Sholeh Patrick

A joke a day can keep the doc away, Bill attests

April 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

Want to boost your immune system? Try comedy.You don’t need to be a scientist to know laughing triggers endorphins — it feels good to giggle. But science has proven that laughing is also good for physical health. (And news consumption; don’...

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Research: Happy Easter: Now, here’s a spanking

April 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Beyond bunnies and eggs, a few of Easter’s lesser known facts:Pascha(l) — Easter’s name derives from Pesach, the Hebrew Passover. Slavic languages use variations of Pascha.Eastern etymology: “Eastre” in Old English developed around the nint...

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Research: MLP: Facts behind taxing phrases

April 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

Feeling a little poorer today? Odds are each April 15 nets a bigger payment or smaller refund than the average American hoped for. Life’s tribulations make good fodder for pithy sayings. Mrs. Language Person shared four phrases related (or ...

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Research: Autism’s benefits are Super Simple

April 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

We are finally beginning to learn that different doesn’t mean deficient. In fact, different can become an asset — a growing topic in conversations about autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Rather than reproduce a list of signs, FAQs, a...

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Research: Quiet! My brain is growing

April 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Are you a noise person, popping on headphones to blast tunes? Or the quiet type, who feels overwhelmed by chatter and too much noise?Most people must like noise; it’s everywhere. Long gone are the days when we could shop, dine out, or even ...

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Opinion: To MLP: A linguist’s ‘epic’ rebuttal

April 04, 2019 at 5:00 am

What’s in a word? That by which we call by any other would sound just as sweet.Or so says this linguist (i.e., she who studies all the little pieces that make up sounds, words, and even whole languages, as well as their uses).In school we l...

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Research: MLP: No, that’s not ‘epic’

April 02, 2019 at 5:00 am

Once upon a time, not so long ago, “epic” was fit only for — need your MLP even say it? — an epic. As in the likes of Homer’s poetry. The Iliad. Odysseus and his tragedian journey, poor soul.Please, Dear Readers, Mrs. Language Person begs y...

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RESEARCH: This is your brain on religion

March 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

Regardless of belief, a spiritual life provides a plethora of well-documented health benefits. From better moods to improved circulation, from a stronger immune system to longer lifespans, the neurophysiological effects of spiritual practic...

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Research: Study: Idaho No. 1 in net migration

March 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Cheering for the home team is as natural as localized pride. But new data lends quantifiable credibility to the phrase, “great State of Idaho.” If witnessing so much new construction, even throughout winter, wasn’t enough of a clue, a U.S. ...

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Research: Got a smartphone ‘problem?’ Beat it

March 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Somehow the human race survived before smartphones. Remember when everyone wasn’t so distracted and anxious? When we could focus — on work, on each other, on a moment in time? There was peace in not being available every second, in not bein...

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