Don’t go back to these habits when things go back to normal

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Before the pandemic, I would meander up and down the grocery store aisles while listening to my favorite podcast without a care in the world. I’d gently sneak between other shoppers who were staring into the canned vegetables, squeeze sideways to get through the gauntlet of shopping carts clogging the aisles, and fill my basket with everything from toilet paper to coffee beans without missing a beat.

These days, there are some things we shouldn’t do at the grocery store. Manhandling all the fruit in the produce department is just one of them.

Talking to People

Over the years, I’ve developed an amazing talent for not reacting when I hear someone call my name. Someone could shout “Tracey” directly into my ear, and I wouldn’t even flinch. …


It’s time to skip the selfies and get out of the way

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We are currently living through a global pandemic. Nonetheless, many gyms have reopened around the country, and people have gone back to their beloved gym routines. However, there are seven gym routines that should be avoided at all costs.

Staring

The gym is a diverse ecosystem. It attracts people from all fitness levels. Some of them are in such good shape that you might be tempted to stare. Others might be wearing attire that makes you want to do a double take. Don’t. Likewise with the folks whose fitness might not be up to your standards. …


It sounds like bad advice, but it worked for me

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I once heard the advice that all women should marry in their twenties so they can spend their thirties happily divorced. While I don’t disagree, I am way ahead of the game. I got married at nineteen, and I was divorced by the age of twenty-four. Sometimes, I forget I was ever married in the first place.

Although I was legally married for nearly five years, I’ve never been engaged. I’ve never been on the receiving end of a romantic proposal either. My ex-husband and I got married by mutual agreement. Marriage was a means to an end. We both had problems we thought marriage would solve. …


That’s a trick question: the truth is that it’s not your call

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Pornography is nothing new. It has existed since long before the Internet made it easily accessible day or night without leaving the house or using your credit card.

Years ago, it was silently accepted that your husband or boyfriend watched porn, but your wife or girlfriend did not. Watching porn was something men did. Women were too busy being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, and they didn’t ask questions about the Hustler magazines in the garage or hidden under the bed.

Thank goodness things have changed, but not everything has changed for the better. Rather than ushering in a new age of acceptance and understanding, some couples have instituted a spoken, or unspoken, pornography ban. …


As someone who constantly looks sick and disheveled in public, I’m taking the media treatment of Bieber personally

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Justin Bieber’s disheveled appearance has some people worried. No, it’s not his wife or his parents who are concerned about Bieber’s health and wellbeing after seeing recent paparazzi pics. It’s the public, which brings us to a very important question. Is Justin Bieber’s disheveled appearance in public fair game? In order to answer that question, we must first answer this one. Is yours?

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if paparazzi followed your every move, photographed you at your worst, and then sold those pictures to every news outlet that would buy them? That’s exactly what happens every day to celebrities like Justin Bieber. …


Podcasts are becoming more interactive, but only if you participate

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I decided to start a podcast without knowing anything about starting a podcast. The only thing I knew was that I really liked listening to podcasts. My favorites were the comedy true crime and paranormal podcasts such as My Favorite Murder and And That’s Why We Drink. I listened in the car, in the kitchen, on the stationary bicycle, on walks, and as I fell asleep every night.

Many podcasts featured listener stories that fans and followers submitted via email, social media, or a form on the podcast website. Others played voicemail messages left for the hosts to share “on air.” …


It’s not your fault for wanting to be loved

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It wasn’t so long ago that a catfish was nothing more than a fish. After all, it’s right there in the name, “catfish.” In the digital era, a catfish has become something a little more devious. A catfish is a person who pretends to be someone else on the internet for some sort of personal gain. In some cases, it’s financial. In other cases, it’s emotional. Either way, it’s misguided and mean.

If you’re on the Internet, then you have almost certainly come across a catfish or two. Maybe you were aware of it, and maybe you weren’t.

One common reason people get catfished is the desire for love. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be loved. Unfortunately, that longing for love is what makes us vulnerable to being catfished. …


If it happens once, it’s an exception; if it happens twice, it’s a habit

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You never expect your husband to stay out all night until it happens. It’s likely that your first reaction will be denial. You’ll look at the clock and realize your husband is running just a little bit late and figure everything is okay. “He’s probably just caught in traffic,” you tell yourself.

You’d never suspect that your husband is having an affair. That’s just one of many possible reasons why he didn’t come home that night.

As the minutes tick by, you wonder why he doesn’t just call you on his cellphone so you don’t have to worry. He knows how much you worry. After all, it’s not 1992, and it’s not like he has to stop at a payphone. …


She once lived in a chicken coop, and she doesn’t believe the moon landing was real

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He was twice her size, but she had double the pluck

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When my mother was a little girl, she would often run errands for her family. One of her responsibilities was going to the bakery to pick up fresh bread every day. Instead of carrying cash, she carried a small notebook. The bakery employees would write a running tally of how much my grandmother owed for the week, and then my grandmother would bring the money in to settle up.

My mother wasn’t the oldest child in her family. She had two older siblings and one younger sibling, but she was the most responsible. …

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