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Mental Illness in the Workplace

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. According to a 2012 report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, almost 46 million adult Americans experienced a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in 2011. When these mental, behavioral and emotional disorders cause people ongoing stress and affect their ability to function, we refer to it [...]

Relish the thought: Celebrate Burger Month

Catharine L. Kaufman

The beloved burger, a culinary national treasure is honored in the month of May with a designated holiday that bears its name. Creative liberal-minded chefs have converted the classic burger into an equal opportunity food allowing a wide range of gustatory groups to earn their grill marks. Here’s a primer to help you celebrate National Burger Month whether you’re a die-hard carnivore, pescavore, pollitarian or vegetarian.

The family photographer

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Now that the holidays are well over, I think it’s appropriate to discuss the role of the family photographer, which is about as unappreciated a job as there is. Year after year, occasion after occasion, there is nothing but complaining as the (self- appointed) family archivist attempts to herd the surly assemblage into some kind of order and snap a few pics for posterity.

The Benefits of Hiring a General Contractor

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By Scott Murfey, Murfey Construction San Diego has been referred to as “heaven on earth,” which means that owning a home in San Diego means that you own a little piece of heaven.  The only thing more special than owning a piece of heaven on earth is building your dream house from scratch there. There’s [...]

Short cuts in the kitchen

Catharine L. Kaufman

Here are tips for transitioning into the spring season with energy-boosting foods and ways to shorten time spent in the kitchen.

Supermarket Tiny Terrors

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The day before Easter, I was at the supermarket, which was crowded with ham and chocolate bunny shoppers. Among the other customers was a mom who had a 3-year-old girl in the cart’s seat and a 5-year-old boy riding in the basket. Every 10 seconds or so, the boy reached up and poked his sister in the back causing her to emit a soul-piercing shriek at the top of her considerable lungs. Mom, who was presumably suffering from adaptive catatonia, or alternatively had just undergone an elective lobotomy, never said a single word. Dead-faced, she plodded on.

Mirrorgate: The crime of the century

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The man who knocked on my front door pointed to the curb. “Is that your car? Instantly you know there’s no good news to be had. Which doesn’t, of course, keep you from fantasizing he’ll say, “I just wanted to say that I totally love those older model Toyota Corollas. Such classic lines. And SO affordable.”

Go gaga over spring foods

Catharine L. Kaufman

Spring is when Mother Nature throws a coming out party for her animals, minerals and vegetables. The supermarket produce aisles are brimming with a bounty of delicate shoots, beans, peas and fresh herbs, while the meat department is filled with young, tender cuts of carnivorous offerings. Inquisitive column folk want to know spring’s best contributions. Here are your answers.

Thanks for the non-memories

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When I considered whether to go to my 40th high school reunion — my first reunion ever — the first thing I thought about was whether I’d have to confront my high school nemesis, Medusa (not her real name).

New Apple TV Rumored to Be Unveiled This Month

Young happy woman with apple, watching TV at home

By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems If rumors are true, then this month promises to bring us something very exciting. According to Bloomberg, Apple Inc. is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box. Apple has been planning to unveil it this month and have it in stores by the holiday season, but because [...]

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