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Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime. It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same […]

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Adjective: Sagacious (suh-GAY-shus) Definition: 1. Of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment 2. Caused by or indicating acute discernment Sample sentence: Uncle John tried to stump Natalie with a series of riddles, bur for each one, the sagacious child managed to get the correct answer.

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Summer’s a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholic beverage (unless you are pregnant or should not drink for health or other reasons). A sangria (table wine diluted with juice), a cold beer, or a wine spritzer are all refreshing but light. In moderation — defined as one […]

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Noun: Netsuke (NETS-kay) Definition: A small and often intricately carved toggle (as of wood, ivory or metal) used to fasten a small container to a kimono sash. Sample Sentence: During the Tokugawa period in Japan, from 1603-1868, the netsuke was an indispensable item of dress and often, a fine work of miniature art.

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Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

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Adjective: Convoluted (KAHN-vuh-loo-tud) Definition: 1. Having many twists and curves 2. Involved, intricate Sample sentence: According to my sister’s convoluted reasoning, I still owed her $20.

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Pick one outdoor activity — going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, cycling, roller blading, or swimming — to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts. And remember, the family that plays together not only gets fit together — it’s also a great way to create […]

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Noun: Anacoluthon (an-uh-kuh-LOO-thahn) Definition: Syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence; especially : a shift in an unfinished sentence from one syntactic construction to another Sample sentence: Shakespeare uses anacoluthon to express the king’s emotion in this line from Henry V: “Rather proclaim it, Westmorelan, through my host, / That he which hath no stomach […]

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You know you need to, now it’s time to start: floss every single day. Do it at the beach (in a secluded spot), while reading on your patio, or when watching TV — and the task will breeze by. Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your […]

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Adjective: Rarefied  (RAIR-uh-fyde) Definition: 1. Being less dense 2. Of, relating to, or interesting to a select group 3. Very high Sample sentence: Cartography is one of those rarefied fields at which only a select few can actually earn a living.

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