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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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Category: Human Interest, Study
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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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Vacation Season! See You at the Office — Dave’s Diary

The kids get a summer vacation, how about you?  If you do get vacation time, do you use it -- all of it? No? Welcome aboard, fellow workaholics!  A survey confirms that very few Americans with paid time off took all of their vacation days last year.

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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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Here Comes the Sun and the Accompanying Endorphin High! — Dave’s Diary

With a forecast in the mid-80s through the weekend and 92 by Monday -- the next few days are going to be great -- but will they be addictive? Turns out that for some people they just might be.

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Two Sides of Technology: Can Build Business/Does Waste Time –Dave’s Diary

I know a lot of people who love their jobs in management. They find the work stimulating, challenging and rewarding -- except for people.

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Category: Internet, Lifestyle, Study
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Washington Tweeters Smarter than Most — Dave’s Diary

KIT wants news & information to be where you are when you are on the go-so-we are picking up the pace of our involvement in Twitter.  We may be a little late to the Twitter party but at least now we know we’ll be tweeting some of the smartest folks in the country. 

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The Greatest Menace Lurks on the Left — Dave’s Diary

The Stanley Cup Finals are underway with the New York Rangers trailing the Los Angeles Kings 1 game to none.  I’m not a big hockey fan but playoff hockey is fast, exciting and violent.  How they survive those hits and checks amazes me. 

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New Baby Triggers the Pain Proposition Conversation — Dave’s Diary

I had one of life’s great pleasures this past weekend as I met my first grandson. Three week old Jackson Justin Maier didn’t have a lot to say at our first meeting but it was cordial and I got away without having to change his diapers. He hates that.  Me too.  Naturally he is a sweet handsome boy.

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Category: Human Interest, Study

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