If I mentioned that I watched six hours of episodes in a Netflix series on a recent Tuesday night when I had a work meeting at 8 the next morning, would that seem to you like a lot of time spent binge-watching TV?

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It feels as if everything has changed about the upcoming holidays. Except what is required of me. For my family, this year we will no longer be extended, but reduced. Out of caution and COVID protocols, my brothers and sisters, spouses, children, grandchildren, cousins and more will not be s…

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I appreciate the value of a quick break — but I won't take mine lying down

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The fine art of noticing the little things in life that can make a big difference

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Joining groups, clubs and associations can provide an outlet to connect with kindred spirits

Developing an early appreciation for art yields benefits that last a lifetime

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A willingness to experiment can lead to greater satisfaction in life, as well as in the kitchen