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Because Personal Well-Being Is So Personal By Marilynn Preston As some of you know, I’ve written a book called “All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being.” It was published in late April, and in August it became an Amazon best-seller. Yippee. I can’t really explain how we earned that status, but there’s […]

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News Of The Weird: 11/28

The Passing Parade Nelson Foyle, 93, is believed to be Britain’s longest-time patron of the same pub (the Dog and Gun in Salisbury, England), and fellow drinkers recently bought him an honorary lordship title to mark his 80th year on the establishment’s barstools. (2) An art collective in a Los Angeles storefront re-created (for a […]

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Sign Language: 11/28

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This is a terrible time to crash diet (as if any time was great for that kind of thing). I know you just had Thanksgiving and all, and with the holidays approaching, you’re worried about the extra pounds piling up. But the drastic measures you’re likely to be drawn to at […]

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‘You Should Forget the Meditation App’

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True, False or Wildly Misleading? By Marilynn Preston Normally, reporting  on the art and science of happiness makes me smile. Why? Because happiness turns out to be a learnable skill, unlike, in my case, navigating Facebook. Not every one of us will live a happy life, and none of us can be happy every moment, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 11/21

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A crime of fashion A common fabric known as pleather is commonly used in fast fashion goods. This is solely because it attempts to give the effect of a high-quality leather product but it is a fabric made from plastic so it is extremely cheap to make. So, when reading a report that a pleather […]

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Sign Language: 11/21

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re like a member of a band who’s spent weeks practicing for a gig where only 5 people show up. Your band is barely outnumbered by its audience. You could, of course, pack up your instruments and go back to the garage where you practice. Or you could do a wimpy […]

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Advice Goddess: 11/21

Wedding Duress  I’ve been living with my high-school sweetheart (from 20 years ago) for two blissful years. However, he’s still married to his ex (though they’ve been separated for 10 years). Every dollar he has goes into the business he’s building or child support, so I’m paying all the bills. I want to get married […]

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News Of The Weird: 11/21

Bright Ideas A councilman in Overtornea, Sweden, introduced a bill (a “motion”) that workers be given paid “sex breaks” during the business day in order to improve well-being and, thus, job performance. The primary beneficiaries would be married, fertile couples, but all workers would receive the benefit. And employers, said Councillor Per-Erik Muskos, would have […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 11/14

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane!  No, it’s a bike locked to a tree! That’s right folks, just a couple days ago police were called when a man realized his bike had been taken from the tree outside his home. The complainant had returned home from work just like any other day and locked his […]

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News of the Weird: 11/14

The Aristocrats! Among the facts revealed in the ongoing criminal proceedings against U.S. Navy officials and defense contractor Leonard (“Fat Leonard”) Francis, who is charged with arranging kickbacks: In 2007, Francis staged a party for the officials at the Shangri-La Hotel in the Philippines during which (according to an indictment unsealed in March) “historical memorabilia […]

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Sign Language: 11/14

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) My favorite lovers have been wild guys in and out of bed, but I’ve also had loads of fun with men who were outwardly prudish but insanely passionate behind closed doors. That sharp contrast felt like a dirty secret I was excited to be in on. Is the person you’re currently […]

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Thanksgiving Makeover

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6 Ways to Spread Your Wings By Marilynn Preston In the run-up to Thanksgiving, I want to remind you that a holiday celebration is what you make it. If you lard it with stress and the need for perfection, you’ll wind up with heartburn even worse than what you get from too much of Aunt […]

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Advice Goddess: 11/14

Reign Of Terrier I know humans are typically your subject, but this is a relationship question, so I hope you’ll consider answering it. I have a new puppy (an 8-pound terrier mutt). I eventually want her to sleep in bed with me. However, she’s not toilet-trained yet, so I “crate” her at night in the […]

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News Of The Weird: 11/7

The Aristocrats! Wild Maryland! (1) Prince George’s County police officer James Sims, 30, pleaded guilty to four counts of misdemeanor “visual surveillance with prurient interest” and in February was sentenced to probation (though his termination investigation was still ongoing). His fourth event, said prosecutors, in a Sports Authority store, was taking an upskirt photo of […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 11/7

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Street art? Local police were called to the scene just a few days ago. Two men were spotted in an alleyway looking suspicious. Suddenly the two men pulled spray paint cans out of their pockets and began their work. The video surveillance of the building shows multiple angles and locations where the two men tagged […]

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Autumn is for rebooting

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As seasons change, so can we By Marilynn Preston Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it’s not just the oversized taffy apples. I’m talking crispy cool days that call for turtlenecks and yoga tights, a seasonal shift to fading colors and falling leaves, great sales on outdoor furniture. “Every leaf speaks […]

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