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(NewsUSA) - On a typical day, the average person doesn't think about how it feels to go days with little human connection or interaction.

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Thursday 04/02/2020
Tap into Employer Benefit Resources in Times of Uncertainty
Posted: April 02, 2020

(Family Features) For many American workers, how they do their jobs dramatically changed with the spread of COVID-19. Some have shifted to working from home while others moved to part-time or reduced hours.

5 Tips to Reduce Your Pet's Environmental Pawprint
Posted: April 02, 2020

(Family Features) There’s plenty of advice on ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but you might be left wondering about the environmental pawprint made by your pet.

Free Family Entertainment from Home
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect.

Now's the Time to Focus on Financial Health in the Workplace
Posted: April 02, 2020

(Family Features) Employers have both an opportunity and a responsibility to care for their employees' financial wellbeing. Employers that help their teams achieve better financial health tend to foster healthier, more productive and more committed workforces.

How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

Maintenance Tips for a More Reliable Ride
Posted: April 02, 2020

4 things to know for National Car Care Month

5 Tips for 1st Foods for Babies
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Ask any parent what he or she remembers most about a child’s first year and you’re likely to hear quite a bit about sleep schedules. However, a baby’s eating schedule is just as important as his or her sleep.

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

Wednesday 04/01/2020
Tips for living your best life with hand tremor
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Imagine how your life would change if you were unable to bring a cup to your mouth without spilling, if you couldn’t do the buttons on your clothes or even brush your teeth without difficulty. If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with essential tremor (ET), you already know what that's like.

5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Spices
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) One area of the kitchen that is often overlooked when it comes to spring cleaning is the area home chefs keep their spices, whether it’s a cabinet, rack or drawer. Keeping your spices fresh and organized is a smart way to create faster, more flavorful meals.

5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

Add Joy to Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming.

4 Tips to Train Your Pet
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Training a pet can be a rewarding process. It takes some time and patience, but it can also be a way to bond with your pet and help set you both up for a happy life together.

Tuesday 03/31/2020
Know a military child? Here's how to honor them and keep connections strong
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Men and women in the United States armed forces give a lot for their country, but it's not just those enlisted that sacrifice. Estimates show there are more than a million military children of active duty members worldwide. These children are the nation's youngest heroes, often dealing with frequent moves and parents who work irregular schedules, including demands that may keep them deployed for months or even years.

Thursday 03/26/2020
Diverse Book Ideas: Family Odyssey to India; Geopolitical Thriller; Myths About Single Women; Helping the World Communicate
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 2:31 am

“The Buddha Sat Right Here” by Dena Moes

(NAPSI)—Author Dena Moes felt trapped on the “hamster wheel of working motherhood,” no longer believing that bigger material possessions cause greater happiness. So in 2014 she tore off her Supermom cape, shuttered the house, and took her husband and preteen daughters on an eight-month odyssey through India and Nepal. 

Her family left their California life of carpools and Cal skate, and traveled by bus, train and elephant. They met the Dalai Lama, hugged Amma the Divine Mother and visited the tree where the Buddha sat.

This unforgettable adventure will open your heart, crack you up, and may even change the way you engage in family life and spiritual seeking. Purchase at

“Desert Burial” by Brian Littlefair

American geologist Ty Campbell is on the periphery of the Sahara’s internecine warfare in Mali, trying to forget his murdered wife. When Lila, an aid worker on the verge of emotional collapse, leads a convoy of African refugees into the Mali badlands, Ty’s hermitage is shattered. Attempting to save the refugees, Ty and Lila make a Faustian pact with Bud van Sickle—the smiling face of a powerful multinational corporation—who is competing for the lucrative privilege of ridding the planet of nuclear waste. His solution? Bury it beneath the land claimed by the refugees.

“Desert Burial” probes the human connections that mock our illusion of a world under our control—and reveals how those connections ultimately redeem us. From Dunn Books, purchase at

“Single That: Dispelling The Top 10 Myths of the Single Woman” by Acamea Deadwiler

Acamea Deadwiler offers a practical guide for the single woman and serves as a reminder that we are more than a relationship status. It’s a must read for every past and present single woman, as well as every man who would like insight into what being a single woman really means.

