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Etch A Sketch Turns 60 This Year: How to Celebrate

(StatePoint) If you are like many parents these days, you are on a quest to find new ways to entertain the kids at home. This may be a good time to turn to a classic source of fun that requires no charging, batteries or Wi-Fi, making it screen time parents don’t have to limit.

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Friday 07/10/2020
4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) While there are many ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, pet ownership offers a plethora of mental and physical health benefits and adds value to your quality of life. A pet can be a constant companion around the house as a snuggle buddy on the couch, a friendly face when you walk into the room and a great partner to stay active with.

Safe Grilling Tips for a Sizzling Summer
Posted: July 10, 2020

(Family Features) When temperatures soar this summer, many American families may be seeking a break from the monotony of their everyday routines. To make the most of the extra time at home, firing up the grill can be a simple solution for relatively quick food preparation that also allows for spending time with loved ones in the comfort of your own backyard.

Create a Family-Friendly 'Staycation'
Posted: July 10, 2020

5 ways to fill your home with happiness

Safe Entertaining Tips in a COVID-19 World
Posted: July 10, 2020

( Depending on where you live, restrictions on social gatherings may become less strict in the coming weeks and months. However, many experts caution that care should still be exercised when groups of people gather.

4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As states ease COVID-19 restrictions and people get out of the house to return to work, pets around the country may see their daily routines of hanging out with everyone come to an end.

Warm Weather Skin Care Tips
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If you've ever noticed how thirsty you get when it's hot outside, that's because your body's natural water content evaporates more quickly in warm weather. It's not just your mouth that gets parched, however; your entire body, including your skin, can feel the impact of climbing temperatures.

Find Your Happy Place with Free Streaming Programs
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If the words “happy little trees” and “almighty mountains” slow your pulse and bring a sense of calm, you’re probably already a fan of Bob Ross. Now you can take in the soothing sights of Ross creating his famous art for free from virtually any device you own.

Thursday 07/09/2020
Why the Graves' Disease Community Should Focus on Eye Health
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) People living with Graves’ disease have a lot to focus on. The disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of the thyroid hormone, causes a variety of troublesome symptoms, many of which can happen with other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Some common symptoms include anxiety, tremors, heat sensitivity, weight loss, hair loss, change in menstrual cycle and irregular heartbeat.

4 Tips for Working from Home with Your Pet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) One of the perks of working from home is more time with your pets. While it can be exciting to have your furry friends by your side all day, it’s important to know how to make the day as productive and pleasant as possible for you and your pet. Mindfully incorporating your pet and his needs into your routine can allow for an efficient and successful workday with your four-legged coworker.

5 Ways Youth Can Connect Food Choices to a Healthier Planet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Although many young people care deeply about global issues like food and the environment, they don’t necessarily see these matters as connected. By learning more about the source of their food and the benefits of making nutritious choices, eating appropriate portions and minimizing food waste, youth can better understand the positive impact on their own and the planet’s health.

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Across the country, people are fostering and adopting furry friends more, with the number of animals in foster homes 43% higher than it was in 2019, according to 24PetWatch. With this uptick in fostering, potential pet owners are determining if they are ready and able to care for a pet permanently, and shelters are bracing for a time when these pets may be returned once people go back to work.

Wednesday 07/08/2020
4 Tips for Planning a Summer Family Vacation
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As stay-at-home orders ease, many families are eager to get out of the house and hit the road for a summer trip. However, vacation will most likely look different this year as families looking to get away may stay closer to home and take extra precautions.

Smart Summer Skin Care
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips

Tuesday 07/07/2020
Four Great Reads for Long Summer Days
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:32 am


Thursday 07/02/2020
Managing Your Emotions to Navigate a Crisis
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

4 Summer Health and Safety Tips for Cats
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Summer is officially here and while it may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend. By keeping your cat healthy, hydrated and active, your family will be able to enjoy more time together and get the most out of the season.

Wednesday 07/01/2020
Boost Your Retirement Income with Little-Known Benefits
Posted: July 01, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Retirement is a life-changing experience. For some older adults it can be relaxing, for others it can be energizing. Bu it should never be stressful.

