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    The Evil of Screen Time?

    The trend these days seems to be to blame screen time for everything: crime, aggression, less social interaction, less intellectual ability, terrorism, moral deconstruction, etc.  This is definitely an exaggeration but since it is one of children’s favorite pass-time it’s important to understand the effects of these devices. There is one distinction that first needs to be made.  People often talk about screens too generally but it is meaningful to find out first whether the children are watching programs designed for them or for you, their parents.  If you watch TV all day, don’t expect your children to grow up as bookworms.  Children can also learn from TV and screens…

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    Asthma & Exercice

    Have you got Asthma? Do you want to play sports but find it difficult? Well here is a list of asthma friendly sports. But first let’s examine what asthma is. What Is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung condition. It is characterized by difficulty in breathing. People with asthma have extra sensitive or hyper-responsive airways. The airways react by narrowing or obstructing when they become irritated. This makes it difficult for the air to move in and out. This narrowing or obstruction can cause one or a combination of the following symptoms: wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Common triggers which cause tightening of the airways include everyday…

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    The Stonecutter

    “People take things for granted”.  We’ve all heard that expression; we’ve eaten it, chewed it and digested it. “We never appreciate what we’ve got till we’ve lost it”. While most of us feel we are strong enough to overcome this, we still fall into the trap more often than we should. We all strive for more… more money, more love, more intimacy, more luxury, more everything. The 21st century has spoilt us and has made us believe that everything is possible and everything is within reach.  I believe that it can be, but while we’re out there looking for bigger and better things, we often forget what we’ve got. Being…

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    DIY Potpourris

    Our sense of smell plays a huge part in determining our mood. After all, when you go into a room, would you rather smell sweet roses or rotten eggs? What’s more soothing, the smell of lavender or the smell of cigarettes? I think we can safely say that a good smell makes for a good ambience. There are many ways to make a room smell good and one of the easiest ways is by using potpourris. (Ironically, did you know that potpourris in French means rotten pot! but anyway, that’s beside the point.) Potpourris can be found in many shops and supermarkets and can be bought in a variety of…

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    Spanish Omelette or Tortilla

    Spanish tortilla are a deep omelette containing sliced potatoes and possibly a little onion. Some people confuse the Tortilla with Frittatas, which are Italian, probably originating from the Spanish version, and can contain any meat cheese and vegetables you happen to have to hand including potatoes and pasta. There have been too many festivities and our stomachs are now paying for it! It’s time for something light. Try out this quick and easy recipe which will help your lighten your heavy stomach and ease your busy lifestyle. We give you the Spanish Omelet or Tortilla (that’s what it’s called in Spain). Ingredients 6 eggs (beaten) 2 onions (peeled and sliced) 3 large…

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    Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

    t’s strange how one action can hurt in such a variety of ways, whatever the circumstances are. I’ve been in relationships that have fizzled out and others that ended in a big bang. I’ve been the person to end it, and I’ve been the person who’s been dumped. It seems that no matter the manner in which it happens, breaking up is always hard to do. You first encounter the pain of breaking up when you’re very young, although you may not realize it. I don’t mean that in the Freudian sense, where leaving your mother’s womb will leave with you a feeling of betrayal and hurt that you’ll carry…

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    Colds, Coughs & the Flu

    Can you believe the weather we’re having? We can’t! We’re all wrapped up in warm clothing and fighting over who gets to sit closest to the heater. But if you want to prevent coughs, colds and the flu which are common during winter, fighting over the heater is not the solution. With more of us spending time indoors, it’s easier for germs to spread. Keep in mind the following tips to prevent the spread of illness. Get a flu shot. Flu shots are especially beneficial for those with weakened immune systems, the elderly or those who come in contact with a lot of people. Check with your doctor for more…