The author puts numerous myths to rest, including the idea that single women are desperate, bitter, crazy or hard to love. “Single That: Dispelling The Top 10 Myths Of The Single Woman” offers an unapologetic look at the single woman, with straightforward advice. It’s empowering, enlightening and insightful. Purchase at

“Global Content Quest: In Search of Better Translations” by Ian A. Henderson

You may think of translation as a costly linguistic problem to be solved at the end of a process. But in reality, translation is a content issue, one that needs to be taken into consideration at the beginning of any major undertaking.

In “Global Content Quest: In Search of Better Translations,” industry leader Ian A. Henderson shares the story of the journey he and his wife Françoise undertook to help the world communicate better. The book also highlights the “Localization Maturity Model,” the author’s framework that companies can implement to measure goals and progress. From Rubric Inc., purchase at

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5 Tips to Fight Sleep Deprivation
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Despite a desire for perfect sleep, Americans are not even close to getting the recommended eight hours a night, and 1 in 4 Americans believes the sleep they are getting isn’t the quality rest they want and need.

Wednesday 03/25/2020
Rock-And-Roll Mystery
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—In the ’80s and ’90s, Jimmy Thunder was flying high—as bass player and lyricist for the chart-topping “hair band” Dark Mondays. But times and tastes changed, forcing Jimmy into early retirement, complete with a bruised ego and a years-long grudge against an industry that abandoned him.

So when a record company lawyer shows up on Jimmy’s doorstep, he is less than welcoming. Only when the attorney states his case—that Jimmy’s old friend Kevin is dying, and leaving behind a musical mystery worth millions—is he willing to head back into the world he left behind, and help unravel a puzzle that has baffled fans for decades.

In his journey, Jimmy meets D.L, the self-professed #1 fan of Kevin’s band Cause for Alarm, and the two travel up and down the East Coast—reconnecting with fellow musicians in hopes of piecing together a long-forgotten past.

The two quickly discover that someone is hunting them—someone who knows the truth, and wants it to stay buried. But as Jimmy and D.L. continue on their mission, more secrets are revealed—with intimate truths pulling these strangers together.

“Thunder Rolls,” by David Abolafia, has been called “a rollicking rock-and-roll mystery” with “a breathlessly fast-moving plot” and characters “who will stay with you long after the last page.” It is available in paperback and ebook formats at and at

Watch UPtv For A Celebration of Faith, Forgiveness And Love
Posted: March 25, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Especially in stressful times, curling up with some positive TV programs can be a much-needed relaxing experience for the whole family.

Safety in the Sky
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

What to know about emergency air ambulance transportation

4 Tips for Millennial Caregivers
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Caregiving affects all generations, with more than 10 million unpaid caregivers in the United States between the ages of 18-39, according to research published by AARP. That’s 1 in 4 people nationwide who care for an older relative or friend. These young caregivers often take on the task alone, without the support of professionals, while juggling school and job responsibilities.

Friday 03/20/2020
Unlock Your Home Equity with A Home Co-Investment
Posted: March 20, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Owning a home is a huge investment, and once they've owned long enough to build up equity, many homeowners opt to leverage the equity for other uses. But if you're on the fence about taking on another monthly loan payment, an option that may be right for you is co-investing.

Managing Screen Time While Kids Are Home From School
Posted: March 20, 2020

(StatePoint) With many kids out of school and spending more time at home, finding ways to fill the time is essential. As most parents know, it can be tempting to allow children to pass some of the extra hours using digital devices, however, research shows that managing screen time is vital for developing minds.

Wednesday 03/18/2020
How Your Business Can Survive The Coronavirus
Posted: March 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As the world has hit the metaphorical panic button during the rise of Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases worldwide, the daily reality for people and businesses is rapidly changing.

Don't Sweat The EPA's 2020 Freon Phaseout This Summer
Posted: March 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As temperatures rise and air conditioners begin to blast, educated homeowners have no need to fear the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2020 Freon Phaseout.

