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Apple Spills Coke as Most Valuable Brand in the World — Dave’s Diary

An apple a day is more than just age old good health advice.  An Apple a day seems to be the motto of the modern world. While it may be difficult for Coca Cola to swallow, Apple has become the most valuable brand in the world, according to an annual from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company that's been compiling the Best Global Brands report since 2000.

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Good Manners Equal Good Medicine — Dave’s Diary

Sad but true -- summer is just about over. But as she goes, if we all say thank you and good-bye, we may be less likely to succumb to the colds and flu of fall.

New British research finds that good manners not only separate humans from the rest of the animals on Earth, but also helps keep humans free of disease.

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Six Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew — Dave’s Diary

WHAT TEACHERS WISH PARENTS KNEW

Are you back in the routine yet?  Lunch, homework, after school activities?  Part of your “Kids are back to School”

routine should include the items on the list of what teachers wish parents knew.

Teachers say

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UNICEF Study Show US Kids Way Down on Happiness Scale — Dave’s Diary

What’s going on with our kids? The United States ranked at the bottom of a UNICEF study for child well-being. That’s us!  USA! USA?  Apparently n

ot so much!

Across 21 industrial countries, Americans beat only the British for well being

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Nymi Uses Your Heartbeat to Log on to Your Electronic Devices — Dave’s Diary

Passwords—who needs passwords as long as the old ticker is ticking. The Nymi is a new silicone bracelet designed as a "wearable authentication device." The wristband relies on authenticating identity by matching the overall shape of the user’s heart wave .”

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Young Women and Alcohol an Unhealthy Mix — Dave’s Diary

All you have to do is a quick cruise through Facebook and you will be shocked by the level of alcohol consumption on display by today’s late teen and young twenty something women.  Medical problem alert!

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With a Cat Onboard–There’s No Monopoly on Misery! — Dave’s Diary

This is just adding insult to injury.  I have written before about my thoughts on indoor cats--or at least my wife Sara's long haired house cat Tanja.  I grew up on a farm and my experience leads me to believe cats are happier and better off outdoors ---I know I'm happier and better off when they're outdoors! (allergies)

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Serving Others Also Serves Yourself — Dave’s Diary

Most of us were taught that it is better to give than receive. Good advice when you consider that giving of yourself to help others out could actually keep you alive, according to new research.

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For Students to Make Big Bucks They Must Pick the Proper Major –Dave’s Diary

What’s the magic number for you?  How much money do you need to make to consider yourself a success?  Back in the day the goal was to earn your age but we have moved past that by a decimal or two.  As you wave good bye to your college bound offspring, pass them a note that says ENGINEERING

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Choke on This–Smokers Earn Less Money — Dave’s Diary

The Yakima City Council is considering some kind of partial ban on smoking in parks and around playgrounds—which got us to thinking about money and cigarettes.

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