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A Simple Guide to Meditation

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. With regular practice, meditation helps break the cycles of anxiety and stress, replacing them with mental patterns that heal us instead. This is accomplished not by suppressing or rejecting negative feelings, but by relaxing and allowing these thoughts and emotions to simply come and go, without giving them weight or attaching any specific meaning to them.

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Top 10 Things That Annoy Me

I’m not easily annoyed, but there are things that do aggravate me. In case you ever meet me, here is what you need to know:

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A New Hive Mentality

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. This past winter was another tough one for the humble honeybee. Winter losses as reported by beekeepers nationwide rose from 22 percent in 2011/2012 to 31 percent in 2012/2013. Bees pollinate more than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world’s food.

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The Top 5 Myths about
Farm-to-School Programs

by Chelsey Simpson. Most of us can remember a childhood encounter with chicken nuggets, Tater-Tots, and canned peaches in syrup as our lunch. But with one in three children currently considered overweight or obese, ideas about how we feed our kids at home and at school are changing, and many school cafeterias are leading the charge.

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Yoga for Promoting Patience

by guest blogger Holly Walck. What follows is a sequence designed to bring you into what TS Eliot calls “the still point of the turning world”, the state of Yoga. The seated poses loosen tense hips and bring a sense of connection to the stability offered by the earth while the forward extensions quiet, soothe and heal frayed nerves.

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It’s the Most Wonderful
Time of the Year

So it was early March, and suddenly I burst into the Christmas song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I couldn’t get it out of my head. Why? I look forward to summer the way a kid looks forward to Christmas.

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Gritty in Pink: How a Man Stays Manly in a Girl’s World

by guest blogger Jeff Csatari. I live in a house full of estrogen: nine X chromosomes, one guY. My wife and I have three wonderful daughters—girlie-girls, all of them—and like any dad, I’m lovestruck. But I have to admit it’s a challenge trying to stay true to my guy roots.

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The Big Secret No One Tells You

by guest blogger Renee James. As a former colleague of mine used to say—and I mean this in the kindest way to every recent graduate reading this column—”Listen to me very carefully.” What you don’t know about life, the workplace, relationships and love is a lot…

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