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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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Fall can be a treat for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. Discover park trails and take in some new scenery, whether you’re walking, biking, or in-line […]

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A nutritious lunch from home helps kids stay away from the high-fat, high-sugar, and high-sodium stuff in school cafeterias and vending machines. Research shows that America’s children are missing out on five essential nutrients to their growth and good health: calcium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, and potassium. An ideal lunch provides good nutrition plus just […]

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Noun: Fraxinella (frak-suh-NEL-uh) Definition: A Eurasian perennial herb (Dictamnus albus) of the rue family with flowers that emit an aromatic flammable vapor in hot weather. Sample sentence: The green leaves and pink flowers of the fraxinella contrasted nicely with the silvery leaves and bright yellow flowers of the yarrow.

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If your schedule is tight, try a 30-minute lunchtime workout. You’ll lose the stress and anxiety — and get a boost in energy. Stepping away from work helps clear your mind, helps you refocus, too. You’ll be calmer, more productive. Circuit training is great for a 30-minute workout. If a gym isn’t nearby, take a […]

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Verb: Acquiesce (ak-wee-ESS) Definition: To accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively — often used with in or to. Sample sentence: The workers began to threaten a strike once it became clear that the company was unlikely to simply acquiesce to their demands.

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