How to Endure a Long Flight Without Going Crazy

The glamor of air travel – its aspirational meaning in the public imagination – disappeared before its luxury did, dissipating as flying gradually became commonplace. -Virginia Postrel

Anyone who has flown before knows just how stressful it can be.

While there is no cure yet for avoiding flight delays, screaming babies, and long security lines, there are ways to make air travel a little bit more bearable. And no, it doesn’t have to require the purchase of $11 bottom shelf whiskey three times per flight. (Although you can’t deny that it works for some).

Being as familiar with tedious and cramped airplane travel as I am, the following is my insider’s guide to surviving your flight.

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The Controversial Role of Technology In Our Lives

“In the old days, writers used to sit in front of a typewriter and stare out of the window. Nowadays, because of the marvels of convergent technology, the thing you type on and the window you stare out of are now the same thing.” — Douglas Adams

There is very little time in the day that we’re not somehow connected to a device.

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Our Unsung Heroes: 7 Reasons We Love Our Dads

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

With Father’s Day around the corner, we’re thinking of all the reasons we appreciate our dads.

Amidst all of the outward celebration for all the mothers of the world, it’s easy to understate the love and admiration we have for our dads. The truth is, our dads play just a significant role as our mothers do, albeit a sometimes quieter one.

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Why Gratitude is the Key to Happiness

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  — Marcel Proust

The ingredient for true happiness is shockingly simple.

Being the complex humans we are, we like to overcomplicate it. We tell ourselves that we need X, Y, or Z before allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We procrastinate happiness. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we get married. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we finally lose that weight, or once we finally buy that house. This inner dialogue seems like it could be motivating, but it toys with a dangerous idea: that happiness is only achieved once certain conditions are met. And this could not be farther from the truth.

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Your Summer Retirement Bucket-list

The summer serves as a wonderful and sunny time for relaxation.

However, too much r&r can leave one antsy, bored, and anxious. For those of you who are entering or in the middle of retirement, summer is a great time to switch things up and try something new while the weather is beautiful and the days are long.

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5 Philosophical (But Entertaining) Films You Must Watch

There is a fine line between a movie that is frustratingly cryptic or delightfully puzzling

I must admit that most action movies, even ones with A-list actors and excitingly novel special effects, lose my interest rather quickly. For a movie to hold my attention, it has to dig under the surface of what the story initially shows. This doesn’t mean that it has to be particularly complicated or require extremely close attention to detail- but rather artistically showcase a bigger “meaning” than the one presented. For me to consider a movie good, I gotta work for it.

The following are a list of films that I found charmingly mysterious, captivating, and thought-provoking.

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A Guide to Keeping in Touch with Your Kids and Grandkids Long Distance

“Love is the shortest distance between hearts.”

It’s becoming more and more common for younger generations to get up and move for work, school, and volunteering.

Between busy schedules and different time zones, it can be difficult to keep in touch with family that is always on the move. Fortunately, we live in a time that technology makes it easier than ever to stay in contact! Although nothing beats face to face communication, there are plenty of fun and easy apps and resources for keeping family close even when they are physically thousands of miles away.

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WomenAid: Building Stronger Female Communities by Ultraism

“When the female voice is repressed and stifled, the entire community can easily find themselves cut off from the sacred feminine, depriving themselves of the full image of god.”  –Rob Bell

The prevalence of female leaders in our society is slowly but steadily improving.

The road to female empowerment has been a long one, but in the past decade alone, we have reached some significant milestones. The gender pay gap has had a notable increase in attention, the 2016 US Presidental election has a strong female candidate, and there has been a number of female public figures and celebrities standing up for the importance of feminism. There is no denying that the issues of gender equality still have a lot of work left, but we are inching closer and closer to resolving them.

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Alain De Botton and the Philosophy of Our Everyday Lives

“Let death find us as we are building up our matchstick protests against its waves.” -Alain de Botton

The truth is, none of us really know it all.

