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Noun: Cat’s-paw (KATS-paw) Definition: 1. A light air that ruffles the surface of the water in irregular patches during a calm. 2. One used by another as a tool: dupe. 3. A hitch knot formed with two eyes for attaching a line to a hook. Sample sentence: A good fisherman should know how to make […]

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Adjective: Fimbriated (FIM-bree-ay-tud) Definition: Having the edge of extremity bordered by slender processes: fringed. Sample sentence: While the animal is underwater, a fimbriated tail is adaptive in preventing rolling and tends to stabilize body motion while swimming.

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A study conducted by the formidably sober and scientific Harvard University found that patients who were prayed for recovered quicker than those who weren’t, even if they weren’t aware of the prayer. You don’t have to become a religious fanatic, but acknowledging a higher power and trusting that there is someone or something with more […]

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Noun: Minion (MIN-yun) Definition: 1. A servile dependent, follower, or underling. 2. One highly favored: idol. 3. A subordinate or petty official. Sample sentence: The senior partner joked that she’d send her faithful minion out for coffee.

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Are you always giving and never taking? This is the short road to compassion fatigue. Give to yourself and receive from others, otherwise you’ll get to a point where you have nothing left to give. And hey, if you can’t receive from others, how can you expect them to receive from you?

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Noun: Rubicon (ROO-bih-kahn) Definition: A bounding or limiting line; especially, one that when crossed commits a person irrevocably. Sample sentence: The most talented college basketball players come up against a very difficult decision: whether to stay in college or cross the Rubicon and go pro.

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Neurobics for your mind are ways to get your brain fizzing with energy. American researchers coined the term “neurobics” for tasks which activate the brain’s own biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can help to strengthen or preserve brain circuits. Brush your teeth with your “other’” hand, take a new route to […]

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Noun: Foofaraw (FOO-fuh-raw) Definition: 1. Frills and flashy finery. 2. A disturbance or to-do over a trifle: fuss. Sample sentence: John and Mary eloped to avoid the usual foofaraw that can go with a traditional wedding.

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Before you get out of bed in the morning, copy your kitty. Cats stretch after they have been sleeping. Then they get up to eat or play. Learn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion, and eases back pain. Many stretches can be done before your feet ever hit […]

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Noun: Contraption (kun-TRAP-shun) Definition: Device, gadget. Sample sentence: My uncle fancied himself an inventor and his garage always contained a contraption or two in the midst of construction.

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