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Remaining Civil in an Uncivil Time

In Lifestyle, Relationships by Sarah Hink

We are living in a remarkably uncivil time. A vitriol that was once relegated to anonymous people saying terrible things on the internet has escalated. Now, people do not seem to have much problem putting their names behind horrible words online; or even worse, some people are emboldened to say or act in an extremely offensive manner in public. Lines that were once completely taboo, involving common courtesy, gender, age, race, religion, disability, and nationality seem to be crossed on a daily basis on Twitter, in the news, or in a trending viral video. To make matters worse, some of us find friends and family members shocking us with closely held opinions that we wish had stayed hidden. Unfortunately, at work, at school, on social media, while shopping, at family …

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Random Act of Kindness Day

In Community, Health, Lifestyle by Sarah Hink

There is no disputing that we are living in divisive and negative times. From television, to social media, to interpersonal interactions, there seems to be a combative dynamic on every imaginable issue. Fortunately, good deeds and basic decency transcend politics and can help us see that we share more common ground than we like to admit. If you want proof of this, read articles or watch videos of complete strangers responding during natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey or the California fire and mudslides. In essence, people are still good, but we need reminders now more than ever. February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day. Started in 1995 by the eponymous Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, this is a day to celebrate and promote people paying it forward. The …

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Have You Considered Adopting a Pet?

In Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

Regardless of your age, or the circumstances in your life, pets can be a wonderful, healthy addition to your life. They are cute, fluffy, and loyal companions who love you unconditionally (even cats). In addition to companionship, it is a kind act to adopt an animal. You are saving an animal’s life when you adopt. This is because the adoptable population of animals in shelters are there because they are stray, abandoned, or owner-surrendered animals. In addition, when you adopt an animal, a kennel becomes open for another animal’s to stay. Should I Adopt? At New Direction Family Law, we love animals. However, we also understand that pet ownership is not for everyone. Before you make a decision, there are several things to consider. Whether your home can accommodate a …