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Drawing in crayon is therapy of ‘Yolanda’ kids

BOXES of crayons are distributed to the children.

A year after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) devastated the Visayas, children who bore the brunt of its long-reaching aftermath have proven to be the most resilient. In the town of Guiuan, a colleague witnessed the opening of several new classrooms.

Posted: November 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

Depression: indiscriminate stalker


Despite fame and fortune, celebrity artists may be more vulnerable to depression than the rest of us, brought low by the same creative qualities that gave them success in the first place, analysts say.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rice or wheat? How grains define cultural identity

This picture taken on Nov.r 19, 2013, shows a farmer standing in his rice field in the farming village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province. "Rice theory," described in the journal Science, holds that people who traditionally grow paddy rice become more collective and holistic over time because of the intense labor involved and the need for cooperation among neighbors.  AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS

Ever wondered why cultures can be so different, with Westerners more focused on the individual than people in the East?

Posted: May 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

To avoid fight with spouse, eat a snack

This undated handout photo provided by Ohio State University shows an all purpose voodoo doll. A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study involving voodoo dolls is right. Psychology researchers monitored the nightly blood sugar levels of 107 married couples for three weeks, asking them to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing their spouses to measure aggression. They found that the lower the blood sugars, the higher the crankiness, and the more pins pushed into the voodoo doll, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The people with the lowest glucose scores pushed twice in general as many pins on average as those with the highest blood sugar levels, the researchers said. (AP Photo/Jo McCulty, Ohio State University)

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Trance and hypnotic state explained


Is there a difference between being in “trance” and being in a “hypnotic state”?

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Mind and Body | Read More »