covers comes from sixth grader Greyson Michael Chance.
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'Britain's Got Talent' 80 Year-old Janey Cutler Sings Edith Piaf's 'No Regrets' to Standing Ovation


Britain's Got Talent 80 Year-Old Janey Cutler Wows Audience and Simon with 'No Regrets'
Britain's Got Talent season four episode four 80 year-old Janey Cutler sang Edith Piaf's 'No Regrets' from La Vie en Rose. Janey earned her three resounding 'yes' votes from Piers, Amanda and Simon Cowell and utterly charmed hosts Ant and Dec.
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