4 Creative Ways to Drive Website Traffic
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Consistent website traffic is an essential building block for a successful online business. While paid ads and search engine optimization are valuable strategies, there are some lesser known, but equally effective, ways to attract potential customers to your website or funnel.

The Business of Reading
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

5 impactful books for building your small business

Top Ways to Reach Your Target Market
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) An amazing product, a phenomenal business model and a great team may put you on the right path, but ultimately, they mean little to your chances for success as a business owner if you don’t get in front of your target market.

Engage Virtually
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

Tips for keeping older adults connected

Market Your Business for Long-Term Success
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Rapid growth and long-term success are the dreams virtually every entrepreneur pursues. The fire pushes you to ascend to the mountaintop quickly and stay there as long as possible.

Smart Advice to Build Your Own Business
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With many tools and resources available, it is easy for entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. The United States has somewhere around 27 million entrepreneurs, and 69% of them started their businesses at home, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report from researchers at Babson College and Baruch College. 

8 Tips for Safely Operating Battery-Powered Tools
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Battery-powered power tools make it convenient and efficient to tackle chores around the house and job site. While batteries eliminate the risks associated with electricity, they come with their own requirements for safe use and handling.

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Desk Booking System & Room Scheduling Software Helps Offices Open Safely
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - As offices gradually reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, caution is key to supporting employees as they return to work safely.

Friday 06/26/2020
How Caregivers Can Adapt to the New Normal
Posted: June 26, 2020

(StatePoint) The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for the 44 million caregivers in the U.S. and the people they care for, with social distancing creating new routines, concerns and challenges.

Thursday 06/25/2020
How to Keep the Spirit of Summer Camp Alive: 5 Easy Activities for the Family
Posted: June 25, 2020

(BPT) - While this summer may feel a bit different, for families with young children, the extra time at home is the perfect opportunity to get creative and explore new ways to have fun — right in your own backyard.

Wednesday 06/24/2020
Managing Your Emotions
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

Tuesday 06/23/2020
Great Ways to Take the Fun to the Backyard
Posted: June 23, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’ve been spending a lot of time indoors lately, you may be ready to get outside for some fresh air. Here’s how to make your backyard the center of family fun.

Friday 06/19/2020
Make the Most of Virtual Meetings
Posted: June 19, 2020

(NewsUSA) - The global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has accelerated an adoption of online work, video meetings, and virtual conferences that will likely continue.

Great Ways to Make the Most of Your Time Spent Outdoors
Posted: June 19, 2020

(StatePoint) It’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors. Whether you stick close to home or go on an adventure, here are some tips to make the most of your time:

Wednesday 06/17/2020
Go Ahead, Make His Day
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

Dad-approved gifts for Father’s Day

5 Tips to Build Resilience in School-Aged Children
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Resilience – the capacity to prepare for, adapt to and grow through disruption, trauma and loss – is a skill many parents want for their children. However, there is more to it than “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” or persevering through hardships.

7 Tips to Save Money and Have Fun Shopping Online
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Online shopping allows you the ease of getting items delivered directly to your door. Not only is online shopping convenient, but it also allows you to discover sites that help you save money while shopping.

6 Reasons to Pick Up Some Pistachios
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Flavorful and fun, pistachios are a convenient source of protein you can enjoy on the go or in meals. In addition, research shows pistachios have even more health benefits.

Tuesday 06/16/2020
Four Great Reads: Fictional Pandemic All Too Real; Making America Sacred Again; An Immigration Story; Disappearing Jets
Updated: June 24, 2020 - 2:30 am

“Viral” by Kevin E. Ready 

(NAPSI)—A story of hope and the indomitable will of the human spirit. This is a popular fiction saga of a pandemic—written well before the COVID-19 virus was ever heard of—and the actions taken by people around the world to fight it. The story is told from the viewpoint of several key characters in various countries and walks of life. It includes realistic descriptions of the disease and heartfelt sub-stories of the characters as they deal with the pandemic.   

