Get to know Niksen: The art of doing nothing

Niksen means doing nothing or, more specifically, performing an action without a clear purpose or a deadline There is the Japanese way to organize – KonMari – the Danish way to establish a cozy home – hygge – and the Swedish way to live a balanced life – lagom. Apparently, there is also the right way to do nothing, thanks to the Dutch and niksen. Interglot.com’s Dutch to English translation of niksen is: “idle; lounge around; sit around; do nothing much …” In essence, according to dutchreview.com in 2018: “Niksen…

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Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills. The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed the Equality Act—more than four decades after it was first introduced—extending civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ people. This vote should give us some hope. Its passage—236-173—was bipartisan, a rare feat these days; its provisions are expansive, granting protection in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations; and its language includes both sexual orientation as well as gender identity, allowing for explicit inclusion of…

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More ideas for that ‘to-read’ list

The flurry of summer book releases has begun. The flurry of summer book releases has begun. Goodhousekeeping.com’s “The 25 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List” includes: – “The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang – “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali Dev – “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert – “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong – “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner – “The Friend Zone” by Abby Jimenez – “Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo…

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Gender penalty: Student debt and daycare stifle American mothers

Burden of affording higher education overlaps with cost of raising young children, creating double difficulty for many. Tatiana Macias wasn’t planning to get pregnant. She had just finished her master’s degree, and was excited about starting a career as a family therapist in Honolulu. Before having kids, she hoped to travel with her boyfriend, get married, and buy a home. But at the top of her goals list was starting to pay off the $100,000 she had racked up in college and graduate-school debt. “I have always felt so burdened…

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Backyard hacks you can try this spring

Whether you’re already stocking up on new flowers to plant or you’re just now dusting off the lawn mower, it’s about time to start getting that yard in tip-top shape for the season. And if you’re looking for some tips and tricks, we’ve got you covered — here are some seven hacks you can try in your yard this spring, whether you’re gardening, grilling or getting some sun. 1. Nature’s own table and chairs: Have some fallen trees in your backyard that you’re looking to get rid of? If they’re…

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Pressure mounts on US e-cigarette firms over health, marketing

The US state of North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against Juul for trying to attract younger smokers. North Carolina has become the first state in the US to sue e-cigarette maker Juul for marketing its products to young smokers [File: Seth Wenig/AP] The attorney general’s office in North Carolina state has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc, piling more pressure on the biggest e-cigarette maker in the United States that is already under intense scrutiny for its products’ usage among teenagers. Josh Stein, the first state attorney general…

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What to know about CBD products’ safety

While just a few years ago, CBD oil and infused products were specialty items orderable primarily online, they are now filling shelves at local pharmacies. We hope you love these items as much as we did! GateHouse Media may collect a share of sales from links on this page. The acronym CBD dominates today’s headlines, billboards and advertisements. CVS, in fact, plans a rollout of CBD products in over 800 stores, reported NBC News in March. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of the compounds found in hemp, a variety…

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