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(Mis)Communicating with Johnny Hillar

"Hello? HELLO!?" Feeling like you're not being heard can be intensely frustrating, whether you're dealing with tech support on the phone or your spouse in person. Playright George Bernard Shaw once said “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” This video illustrates an excellent example of how communication...

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Life After Death at Halloween
Life After Death at Halloween

One of humanity's quirks is that people actually like to be scared. At least, pretend scared. Kids (and often adults) dress up as ghouls, ghosts, pirates, and their favorite costumed superheros and villains and run around from house to house shouting "Trick of Treat!" and demanding candy. I've always thought Halloween is one of the weirdest holidays:...

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A Pet Owner’s Greatest Fear
A Pet Owner’s Greatest Fear

It hurt today as I said goodbye to Max. Our little dog would have turned 13 in a few days but he never made it. He was getting weaker and on Monday he was so sick that I stayed home from work with him and held him most of the day. I had to carry him as he had no energy even to come back in from going outside. There was nothing the vet could

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Alcoholism & Family
Alcoholism & Family

"Alcoholism has an effect on everybody around the person suffering from it. This is especially true for a family." says William Belle in the Ole! Times. In his article, which recounts his own struggle with alcoholism and (for the moment) sobriety, he provides statistics about how pervasive the problem is: According to a 2002 survey conducted by...

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The Heart of an Olympian
The Heart of an Olympian

Michelle appeared to have it all - a successful soccer career, awards, honors, friends, travel, money, husband... When her life began to fall apart, Michelle found a hidden strength. Find out how this Olympic Gold Medalist rose above her trials. Michelle graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1989. She has been a member of the United...

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Help for when School Sucks
Help for when School Sucks

Approximately one in three American college students drops out. That's a scary statistic, and you're likely hoping that you won't become one of those unfortunate ones who end up leaving school before completing your degree. By now, you've been at college/university for a few weeks. Maybe a trip or two back home, maybe not. Whether it's your first...

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Growing up … eventually
Growing up ... eventually

Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up? That's the question an article in the New York Times recently asked. It seems that it's taking people longer to grow up. Psychologists have even come up with a new term for it: "emerging adulthood." It’s happening all over, in all sorts of families, not just young people moving...

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Understanding Cutting
Understanding Cutting

My daughter cut herself for the first time when she was 12 years old. Today, 11 years later, she is still struggling to overcome this problem. At the time I knew absolutely nothing about "self-harm" and it scared me to death. I was shocked and bewildered that she would do such a thing. It’s important to understand cutting - what it is, who does...

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