Eating Radium

In the early 1900’s the radioactive element radium was all the rage.  Discovered in 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie, it was soon found that by mixing small amounts of radium into paint the items could be made to glow in the dark.  This was extremely useful for cockpit instruments and soon found its way into the watches and clocks of people around the world. But, of course, someone had to actually paint all of those tiny clock hands and this task fell mostly to young female factory wo...
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The Common Journey

I usually try to avoid the heavy subjects, but they are always confronting us, and can’t be avoided, really. When you’re young you think you’ll live forever. Occasionally something will happen to jolt that unwarranted perspective, but for the most part, the thought of death is fleeting. It happens to other people, not to you. As your life marches on, however, that drumbeat gets louder and louder. I dated a girl in high school (just a couple times actually) who recently passed away, and...
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Patience in Employment

Anonymous An old man and his son lived in an abandoned fortress on the side of a hill.  Their only possession of value was a horse.  One day, the horse ran away.  The neighbors came to offer sympathy.  “How sad” they said.  “How do you know?” asked the old man.  The next day, the horse returned, bringing with it several wild horses.  The old man and his son shut them all inside the gate.  The neighbors hurried over.  “How wonderful!” they said.  “How do you know?” asked the old man.  The ...
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Cognitive versus Spiritual Therapy

Anonymous In my life I have recognized my own mental dysfunctions and have sought various therapies, both academic and spiritual, to help me overcome them. In this article, I look at both approaches. Academic Research As I reviewed academic research, two cognitive therapies really resonated. The first was from M.E.P. Seligman, Learned Optimism. Summarized, outlook is important because pessimists tend to be less happy, productive, successful and healthy than optimists. The optimistic ...
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Old Age Finally Sets In

  It’s now official – I’m an old man. Not that I haven’t looked old for quite a while, I’m finally starting to feel old. This condition sets in when you have body pains that have no known origin. This is beginning to happen to me on a semi-regular basis now. For example, about 3 weeks ago I strained my back, but I don’t actually remember straining it. My lower left side started aching, and it was difficult to move around without feeling intense pain. It’s not gall stones, spleen d...
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Celebrating Christmas—Which Gifts Keep On Giving?

By Elana B When my sister and I were young, and still believed in the picture-book Santa with his bag of toys, we decided to stay up as late as possible on Christmas Eve, hoping to catch a glimpse of him, if not his reindeer. Our house was small, didn’t have a fireplace, but we weren’t worried about the details since we’d received gifts before with tags signed by “Santa Claus,” and knew he didn’t need a chimney because he could walk in our front door. My sister was five-and-a-half and I w...
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