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Dave’s Diary: Forbes Article Says There is No Try – There is Only Do

The older I get the more this phrase makes sense to me. “Control the language and you control the debate.”  Political correctness and hyper sensitivity have us more on guard about what we say than ever in my lifetime.  Now it turns out there is a word you should never say at work…in fact it is being called the most dangerous word you could ever say at work.  What is it?  It's "try." Brad Hoover, CEO of Grammarly.com, an automated proofreader and personal grammar coach says the word "try" is "short, sweet and fraught with peril"!

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Truth From Texas – Beer Works Like Wine to Improve Your Health

Good news Yakima Valley Hops producers. Raise a glass to a new study on health benefits. Brew is paced with nearly the same health benefits as red wine, according to a recent study at the University of Texas.

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Dave’s Diary: Find Thousands in the Cushions at the Airport

Stewardess, hold that gate….and keep the change!!!  In our haste to catch that plane airline passengers are leaving a fortune behind at airport security checkpoints and the Transportation Security Administration gets to keep every dime.

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Dave’s Diary: Cardio Beats Weight Training For Losing Weight

So far so good on the resolution to get in shape.  My time working out at Achieve Fitness in Yakima is paying off already and I continue to scan all the literature and sources I can for tips and ideas.  HealthDay News reports that while resistance training has many benefits, including improving blood sugar control, it has not been shown to have an effect on fat reduction.

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Character Matters: Caring Is The Word of The Month

 I have a lot of respect for the Yakima School District and their ongoing effort to support character development through the character word of the month.  You see the words posted on reader boards all over town.  Here’s hoping the le

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Bad Moods Good For Attention to Detail

Researchers at a University in Sydney, Australia have determined that grumpy people are not only better at decision-making, but also less gullible than their happy-go-lucky neighbors.  So the next time you get in a bad mood, take heart that your mood means a period of far superior critical thinking skills.

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Dave’s Diary: What Her Choice of Dog Says About Her

Guy Speak…..Are you as tired as I am of all the celebrity ladies and celeb-wannabees with their “purse dogs”?   With all due respect to the smaller breeds a dog SHOULD be bigger than a cat and it shouldn’t ride in a handbag! 

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Dave’s Diary:Healthy Options in the Produce Isle

 

Two weeks into the New Year…how’s that diet going?  Make that…lifestyle adjustment to healthier eating?  If you want to try something other than the classic offerings, check out what the Environmental Working Group found in the produce isle.

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Dave’s Diary: Your Name Defines You, Sorry George

A professor of psychology in Great Britain had a theory about names. He felt they contributed to first impressions so he decided to test it out. He asked 7,000 male and female volunteers to imagine they were about to meet a group of people. They were then given a list of 20 male and 20 female names and asked to identify those they thought were the most successful, the most attractive and the luckiest based on the names alone.

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Dave’s Diary: Ugly Americans–More True Than Not

 

There are those in Europe and other places around the world with an inflated sense of self importance that see us as “ugly Americans” but maybe we have heard it for so long that we are starting to live up..er, down ..to the claim.

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