How to Recover From a Bad Decision

Have you  ever made a decision so terrible and at such a crucial time in your life that it seems almost impossible to recover? Author Mike Whitaker suggests that people spend years making poor choices without consciously understanding why (or when) they made them. His book,The Decision Makeover: An Intentional Approach to Living the Life…

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Originally posted 2017-07-13 10:26:09.

Why Climate Change Might Keep You From Becoming a Grandparent

Rachel Ries’ decision not to have children evolved slowly and through many of the typical reasons, including relationships and career. But when the 37-year-old Minneapolis singer-songwriter wrote about it in an online testimonial two years ago, her rationale was nothing less than global climate change. “I have no confidence I’d leave my daydream children or…

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Originally posted 2017-07-12 08:46:03.

How to Prepare for Your First Piano Lesson

Are you one of those people who say “I’ve always wanted to play the piano” or “I’d love to cross piano lessons off my bucket list?” Take heart. It isn’t too late. Options abound, from self-instruction books to group lessons to a good old-fashioned one-on-one lesson with a piano teacher. However, adult students sometimes feel worried…

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Originally posted 2017-07-07 08:22:09.

How to Adapt Your Garden to a Changing Global Climate

(This article previously appeared on Rewire.org.) Last summer, I stuck up a pleasant conversation with Will Hsu, a prominent ginseng farmer in the state of Wisconsin. It was March, and the temperature at lunchtime had risen to more than 70 degrees. “Isn’t it a gorgeous day?” I asked. “No, it’s really bad,” he said. Why…

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Originally posted 2017-07-05 08:01:53.

In Boomer-Targeted Ads, Stereotypes Are the Norm

Editor’s Note: This guest essay was contributed by Jeff Millman, chief creative officer at GKV, one of the mid-Atlantic’s largest integrated marketing agencies. OK, boomers are finally getting some love. More marketers have had an overdue epiphany and are attempting to tap into the $800 billion of discretionary income we control. More of us are…

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Originally posted 2017-06-26 11:09:29.

The Easy, Inexpensive Way to Make Your Own Movie

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? A lot of people — myself included — have nurtured fantasies about becoming a budding director or attending film school at some point in our lives. But for all kinds of reasons (not having millions of dollars, equipment or know-how to create a movie, for example), you…

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Originally posted 2017-06-23 10:54:28.

When Putting Yourself in Another Person’s Shoes Isn’t So Healthy

(This article previously appeared on Rewire.org.) Helping other people is part of everyday life, whether you’re extending a hand to a family member or a coworker or at your after-work volunteer gig. Helping can be incredibly rewarding. But it can also be harmful — to yourself — if you’re the kind of person who’s always helping…

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Originally posted 2017-06-21 08:08:47.

How to Grapple With an Aging Population

Filmmaker Christine Herbes-Sommers has prided herself on a career of telling “impossible” stories on film — from documentaries like Unnatural Causes, which was about inequality in the health care system, to When the Bough Breaks, about black and white infant mortality.  In her upcoming film project, Coming of Age in Aging America, which will air on public…

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Originally posted 2017-06-20 09:01:46.