Action, All-Star Cast Abound in Civil War Film
Posted: March 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - The post-Civil War years were challenging and tumultuous times. The WARRANT, a new drama, brings this period to life with a story of hardship, friendship, and ultimately justice.

5 Innovations that are Making the World a Better Place
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With new technologies and innovations improving many aspects of daily life, humanitarian work should be no different.

'It Impacts Weight, Sleep and Mental Health': What You Need to Know About Your Thyroid
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Michele Adams is quick to say, “I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus,” but it took her being hit by a car for her thyroid disease to finally be diagnosed.

5 Tips for a More Efficient Workday
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Being more productive at work means working smarter, not harder (or longer) and getting the most out of the hours you spend in the office. Sometimes, however, people find their workdays spiral out of control even when they start each morning with a set plan and to-do list.

Tuesday 03/17/2020
Dispel the myths about drug and alcohol use
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When it comes to drugs and alcohol, do the teens in your life know how to separate fact from fiction? As with many of the myths portrayed in pop culture — including on TV, in movies and on social media — what you see doesn’t always reflect reality.

A Look Back At America’s History-Themed Park
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Take a ride through history in a new book about a theme park that opened 60 years ago—and was secretly doomed from the start.

Mystery and Intrigue; Unraveling A Family Secret; Don’t Let Technology Crack Your Nest Egg
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

“A Child Lost: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel” by Michelle Cox

Monday 03/16/2020
Spring Cleaning: What You May Be Missing
Posted: March 16, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Spring is here, and that means so is spring cleaning. This year, take time to show some love to the workhorses that make your house run smoothly; namely, the washing machine, dishwasher, disposal, and stove.

Fun Rainy Day Tips for Families
Posted: March 16, 2020

(StatePoint) On rainy days, it can be tempting to hand children devices and let them fall down a YouTube rabbit hole. After all, there can be a lot of hours to fill when the weather isn’t cooperating with your weekend plans.

Thursday 03/12/2020
Words Of Business Wisdom, High-Stakes Thriller, And A Unique Audiobook Experience
Updated: March 14, 2020 - 2:34 am

“Gather As You Go: Sharing Lessons Along the Way” by Carol Lavin Bernick

(NAPSI)—Former Alberto Culver Executive Chairperson Carol Lavin Bernick offers a collection of wisdom on topics from leadership, philanthropy and branding to civic engagement and raising kids as a working mom to assisting older parents, and more. She hopes the book will inspire people of all ages and lifestyles with ideas that are helpful, thought provoking and encouraging.

A general “just good advice” section includes essays on how smart people ask for help, what to do when you make a mistake, and how to make interesting conversation. Add to that everything from party tips to keys to innovation. Net proceeds go toward her family’s charity Enchanted Backpack. Purchase at

“Killer Deal” by Karen S. Gordon

Lauren Gold and Vance Courage buy a luxury West Texas guest ranch as a way to launder a few million bucks. Soon after, tragedy strikes: A body is found in one of the buildings. Suspecting the killer might be among them, they begin to dig for clues. What they unearth is chilling.

“Killer Deal” is a fast-paced thriller. Readers are entwined in an intriguing look at the hunger for power, the ego of control, the persistence of greed, and two unlikely heroes who battle society’s dependence on high tech and its loss of social conscience in their not-so-conventional attempt to uncover the truth. Purchase at

“Disruption Off” by Terry Jones

Worried your company won’t survive in the fast-changing, high-tech world? Discover innovative strategies to future-proof your profits. Do you worry young, cutting-edge companies will push you out of the market? Do you wish your organization was the one doing the disrupting? Are you struggling to keep up with the breakneck speed of modern business?