A woman of science must step up and become a leader and, hopefully, a savior. A first responder finds himself fighting for the lives of thousands. Valiant medical workers face near-impossible tasks while risking their very lives. Sounds only too real. Purchase at

“Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again” by Glenn Aparicio Parry 

To recreate a whole and sacred America, it is important to piece together the forgotten fragments of history currently keeping the country divided. Just as a traditional Native American potter begins a new pot with shards of old pots, “Original Politics” re-constellates the nation as a whole out of the seemingly disparate shards from its origins.  

Perhaps the most significant forgotten piece is the profound effect Native America had on the founding values of this nation. “Original Politics” demonstrates how the best aspects of America’s founding vision were inspired from Native American cultures: natural rights, liberty, and egalitarian justice. Native America has inspired bringing all the world’s peoples together on one soil in a harmonious cultural mosaic of unity and diversity. Purchase at

“Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story” by Mary Helen Fein 

It’s 1900, and 16-year-old Helen comes alone across the Atlantic from a village in Lithuania, fleeing terrible anti-Semitism and persecution. She arrives at Ellis Island, and settles on the Lower East Side. She finds a job and devotes herself to bringing the rest of her family to the New World.  

A few at a time, Helen’s family members arrive. Each goes to work and contributes to bringing over their remaining beloved ones. Helen meanwhile, falls in love with a man who introduces her to a different New York—of wonder, beauty and possibility. From She Writes Press, purchase at

“Final Flight” by Eric C. Anderson

On a clear, cold night high above East Asia, a China Air passenger jet disappears from radar with all aboard. It’s an anomaly, a fluke. And then a couple of hours later, it happens again.  

It’s 2023. Former Air Force maintenance officer Jason Montgomery and Rob “Ski” Kalawski have just landed the gig of their lives. China Air’s aging fleet of Boeing 777s desperately needs navigation hardware and software upgrades. It’s a multimillion-dollar contract, and they’re just the guys to do it. Right? Wrong. Jason’s just the middleman, but he finds himself trapped between yakuza gangsters, a tattooed dragon-lady sales exec and murderous Russian mobsters. Purchase at

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 "BookBites brings readers ideas for their next read. Among its offerings: a book about a fictional pandemic that seems all too real. One on making America sacred again, the Native American way; an immigration story; and a look at disappearing jets."  

Monday 06/15/2020
How to Mourn Your Old Normal and Adapt to The New
Posted: June 15, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 have surpassed 110,000 in the United States and mourning the losses of these lives is important. In addition, we are also mourning lost habits and ways of life that are casualties of the coronavirus.

Saturday 06/13/2020
Kids are Online More These Days, Here is How to Keep Them Safe
Posted: June 13, 2020

(StatePoint) Children are spending more time online due to social distancing measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the internet can be an amazing gateway to knowledge and a tool to connect with family and friends, if parents and caregivers don’t follow certain precautions, it can also pose safety hazards.

Friday 06/12/2020
International NASH Day Draws Attention to Severe Liver Disease
Posted: June 12, 2020

(NewsUSA) - An advanced form of liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) affects more than 115 million people worldwide and is expected to double by 2030. If left untreated, NASH may result in serious outcomes, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplant, or death.

Thursday 06/11/2020
A Fantastic Collection Of Science Fiction
Updated: June 13, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Aspiring writers and artists can find inspiration and a forum and sci-fi/fantasy lovers a good time in the latest volume of L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests and anthology.

About The Contest

Free to enter, open to all speculative fiction writers and artists, the two contests were created by famed author L. Ron Hubbard and funded by his estate. The judges, mostly professional writers, artists and educators, see only the story or artwork and a number, so every entry has the same chance of winning regardless of race, color, creed, nationality, sex or anything else. Entries have come from over 175 countries—but no other planet as far as is known.

About The Book

Volume 36 is now in bookstores in the U.S. and online globally. According to Gary Roen, senior reviewer of the Midwest Book Review, “‘Writers of the Future’ is the gold standard of emerging talent in the field of science fiction fantasy and has contributed more to the genre than any other source.” In this volume, he added, the lavish artwork spawned a short story by an established author instead of one of the newer writers and there are several tales by other famous authors, including Hubbard himself.

