The hidden long-term cognitive effects of COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has now claimed as many American lives as World War I, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War combined. Most of these deaths are due to the well-known pulmonary complications of the coronavirus. It has become increasingly recognized, however, that the virus also attacks the nervous system. Doctors in a large Chicago medical center found that more than 40% of patients with COVID showed neurologic manifestations at the outset, and more than 30% of those had impaired cognition. Sometimes the neurological manifestations can be devastating and can even lead to death.

However, new research is now suggesting that there may be long-term neurologic consequences in those who survive COVID infections, including more than seven million Americans and another 27 million people worldwide. Particularly troubling is increasing evidence that there may be mild — but very real — brain damage that occurs in many survivors, … Read more

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The Latest Lightweight Running Gear to Beat the Heat

Running in the heat is not for the faint of heart. Already a physically demanding sport, adding in humidity and towering temperatures only cranks up the challenge level. For those days when it’s exceptionally hot, having quality gear is crucial to help keep your body temperature in check and your training on track. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite lightweight gear to help you stay cool when the weather is anything but.

Patagonia Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt
Made from recycled polyester, the Capilene Cool is Patagonia’s lightest-weight performance knit that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Additionally, the tech tee features a crewneck design, set-in sleeves for ultimate flexibility, a drop-tail hem to prevent riding up, and built-in odor control for particularly sweaty days. [$45;]

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Salomon Agile Shorts
Available in four different colors, the Agile shorts are made from 100 percent polyester and are ultra lightweight and … Read more

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Cultivating joy as a family

The pandemic has been hard on families. There has been so much loss, so much hardship, so much stress, and so much change. What makes it even harder is that there is so much uncertainty about when and how it will end; our lives, and the lives of our children, are going to be disrupted for the foreseeable future.

There is so much we cannot control in all of this that it’s easy to lose sight of what we can control. One thing we absolutely can do is cultivate small moments of joy in each and every day. It doesn’t have to be a lot, or anything fancy or complicated. That’s the thing about joy: it can be very simple.

Children have a great capacity for joy. It doesn’t take much to make them happy. It’s even easier to make them happy if you do something with them — which … Read more

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The Do-It-All Multimedia Monitor That'll Upgrade Any Home Office

If you’ve been working from home recently, it doesn’t take long to realize the screen on your laptop is lacking. Hooking up to an external monitor is an easy way to boost productivity, giving you enough space to switch between apps, Google Suite docs, IMs, and browsers. We’ve been using the BenQ EW3280U and, it turns out, getting some more space is just the start of its benefits. — Sal Vaglica, contributor


What is the BenQ EW3280U:

The BenQ EW3280U is a 32-inch monitor that will handle all your daily computing tasks, most of your photo work, gaming, and all of your streaming video content. At 32 inches, there is plenty of room to have two apps running at nearly full size. Even better, we found we didn’t need our laptop hanging around off to the side as a supplemental screen.


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Go for Gold: Best Festbier Lagers to Try This October

Oktoberfest will look mighty different this fall. Germany’s annual beer-and-sausage blowout is canceled, and large American gatherings will likely remain limited—but don’t see the glass half-empty. Instead, fill it to the top with festbier, the golden lager that’s designed for celebrations.

Americans mostly associate Oktoberfest beers with the richly malted Märzen (meaning March), a copper-toned lager historically brewed in early spring and lagered, or cold-conditioned, throughout summer. However, the robust brew has long had an Achilles’ heel: They’re a little on the heavy side. That’s why Germany’s go-to Oktoberfest lager is now festbier, lighter in color, loaded with flavor, and suitable for a liter or four on an autumn afternoon.

“It’s full-bodied but very, very easy-drinking,” says Steve Hauser, CEO of Paulaner USA.

With imported-beer aisles now brimming with freshly brewed German takes, stateside breweries have also embraced the more assertively hopped festbier. It’s time to go for gold.


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A People Pleaser

A People Pleaser

I used to pride myself on being a chameleon… That meant: 

  • Being all things to all people
  • Adjusting my likes and dislikes to theirs
  • Saying, doing what I think they want to hear or see.. 

Ugh!! It was exhausting! And I didn’t realize what I know now- there is a name for it and it’s called “people pleasing”

It’s such an easy trap to fall into! I mean…

  • We want to be liked
  • We want to fit in
  • We don’t want to create problems… 

But there is a huge problem with people pleasing. There is huge cost.

  • We forget who WE are
  • We lose the authentic version of ourselves 
  • We don’t know what we really like or don’t 
  • We stop going for our dreams.

With people pleasing you are doing something you THINK is right.

You don’t know it is hurting you but it is.

How do … Read more

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How to cope when a loved one is depressed, suicidal, or manic

If you aren’t sure how to cope when a loved one is depressed, suicidal, or manic, it may be time to learn.

The number of people reporting depression symptoms shot up when the pandemic began, with a recent study suggesting depression tripled among Americans this past spring. The greater burden fell on people with fewer resources, socially and economically, and more exposure to stressful situations, such as job loss. Ongoing surveys are finding that 25% of respondents still report feeling depressed every day.

