I forgot that love existed

Because even though the cost in these states is to our sanity, health or happiness, at least we know where we stand. I didn't mean to, but I'm sure I did. Yet oddly enough, when I wrote this article, my mom quoted a line from the movie, The Help (2011 …

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Tell me the facts real straight

One of these was to ask Tom what his anxiety looked like. Tom drew a picture of a large scary creature, with sharp teeth, a long tail, big bloodshot eyes, a pointy nose and huge smelly feet. From then on he was going to visualise this creature playing tricks on …

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From the loneliness of the crowd

Notice folks around you. People being nice to you are choosing to show you love. If that makes you feel good, tell them, so they know it mattered. Short version: Notice people being nice. That line of thought seems obvious to most, but not to a mindblind Aspie who isn't …

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Got a lot can't wait to get more

No adult has to chastise him; If unsure about how, precisely, to dissect tasks that have become automatic to you, the Montessori Primary Guide website (available at www. The North American Montessori Center even sells practical life manuals for children aged three through adolescence (see its website www. Each carefully …

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I wouldn't want to sing your own song

Preparing, serving, and cleaning up the daily snack (at home or in school) using appropriately sized kitchen tools is a fabulous way these applied skills can work their way into real-life situations. Trimming, cleaning, and arranging flowers requires scissor-work, patience, and a developing aesthetic appreciation - not to mention a full …

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Higher in my mind

A fractured neck of femur required two revisions over a decade or two. He was suspicious of the NHS, thinking they tried to do things on the cheap, so he contacted a professor of orthopaedic surgery in Germany (he was an early user of the internet) who would squeeze him …

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In a world full of glamour

When our brains suffer from tension or high pressure over a prolonged period, our ability to conduct mental activities will wane. For example, aside from bodily discomforts, we will also be prone to irritation and mental fatigue, and we will suffer from sleep disorders, absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, headaches, and other bodily …

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Oh, when I can't find my feet

That a woke columnist will call him a fascist (after all, isn't the suspect the real victim! That gets tweeted and activists will soon arrive to picket his office, with surprisingly uniformly printed signs. So rather than share that risk, he passes that risk off to female straphangers. They're on …

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Always chasing some exotic bird

To do this, I create a map of a child's difficulties based on my assessment of the child in their environment. This covers their family, home life, peers, life at school, activities, the wider community and the culture they live in. I then talk through what I've learned with the …

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With my pen I'll write my song

I allowed myself to make mistakes, friends, and a fool out of myself. I wasn't worried about the steps, for the most part, because I had triumphed over my biggest insecurity just by being there. Now, today, I think back on those Facearticle messages without any trace of that emotion …

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Sometimes you're living in a dream

Ganesh & Kartikeya It happened (there are many variations of this story). The half man half elephant deity Ganesha (don't ask) had a younger brother called Karthikeya. They got along well but, just like all other siblings, they would have moments of arguments and fights. For now, select the one or …

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My doubts are cleared

Shiva indirectly says to Parvati, Here are the methods, try them, then you will know. All these questions asked by Parvati are very philosophical questions. But they do not get a philosophical answer as a response. Parvati gets a scientific response. She is given methods or techniques. In our modern …

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You have to face the facts

What is your definition of success? What would three definitions of personal success and three of professional success be for you? Choose a word to anchor and align your next 365 days Thinking about the next 12 months, what word or series of words could you adopt as the anchor …

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You got here on your own

Rhythmic drummers tap into this phenomenon. Laser light shows, as well as people swinging light sticks or fire on ropes to the time in 4/4 music, can lull listeners into a captivating state where stressful thoughts seem to disappear. Music can help the brain learn and recover in mysterious …

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There's only one meadow's way to go

Every demigod at Camp Half-Blood (and many Asperkids) is dyslexic and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because they are hardwired for another time and place. As loud as her little self could yell, as tall as her little body could stand, my daughter was saying that yes, she knew …

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Sit by the fire and dry out our wet clothes

I went on a cruelty-free diet the way people go on carb-free diets. It works, even with one cheat day. In the next articles I will briskly touch on other major obstacles to living a happy, productive life in this particular day and age--and counter each with some plus-size solutions …

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I can hear the fireworks

Quantum physics teaches us that the universe doesn't work in a way that aligns with our everyday experience. It teaches that there are seemingly invisible connections between objects that are physically distant. It teaches that the mere act of observing can affect physical reality. These ideas led Nobel Prize-winning physicist …

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We move along

This dilemma is an exercise in lateral thinking. It's the kind of puzzle in which the most elegant solution is revealed only when you attack it sideways. New ideas emerge when you question the assumptions upon which a problem is based (in this case: it's that you can only help …

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You may get disgusted

How many women do we need to screen with mammography before we prevent one death from breast cancer? In a 2014 summary, the U. Preventive Services Task Force calculated that if women ages 39 to 49 were routinely screened, nearly 2,000 of them would need to receive mammograms in …

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It comes from the sky above

I met Breivik a few times and talked with him. I said he struck me as very ordinary. There was nothing extraordinary about him. I feel quite sure he did not like that I said this. I'm lonely because I don't have a boyfriend is usually only one aspect of …

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Way on down the diamond-studded highway

The car jerks. I hold on to my seat. The ride is hair-raising but we make it to our destination. Paul called in the morning to tell me his dream. He said, It was so real, like I was there. Like imprisonment, the practice of solitary confinement--the most oppressive form …

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Who drove the red sports car?

Don't follow the crowd. Remember, this is your journey and your network. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Dig deep and step out of the place of familiarity and safety to connect with people outside your traditional circle of influence. Make a decision to explore other networks …

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Don't you ever go down there

But actually the reverse happens: new worlds open. The body brilliantly helps you ease the transition from waking to dreaming to deep sleep in five stages. Each cycle lasts approximately ninety minutes, then typically repeats four to five times in an average night's sleep. Once you attune yourself to this …

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Run from Discomfort

Sleep is a liberating state in many ways. First, it supports emotional freedom by refreshing your body. Shakespeare's Macbeth calls it the chief nourisher of life's feast. Think of sleep as a mini-vacation you take every night, a balm for your being. It's necessary for sanity and survival. A child …

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It is in our DNA to be social

At least it had a view of the Pacific, I thought. He'd like that. However, while looking out the window onto Ocean Avenue I did a double take. Across the street I saw my white Volkswagen convertible where I'd parked it. But there were these teenagers dressed like gang members …

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