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FYI...I’m a news, parenting, pop culture, political junkie! I’m always searching for funny, interesting, and thought-provoking articles that make me think, laugh, or even cry. Here are just a few that have made me go AHA, OH and HMMM...


Choose to Be Grateful.  It Will Make You Happier. 

TWENTY-FOUR years ago this month, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain. Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner.

Easier said than done. Turkeys are not common in Barcelona. The local butcher shop had to order the bird from a specialty farm in France, and it came only partially plucked. Our tiny oven was too small for the turkey. No one had ever heard of cranberries.

Over dinner, my new family had many queries. Some were practical, such as, “What does this beast eat to be so filled with bread?” But others were philosophical: “Should you celebrate this holiday even if you don’t feel grateful?”

The Joy of (Just the Right Amount of) Sex

By: Gretchen Reynolds - The New York Times

Researchers long ago established a link between having sex and feeling pleased with yourself and the world. In a representative recent study of 1,000 women, for example, the participants ranked sex as No.1 among the activities that made them the happiest.

Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down To 2 Basic Traits

By: Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.


A baby dies at Day Care, and a mother asks why she had to leave him so soon

By: Amber Scorah

As he did most mornings of the 117 days of his life, the first thing Karl did that Monday morning in July was to give me a smile like sunlight. He lay in the bed for a while, between his dad and me, looking from one of us to the other, working himself up with gurgles of delight. That morning, which started the same as all his others, would be a little different, however: it was his mommy’s first day back at work.

How Participation Trophies Are Making Our Kids Soft

By: Evan Grossman - Men's Journal

"There are no points for second place."

Those words may fly at elite military institutions like Top Gun, in moments winning can mean the difference between life and death, but it is not the case in youth sports leagues across America, where kids get points for coming in first, last, and everyplace in-between.

Parents Know Pressure and Hovering Don’t Help Children Succeed. So Why Is It So Hard to Stop?

By: KJ Dell'Antonia - The New York Times

“When I was reporting How to Say No to Your Kids: Settling Limits in an Age of Excess, (a Newsweek cover story she co-wrote in 2004), we found that psychologists were noticing an influx of adult patients who had experienced childhood ‘overindulgence,’ ” she said. “And because these kids had never had a chance to experience failure and figure out how to recover, they turned into adults who lacked resiliency, felt anxious and weren’t able to manage basic work and relationship responsibilities.”

When you catch your kid masturbating (awk-ward!)

By: Today’s Parents

Don’t freak out if you discover that your child is masturbating—it’s a normal, healthy part of growing up.

I raised an addict – what could I have done differently?

By: Patricia Byrne


Huckabee’s Holocaust comments may help him in the ‘Age of Trump’

By: Emma Margolin - MSNBC

“Ridiculous.” “Unacceptable.” “Just wrong.” All words used to describe GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s recent comparison between the Iran nuclear deal and the Holocaust.

Thank You, Donald Trump!

By: America Ferrera

Dear Donald,You’ve said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they’re worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Isn’t that awesome?


Dover, United Kingdom

From: Business Insider (AFP: Leon Neal)

Britain's frontline WWII tunnels rediscovered. A hidden tunnel complex that formed Britain's first line of defence in World War II opened to the public this week after six decades buried as a forgotten time capsule.

The underground labyrinth is inside the White Cliffs of Dover, an iconic symbol of England on its southeastern tip and a natural coastal defence at the closest point to continental Europe.





Sea Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

From: Green Renaissance (Facebook)

Up until 1967, this area was used as a sort of dump for locals. Fires were set to reduce the refuse of trash dumped there, and with the effects of surf and time, the area transformed and became covered in pieces of smooth sea glass, of all colors and sizes. It’s like walking over gemstones. The beach is now protected, and therefore it is prohibited to remove any pieces of glass form there.  It’s simply for adoration.