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The idiocy of patriotism

The sentiment of patriotism evokes great emotion in us, a fact that is cleverly exploited by political leaders the world over to manipulate people
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Sorry! My guilt button has been disconnected

Others can't send you on a guilt trip if you don't allow them to. The responsibility lies with you
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Meet my misery machines

Misery is a by-product of our belief in separation, says the author
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No fault in our stars

Astrology may help ease the problems in your life but can interrupt your spiritual growth, says the author
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A dietician shares her tips for newly married women

If you’ve tied the knot recently, chances are that your diet has gone for a toss. Here’s how you can keep yourself from losing your mind [and your weighing scales from tipping]
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“I am a special mother”

Nothing can prepare you for motherhood, least of all a special child. But as with all things in life, you learn along the way
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Retreating to joy

Ananda Village is a quiet magnet towards which people of all faiths gravitate, says Sathya Saran who was touched by the commitment to simplicity and service that she witnessed in the folks there. Here’s an account of her visit to this serene community based at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range
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Me, my mom and Alzheimer’s

A daughter discovers that her mom has Alzheimer’s
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Embrace Slow Food

An organic food evangelist tells us about the Slow Food movement and why there is value in eating locally and organically grown foods
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Don’t correct someone’s diet when they are eating

No matter how compelling the reason, refrain from discussing food choices on the meal table—it does little other than stealing away the joy from eating