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Adjective: Pococurante  (POH-koh-kyoo-RAN-tee) Definition: Indifferent, nonchalant. Sample sentence: Even the most pococurante museum-goers are bound to be moved by the photos in the new exhibit.

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The latest news on nuts comes from a Purdue University study showing that snacking on 1.5 ounces of almonds daily reduced hunger and didn’t lead to weight gain, even though participants continued eating their customary daily diets. The investigators also reported that by eating almonds the study participants boosted their vitamin E  levels as well […]

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  Adjective: Saponaceous  (sap-uh-NAY-shus) Definition: Resembling or having the qualities of soap. Sample sentence: When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous and the resulting lather cuts through grease. When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous, and the resulting lather cuts through grease. Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#TtI5xCpFGfeRjQfQ.99 resembling or having […]

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The age-old superstitious practice of invoking the help of friendly spirits by knocking on wood may not bring good luck, but according to psychologists who actually tested methods of knocking on wood in a scientific study, it does have positive effects. It turns out that you feel better about a negative ordeal or event you’re […]

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Verb: Exhilarate  (ig-ZIL-uh-rayt) Definition: 1. To make cheerful and excited: enliven, elate. 2. Refresh, stimulate. Sample sentence: There is nothing like a swim in a cold lake to exhilarate the body.

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We used to think that people who walked around talking to themselves were a bit unbalanced. Now we notice the Bluetooth and shrug. But talking to yourself appears to have its uses, at least when you’ve misplaced something. A team of psychologists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania has reported on […]

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Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.Here are a few tips to have you and your family ready to deal with what old man winter may throw your way: Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers. Have a good supply of flashlights and candles, preferably the battery-operated […]

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Noun: Paraphernalia  (pair-uh-fuh-NAIL-yuh) Definition: 1. The separate real or personal property of a married woman that she can dispose of by will and sometimes according to common law during her life. 2. Personal belongings. 3. Articles of equipment: furnishings. 4. Accessory items. Over the years, Bob has been into hiking, fishing and collecting bar parahpernalia.

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Noun: Nativity  (nah-TIV-uh-tee) Definition: 1. The process or circumstances of being born: especially, capitalized, the birth of Jesus. 2. A horoscope at or of the time of one’s birth. 3. The place of origin. Sample sentence: We will go to church for the Christmas Eve service to hear the story of Jesus’ Nativity.    

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Have realistic expectations of family and friends.  Just because it is Christmas, does not mean the attitudes or behaviors of relatives and friends will change.  Accept this and plan how you will respond to help keep the Christmas spirit.

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