Blogging Away Teen Troubles

Adolescent angst, formerly vented in private “Dear diary” entries, is now shared with others in blogs—with positive effect. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Services, interactively engaging with an online community is an effective way for teens to relieve social distress. Researchers recruited 161 teenagers that exhibited some level of social anxiety or stress and asked them to blog,

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Climb. Conquer. Cure.

The fifth annual Big D Climb, the first and largest stair climb in North Texas, presented by Ivie and Associates, is set to take place January 26, at Fountain Place, in Dallas, to raise money for the North Texas Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their effort to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s

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Shifting Priorities; A Dose of Awe Can Make a Teen More Caring

A meta-analysis published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review suggests that experiencing awe helps young people focus less on themselves and more on the world around them. Exposure to natural wonders and accounts of great human accomplishments can do the trick.

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GMO – An Unfolding Catastrophe

The hazards of ingesting GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are becoming apparent as more studies are showing their devastating effects on animal subjects. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has stated that GMO foods are not safe. They base their opinion on animal studies that connect GMO with serious health problems,

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Another Plus for Natural Birth

A team of researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut, has found that vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein, UCP2 (mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2), in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood. It influences neurons and circuits in the hippocampus, the area

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New Location for Soup-N-Bowl Fundraiser

The fourth annual North Texas Soup-N-Bowl will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 26, at The Tribute, in The Colony. Attendees can sample fresh, savory soups while providing support and raising awareness for the Metro Relief Food Pantry (formerly known as The Storehouse) in their efforts

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Maize Days Celebration

Celebrating Murphy’s history as a farming community, the annual Murphy Maize Days event will be held September 28, at the Murphy Municipal Complex, in Murphy. The festival spans more than 30 acres of the city municipal complex, with activities that include live music, a 5K and one-mile Fun Run, car show,

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Courting Marriage Success; Relationship Expert Stephanie Coontz Shares Go-To Guidelines

Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, shares her learned perspective in an intriguing oeuvre of books—Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage; The Way We Never Were; The Way We Really Are; and A Strange Stirring. She’s also co-chair and director of public education at the University of Miami’s research-based nonprofit Council on Contemporary Families.

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Our Own Ode of Joy; Singing Heals Our Soul, Sets Us Free

Before singing was part of any human culture, it was part of nature. Nature never tries hard; it just is. It grows and blossoms and flows. So does heartfelt singing—as a joyful expression of soul, of one’s essential being. It is giving and sharing. Most of all, it is alive.

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