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How we see things, how we interpret them, is then how we will react and move forward. Perception is everything. Unfortunately, our perception is often distorted by bias, misinformation, and outright lies. This week we look at various perceptions we have, or had, how we got there and where we go from here... And of course, when we choose truth, it sets us free.

At, we strive to bring you articles that can inform and enlighten you. Sometimes the truth can be blinding and lead us to anger or despair. But, after the initial "wow! I didn't know that", the next step is where we find our freedom. We take the truths we have discovered and use them to guide our steps into a better future, starting here and now..

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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, health-full, and loving week. 

Marie T. Russell and Robert Jennings
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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Addictive Eats: The Hidden Hand of Tobacco in Our Food Supply

Author: Robert Jennings,

Tobacco companies have manipulated people's health with tobacco products, causing immeasurable harm and leading to countless preventable diseases. But...
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Taking Risks for Travel and Adventure

Author: Boris Kester

It’s all a matter of perception. My motivation to travel is fired by an unbridled curiosity for unknown places, for people with very different lives and for cultures that are remote from mine.
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Adopted Children and the Lost Orphan Within

Author: Stephen Rowley, PhD

Adoptees are a diverse, yet invisible community. We live in plain sight, but our adopted status is usually unseen by others.
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Religions Are Not Brands - They Are Languages

Author: Jonas Atlas

When we speak of religions today, they are often described like products in a supermarket: packages of beliefs, rules of conduct, symbols, and rituals, which are offered by specific brands.
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A Thumbnail Sketch of Wetiko: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Author: Paul Levy

I’ve been writing about wetiko in one way or another for over twenty years. I guess you could say that I consider it an important enough topic to devote the rest of my life to trying to capture and elucidate this concept in words.
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What Do Women Deserve in a Relationship?

Author: Joyce Vissell

While the women's movement of the sixties has done much to liberate women in their careers, many women are still settling for less than they deserve in their relationships.
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How a Progressive Sales Tax Could Save the Planet

Author: Robert Jennings,

Have you ever wondered where all the stuff we buy comes from and where it goes when we're done with it? We live in a world where buying and throwing away is what we do. It was once different.
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Not Everyone Wants to Delegate Their Chores to Technology

Author: Emanuel de Bellis, University of St.Gallen

Household chores have a bad reputation. Many of us do not particularly like doing the dishes and cleaning the floor.
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The Therapeutic Power of Community Gardens and Eco-Mindfulness

Author: Jose Yong, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Every day, we are bombarded with messages about a world in crisis. Alongside the ongoing reminders of wars, economic recessions and social unrest is news about natural disasters and extreme weather
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Foods to Avoid for a Healthy Life: A Microbiologist’s Guide

Author: Primrose Freestone, University of Leicester

Every year, around 2.4 million people in the UK get food poisoning – mostly from viral or bacterial contamination. Most people recover within a few days without treatment, but not all are that lucky.
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Scented Memories: How Smells Reconnect Us to the Past

Author: José A. Morales García, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

My father was a carpenter, meaning I have spent a great deal of my life surrounded by wood, saws, planes and chisels. Simply by living among sawdust and woodchips, you learn to distinguish the different smells of wood.
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Weight Loss Secret: Is It All in the Steps?

Author: Bob Buresh, Kennesaw State University

Over the last decade, smartphones have become ubiquitous not just for sending texts and staying abreast of news, but also for monitoring daily activity levels.
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Allowance Strategies: Fostering Financial Savvy in Kids

Author: Mónica Rodríguez Enríquez, Universidade de Vigo

Instead of setting an allowance, many parents decide to give money on demand to their children.
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Nature Calls: The Science Behind the Urge to Urinate

Author: James Overs, Swinburne University of Technology et al

We all know that feeling when nature calls – but what’s far less understood is the psychology behind it. Why, for example, do we get the urge to pee just before getting into the shower, or when we’re swimming?
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The Hunger Paradox: Plenty of Food but Not Enough for Everyone

Author: Rebekah Graham, University of Waikato

The way we perceive poverty, hunger and household food insecurity is shaped by media, government policy, public relations, advertising and personal experience.
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Is It Really Safe To Feed Your Cat A Vegan Diet

Author: Alexandra Whittaker, University of Adelaide

Recently there’s been a trend of people wanting to feed their pets a diet that follows their own dietary preferences – which often means a meat-free diet.
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What To Do: We Are Poised To Pass 1.5? Of Global Warming

Author: Jonathan Symons, Macquarie University

World leaders propose four pivotal strategies to manage the impending climate overshoot, focusing on mitigation, adaptation, carbon removal, and exploring solar radiation management to restore a habitable climate.
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Fish Oil Facts: Are Supplements as Beneficial as Eating Fish?

Author: Evangeline Mantzioris, University of South Australia

Fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids, is promoted for a number of health benefits – from boosting our heart health, protecting our brain from dementia, and easing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Elderly Brain Health: The Power of Mixed Exercise Routines

Author: Brian Ho, and Ronald Cohen, University of Florida

People in the oldest stage of life who regularly engage in aerobic activities and strength training exercises perform better on cognitive tests than those who are either sedentary or participate only in aerobic exercise.
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Back-to-School Goals: Seizing the Fresh Start Effect

Author: Trudy Meehan, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Even if it’s been many years since you were last in school, you might still associate this time of year with that “back-to-school” mindset – that feeling of a page turning, a new phase beginning and the chance to start anew and reinvent yourself.
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: October 2 - 8, 2023

Author: Pam Younghans

MAVEN's Ultraviolet Mars

This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.  (For link to audio and video version, see video section below.)
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