American novelist Kurt Vonnegut loved music so much he once said: “If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph—the only proof of God he needed was music.” While many of us perhaps feel this way, did you know there are proven health benefits of playing the piano? Yes! Tickling the ivories doesn’t only seduce your ears and fill your soul—playing music can improve memory, reduce stress, and encourage creativity! So maybe it’s time to free your inner Mozart?
Oftentimes life seems like an endless series of stressful situations, particularly at work. Work is hard — if it wasn’t, we probably wouldn’t get paid. Sitting on the beach isn’t very stressful, thus we rarely get paid to do it, unless you’re a lifeguard, and then you’re getting paid to make sure everyone who’d been lying on the beach, then decided to jump into the water, makes it back to the beach (which is probably pretty stressful). Working under pressure is tough, and always necessary, unfortunately, but there are a few ways to get better at working under pressure.
Songs about long distance relationships have been around as long as there have been long distance couples. It was John Donne who first underlined the ache of romantic separation in his poem, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning:” "Our two souls therefore, which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness beat." From here it’s straight to The Beatles' “P.S. I Love You.” Is there anything harder than long distance love, if you’re in it? Probably not. Long distance couples have a tough row to hoe, for sure.
If you grew up with network television shows in the 70s and 80s, like I did, most of the shows were ensemble pieces, and it seemed like everyone enjoyed each other’s company. Most TV couples seemed as if they were pretty compatible in real life, like the Jeffersons or Archie and Edith Bunker, Simon and Simon, Mr. Roarke and Tattoo…it always seemed like Mr. Jefferson, as played by the legendary Sherman Helmsley, might have benefited from some anger management counseling, but overall, I never had the feeling he hated Isabel Sanford. And the Cunningham household always seemed like a loving home. But here's ten couples who probably weren't so happy showing up to work...
As the father of a seven year-old, I love family travel. If you live in the Northeast or the Midwest, by the time January reaches its chilly conclusion, you’re probably already thinking about the perfect spring break destination. Most school vacations take place in early March, when there’s still about a month left of winter. If you’re lucky enough to live in the United States, there are plenty of family-friendly, budget-friendly spring break destinations on both coasts. I’ve got ten that are perfect for your family spring break, in no particular order, mostly because I’d love to do all of them!
Did you know you’ll probably pay a hefty fine if you buy a cold beer or a hot toddy for a moose in Fairbanks, AK? Ensuring the Last Frontier’s moose are teetotalers is just one of the weirdest food laws in the USA. We live in one of the most litigious countries in the world, so it makes sense that some of our food laws are downright odd, strange, and somewhat unnecessary. I’m really a burger and fries kind of diner myself, and I’m a pizza addict, so I’m rarely doing anything illegal at the table. You might be a bit more adventurous than I am, so here’s a baker’s dozen of some of the weirdest food laws in the USA—keep them in mind whenever you sally forth on a culinary adventure.