Sholeh Patrick

Research: Check out Scrabble’s newest additions

December 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

I had one of those moms. Whenever I asked, “What does ‘X’ mean?” I got the same answer: Look it up. Naturally, we were a Scrabble family. So are one-third of American, and half of British, families. Nearly a century after its invention in 1...

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Research: Words of the year not exactly invigorating

December 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

If there is one thing they all lack this year, it’s integrity.Since at least 1990, prominent dictionaries and other publications around the globe choose a word of the year. It may be the most looked-up word, perhaps the most controversial o...

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Research: Hanukkah: Keep your spirit alight

December 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

Happy Hanukkah. It’s such a beautiful ceremony. After sunset on this third evening of the Festival of Lights, an estimated 5.3 million Americans will light one more candle of the menorah, reciting this Hebrew blessing:“Blessed are you, Lord...

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Research: Have you got the night owl gene?

November 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Early to bed, early to rise sounds easy enough. How many times do we hear that if we just try long enough to change a sleep pattern, eventually the body will get tired enough to make it work? For some, that’s true. But others have the wrong...

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Tips for Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

The traditional Christmas movie marathon started early this year at chez Patrick, with “Christmas with the Kranks.” If you haven’t seen this Scrooge-style comedy, Tim Allen proposes “skipping Christmas” in favor of a Caribbean cruise. Wife ...

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Opinion: Thankful to take so much for granted

November 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Each Thanksgiving I fuss too much. Complaining about how long turkey and pies take, worrying something will come out inedible, stress over trying to get all that food to come out hot at the same time, anxious about guest comfort. I should k...

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Research: Be kind to your pancreas

November 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Do you know your pancreas? The pancreas is a small, pear-shaped gland in the abdomen, lying behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has two very important functions: Digestion and blood sugar regulation (through insulin and other h...

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Interview: Zen pilot will fly pole to pole for ‘oneness’

November 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

There are moments aloft when it’s just you and the airplane, when you transcend mere existence. When there is no separateness — all sound fades away, you suddenly “see” more than eyes take in, your body still goes through the motions, but y...

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Research: What may lurk behind increase in hate crimes

November 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

George Washington, in his 1790 letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., told Jews they would be safe in this new nation:“The government of the United States...gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance...”Fast forward...

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Research: Veterans: Views of a soldier

November 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

While veterans of all generations have a positive view of their military service, only one-in-five feels the government treats them well; less than half say they get the medical and support benefits they were promised. These are some of the...

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