Learn More

For further facts or to enter the contests, visit and


Wednesday 06/10/2020
Stage-struck kid? 5 virtual ways to boost skills this summer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Has your son memorized the entire "Hamilton" cast recording? Maybe your daughter knows all the dance moves from "Newsies." Or perhaps your kid has already had a leading role in their school production.

5 Healthy Tips for Summertime
Updated: June 13, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Healthy living doesn’t always require life-altering changes to your everyday schedule. Even with work obligations, family time or the unexpected twists and turns life can bring during the summer months, these five lifestyle tweaks to implement exercise, nutritious foods and refueling techniques can make a difference for long-term health benefits.

Spruce Up for Summer
Updated: June 13, 2020 - 2:31 am

Make your backyard the perfect outdoor space

Practically Perfect Gift Ideas for Dad
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you’ve heard giving practical gifts is a no-no, scratch that advice because when it comes to dads, functional gifts that show you appreciate their personal interests may actually be the safest bet this Father’s Day.

After the Armed Forces
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

Business ownership appeals to veterans seeking post-military careers

Practical Tips for Caregivers Facing a Pandemic
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether your role as a caregiver has you looking out for an elderly relative, children or both, chances are good that you’ve worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to affect your ability to provide necessary care.

Friday 06/05/2020
Disability benefits are vital for those facing medical issues
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - No one ever anticipates a health problem so serious that they must stop working, especially when a leave of absence becomes one or two years out of work. Yet it happens every day to some of the 160 million workers in the U.S. labor force. People get hurt, learn they have a disease or succumb to a progressive illness. For those facing debilitating medical or mental issues, seeking income protection by applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as soon as possible can be critical.

Keeping Your Family's Quarantine Cool This Summer
Posted: June 05, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly turned the "new normal" household into hubs for all daily activities, Summer 2020 now means moving parents' offices, kid's camps, vacation destinations, and virtually everything under one roof.

Wednesday 06/03/2020
Futuristic Fiction; Family Secrets; Women’s Movement Memoir; “ReNaturing” Yourself
Updated: June 06, 2020 - 2:31 am

“Gravity Is Heartless” by Sarah Lahey 

(NAPSI)—The year is 2050. Automated cities, vehicles and homes are now standard; artificial intelligence, CRISPR gene editing and quantum computing have become a reality and climate change is in full swing. Climate scientist Quinn Buyers would rather be studying the clouds than getting ready for her wedding. 

But when a tragedy causes her to lose everything, including her famous scientist mother, her quest for answers takes her across the globe—and she uncovers friends, loss and love in the most unexpected of places. This bold, speculative fiction sheds light on the treatment of the planet as it offers a breathtaking sense of hope for the future. From She Writes Press, purchase at

“No Rules: A Memoir” by Sharon Dukett 

It’s 1971 in Connecticut, and 16-year-old Sharon’s parents think she should become a clerical office worker and live at home until she marries. But Sharon wants to join the hippies, so she leaves home and heads to California. She is thrown into an adult world for which she is unprepared and she embarks on a precarious journey amid the 1970s counterculture.  

In this colorful memoir, Sharon shares moments of triumph, joy, love and awakening, and reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during the 1970s women’s movement and how they transformed society’s expectations for women. From She Writes Press, purchase at

“Sister Dear” by Hannah Mary McKinnon 

“She’s got it all. And it should have been mine.” When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: The man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there living blissfully with the family he chose. 

With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half-sister. Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. Purchase at

“ReNaturing Yourself” by Patricia Seymour 

The dictionary defines “renature” as “restoring something to its former, natural state.” This book does just that, providing 43 proven methods to rescue your natural, healthy self.  

If you are going to get a handle on how to beat the toxins and get back to living naturally, you’ve got to identify the general areas of concern first: air, food, water and your mind. By focusing on each of these currently unnatural areas in turn, this book shows you the very best methods you can use to protect you and your loved ones from the toxic chemical, digital and capitalistic onslaught of modern life. Purchase at

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