What Subjects Should I Talk About?

In order to reach the mythical Scathach in the Fortress of Shadows and be taught by her, he had to cross deep, untamed forests that, according to legend, swallowed all who ventured to enter. The mythology of the dark forest continues to resonate today. We can see it in such …

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Am I Being Too Personal in Revealing This?

Needless to say, midwives and doctors are not condoning birth without assistance. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is against all home births, even with a midwife. About 5 percent of parturient women require blood transfusions, which means they were hemorrhaging, says Dr Sarah Kilpatrick, who chaired the American …

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An element that makes life worth living

In the case of meditators, the reason is obvious: trees embody the position and essence of the act of contemplation. Firmly seated on the ground, like a yogi who never abandons his posture until the session is over, the trunk is the meditator's back, held straight and in a dignified …

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Dealing With Awkward Silences

This is what we'll be analyzing in this article, among many other things. Japanese people love the convenience of cities and the way they offer anything a consumer could possibly want, from Kobe meat (the best in the world) to cat cafes, but this culture's fascination with nature is pervasive …

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Refusing the Self-reference

Far from the intrigues of the Court during the Three Kingdoms period, their natural refuge was in Henan province, near the home of one of them, Xi Kang, whose relationship with another member of the group, Ruan Ji, was described as being stronger than metal and fragrant as orchids. This …

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Something that you are driven to achieve

From the top of a skyscraper in Tokyo, all around us we see one of the largest conurbations in the world, yet ever on the horizon, marking the boundaries of the Kanto region, are the green mountains of Tanzawa and Okutama and, behind them, majestic Mount Fuji keeps watch over …

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The Art of Beautiful Conversations

According to Dr Adli, city living affects human health as much or more than global warming and, according to statistics, there is a 40% greater risk of suffering from depression in cities than in natural surroundings, and the chances of suffering from schizophrenia double. Where does this increase come from …

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Positivity and Optimism

It was a snappy headline used ad nauseam to describe allegedly soaring rates of cesarean section by maternal request. In reality, few women want surgery for no medical reason. Doctors say the rate, which is based on murky statistics, is about 1 percent. According to the survey Listening to Mothers …

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To Be Entertained

Buoyed by the tea and that silly song, we left to take a walk through the majestic forests that led all the way down to the lake. All five of us had accumulated a year's worth of stress caused by our relentless lives in the city where our calendars were …

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When the Sun Just Isn't Good Enough

But by the summer of 2007, vaginal births after cesarean sections were increasingly rare. For years, doctors had stuck to the words of advice from a famous turn-of-the-century obstetrician, Joseph DeLee, who once decreed, Once a Caesarean always a Caesarean. His word was dogma. The fear has always been that …

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Be Careful What You Ask For

But from the viewpoint of your friends, work colleagues, and customers, you're of vast significance. And in the eyes of your children, you are THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING IN THEIR LIVES. It's my passion boiling over. You are shaping their world, but in order to shape it beautifully, you need …

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Effective Scare Tactics

Your attorney will want a picture of your expenses. If you haven't already, look carefully at your check stubs, automatic withdrawals, and credit card statements. Understanding how much you spend each month is a key step to making a budget. If you're a veteran budgeter, you'll know what to do …

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Enemy Number One: Your Diet

Step 2: List your expenses. Start with regular monthly expenses, and be sure to include nonessentials, such as vacations, eating out, hairstyling, mani-pedis, your morning latte, a gym membership, and more. List your rent or mortgage payment. Are insurance and taxes included in your monthly payment? Also list power, gas …

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We Want Instant Gratification

If you're on a family plan, get a new cell phone plan . This may involve swallowing a hefty fee to get out of your current plan. Accept this and move on. You don't want your soon-to-be ex to have access to your texts and phone calls. Secure health insurance coverage …

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Your Choices Add Up

If you want proof, as well as a few quick wins, carry on turning the articles . Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian medic, circa a lot of years ago, who had the bonkers idea that washing your hands before performing surgery would stop people dying. So, if you had a fever …

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America, You're Breaking Our Heart

Child support guidelines exist at the federal level due to the Child Support Enforcement Act and also at the state level, with variations state to state. Be sure to understand the specifics in your state. You and your spouse will be asked to complete detailed forms listing all your finances …

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An Outline for a Healthier Life

Because it's easier to do what everybody else is doing. To be a 2%er requires an awareness that an attitudinal choice is there for the taking but the double whammy is that exercising that choice can be hard work. Maintaining your effervescence, even more so. I really do get …

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Personal Responsibility

She tried to include language in her original parenting plan that would allow her to relocate to another state, but Doug would not agree. She wound up pursuing sole custody due to what she saw as his violent and negligent behavior as well as his escalating drinking problem. Eventually she …

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We Want to Blame Others for Our Problems

Rather than falling prey to chagrin and regret, this was the moment he realized just how much the seat of learning had taught him. The doctor had been pushing at the frontiers of psychology, pressing ahead into new territory that the olden times didn't know existed. Peering through the castle …

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What do I do that pushes you away?

You've been a gold medal grumbler. You've spent 20 years striving for mediocrity. Stepping out into your future, please write an account of how life has turned out. For example, if you've had a negative attitude and bare-minimum work ethic for 20 years, what kind of job are you doing …

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With Freedom Comes Responsibility

The differences in happiness are largely down to what I call intentional strategies', that is, habits of thinking and information processing that are common across the population of upbeat people. <a href='http://www.vttour.fr/actu/go.php?url=http://http://globalyou.co.uk/'>To</a> be clear, their …

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I am asking questions as I don't have all the answers

I promise you, that post-marathon smile was the only good bit of the entire 2 hours and 59 minutes. They haven't posted the grimacing, the cramp, or the bit where they shat their pants at mile 23. As Paul McGee so eloquently says, other people's grass might appear greener but …

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I'm still working out how to understand this

It took actually moving to a new place for him to understand the impact of the split. The more she encouraged her son to express his feelings, the more a weight seem to lift from his shoulders. Studies suggest that kids recover quickly after the initial blow of learning their …

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Tell me more about your unease

Save your complaints about your ex for your shrink, your girlfriends, or your mother, who never liked him anyway. Don't criticize. Those little confused cherubs of yours are half him, half you. To criticize him is to criticize them and make them feel bad about themselves. They also may feel …

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