Author Archives: Diane Osborne

Great American Smokeout 2021

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is held on the third Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. People are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours assuming that their decision not to smoke will last longer, hopefully forever.

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Halloween Fun Facts



Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky, and in the United States, it’s surrounded by a few odd traditions. Here are a few interesting facts about how some of today’s practices got started as well as other fun tidbits about the unique holiday.

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What is a Journal Embargo?

One of the most frustrating things in doing research is that you find the perfect journal article and come to find out that you cannot get access to it because there is a full-text delay or embargo.  An embargo is a restriction the publisher puts on a journal.  The publisher will usually withhold access to the full-text of articles in the most recent issues.  It could be for as little as 6 months or up to 12 months typically.  The longest embargo we have encountered was for 6 years!

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Positive Thinking Day


September 13th is Positive Thinking Day.  It could not come at a better time than just a couple days after we remember one of the most tragic days in American history- 9/11/2001.  What got those heroes through that tough day and every day since?  I’m sure a dose of a positive attitude and working together towards a common goal got them through. Continue reading

Reasons to Love Reading on Book Lovers Day

I have always known that reading was good for you just like an “apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (Dr. Suess, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!)

But exactly how is it good for you or what are the benefits of taking time to read for pleasure?  It’s not like they ask you on your resume to list how many and what books you have read?  It may be a good job interview question though to find out what kind a person you are hiring.  To help celebrate National Book Lovers Day, here are some great reasons to be caught reading today.


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Patriotism in America

I am one who was born and raised in America and who respects American values.  As we celebrate Independence Day, one of America’s most important holidays, I thought this would be a good time to reflect at what the word patriotism means and how we have moved so far away from the beliefs that our founding fathers had when they founded this “land that we love” and call the United States of America.

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Sun Safety Tips

Have you ever gotten a sunburn? Once you experience a real bad one, you never want to go through that again because you remember the pain that it caused.  The worse case scenario could be a third degree burn or even skin cancer.  The good news is that in most cases it can be prevented.

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The Importance of Drinking Water

Have you had enough water today? How do you know how much is enough? These are important questions to know the answers to because every major system in your body is influenced by fluid balance.  Our body is composed of roughly 60% of water and it has the many jobs to take care of our bodies.  It transports nutrients to our organs and cells, carries away toxins, serves as a lubricant for joints and bones, helps us regulate our body temperature and even impacts brain function.  Without water, we simply cannot survive!

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Easter Fun Facts

When we think of Easter, there are at least two meanings to the word.  There is the religious meaning where Christians celebrate Jesus who died on the cross for their sins, rose from the dead, showing that He is the Son of God.  Those who believe in Him are given the gift of eternal life.  The other meaning is renewal of life with images of spring, bunnies, baby animals, pastel colors and of course candy.

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