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Confirmation Bias and Risk Tolerance
Tuesday, January 26, 2021      20 comments

What an interesting exchange of opinions evoked by those last two blogs on free range kids! We're seeing a similar debate, perhaps, on the issue of vaccination safety . . . and many other issues too. Most of us want to base our opini... Read more
Free Range Balance?
Monday, January 25, 2021      28 comments

Many nostalgic comments on my "free range kids" blog yesterday -- from people who also really enjoyed the independence and freedom of their own childhoods. People who'd raised their own kids the same way. Luckily, without significant negative r... Read more
Free Range Kids
Sunday, January 24, 2021      31 comments

So nice, taking Henry for a walk through the snowy park, to see children at our local outdoor skating rink. About 8-10 kids, probably ranging in age between 9 and 14 or so -- some leaving, some arriving. No parents in view. Unaccompanied... Read more
Winter Cardinals!
Saturday, January 23, 2021      32 comments

Yesterday morning, just after 7:30 when it was still not quite light outside, I heard my first "winter" cardinal singing up the sun. Cardinal... Read more
Are Your Values Being Violated?
Friday, January 22, 2021      21 comments

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America The Beautiful
Thursday, January 21, 2021      35 comments

What an extraordinary day for all Americans -- and for all American's friends around the world. Including your Canadian neighbours, wishing all good things for you good people. So much to celebrate! So many striking images on a mirac... Read more
Empathy
Wednesday, January 20, 2021      30 comments

Said 1CRAZYDOG about yesterday's blog (me counting the ways I love my Henry . . .): "I think these fur babies just make us better people all 'round." And yes, I think that's just so true. We have to try to be as good people as our do... Read more
Let Me Count the Ways!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021      29 comments

Never did much like Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 all that much. You know the one, that starts: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . ." nationalpoetryday.co.uk/
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"You are SO Dogmatic . . . "!!
Monday, January 18, 2021      33 comments

Yes, that's what I said to my DH this morning. When, after his bone scan appointment, he announced that he probably needed to be taking a Vitamin D + Calcium supplement . . . but not, of course, MY supplement. Which he could start to take righ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Mental Toughness . . . revisited?
Sunday, January 17, 2021      24 comments

Many of us here at Spark People followed Steve Siebold's impossibly in-your-face Mental Toughness "fat loser" program: back in the day. It was a 21 day program developed probably in the late 80s/early 90s and delivered (free!!) by daily 15 minu... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts It's nothing!
Saturday, January 16, 2021      31 comments

"It is nothing", in Slovak. And similar to: . De rien, in French -- it's nothing. Da nada, in Spanish -- it's nothing. Multicultural substitution for "You're welcome . . ." And we're all about diversity, right? "You need ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts "No Problem!!"
Friday, January 15, 2021      32 comments

When did people stop saying "You're welcome" and replace that familiar old-fashioned courtesy almost entirely with "No problem"?? "You're welcome", in response to a "Thank you", means: yes, providing you with service was at some cost or inc... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts DOF Support Dog!!
Thursday, January 14, 2021      46 comments

It all began with guide dogs for the visually impaired. And since then has evolved into support dogs for many disabilities -- hearing support dogs, anxiety support dogs, autism support dogs, post-traumatic stress disorder support dogs. These ar... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Potato Chips!!
Wednesday, January 13, 2021      39 comments

So many of those commenting on yesterday's blog really related to my former potato chip obsession. (Although yes, there are lots of "sweet tooth" emotional eaters too of course!) After my years of potato chip obsession, it's amazing to me ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Redefining emotional eating?
Tuesday, January 12, 2021      33 comments

As one of the comments on my blog yesterday indicated, it may be that for myself (and, emphatically, not for anybody else) I'm in the process of redefining emotional eating . . . What emotional eating means for me. Certainly I am not advo... Read more

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