Author: Valerie Jocums

Your Health Is Being Threatened by Your Office Job

Do you ever worry about how your job is affecting your health? Not how the stress of your job is impacting it, but how the environment or physical motions of your job affect your health? Before our recent move to a mostly technology and service industry economy, physical harm was a big worry for many workers. It might not have even been a worry, but just a reality. Many injuries were accepted as part of the job, like industrial accidents in manufacturing plants, and farm accidents from unpredictable animals or equipment failure. Even illnesses like mesothelioma from exposure to...

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Symbols and Meanings of the Spring Holidays

The history of many holidays can be told through the images that are associated with them. Sometimes that history is clear: a baby in a manger or fireworks. Other times, it is harder to find the reasoning behind the iconography: dyed eggs or heart shapes. However, once you dig into the history of a holiday, it can become clear where the association happened. Many of our holidays, especially those based on religious events, go back hundreds of years. The images that we associate with them today have been refined and changed throughout the years. As societies change and grow,...

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Do We Really Want Technology Doing These Jobs?

In the past 50 years, technology has advanced exponentially. Our children’s world is now defined by smartphones and the internet. By the time today’s children are ready to enter the job market, the landscape will be very different. Already, robotics and technology are changing the face of not only manufacturing but also, the service industry and the medical field. Many of the jobs are dangerous and better done by robots. However, after doing a little research on things engineers are designing robots to do, I have realized that there are tasks I really just want a human to do....

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Easy Fixes to Update a Bathroom

I just recently moved into my new husband’s house. I love the house, but it is older and needs some updating. The first room I want to tackle is the master bath. The master bedroom is large and the master bath is not bad, but it could be a little larger. It has a large shower-tub combo that I love. It does have his and hers sinks, but the counter area is small, and the storage is minimal. Finally, the toilet is in the open, between the vanity area and the shower. There are many things I would like...

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