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What is Wrong With Depression?

Tough day or tough life

Has anyone told you to stop beating yourself up? Do well-meaning friends and loved ones ask you what's wrong? Why are you sad, crying, irritable? You wish you knew, right?



Tortoise and Turtle Basic Care

Clifford, African spur (sulcata) tortoise

Before you take on turtle or tortoise care, it's best to research both animals since there are very distinct differences between these two types of reptiles. Reptiles Magazine is probably one of the best places to start learning about turtles and tortoises. As a rule, tortoises are land-dwelling, while turtles are marine.

Weighty Problems

a dogs sharing a pickle

I have often wondered if really heavy people know how much better they would feel both physically and mentally if they would just put in the effort to shed some pounds. I began losing weight to feel better about myself mentally, but the physical benefits far outweigh the mental.



Bailey: Letting Go

Bailey

It is very hard to let go after eight years of loving someone. I never thought of a dog having a stroke, but Bailey was always full of surprises.



10 Reasons to NOT Get a Dog

'bulldog

Puppies are cute. Puppies grow up. Some grown dogs are not cute. After the puppy breath is gone, the bad breath remains as does the slobber and the dog farts. Dogs are not embarrassed by their "imperfections". Adult dogs think they are as cute as any puppy.



Snake Oil: Slipping Through
Healthcare Cracks

snake oil

All that glistens is not snake oil. Prescription drug problems are rampant. The truth is that Americans are still not smart about healthcare today. Vast numbers of us still succumb to advertising hucksters that peddle everything from snake oils to electronic doodads and contraptions.


Ultimate F Words: Fact & Faith

I know. I believe.

There is no reason why parents cannot bring their children up to choose a life based on fact rather than one based on faith yet, still allowing them to share in the beauty and diversity of other cultures and ethnicities including their differing religions. Although we may not adopt a culture's religious beliefs, we can still enjoy and even share in their customs.



Coming to America

coming to America

These days it might seem as if living in jeopardy is just a fact of life but danger is nothing new. People have lived in jeopardy since the beginnings of human life and, around the world, many continue to live in mortal terror of losing all they love, all they have acquired, all they have achieved.



Ammunition Notes

good guys on subway

News today focused on National Security. However, security should begin at home. With the ongoing turmoil in the Trump White House, it is easy to lose sight of many of the issues that remain unattended. One of those issues is comprehensive gun legislation, which would be a major step in improving the safety of the American public.



The Ungapatchka Elephant

ornate elephanat

Yiddish has a better word for ostentatious. It's "ungapatchka." As defined by the Urban Dictionary, it means overly ornate, busy, ridiculously over-decorated, and garnished to the point of distaste. Ungapatchka fits the white elephant that will soon be occupying the Oval Office to a "T". The point of distaste is clearly met by Trump's fear mongering through his vile plans for America.