However, there are certain people in the world who seem to have an uncannily keen understanding of human nature in a way that most of us ignore. When we think of philosophy, we tend to think of the ancient greeks passionately arguing about morality, ethics, or the question of God. If we are willing to expand our perspectives, (and be brave enough to confront some rather difficult ideas) we will then find philosophy actually is very present and relevant in our everyday lives.

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Crohn’s Disease: The Basics & Treatment Options

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.

For those with this condition, their immune systems end up attacking the good bacteria in their intestines . This often results in ulcers and painful inflammation. The symptoms of Crohn’s can be quite uncomfortable, the most common ones being painful cramping, fatigue, diarrhea,  and weight loss. The pain can range from mild to severe, and if left untreated can have serious health consequences.

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The Unexpected Perks of Getting a Little Bit Older

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.  ― Agatha Christie

Growing older feels a little bit like running a marathon.

Only upon crossing the finish line, everyone is kinda half asleep and half-heartedly discussing an NPR article you know was published at least over a month ago. When you’re younger, it seems as if everyone is cheering you on for even the smallest things- as if getting an oil change for your car (that you definitely don’t pay the insurance for) is the mark of a Responsible and Promising Young Adult. However, there are some fabulous perks to being on the other side of the hill, so to speak.

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The Important Psychological Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ― Confucius

At a first glance, knowledge and wisdom seem like seemingly identical notions and are often used interchangeably.

Upon a closer examination of what these words truly mean, their obvious differences become transparent. Let’s start by taking a look at their definitions:

Knowledge is defined as the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

Wisdom is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Using these definitions alone, it appears that one can have knowledge without wisdom- but not wisdom without knowledge. So, what does all of this mean?

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A Boomer-Friendly Approach on French Beauty and Aging Gorgeously

“Beauty is not something you turn to in a panic when a wrinkle or pimples appear, but that it’s far more important to see it as a ritual, figuring out what routine works best and carrying that with us through our lives.”  Mathilde Thomas

It’s no secret that french women are universally revered for their ability to flawlessly showcase their natural beauty.

Although it might seem like genetic luck, it really has more to do with their culture’s organic and gentle approach to beauty and skincare. French women radiate confidence, simplicity, and grace- something that is cultivated through their self-loving beauty regime.

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The Deal on Health Supplements: Necessary, Optional, or Useless?

“A healthy body is a platform for flourishing a healthy mind.” Pawan Mishra

If you walk down the health aisle at any drug store, you’ll be amazed at just how many vitamins and supplements there are out there.

Ten years ago, simply taking a vitamin C supplement in the morning would make you feel a step ahead of the health game. In recent history, the market for vitamin supplements has gone through the roof. There seems to be a capsule for any condition out there (even ones you didn’t know you could have!)

Really, there are supplements available that are marked as  “curve-enhancement,” “sharp mind“, and “placenta pills.” Who would have known?

So, in the midst of this colorful and extensive health market, what vitamins do we actually need to be taking?

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Rethinking Menopause & Strategies for a Comfortable Transition

“Our mothers were largely silent about what happened to them as they passed through this midlife change. But a new generation of women has already started to break the wall of silence.”  Trisha Posner

Menopause is perhaps one of the most delicately discussed phenomena in women’s health.

It is very common for women to have feelings of apprehension or shame regarding this life-altering milestone. Menopause is simply the natural evidence of the maturing feminine body, something that has been treated as an unnecessary taboo in our culture. It’s not a secret that growing older holds a lot of social and psychological weight for women. Thankfully, due to the number of emerging female voices and influences, the collective attitude about these deeply personal changes are beginning to become more positive and empowering.

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6 Free Highly Useful Tools on the Internet Every Writer Needs

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin

In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in professional writers and self-made entrepreneurs on the internet.

It has become incredibly popular for baby boomers to establish personal business ventures or writing projects during their retirements. With a wealth of platforms for networking, sharing information, and business promotion, the competition to stand out among many others is becoming increasingly steep. Here are some resources for writers and marketing professionals to ensure their content is of the highest caliber:

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