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cheapThere was a time when your friends admired your money-saving ways. Yet now you’re starting to work most of your friends’ and coworkers’ last generous nerve. Why?

Because you left frugal behind and are now as cheap as those yellowed greeting cards you pull from your closet for special occasions. Friends and family members know you’ve crossed the line into the cheapskate lane. But do you?

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last_wordYou know the type: the person who just can’t walk away from an argument unless they’ve had the last word, proving once and for all that they’re right and you’re wrong. When you’re in a relationship with someone like that, it can make any dispute needlessly long, frustrating and unproductive.

“Partners who seek to win against their mate may end up ‘winning’ the battle and losing the war by destroying their relationship connection,” said Kurt Smith, a therapist in Roseville, California, who specializes in counseling men. “Conversations and arguments shouldn’t be a competition.”

I asked relationship experts to explain why some partners fall into this bad habit and how to deal if it’s hurting your relationship.

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fridgeRefrigerator

Spend 30 minutes on these simple maintenance steps to keep your fridge running in tip top shape. It’s hard to believe, but six simple maintenance steps will prevent almost 100 percent of refrigerator breakdowns and eliminate those service calls. Take these steps and you can forget about spoiled food, lost time waiting for repair people and shelling out $70 an hour plus parts for the repair itself. In this story, I’ll show you how to keep your fridge humming and trouble-free. And we’ll also tell you what to check if a problem does occur.

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70_remembersHere’s one thing everybody who was alive during the 1970s can agree on: The entire decade still feels like it only happened yesterday. Seriously, how can the ’70s be four decades ago? It’s just not possible that the era ruled by bell bottom jeans and 8-track cassettes was nearly half a century ago. For those of us who lived through it, and survived that groovy and perilous time it will forever be a part of our souls. Here are things that, if you were alive during the 1970s, you probably still remember. (And chances are, you’re also still shocked that those born in the ’80s, ’90, and gulp, the 2000s don’t.)

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Norse mythology, Valhalla

Posted: August 12, 2019 in Did you know?, General
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stairway_to_valhallaIn Norse mythology, Valhalla (/vælˈhælə, vɑːlˈhɑːlə/; from Old Norse Valhöll "hall of the slain") is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin.

In Old Norse, the word for this warrior heaven is "Valhǫll" (literally, "hall of the slain"); in German, it is "Walhalla." … It can be a place of honor (a hall of fame, for example) or a place of bliss (as in "an ice cream lover’s Valhalla").

Does Valhalla mean heaven? In Old Norse, the word for this warrior heaven is "Valhǫll" (literally, "hall of the slain"); in German, it is "Walhalla." … It can be a place of honor (a hall of fame, for example) or a place of bliss (as in "an ice cream lover’s Valhalla").

Do you have to die in battle to go to Valhalla? That is the fate of those who end in Valhalla. If you are unwilling to die in battle, then Valhalla is not the place for you. However, if your problem is not that you are unwilling, but that you are unable to, then consider this: a heroic death, must not be a death through battle in a war.

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bullyingFrom insults hurled on the playground to nasty rumors spread on social media, bullying continues to be a pervasive issue that seems to grow worse as time goes on.  Many layers add to the difficulty in addressing it: a child too afraid to report it, a teacher failing to take reports seriously, parents not knowing what to do,  these can result in severe consequences down the line.

Below is a guide for parents to identify, address, and solve issues surrounding bullying.

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Europe is experiencing a hot boar summer. Why? For one thing, it’s crazy hot there, the kind of heat wave that necessitates kiddie pools under tables at restaurants. For another, wild boars are reportedly ransacking the Continent.

wild_boarThe Guardian published a piece on Tuesday describing all the boar mayhem. Long known to be a hearty, invasive species, capable of thriving most anywhere, boars have recently expanded their domain to metropolitan centers including Barcelona, Berlin, and Rome (and even Houston and Hong Kong). This phenomenon is reportedly owed to increased urban sprawl and the accumulation of enticing waste around city limits. On top of which global boar populations have risen since the 1980s because of warmer weather, declining predators, and increased crop yield, The Guardian reports. And apparently boars become sexually mature when they reach about 77 pounds, meaning eating lots of processed food trash is good for fertility.

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