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  • 12 ways to maximize vertical space

    Metro|Updated Jul 27, 2023

    Who hasn't, at one point in their lives, lamented a lack of space and organization at home? A lifetime's worth of items have to be kept somewhere, and without the right organizational strategy, clutter can quickly take over. The home improvement site Home Therapy says that, when square footage is limited, tapping vertical walls is the fastest way to maximize and multiply the space available. Hooks, rods, shelving, built-ins ... the sky is the limit when it comes to finding...

  • Simple tips for successful slow cooking

    Metro|Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Slow cookers can be found in many homes. Slow cookers are great for busy individuals who prefer to prepare meals in advance and then arrive home in the evening to a hot, homecooked meal. People new to slow cookers may want to gain some knowledge before diving in to improve their chances of preparing tasty meals. The following are some slow cooker tips that can benefit home chefs. • Treat the slow cooker like an oven and preheat it. Putting food into an already warmed crock c...

  • 12 ways to maximize vertical space

    Metro|Updated Jul 10, 2023

    Who hasn't, at one point in their lives, lamented a lack of space and organization at home? A lifetime's worth of items have to be kept somewhere, and without the right organizational strategy, clutter can quickly take over. The home improvement site Home Therapy says that, when square footage is limited, tapping vertical walls is the fastest way to maximize and multiply the space available. Hooks, rods, shelving, built-ins ... the sky is the limit when it comes to finding...

  • The link between volunteering and academic performance

    Metro|Updated Jun 28, 2023

    There are many reasons for parents to encourage children who express an interest in volunteering. Volunteering is a social activity that can help children develop their social and networking skills, and many parents credit volunteering with instilling a sense of perspective in their children that they might not have gained had they not been exposed to people from different backgrounds. Volunteering also has been linked to stronger academic performance. The Corporation for...

  • The basics of cloud storage

    Metro|Updated Feb 6, 2023

    A spinning color wheel is an unwelcome sight for millions of computer users. A host of issues can compromise the ability of a computer to work efficiently and without delay, and a computer with a maxed out storage capacity is one such problem. Storage issues on a computer can be addressed in a number of ways, but savvy users recognize how much cloud storage can help the performance of their machines. Novices may not understand how cloud storage works, so a basic rundown can he...

  • Interesting facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Metro|Updated Jan 16, 2023

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the 21st century. King's tireless activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s improved the lives of millions of people, and his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, marked one of the darkest days in American history. King's oratory prowess is well-documented. Individuals across the globe are familiar with his "I Have a Dream" speech, which King delivered during the March on Washington....

  • Explaining All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

    Metro Creative|Updated Nov 1, 2022

    Mystery and the macabre are often center stage in autumn, especially around Halloween. However, the day of tricks and treats often overshadows two important days in the Christian Church. All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are Christian religious observances, particularly among Roman Catholics. All Saints' Day is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation that requires individuals to attend services. The day commemorates and is dedicated to all the saints of the Church, or those who...

  • How to overcome mental fatigue

    Metro|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Fatigue and exhaustion are often discussed in terms that characterize the physical effects that they have on the body. However, mental fatigue can be just as draining as physical exhaustion, even if its symptoms are not as evident as achy muscles or tired feet. The online medical resource WebMD notes that mental fatigue typically arises when individuals focus on mentally challenging tasks for extended periods of time. Many individuals also experienced mental fatigue during...

  • Did you know?

    Metro Creative|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    John Adams, supporter of American independence and a representative for Boston at the First Continental Congress, felt that, after America gained independence from Great Britain, July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate American Independence Day. July 2nd was when the vote for independence took place. July 4, 1776 was when the Declaration of Independence was officially signed. Thereafter, Adams would reportedly decline invitations to appear at July 4th events in...

  • Did you know?

    Metro Creative|Updated Jun 28, 2022

    According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 people were treated for fireworks injuries in emergency rooms in 2020. In addition, injuries and deaths from fireworks increased by 50 percent between 2019 and 2020. Forty-four percent of those injuries were burns, 30 percent involved the hands and fingers and 22 percent affected the head, face and ears. USCPSC data also indicated that 15 percent of injuries affected the eyes. The majority of...

  • The role of exercise in cancer prevention

    Metro|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    The effects of cancer on the body are profound, which is why so many people want to implement as many measures as they can to reduce their risk of developing the disease. One of the vital steps to take is to increase physical activity. A recent study from researchers at the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute links exercise to a lower risk of specific types of cancer. People understand that exercise is important to health, but they may not know just how...

  • What seniors should know about social media safety

    Metro Creative|Updated Feb 9, 2022

    Seniors might not be the demographic individuals initially associate with social media. However, Pew Research notes that seniors' social media usage has been steadily rising for a number of years, proving that individuals 65 and over are not tech-averse. Pew data from 2019 indicates that 46 percent of individuals 65 and older use Facebook. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram can be a great way to stay connected with family and friends and stay up-to-date on...

  • Interesting facts about winter

    Metro Creative|Updated Dec 29, 2021

    The winter solstice marks the first day of winter. For people residing in the Northern Hemisphere, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, heralds the official arrival of winter (the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice is on Sunday, June 20). Though it's common to think of the winter solstice as an event that spans an entire day, it actually occurs for just a moment - specifically when a hemisphere is tilted as far away from the sun as it can be. Winter is widely known as the coldest...

  • Explaining cloud storage

    Metro|Updated Dec 1, 2021

    Technology advances at such a rapid pace that it can be hard for consumers to keep up. Something that maybe didn't exist as recently as a few years ago may already be considered obsolete, while some solutions that were on the periphery for years may suddenly become vital to how individuals and businesses operate. Cloud storage likely qualifies as something that, though it's been available for many years, figures to become a bigger part of people's daily lives in the coming...

  • Two unique ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

    Metro Creative|Updated Nov 17, 2021

    Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday. Families may have their own unique Thanksgiving traditions, but one staple of this kickoff to the holiday season is bound to make its way to Thanksgiving dinner tables no matter how unusual families' holiday celebrations may be: turkey. Much effort goes into picking and preparing a Thanksgiving turkey. Depending on the size of the bird, turkeys can take many hours to cook. Thanksgiving celebrants are no doubt familiar with oven-roasted...

  • The Fabric of Plaid Friday

    Metro Creative|Updated Nov 17, 2021

    The holiday season sometimes arrives with a frenetic pace. At the dawn of the holiday season, there seems to be so much to fit into a relatively short period of time, including planning celebrations and shopping. The rush often begins the Friday after American Thanksgiving on a day called Black Friday. Plaid Friday was born out of a recognition that the frenzied nature of Black Friday may not be for everyone. The event was created in Oakland, Calif., to transform holiday...

  • Strategies to overcome seasonal affective disorder

    Metro Newspaper Service|Updated Feb 10, 2021

    Winter can be an awe-inspiring time of year. Snow-covered landscapes and opportunities to enjoy sports like skiing and snowboarding make winter a favorite time of year for nature enthusiasts and athletes. As fun as winter can be, many people struggle with the transition from warm weather and long, sunny days to cold weather and reduced hours of sunlight. Sometimes mistaken or misidentified as the "winter blues," this phenomenon is known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD....

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