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Pursuing a healthy lifestyle and a personal fitness regimen is perhaps the most important things you can do to ensure a healthy and happy life. A fitness regimen, if followed consistently over time, leads to a wide range of benefits for your body.

  1. Healthier blood pressure
  2. The likelihood of cancer goes down
  3. Inflammation is reduced
  4. Your immune system gets stronger
  5. Your weight and body mass index will improve
  6. The impacts of menopause can be mitigated
  7. Most of all, mental health and happiness go way up!

Normandy Invasion

World War II was the greatest, most expansive, most costly war in human history. A truly global war, it lasted from 1939 to 1945 and saw the vast majority of countries in the world forming two opposed military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.

Over the course of the war, more than 100,000,000 personnel served, and many of the countries involved threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities into the war effort. It is estimated that between 70,000,000 and 85,000,000 people lost their lives in the war from violence, genocide, disease, and starvation.

The people who lived through this…

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you are like many people, you are considering getting a gift that shows the special person in your life exactly how much you love them. The holiday of love is associated most often with chocolates, flowers, and cards but more and more people are giving gifts that are in line with their partner’s hobbies.

In a way gaming is one of the perfect activities for couples and there are a number of benefits for those who play together regularly.

  1. In some games cooperative play is encouraged, which can bring a couple…

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I read a lot, and I mean a lot. Most weeks I finish at least one novel of 300+ pages. The past few years the majority of these novels have been science fiction featuring space marines and extra-planar warfare, and fantasy coming of age novels and epic warfare. Though I enjoyed each of these works, sometimes I like to shake it up a bit. Black History Month has officially started today and part of how I am participating this year is by picking up a few new Science Fiction and Fantasy books in celebration of a number of brilliant writers…

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I am a white man aged thirty who grew up in a predominantly white area in rural Ohio. My family raised me well and guided me to become a man of morals full of acceptance for others. Yet, growing up race and racism were not talked about much, whether it be at home or in my community. It would not be until my college years that I more diligently pursued education on what racism looked like and sought to educate myself more on the history of the topic. …

Moors and Christians Battle, 13th century: Wikimedia Commons

The Reconquista was a centuries long period in the history of the Iberian Peninsula that followed a surge of Muslim Berber invaders from northern Africa into what would eventually become Spain and Portugal. Also called Moors, the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula was nearly total by the year 718 and led to the establishment of the emirate of Al-Andalus.

The Reconquista itself is said to have begun with the victory of Pelagius of Asturias at the battle of Covadonga. The first monarch of the Asturian Kingdom, Pelagius was a Visigoth noble and a grandson of a former King of Hispania…

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It is that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions have been a tradition since the time of the Babylonians when they made promises to their gods to return the things they had borrowed and to pay off the debts they had accrued in the previous year. In the United States roughly half of all Americans have made resolutions each new year, with those doing so seeing a tenfold increase in success in following through with their promised life changes over those who made no such resolutions.

For me, I am pursuing two resolutions above all others this year. Write…

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, by Claude Monet (1899): Wikimedia Commons

There is perhaps no image more associated with the Impressionism Art Movement than that of Claude Monet’s water lilies. Comprising a series of roughly 250 oil paintings created between 1896 and his death in 1926, these beautiful, bright works were a triumph amidst personal lose and health issues. Monet’s second wife, Alice Hoschedé, died in 1911. His oldest son died in 1914 from tuberculosis. His younger son Michel was deployed to the front to serve in the French Army during World War I. …

LEGO Booth, 2019 San Diego Comic-Con: Wikimedia Commons

Though Star Wars was first released in 1977, it would not be until 1999 that the LEGO company would create a lego set surrounding the iconic science fiction franchise. Coincided to be released alongside The Phantom Menace in 1999, the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets would go on to be fan favorites, and sparked an extension of the license with Lucasfilm Ltd. from the original of 1999–2008 up to first 2011, then 2016, and now 2022. I have been a fan of LEGO since I was a kid and got the Fort Legoredo set for Christmas. Since then…

Lightner Museum, St. Augustine, Florida, USA: Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday marks the 455th anniversary that Europeans permanently settled in what was to become the contiguous United States. The city of St. Augustine was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, and lies on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida. The city owes its name to the coastline being sighted by the Spanish Explorers on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The only older city in American territory is that of San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was founded forty-four years earlier in 1521.

St. Augustine owes its existence to the Spanish Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who would later…

Charles Beuck

Charles writes on art, history, politics, travel, fantasy, science fiction, poetry. BA, MA in Political Science, Phd Pending. Inquires:

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