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What You Need to Know for a Legal Fourth of July — Dave’s Diary

We did it to ourselves. We may have had fun doing it, but the privilege is gone. We blew up too much stuff, started too many fires, hurt ourselves and others to a degree that the greater society stepped in and has taken away most of the fun! For most of us, except for community displays, the Fourth of July is fireworks-free.

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Are We Hardwired To Be Emotionally Up or Down? — Dave’s Diary

I have had a lifelong interest in psychology -- even got a degree in it after the Army as I tried to figure out myself and others around me. Psychologists will most often say we are in control of our attitudes. Self-help experts will say the one thing in that is in our control during life’s ups and downs is our choice to be positive. BUT -- researchers will now say “not so fast there, Mrs. Positive Person.”  

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Music Doth Sooth the Constricted Blood Vessel — Dave’s Diary

How far would you go to promote good heart health?  Would you go all the way to, oh say, the symphony--Or-- to your favorite TownSquare Media radio station?  Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center say music can make your heart soar and more!

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Where’s the Beef? Meateaters More Healthy Than Veggies! — Dave’s Diary

 It’s the first full week of summer and all across the Yakima Valley the grills and bar-b-ques are heating up!  Steaks, burgers, hot dogs, pork chops and fabulous fish dinners are cooking to perfection.  What’s that?  What about the vegetables?   Good question.  We’ll cook some veggies but they won’t be the main course—just ask the Austrians why!

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Pasadena Tops America’s 10 Snobbiest Cities — Dave’s Diary

Ever meet a real snob? They're out there -- feeling superior for no good reason. Do you know anybody who might be considered a snob? Are you one? Let's hope not, and let’s define our terms.

One definition is that a snob is a person who believes in the existence of an equation between status and human worth. The term also re

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A Great Getaway? Stay Right Here — Dave’s Diary

It’s summertime and the living is, well in the top 10 percent as far as summer road trips are concerned. In fact, the folks at WalletHub say Washington is the fifth-best vacation state based on a formula including driving costs, lodging prices, traffic safety, weather and, of course, fun attractions for everyone. Oregon came in at No. 1.

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