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The Erosion of Medical Freedom

In late 2020, vaccinations became available for COVID-19 under emergency use authorization. Back then, getting a shot was considered a matter of personal choice. Within a few months, however, that choice is deteriorating, as a number of employers, schools, and even the federal government now insist that the shot is a must for everyone. With

Marriages Are Made in Heaven: Sacred Wedding Traditions That Honor the Divine

A marriage ceremony is not just the union of two humans but is a sacred and solemn occasion that is founded on faith and ties two families together. Since ancient times, people of faith have upheld that wedlock is holy in nature and should be respected. Every culture and ethnicity has its own wedding-time traditions

The Joys and Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Jeff Minick From that most prolific of authors, Unknown, we have this aphorism: “A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” That amalgam of those three little bits into “grandparent” creates one of the greatest joys life can bestow on us. Being a grandparent is

7 Ways to Get Rid of Flies in the House

Flies are a nearly unavoidable nuisance in most homes, especially during the warmer months of the year. They’re annoying for sure, but more than just pesky, houseflies (Musca domestica) can carry and transmit disease and cause illness. Consider these seven simple ways to banish these pests from the house and keep them out for good.

Burnt Roses: Facing Loss and Grief

Grief comes boxed in many different packages. The death of a loved one, a routine visit to the doctor that reveals a fatal disease, the end of a marriage, a heart broken by betrayal, a young person caught up in drugs and sentenced to prison, the untimely death of a pet, bankruptcy, a job lost

6 Reasons Why Families Should Visit the Library Regularly

Depending on where you live, you may not think of your local library as a hub of innovation, an efficient place to spend your time, or very cool at all. If so, you’re about to find out how wrong you are. Libraries are valuable community resources—now more than ever actually—and offer many benefits to families,

How to Clean Gunk and Grime From Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are for storing dishes, not grease. Unfortunately, wood cabinets, whether painted or natural with a clear finish, are prone to all sorts of grease, grime, and gunk from simply being in the kitchen. Depending on just how much grease and grime you’re looking at and the supplies you have available, here are several

After a Year of Zoom Meetings, We’ll Need to Rebuild Trust Through Eye Contact

The pandemic has exacerbated an already troubling trust deficit across political, economic, and other demographic divides. Research shared just before the pandemic’s onset uncovered that millennials are reluctant to trust government, business leaders, corporations, social and mass media, or even traditional social institutions. Meanwhile, a recent Canadian survey found that half of respondents believe business

Why Social Media Could Be Your Invisible Enemy

With the prevalence of the Internet in our modern world, a growing number of young and middle-aged people are spending more of their time on social media. Statistics show that at least 79% of Singapore’s residents are active on social media. What impact does this have on people’s lives? Almost everyone on Facebook seems happy.

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A Note on Japanese Aromatherapy

When we think of aromatherapy, we usually think of an afternoon of massage in a spa, with scents and oils. Well, aromatherapy is more than that. It has a long history of usage in human civilization, from Egypt to Greece, and from Rome to China. And they usually have origin stories that are quite legendary.

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The Other Side of the #MeToo Movement

Its appears that there is no lack of sexual harassment scandals reported worldwide. These scandals have ensnared public figures from disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein to famous director Doze Niu. While the verdicts against them are not out yet, such cases have galvanised public support for victims of sexual harassment. As outrage against sexual harassment gained

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What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day

My idea of how Valentine’s Day should be spent has evolved over the years. I had spent 10 years in all-girls schools, which meant celebrating Valentine’s Day with my girlfriends at Orchard Road. I would occasionally wonder when I would start spending Valentine’s Day with an actual date instead. The media was a large influence

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Online Games Addiction

Unsurprisingly, Singapore has a rather avid gaming culture – just look around and you will see cybercafes full of teenagers clicking away and at home, teens and adults alike gaming late into the wee hours. You do not even have to look far: young children are playing with their parents’ mobile phones nowadays, and they

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To Make Friends Online, Join More Groups

“If a person is looking for friends, they should basically be active in as many communities as possible,” says Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science at Rice University and coauthor of the study, which the researchers presented at the 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining. “And if they want to become

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How Facebook Friends Hurt Our Feelings And Our Thinking

A new study takes a critical look not just at Facebook and other similar platforms, but at the peculiarities of the systems on which they operate. The short-term effects of social exclusion posts create negative emotions in people who read them, and may affect thought processes in ways that make users more susceptible to advertising

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