Sunday, February 17, 2019

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The holidays paint a picture of joy and happiness for many. Love, laughter, family and friends. For others, it’s a time of sadness and depression. It’s not the picture many of us want to envision, but the reality is that an equally dark picture does exist. As a child, I experienced both.

My Grandmother, our matriarch, died when I was nine and it sent my family spiraling down a world of depression and hoarding. The darkness crept in before her funeral. Disagreements over logistics divided our family for decades – the last thing my grandmother would have wanted. Her life was dedicated... Read More

Eating eight gluten-free chocolate chip muffins for breakfast. Flicking a cigarette butt out your car window. Giving a breath mint to your boyfriend. Peeling a banana. Crying after watching Titanic for the 38th time. Jogging around the block in your favorite spandex outfit for 25 minutes. Do any of these things share a commonality? They do in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA.

ABA is the science of applying the principles of learning and behavior in order to achieve socially significant change. If you have not figured it out yet, the aforementioned are... Read More

Not many topics of discussion can cause discomfort as quickly as talking about your own death. It certainly is not good conversation at a party or other social setting. However, all adults need to act like adults and take care of these things. It’s important to make a plan for what will happen to your assets and your little children if you have them when you die.

For most people, the process is easier than you might think. A little effort now into making a plan for your estate can prevent many of the issues that can create unnecessary burdens and stress on your family who would already... Read More

More than the Koran's sanction of wife-beating, the legal grounds on which the Koran sanctions it reveals an impassable gulf between Islamic and Western law. The sovereign grants inalienable rights to every individual in Western society, of which protection from violence is foremost. Every individual stands in direct relation to the state, which wields a monopoly of violence. Islam's legal system is radically different: the father is a "governor" or "administrator" of the family, that is, a little sovereign within his domestic realm, with the right to employ violence to control his wife and... Read More

Back in the 1960s when I was a kid, Halloween was all about free candy and some light vandalism. We threw eggs, sprayed shaving cream and smashed a few pumpkins here and there. Back then, it was considered serious hooliganism but the stuff they do today made us look like a couple of do-gooders.

Now, Halloween consists of drunks acting stupid, fighting, destroying property, and even murder. The Halloween parade that used to take place here in the Castro in San Francisco every year was canceled a while back because every year more than a few people were either shot, beaten or in one case,... Read More

Apple has had plans to redesign the television since 2007 and more than likely has set its sight' on taking-over as many appliances in your home, as possible. The new Apple Television Set is designed to replace the antiquated remote control with Siri voice commands, reported the New York Times on Thursday.

A quote from Jobs’s biography that “I finally cracked it” has begun to travel the web and be discussed in tech-circles, since the book's release. It appears to confirm the rumors that Apple has plans to enter the TV market. The rumors that started earlier this summer were... Read More

The sight of a needle about to pierce the skin sends shivers down many backs, enough to prevent them from going for a medical treatment, enough to block their minds from considering blood donation. According to Red Cross statistics, a mere 3% of US citizens have ever donated blood, a much lower rate than in most of Europe, and a real problem for the blood bank here in the US.

Donating blood was a regular part of my life. Since I was a teenager, I would donate blood twice a year. I the many countries I lived in, the process was nearly identical: step into a station nearby, fill in... Read More

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