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Seeing the World Through Our Own Lens

When I moved to Northern California in 1996, I had no idea what to expect. After spending most of my life in a conservative, midwestern environment, I was curious about what life would be like on the Golden Coast. Was it different? Oh my – yes! It was such a mixture of stunning landscapes and…

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The Joy of Smartphones

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Last summer, I visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with my family. It was a relaxing, enjoyable vacation that I’ll always remember. My Smartphone was a constant companion that made the experience as seamless as possible. Since I’m a professional photographer, I try to have one of my DSLR cameras with me, but there are times when…

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Have You Lost Your Laugh?

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Marlene Chertok was recovering from chemotherapy when she began looking for ways to positively impact her health. Even though she engaged in yoga and qi gong every day, she needed something more, but wasn’t sure what that might be. Through her research, Marlene discovered a fascinating documentary called “The Laughter Clubs of India,” inspired by…

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This is Your Brain on Curiosity

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When was the last time you experienced genuine curiosity?  Where were you at the moment?  What captured your attention (or imagination!) and compelled you to investigate?  I vividly remember the last time I experienced intense curiosity.  I was planning a trip to Dallas, TX, to visit family for six or seven days.  As a devoted…

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