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Wait for the whole story in Paris

by Megan Tambio

While the new movie Spotlight depicts the Boston Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal in 2002, it’s really a testament to mindful reporting. A running theme in the film is waiting — waiting to get the right information and waiting to find the source of the problem. But waiting isn’t valued much anymore, in our news or anything else.

 

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It’s a Fracking Good Life

By Mikey Tittinger

 

One person’s hydraulic fracturing is another’s “fracking”. Whatever you call it, extracting natural gas from the earth by injecting water, guar gum and chemicals is good fun.

 

Still, some wet blanket of a California lawmaker — Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) — wants a new label for food irrigated with “fracking water”. But anonymous agriculture experts counter there isn’t enough known about the topic. Good enough for me.

 

I like fracking. I like saying the word fracking. So much so that I’ve even made my top-10 list of Things to like Love About Fracking:

 

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Failing … to make a difference

By Katharine Romefelt

You have to take risks in order to develop and change, which means you have to be OK with making a fool of yourself sometimes. On National Failures Day this Saturday, embrace the possibility of failing with open arms. Don’t let your fears paralyze you.

“I think people fear failure because it’s a big hit to their self-esteem,” said James Reese while meandering down Sunset Boulevard. “You have to let go of your ego if you want to improve yourself, because you’re inevitably going to fail a few times in the process.”

This Saturday and in the weeks to follow

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Happiness … it happens

By Katharine Romefelt

Our brains are wired to focus on the negative. Back before civilization, it was more important to know if a lion was about to chase you than to notice a beautiful sunset or the bloom of spring. But life-or-death matters are less common these days, so why dwell on aspects of your life that bring you down?

This Saturday is Happiness Happens Day! Retrain your brain by seeking out the positive things in life.

“I think you can really find happiness in the moments,” said Veronica Newlin, as she blissfully savored her pizza at Abrosia Café on Sunset.

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Celebrate This: Getting down with nature

By Katharine Romefelt

Do you care about your world? Well, it’s no surprise that its natural resources are dwindling at a rapid rate.  And while the risk of running out of these precious resources is reason enough to start conserving, the value of nature as a place of refuge is all the more reason to be more mindful of wasteful habits.

This Tuesday is World Nature Conservation Day, a time to take stock of Mother Earth.

“One of the saddest things about all the waste today is that we’re slowly losing more natural environments closer to cities,” said Jack Coghlan, enjoying his pre-work coffee at Pi on Sunset.

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