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Hit that deadline! Meet that sales target! Land that client! File that paperwork! Work can be stressful. Even after you are through for the day, you still have to take care of your family obligations, and they can be just as taxing. And if we manage to carve out a little bit of time for ourselves, we have all of our social media, e-mails, and texts to take care of.

We need a break.

August 15 is Relaxation Day. Take a day off from work, get away from the computer, and turn...

A friend of mine was astounded recently when I told her I was re-reading a book series. She didn’t understand why anyone would, since you already knew the story. I explained that in this particular case, it was because the author was about to release a new book in the series, and I wanted to refresh myself on some of the details.

Beyond that, though, there are many reasons to go back and revisit your favorite books. It might be good descriptions, or some great dialogue; really memorable characters, or fun...

“I’m bored!”

We’ve all been there. Some days, you look around at all of your entertainment options and just go “meh.” Or maybe you’re stuck doing some repetitive task at work and your brain is desperate for some more exciting input.

July is Anti-Boredom Month, so we’ve compiled a list of ten things you can do to escape the same old routine!

1. Travel

The easiest way to break the same old routine is...

Once a year, my school would have a field trip to a local museum. Sometimes it was a science exhibit, other times it was art, or natural history, whatever tied in to our current lessons. The best museums have all of these things and more, such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., which takes a week to tour in its entirety.

May 18 is Museum Day! That’s a Saturday, so if you’re off work, why not plan a visit to one of your local museums? No museums close by? No problem!...

People love to celebrate. No occasion, occupation, hobby, mood, or thing is too obscure that somebody doesn’t want to commemorate it somehow. Sometimes it’ll be a day that’s politically important to an entire country, such as July 4 or November 5. Sometimes it will be a significant religious date, such as December 25 or April 10-18. Some holidays are just because they’re fun, like Talk Like A Pirate Day, and others celebrate family members or relationships.

So how about a holiday for something we’d all die without? Beverages!

May 6 is Beverage...

Did everybody get through April 1 unscathed? Did you fall for any of the internet pranks? As April showers bring May flowers (and as Mayflowers bring Pilgrims, according to a history teacher who thought he was funny), so do we look ahead to next month’s celebrations!

1. May 4 – Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you! I know three different couples that have this as their anniversary. I know a...

Writers always struggle to make characters well-rounded. There are many ways to do this, and one of the easiest is to give them a pet. Blofeld had his fluffy white cat, Long John Silver had his parrot, and the Beebe kids had Misty the horse. Even Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, had Cerberus, a three-headed dog. (Fun fact: the word “kérberos” means “spotted,” so this terrifying guardian was named Spot.)

Most of us, even those that aren’t mythic Greek deities, have probably had a pet at some point. Probably...

It’s where we keep all of our stuff.

It’s hard to grasp something as huge as climate or biodiversity. All of the dynamic systems that make up our planet’s protective shell interact in so many ways, it’s difficult to track. Plus, we’re a bit selfish by nature, and not really given to thinking long-term. If it’s not going to happen in our lifetime, we don’t worry about it too much.

In very simplistic terms, the Amazon Basin is the planet’s lungs. The water cycle is how it regulates its temperature and cleans...

I think we’d all agree that caffeine is a wonderful drug. It wakes you up in the morning, keeps you energized during the workday, and generally allows you to focus better.

As long as you don’t overdo it, of course.

Ever seen those pictures of spider webs spun under the effects of different drugs? The one for caffeine is all over the place. I get tickled at the image of a spider holding 8 teeny tiny Starbucks cups (all with the name spelled wrong), tapping a foot or three, staring at its...

If you have an indoor hobby, winter is a great time to indulge in it. It’s cold outside, travel might be restricted because of snow or ice, and there’s too little daylight. It’s nice to retreat to your hobby space and forget about the outside world for a while.

Even if you have a warm-weather hobby, you can spend the winter repairing or replacing equipment, researching new groups and locations, or building up your bank account to be ready when the temperatures start climbing again.

Practically anything can be a hobby, but...