Category: Family & Lifestyle

Leaping into college life

Transitioning from school to college is a big deal for young people, and every effort should be made to help them hit the ground running, writes Jason Osborne Around this time of year, thousands of young people gear up to make the huge transition from school to college life. The size of the change in lifestyle…

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Create a life you don’t need to escape from

A Parent’s Perspective As summer ends, I always get a little bit of that melancholy back-to-school feeling even though it’s years since I set foot in a classroom. By the end of August the days are a bit shorter, many crops have already been harvested and there’s that undeniable hint of autumn in the air. I…

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Drought in Spain uncovers submerged monuments A centuries-old church and a huge megalithic complex are among the underwater monuments that have resurfaced in Spain as a severe drought causes water levels in reservoirs to plunge, AFP reports. After a prolonged dry spell, Spain’s reservoirs are at just under 36 percent capacity, according to environment ministry…

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Customisable chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies, while a small, humble-seeming cookie, are such a wonderful comfort food. No matter your age or where you are from, a chocolate chip cookie just feels like eating a little bit of happiness. Kids and adults enjoy them, making these cookies perfect for back-to-school baking or a quick treat for the kids…

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Cleaning up communication

Communication is vitally important in any relationship, but all the more so when it comes to the deepest relationships of marriage and family, writes Jason Osborne Consistently listed among the reasons marriages break down and families fall apart is a failure of communication. It need not necessarily be some big fall-out or argument either that…

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The power of positive thinking

There’s nothing new-age about the effect adopting a sunnier outlook has on your life, writes Jason Osborne I recently finished Joan Druett’s Island of the Lost, a book concerning shipwrecks on the Auckland Islands, a desolate, uninhabited place 290 miles south of New Zealand. Situated in the stormy South Pacific Ocean, its shores have seen many…

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The funny thing about trust

Everyday Philosophy Trust is a funny thing. To see why, imagine you’re betting on a horse race. You’re betting on the favourite, Philosopher’s Rant, but you’ve heard some background information about the horse and his competitors reckon he still only has a 33% chance of winning. In this situation, you want to bet if you…

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‘Hunger stones’ reveal ancient drought warnings With an intense drought causing rivers across Europe to shrink, stones with etchings warning of hard times ahead have been re-appearing in a number of the continent’s rivers. One such stone is to be found on the banks of the Elbe River, which begins in the Czech Republic and…

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