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Well-being matters in 2018 By Marilynn Preston New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It’s an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend. One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called “The Psychobiotic Revolution,” by […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 01/09

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For Motion Picture Use Only As if delivering pizzas wasn’t already a hard enough job in the winter, a young man found himself at the tail end of a counterfeit scandal when a woman paid him with a fake 100 dollar bill that’s only use was good on a movie set. When the man noticed […]

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Sign Language: 01/09

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Cancers may be frequently inflexible sticks-in-the-mud, but you Capricorns are 50% more intractable. There’s nothing wrong with finding someone or something you like and sticking to it—as long as it works out. But what happens when whatever you’ve become attached or accustomed to simply isn’t available (like this week, for example)? […]

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Advice Goddess: 01/02

Venus Envy I’m a 30-something woman, tall and thin, whom friends describe as beautiful. Perhaps for this reason, I’m often confronted with rude social assaults by people who assume things are handed to me on a silver platter. I am financially independent and have a full-time job and own a home and car. I dress […]

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Sign Language Astrology: 01/02

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Medical science doesn’t have all the answers. But neither does acupuncture or homeopathy, or whatever New Age claptrap you might ascribe to. But let’s be fair and realistic here; they probably all have some of the answers, and perhaps, when put together in the right way, you might get something like […]

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News of the Weird: 01/02

Recurring Themes (1) Add goat horns to the “religious covering” items permitted to be worn in government identification cards. It took Mr. Phelan MoonSong of Millinocket, Maine, two trips to the DMV, but his ID, after his name change, was finally approved in December, based on his Paganism religion. (2) In December, a 21-year-old man […]

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Resolutions ‘R’ Us

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How to Make ‘Em So You Don’t Break ‘Em By Marilynn Preston As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 01/02

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Playing chicken Two sisters were arguing when one sister decided to leave. She got into her car, but hesitated in leaving. The sister looked at her sister standing on her apartment steps. She then decided to put her car in drive to start creeping up towards the apartment. The sister stood her ground. The sister […]

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Advice Goddess: 12/26

Alice In Wanderland I follow you on Twitter, and I was disgusted to see your tweet about marriage, “No, humans aren’t naturally monogamous – which is why people say relationships ‘take work,’ while you never hear anybody talking about what a coal mine an affair can be.” If a person finds fidelity so challenging, they […]

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Health, Wellness, & Fitness: 12/26

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Winter Solstice Review   From Dark to Light to Well-Being By Marilynn Preston It’s time for my end-of-the-year roundup, a merry and maddening mix of noteworthy trends, predictions and possibilities, partial at best. The thread throughout is about personal well-being and how you can choose to make health and happiness a priority in 2018, leaving […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 12/26

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  Home makeover Two sisters, one apartment, one vision…this could be an opening line to an HGTV show but that’s not the case for this crime. Last week two sisters got into an altercation in the apartment when one of the sisters came over and didn’t like how her sister had her apartment set up. […]

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Dating apocalypse

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Why I will never find a husband. The Internet has a myriad of dating apps that has changed the atmosphere of the dating world By Megan Garrison I need you to take a seat. Wherever you are. Whomever you are. Male, female, gender neutral. I am about to throw down some heavy words. Once you […]

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News of the Weird: 12/26

The Passing Parade (1) Simon Berry, 24, of the English village of Bray, was recently acknowledged by the Guinness Book people for his bungee drop of 246 feet to precision-dunk a biscuit into a cup of tea. (2) A sign posted recently (apparently without fanfare) at the Castle House Inn hostel in Stockholm, Sweden, warns […]

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Sign Language: 12/26

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Surprise, surprise. One of those people who’s always opposed you has decided to speak up again this week to tell everyone how wrong you are. You’re used to this by now, so hopefully you’ll be able to defend yourself without getting huffy or petty. Making a good impression right now is […]

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Advice Goddess: 12/19

You Flooze, You Lose I’m a married lesbian in my 50s. I blew up my happy marriage by having an affair with somebody I didn’t love and wasn’t even that attracted to. Now my wife, whom I love very much, is divorcing me. Why did I cheat on her? I don’t understand my own behavior.  […]

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Presents of mind

4 gift-giving ideas that spark joy  By Marilynn Preston   In April, we plant flowers. In December, we give gifts. Which is why I lasered in to something a wise young yoga teacher said at the end of a deliciously challenging 90-minute class: “Take all the warmth and energy you’ve just built up in your […]

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Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

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Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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A Monument to Insurrection

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