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Today’s Busy Parents Still Spend More Time With Kids — Dave’s Diary

My daughter Kate loves to play games or should I say loves to play games if she wins.  She’s 5.  Get’s it from her dad.  Last night we played a few rounds of her newest game Hi Ho Cherry-o.  It’s about picking fruit so it seemed a good fit for a kid in the Yakima valley.  The little rascal won all three matches fair and square to plenty of parental applause from me and her mom. 

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Watch Your Waist When You Watch the Game — Dave’s Diary

Watching giant lineman play football is fun!  Watching yourself turn into a giant lineman sized fan--not so much!  Unfortunately for many, watching football is a surefire way to pack on extra winter weight.  

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Washington Leads the Nation in Romance — Dave’s Diary

So we are closing in on Valentine’s Day and it’s time to get your romance on.  Question one--where to go?  Answer--to the most romantic city in America.  Go south dearly beloved, go south--deep into the heart of Texas to San Antonio where you’ll find the southern space needle known as the Tower of the Americas, the beautiful river walk, and enough romance to fill a ten gallon hat.

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Scheduled Freak Outs Fine for Fanatics — Dave’s Diary

Are you starting to get anxious about the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl?  Feel like freaking out?  Well perhaps you should.

A new study shows some semi frequent fretting does a mind good, according to a report in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. The key lies in when, not how, you do it.

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Rabbit’s Foot Lead to Luck, Confidence and Success — Dave’s Diary

Do you have a lucky charm? Not the magically delicious kind but something more along the lines of a rabbit’s foot?  While not so lucky for the rabbit, it may actually seem to generate good luck for you.

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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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What’s Reasonable When it Comes to Allowance — Dave’s Diary

Did you get an allowance as a kid?  Raised on the farm in the Midwest in the 60’s we were “allowed” to have dinner!  Not much in the way of allowance on the farm but hard work could get you a calf or a couple acres of wheat.  So I will be the first to say I don’t have much of a perspective on cash for kids but the Harris people do.

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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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Brain Training Can Keep You Sharper Longer — Dave’s Diary

Training drills can make you faster, stronger, better at certain skills so why not better with your brain?  A first-of-its kind study finds that older adults who engaged in brain training drills retained measurable benefits up to 10 years later, suggesting that such interventions may help stave off impairments of aging that rob seniors of their independence.  That’s reason enough right there to hit the old mind gym!  Which is where, by the way??  Consider these finding as reported by the Boston Globe.

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Books Lead List of What We Do With Our Leisure Time — Dave’s Diary

Are you looking to change some habits in the New Year?  Not necessarily "resolutions" but maybe some personal "evolution"?  Good idea!  Here are some numbers on what other people are doing and maybe you will join them.

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