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Are We Lonelier?

A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were out to dinner, I noticed that we were the only two people at the restaurant who were talking to each other and didn’t have our phones out. Be it youngsters, families, couples on a date, group of girls, they were all glued to their mobile…

Farmers Market in Lansing, Michigan

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The Societal Importance of Farmers Markets

Farmers markets can be found in almost any place in the US. They are invaluable since they help to support local farms and local businesses. By purchasing produce, dairy products, crafts, and supplies that are made available at your local farmers market, you can reduce your carbon footprint, support your local economy, and support local…

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How Poverty Affects Decision Making

The poverty threshold in the United States in 2011 was an income of $11,484 for individuals and $23,021 for a family of four. People in either of these categories are considered poor and generally qualify for various state and federal assistance programs, including food (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and healthcare (Medicaid). Roughly…

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Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly Party Foods

Accommodating everyone’s dietary needs can be a difficult task for a party host. When you’re hosting get-togethers, you have enough on your plate as it is without worrying about what some people can and cannot eat. Two difficult groups to accommodate for are vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarians don’t eat any meat, and vegans don’t eat…

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The Wage Difference Problem

Men may be from Mars and Women from Venus, but when it comes down to getting paid for the same or similar type of work, men eat steak and women get the scraps. The wage difference in the United States has been an issue for several generations of women and minorities in this country; few…