These kinds of struggles are heart-wrenching to witness. The following suggestions can help you both.

Ways to help care for a loved one in distress

  • Encourage your loved one to get treatment and stick with it. Ask if you can help arrange an in-person or telehealth appointment with a therapist. Gently remind your loved one about taking medication or keeping therapy appointments.
  • Don’t ignore comments about
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This Fall, Anxo Cidre Blanc Will Make You Love Dry Cider

According to my calendar, it’s time for us to consider the apple. For much of the last decade, it’s been my annual fall tradition to write about hard cider, a fermented fruit that’s had a hard time breaking into mainstream imbibing.

On the surface, hard cider is a marketer’s dream beverage. The ferment is free of gluten and filled with history as America’s original inebriant, predating rum and beer. Hard cider can be as multifaceted and terroir-driven as fine wine, apples plucked from pastoral orchards bathed in slanted fall sun.

The 27 Best Beers You Can Actually Buy at a Local Grocery Store

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Five years ago, hard cider seemed poised to again become America’s sweetheart, a love affair rekindled after too much time apart. Hard seltzer ruined the renewed romance. Low-sugar, gluten-free Truly and White Claw bubbled across America, leaving cider in their naturally flavored wakes.… Read more

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As family well-being declines, so does children’s behavior

The COVID-19 pandemic is bad not only for our physical health, but our mental health as well. It has killed thousands of people and disrupted our lives in terrible ways. So it’s not surprising that a recent survey finds that parents in the US are having a hard time.

Researchers did a national survey in June of 2020 of more than 1,000 parents with children under the age of 18, asking questions about mental health, insurance coverage, food security, child care, and use of health care. They found that compared to before March of 2020,

  • 27% reported worsening mental health for themselves
  • 17% reported worsening behavioral health for their children
  • Moderate to severe food insecurity rose by a third, going from 6% to 8%
  • Employee-sponsored health care went down only slightly, from 63% to 60%
  • 24% reported loss of child care; however, among families with children 5 or younger, it
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2020 Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Release: Top 3 Things You Should Know

Buffalo Trace announced this week the imminent availability of the most-coveted bourbon in the country: Pappy Van Winkle. The bottles of this much-beloved liquor are already shipping, and will be on sale next month.

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2020 isn’t exactly the same as past years, with pandemic conditions creating a lot of shipping and shopping nightmares of would-be bourbon hunters.

For the uninformed, the annual release of the Van Winkle bourbons (and one rye!) sees bourbon nerds scooping up as much of the six expressions of Van Winkle as they can, sometimes to stockpile, other times to re-sell for a profit.

The official releases will begin at the start of November, depending on your local liquor market. Whether you’re going to brave the hellscape yourself or just watch from the safety of home, here are three things you … Read more

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5 Best Exercising Jump Ropes To Use At Home

One of the best ways to do a home workout is to get an exercising jump rope. It offers a vigorous workout and it is convenient to have in the home, taking up little space. As with any workout equipment, not all are made the same.

There are a ton of exercising jump ropes for you to choose from out there. To help you make a choice quicker, we have selected a few of our favorites you can find below.

Looking at all the options for exercising jump ropes out there, we fell upon this one as the best overall for a few reasons. For one, these are very affordable. You won’t have to spend too much picking these up. Another is that it is very durable. You don’t want it falling apart on you when you workout. It’s also just designed very well, making the whole jump rope process … Read more

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Next Big Star Stripped Away for Being Gay with Jonathan George

Next Big Star Stripped Away for Being Gay with Jonathan George

Jonathan George Builds Rock Star Brands! He  is known as “The Human Hitmaker” because of his ability to see people’s untapped potential, his methods to pull that potential to the surface, and his ability to cultivate it into greatness.

But who he is TODAY is not who he always was! Growing up as a gay male, in texas, he never felt good enough. Bullied, picked on, and teased for his creative side confused him. With a father who was a pastor, he was taught to fit in a box and hide who he really was. Right before his gifts and talents and music were about to take off in a BIG way,  the industry he loved so much found out he was gay and they dropped him.

Devastated, but NOT defeated, Jonathon pivoted his passion into purpose and now … Read more

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Pacifico to Host First-Of-Its-Kind Virtual Skate Competition in Chicago

On October 8th, a first-of-its-kind virtual skate competition will take place in Chicago––The Downtown Open S.K.A.T.E Championship, hosted by Pacifico. A Chicago warehouse will be transformed to host and stream the event, with six professional skateboarders competing in an epic S.K.A.T.E. battle.

The first virtual action sports event, this exclusive skate event is an extension of the Downtown Open series. The competition will be broadcast live from Chicago via Transworld Skateboarding Website, Youtube, Facebook, and Downtown Open Twitch.

What is a S.K.A.T.E. Battle?

The object of the competition is to be the last skater to accrue the letters S-K-A-T-E. Two athletes in each bracket will coin toss to decide who goes first in the bracket.

The winner of the coin toss is Athlete A and will set the first trick and the other athlete is Athlete B. An athlete is eliminated from their bracket … Read more

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