Terry Jones, Travelocity founder, CIO of the multibillion-dollar SABRE company, founding chairman of, and VP of American Airlines, has battled the frontlines of business disruption. And now he’s here to share his hard-won wisdom and insider tips to give you an edge in an increasingly volatile market. From Forbes Books, purchase at

“The Barefoot Spirit” (audiobook) by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey

The NYTs bestseller, “The Barefoot Spirit” paperback introduced the indomitable spirit of a scrappy startup that hoisted itself, hand over hand, up the mountain of the impossible to become America’s top wine brand. This unique and entertaining audiobook provides an immersive, fully-casted, listening experience, with actors playing the parts (notably Ed Asner and Gigi Perreau), including sound effects and an original musical score. “Transformative!”—Forbes.

An engaging, informative, and often humorous look into the struggles, ingenuity and humanity that founded the iconic national brand. Conveying important business lessons through “Business Audio Theatre,” The Barefoot Spirit is a Finalist for BEST BUSINESS AUDIOBOOK at the 2020 Audie Awards. Purchase at

NOTE: BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Private Jets No Longer for the Rich and Famous
Posted: March 12, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Remember the excitement of calling your first Uber or LYFT ride? With the download of an app and the click of a button, convenience and transportation were right at your fingertips. The days of standing on the corner hailing a cab or hiring a car service are over (for most.)

Career progression and financial wellness still barriers for women
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - In the United States, women now earn more college degrees than men do. They make up half the workforce and, furthermore, are the primary breadwinner in more than half of households. Women have never been more well-positioned, but they continue to face numerous barriers that can make it difficult to advance in the workplace and build financial stability.

185 overdoses each day: The real stories and faces behind the crisis
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - What happens when a news story hits close to home? Angela, a news anchor from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had been reporting on stories about the opioid epidemic when she found herself living every parent’s worst nightmare: her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, died of a drug overdose caused by fentanyl in May 2018.

Fun Outdoor Activities for the Family this Spring
Posted: March 12, 2020

(StatePoint) The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and you’re probably ready to get outside. Spring offers new opportunities for outdoor fun for the entire family. In fact, it is the perfect time to create a bucket list of warm weather activities for the season ahead.

5 Tips for Traveling by Air with Children
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Spring, for some families, means packing bags and heading to the airport for a getaway. However, flying with young children can be stressful.

Wednesday 03/11/2020
6 Great Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids Under $25
Posted: March 11, 2020

(StatePoint) A happy birthday doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Here are six cool gift ideas for infants and preschoolers intended to make learning fun, all which cost under $25:

Plan Ahead for Peak Travel Seasons
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A family getaway is the perfect chance to unwind and reconnect with loved ones away from the distractions of daily life. However, peak travel times like Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekend are some of the busiest times of the year, which can mean limited options.

Tuesday 03/10/2020
Fact or fiction: Debunking sleep apnea myths
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - While many are familiar with the term, sleep apnea is commonly misunderstood — and largely undiagnosed. An estimated 54 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea, although 80% may not know they have it and remain undiagnosed.

Women: Not Every Infection Is A Yeast Infection
Posted: March 10, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Yeast infections are a source of discomfort for many women, but sometimes the symptoms of yeast infections are a sign of something more serious.

Monday 03/09/2020
5 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan this year
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons? Make it a point to confirm discounts when booking hotel reservations? Secretly (or not so secretly!) love the senior discount at the movie theater?

Thursday 03/05/2020
How to get your home guest-ready, even if you have pets
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re hosting guests with allergies — and you have pets — you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem!

4 outdoor cleaning tips that could help you save thousands
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and budding trees and flowers are early signs that warmer weather and spring are on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it’s also a sign it might be time for a little spring cleaning.

New Survey Reveals What Americans Rely on Most
Posted: March 05, 2020

(NewsUSA) - You may be surprised to learn that, when asked to consider the items they can't live without, Americans rank toothpaste and their toothbrush almost as important as the internet and cell phones, according to a recent study.

Wednesday 03/04/2020
Best cost-effective tech products that simplify your life
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there’s a huge variety of items to choose from that can add convenience and fun to your life, for a surprising range of prices.

Five Tips to Safely Manage Medications
Posted: March 04, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Medication management often feels like a high-stakes balancing act. With multiple visits to doctors and specialists, a variety of dosage instructions, and refill schedules that vary from prescription to prescription, it's a challenge to keep medications organized.

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