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Knowledge Bowl to Send Area’s Best to State — Dave’s Diary

Sochi?  So what! We’ve got mental Olympics right in our own backyard!  Students from about a dozen area high schools are scheduled to engage each other  -with berths to State tournaments on the line – during the Regional Knowledge Bowl competitions that are coming up during the last half of February. 

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Your Choice of Chocolate Reveals Romantic Notions — Dave’s Diary

Sometimes I think cupid is a ghost worker for the chocolate candy industry.  Can you even have Valentine’s Day without chocolate?  I don’t think so!  With that thought in mind--

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U.S. Dairy Farming Still A Struggle Despite Rise In Milk Prices
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Dangerous Country Outside Those City Limits — Dave’s Diary

The city slicker becomes the country bumpkin in the 1965 TV hit Green Acres.  The theme song says it all!   “Green acres is the place for me. Farm livin' is the life for me. Land spreadin' out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.”  Of course fledgling farmer Eddie Albert’s wife played by the delightful Eva Gabor wasn’t exactly on board with the transition.  “ New York is where I'd rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view. Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.”  The conflict was set the program had a successful run until 1971.

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Five Morning Habits of Successful People — Dave’s Diary

Dave Ramsey, the financial advice guru who can be heard on KIT week nights from 6 to 10, often talks about studying the things that financially successful people do. Duh!   Along the same lines, many people have turned to Stephen Covey’s work for much needed advice.  As the Amazon website proclaims:  THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

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Who Needs a Crystal Ball When You Have Dessert — Dave’s Diary

I’m going to try to cut back on desserts for the next couple of months.  I will miss them. What I didn’t know was that you can tell a lot about your personality just from your favorite dessert, according to psychologist Elayne Kahn.  She is the co-author of "1001 More Ways You Reveal Your Personality",  and she says your selection of after-dinner treats says much about you!

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Women Win When it Comes to the Long Memory — Dave’s Diary

Men have argued with women about this for…well for at least,  hmmmm  I can’t recall,  BUT it has been a long time!  The question is - which sex has the worst memory.  Well, now we know.  A study published in a psychology magazine shows men are more forgetful than women. No wonder I couldn’t remember!

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First Names Signal Success in Marriage — Dave’s Diary

Some people will search for every possible sign that Mr. or Ms. Dreamy really is Ms. Or Mr. Right, right down to the picture I.D.  Allow me to explain. A British group asked 2,000 people what names they identified with being good husbands and wives.  We’re not sure how the respondents came up with their answers but it interesting to think that your

great great grandma's first name, passed on to you, could be the key to your marital success!  Here are the lists.

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State Attorney General Agrees With Yakima Legal Team on Pot Ban – Dave’s Diary

All the insults and acrimony should die down a bit now that the Attorney General of Washington State has given his opinion that local communities like Yakima do have the right to make land use decisions that include banning recreational marijuana.  The AG’s opinion was released this morning and it tracks exactly with Yakima’s city legal team of Jeff Cutter and Mark Kunkler.  Well done gentlemen.

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Work Ethic – Nobody Starts at the Top — Dave’s Diary

The Governor wants to increase Washington's minimum wage. The Sea-Tac community already has and thee is much debate about will it lift up workers or will it cost jobs.  Perhaps it comes back to a philosophical question of starting at the bottom and working your way to the top.

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Grana Padano And Lidia Bastianich Teach Healthy Eating With Kids
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Eat Better & Save Money May Not Work Anywhere –Dave’s Diary

Be resolved in the New Year to eat better and save money.  Not so fast.  One might preclude the other!

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