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People will change their lives because of Covid. Maybe.

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After a couple of months of quarantine, commentators across the world are speculating about what will happen to relationships and the world.

Will the divorce rate go up? The Boston Globe notes that some cities in China had a spike in divorce applications following the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt.

Will more people get married? Maybe the isolation of quarantine was too much. One city-dwelling 20-something wrote in Medium that he lived for 20-second text contacts, and he felt adrift.

Maybe marriage and family, the old solution, will be the new solution.


Radical social transformation? A UK economist writes in the Future that COVID-19 will require radical social change, a new socialist model. It’s not just a few weeks at home.

Subtle social transformation? Sybil Francis, President & CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, wrote in azcentral.com, that COVID started the trend toward telemedicine, telecommuting, and more sympathy toward the vulnerable.

An end to polarization? A Columbia University professor who studies intractable conflict, writes in Politico an idea he admits is idealistic: Perhaps we will all come together to unite against a common enemy. He asserts that 75 percent of inter-state conflicts have ended 10 years after a colossal shock to the system.

Will education be online and personal? Katherine Mangu-Ward, a senior editor at Reason, thinks the resistance to homeschooling will be swept away, at least for K-12.

More fun? Mary Frances Berry, professor of American Social Thought, history, and African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks people will look for carefree entertainment.

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Kids’ Corner: How well do you know the world’s famous monuments?

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The world is filled with amazing monuments. Find out how well you know some of the most famous structures by taking this short quiz.

1. How tall is the Eiffel Tower in Paris?
a. 708 feet
b. 1,063 feet
c. 1,322 feet

2. What’s the name of the Greek citadel where the Parthenon is located?
a. The Acropolis
b. The Coliseum
c. The Red Square

3. Which country do you have to visit to admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
a. Italy
b. Spain
c. Morocco


4. What color is the Taj Mahal, the famous mausoleum in India?
a. Pink
b. Gold
c. White

5. Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States as a gift?
a. Canada
b. France
c. Germany

6. When did Emperor Qin Shi Huang order the construction of the Great Wall of China?
a. In 1,000 BC
b. In the third century BC
c. In the sixth century AD

7. What is La Sagrada Familia, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain?
a. A basilica
b. A clock tower
c. A giant archway

 

No cheating. How did you do?

Answers: 1-b), 2-a), 3-a), 4-c), 5-b), 6-b), 7-a).

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4 summer date night tips

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Summer is a great time to spice up your usual routine. Here are a few tips for creating a memorable date night with your partner.

1. Check the forecast. Whether you want to take advantage of a sunny day or dress up for a night on the town, make sure to check what Mother Nature has in store.

2. Improvise. Having a plan is great, but being spontaneous can lead to a memorable experience. Let yourself go with the flow.

3. Try something new. Shake things up by going to a restaurant you’ve never been to before or trying a new activity that piques your interest.


4. Take your time. Give yourself the opportunity to truly relax and unwind together by planning an overnight stay at a hotel or campground.

Don’t worry if everything isn’t perfect. Spending quality time together is what’s most important.

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5 summer activities to enjoy solo

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Being alone doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are five solo activities you may want to try this summer.

1. Visit a museum. You can choose which exhibits you want to explore and not worry about being rushed or taking too long.

2. Go to a movie. You can visit either a theater or drive-in. Once the movie starts, it won’t matter if you’re there alone. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

3. Relax at the park. Take some time to read, do yoga, or picnic at a nearby park.


4. Attend an outdoor show. Once you’re there, you’ll be swept up in the festive atmosphere and probably won’t need anyone to talk to.

5. Eat at a restaurant. Take the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal without having to worry about making conversation.

This summer, don’t deprive yourself of doing things you like just because you’re alone. Instead, make the most of the season and be open to trying new things.

 

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The advantages of zero-till farming

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Zero-till farming has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Here are some of its main advantages.

It can save you time and money
Not tilling every year saves money in labor and fuel. It also reduces the amount of wear and tear on your equipment.

It promotes healthier soil
Zero-till farming leaves soil organisms that are essential for growth undisturbed, which helps the soil retain vital nutrients.

It causes less soil compaction
Tilling requires heavy equipment to repeatedly drive over the soil, causing it to compact. This can increase flooding and prevent roots from getting nutrients, water, and air. With zero-till farming, this isn’t an issue.


It reduces soil erosion
Zero-till farming involves leaving unharvested crops on the field at the end of the season instead of working them into the soil, which helps reduce soil erosion.

Though it takes at least three years to see the results of zero-till farming, its benefits shouldn’t be ignored.

Zero-till farming and herbicides
Tilling is often used as weed control. Therefore, zero-till farmers typically have to increase their use of herbicides to eliminate them.

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Fall in love with trail running

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Trail running can be demanding, but many people enjoy it. Here are a few reasons this activity is becoming increasingly popular.

Physical health
On top of the usual benefits of running, trail running challenges your balance, coordination, and agility. Running up and down hills, along winding trails, and over uneven ground, forces you to adjust your pace and stride to suit the terrain. Not only is it more challenging, but the movements are less repetitive, reducing the risk of injury. In addition, the ground is softer than asphalt, which limits the impact on your joints.

Mental health
Running over uneven terrain requires intense concentration. This increased focus helps you stay present instead of thinking about your worries and concerns. Plus, the benefits of spending time in nature and breathing in the fresh air are well known. For these reasons, running outdoors can help relieve stress and keep your mind sharp.

What’s more, the beautiful scenery helps you focus less on your performance and more on enjoying yourself. In particular, it encourages you to slow down and admire your surroundings. There’s nothing like reaching your destination and being rewarded with a stunning view and a sense of accomplishment.


Lastly, trail running is simply fun. It can be freeing to let yourself trample through dust, mud, and puddles. If you don’t mind getting a little dirty, head out and explore the trails in your area this summer.

 

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Kids’ Corner: 5 birds that can’t fly

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Did you know that many species of birds can’t fly? Instead, their bodies are adapted to activities like running or swimming. Here are some examples.

1. Penguins
These aquatic birds are excellent swimmers. Even their bones have evolved to help them stay underwater rather than in the air. While nearly all penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere, you can find them in several places besides Antarctica.

2. Ostriches
These are the tallest and heaviest birds on the planet. They’re also fantastic runners. Thanks to their long, muscular legs and two-toed feet, ostriches can reach speeds of up to 44 miles per hour.

3. Steamer ducks
All four species of this seabird live at the very tip of South America, mostly in Argentina and Chile. Their name refers to the way they use their wings to move through the water, which resembles the wheel paddles of a steamboat.


4. Kiwis
These nocturnal birds from New Zealand are about the size of a chicken, but their wings are so small you can barely see them. Kiwis also don’t have tail feathers, but they do have whiskers like a cat.

5. Cassowaries
These running birds are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. Their feathers are black, but the skin on their neck can be bright blue, yellow, or red. They also have a large bony crest on top of their head.

While you certainly won’t spot any of these birds in your neighborhood, see if you can identify some species in your area on your next walk or bike ride.

 

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