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When I Grow Up…

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Why do we push our children to think about what they want to be when they grow up?It’s a common question especially as children graduate through the levels of schooling: What do you want to be? What do you want to do? We have career fairs for them to get a quick snapshot of some of the most common careers. We have increased pressure to choose courses and extracurricular activities to help them focus their attention and skills on that one narrow path.  Why? I switched jobs about every two years through my twenties and thirties. I took on a position and buckled down to learn the lingo, requirements, people and tricks of the role. Once I had it figured out, I worked hard to be good at my job—the best if I could. Then I took a bit more time to enjoy being good or great, and to help anyone else still […]

Sustainable Burial Versus Death By Chemical

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime.”Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson made this statement ever so eloquently during the Poetry of Science discussion alongside Prof Richard Dawkins.In death, I too, want to be buried in, or left on the ground where animals, plants and decomposers could find nourishment from my now-unneeded remains. I want my organic remains to be recycled and my energy therein returned to the Earth I so dearly love. A sort of reincarnation, if I may.Moreover, we could eliminate row upon row of dark, dreary depressing headstones, and avoid the toxic impact on the environment. For example, did you know: About 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde-based embalming fluid are buried in […]

How My Worst Haircut Turned Out To Be A Great Experience

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Every three years, I lop off all my hair and donate it to be turned into a wig for a cancer patient. A few days ago, I did it again. Nine inches of healthy hair snipped off. This hair was then put into an envelope and mailed to a company that will turn it into a wig for someone undergoing chemotherapy.My aunt is currently undergoing chemo and is wearing an array of colourful scarves until the treatment is done. Then she will wear a wig to help her feel more like her usual beautiful self until her own hair grows back in again.I (thankfully) cannot imagine the tremendous feel of not-yourself-ness that goes along with this entire process. After all, we gals tend to identify strongly with our hair. There is a multi-million dollar industry built around it. So while dealing with all the emotional and physical ramifications of cancer, […]

Killer Cancer to End All Life

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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Cancer. A word that is associated with fear. When we hear the word cancer we have visions of a painful, sometimes slow, eventual death.What is cancer? Cancer cells are cells gone wrong. Mutations (i.e., random changes to the normal cell) in genes can cause cancer by accelerating cell division rates or inhibiting normal controls on body systems. These cells no longer respond to many of the signals that control cellular growth and death. Over time, cancer cells become increasingly resistant to the controls that maintain normal tissue (i.e., divide more rapidly and become less dependent on signals from other cells). Eventually, cancer cells break through normal tissue boundaries and spread to new sites in the body causing tissue/organ failure and eventually killing the host (or person).Gaia is host to many living systems. Many of these life forms are under tremendous stress which threatens their very survival.One very specific life system […]

Five Tricks To Help You Make a Great First Impression

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by James Sorenson Article Categories: ,

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First impressions take only seconds to create. Some studies put it as fast as milliseconds. These impressions can take years to override because our brain’s organizational system doesn’t like to refile data.Here are five simple things that will help make a solid and successful first impression:A warm and engaging smile changes the contours of your face. Your eyes crinkle, your teeth flash and your skin shifts to create a welcoming and universally approachable signal to a newcomer.Eye contact. When you are speaking with someone, make eye contact. Don’t ogle or hold it for too long though. Remember to occasionally break your gaze—but not when the other person is speaking. People appreciate someone who is paying attention to them.Keep your mouth closed. Too often when people are nervous or in a situation where they are trying to impress (like at a business networking event, for example), they talk too much. Or […]

Bribery—An Endorsed Parenting Strategy (How to Survive Kindergarten)

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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My son just finished his first day of junior kindergarten. Thanks to the nature of my business, he had been home with me from the day of his birth until now. I had him in social classes like gymnastics and cooking to help him make friends and socialize but otherwise, he had my complete attention.    Kindergarten was the first time where I wasn’t right there. When my husband and I picked him for lunch, he didn’t want to go back—despite the allure of the water table and the blond girl who had already taken a shine to him. So I talked to him and we worked out a deal: If he went to the afternoon portion of kindergarten, we would take him to Mastermind and let him pick out a special toy for being so brave. He agreed, reluctantly. At three o’clock he came flying out the class door […]

How to Save The World in Five Minutes Or Less

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by Karyn ConnorArticle Categories: ,

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This week, I had to have my annual physical checkup including my least favorite part: blood work.Thankfully, my doctor’s office employs the most talented nurses who are able to stick the needle in without so much as a pinch, every time. I joked with her (only partially joking, truth be told) that she should freelance her services out. I gladly would have paid her whatever she wanted if she had been willing to do all my pregnancy blood work. For anyone who has had a baby, you know that this means you are essentially a pincushion for nine months.Then, she told me something spectacular. She lives in a condo not far from the doctor’s office. This building is home to many seniors who use the doctor’s office where she works. When she knows they need blood work done, she will often stop by in the morning, take their blood in […]

Tell Me About Yourself – 3 Components of Successful Interview Answers

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Category:

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Almost every job interview contains a question about you as a person. What the interviewer wants is to determine if you are compatible with both the position and team at hand.  What an interviewer is looking for with these types of questions is a sign that you are a well-rounded person. They are looking for three indicators: Works well solo Works well as a team member Has a good social life/support network  So how do you show the interviewer that you are the perfect, well-rounded applicant? By picking an example of each of the above and working them into a succinct answer. For example, a teacher friend came to me and asked me to help her figure out an answer to this question for a pending interview. Here are the points we came up with: Knitting designer Volleyball coach Social coordinator for her church These examples weren’t picked at random. […]

How to Grow Older But not Old: Ticking Ageism in Women

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I’m about to turn 40. This got me to thinking about when I turned 30. My best friend and I threw a huge birthday party that we gleefully entitled “Second Annual Still 29 Birthday Bash”.  For me, this was all in good humor. Turning 30 didn’t bother me. I’d had numerous friends who were already in their thirties—some even in their forties—and I knew how much fun those decades could be based on their examples. Many of my female friends were not as optimistic. Like me, many of them were still single and had no children. And when that big 3-0 appeared on their birthday calendars, they fell into funks. I have been taught three things about ageing from women who have already been there and done that. Perhaps that is what made the difference a decade ago when many women were drinking and crying and I was drinking and […]

3 Ways to Know Your Book is Ready for Publication

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When you self-publish you make all the decisions about your book including writing, edits, publication timelines and marketing. Everything is your responsibility. We have all heard the tales of writers who took years—sometimes even decades—editing their book, never seeming to know when to move on to the next project.On the other hand, one of the biggest criticisms of the self-publishing world is that too many authors publish too quickly. That is one of the reasons the public libraries have given for their reluctance to carry self-published authors.So, how do you know when your book is ready for publication? Here are three signs you (and your book) are ready:1. The book has been edited or beta tested by people unfamiliar with the story.Find people who haven’t read your book before, nor know much about it. They will be fresh eyes. When they give feedback, look for consistencies in their remarks. For example, […]