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Repetitive negative thinking is tied to cognitive and neuropathological markers of Alzheimer’s disease, a longitudinal study showed. Patterns of repeated rumination or worry were associated with subsequent declines in global cognition, immediate memory, and delayed memory. “This study identifies a novel and potentially modifiable psychological process – repetitive negative thinking – that is associated with…

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On episode #101 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online! STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020 August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual) September 26: Speak Up…

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Fascinating news: Archeologists have used ground-penetrating radar to map a vanished Roman city, according to a new paper published in Antiquity. Falerii Novi was one of the 2,000 cities in the Roman Empire, appearing about 31 miles north of Rome in 241 BCE and becoming abandoned around 700 CE. I read this and immediately wondered two…

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I bought a tube of Pillsbury biscuits. It wasn’t easy. I had never purchased this product before. Elysha added it to our shopping list, which meant I needed to make a reasonable guess as to its location as I planned my path through the grocery store. I don’t mess around when it comes to grocery…

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I believe in the act of creation. Whether you are baking bread or growing a vegetable garden or knitting a sweater or finger painting, I respect and admire the act of creation immensely. I think everyone should try to be creative. Make something. Take the stuff of the world and turn it into something new.…

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Earlier this week, Florida Republican Congressman Ted Yoho confronted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of the Capitol Building, calling her “disgusting,” “dangerous,” “crazy,” and under his breath as he walked away but within earshot of the press, a “fucking bitch.” After Yoho offered a non-apology on the House floor, Ocasio-Cortez responded before the House.…

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Perhaps you’ve heard that Trump has been bragging about acing the Montreal Cognitive Assessment during his recent yearly physical at Walter Reed Medical Center. He’s spoken about it during at least two television interviews and during at least three press conferences. Let’s put aside the fact that Trump is bragging about doing well on a…

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Yesterday morning, I told Charlie that I was going to play a quick round of golf with Steve. “Who’s Steve?” he asked. “A friend,” I said. Charlie nodded, turned, and walked away. A minute later, he returned. “You have a lot of friends,” he said. I smiled. “But Mom has a lot more. She has…

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I know that many of you think The Parent Trap is a lovely film, but sometimes in life, an outside observer – detached, unemotional, and objective – is required to state the obvious: The Parent Trap is a terrible movie. I watched it for the first time with Elysha and Charlie, and the entire premise…

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