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The La Porte County Family YMCA Aids Members in Regaining Strength and Mobility

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Roger, one of our dedicated Y members and program participants, shared his thoughts on the impact his time at the Y has had on his life. We love having Roger as a member and are very proud of him for all of his accomplishments!

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Creating Stories that Shape the Future


Creating-Stories-that-Shape-the-Future-2017Stories have their own special ability to build shared meaning, values, and direction for our families. Often, we don't realize how these stories influence our behavior and shape the future; but stories about our national, cultural, or family history have shaped much of how we’ve come to view ourselves.

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Links of the Week: The Official Retirement of the Links of the Week Column (Unless Someone Steals It)

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Well, it’s the end of an era: This will be the final Links of the Week you’ll ever read on the LIFE sites (... unless someone else takes the reigns. If they do, call them a copycat and know the OG will always look down on them). More importantly, however, it’s my last day working for Ideas in Motion Media (aka the LIFE sites).

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Links of the Week: News Bloopers, Artificial Intelligence, and 4 Ideas to Speed Up Baseball Games

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Hooo boy, am I tired. Last night, the Chicago Cubs advanced to the National League Championship Series in a thrilling, 9-8 game that was exhilarating the entire time I watched. I tuned in during the sixth inning, roughly two hours after the game had begun, and more than two hours before the game was going to end.

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Links of the Week: Tom Petty, Screenwriting, and Traveling via Rockets

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I am on the search for new podcasts, and I want *you* to suggest a few new options.

I like listening to comedy podcasts, politics (left, right, and center!), sports (mostly NBA), and I like a couple business-minded shows like HBR Ideacast and Freakonomics. Over the past few weeks though, I’ve trimmed down my collection for the first time in years.

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Leigh Morris on Reality vs. Reputation: NWI Environmental Quality


Leigh-Morris If you asked many people—particularly those from other areas of the state—where Indiana’s worst environmental problems exist, they’d probably say it would be in Northwest Indiana. But they just might be dead wrong. The data suggest that Northwest Indiana’s reputation for air and water pollution may be quite different from reality.

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Links of the Week: Chicago Cubs, Consumer Submarines, and Steve Urkel is Back

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There was a time when seeing the Chicago Cubs make the playoffs made me jump with joy. After seeing them win the title in 2016, this week's accomplishment just seems a little... dull.

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Links of the Week: Rolling Stone Magazine, Facebook’s Algorithm, and How Do You Stay Organized

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How do you stay organized?

I write a lot of things down. I am pretty particular about my email. I have calendars, to-do apps, texts/Facebook messages/calls, and all that jazz. There is a lot to keep track of out there, and I manage to squeak by. There has to be a more holistic approach I can take to manage the many messages coming in and out of my face every day.

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How Running Changed Amy Blaker's Life


Amy-Blaker-01 I would be the very last person to describe myself as athletic. I have never dribbled a basketball, thrown a pitch or lobbed a volleyball over a net. And running? No, absolutely not. I did not think I was capable. As silly as it sounds, I did not even know how to run. Where do my arms go? How am I supposed to breathe?

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Links of the Week: NBA 2K18, Amazon and Whole Foods, and A Whole Lotta’ Good News Happening in the Region

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I usually use the Links of the Week space to highlight some of my favorite reads from around the web that doesn’t involve the LIFE sites. This week, though, there were a bunch of stories that I really enjoyed on our sites that I really enjoyed and thought could use from cross-fertilization. I see and/or read almost everything that gets up, so if you only follow one or two of our four networks, this may make a great opportunity to see what you’re missing.

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Links of the Week: Smokeboys, LinkedIn, and Adults Choosing a New Football Team

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How do you decide on a college football team to root for?

I am under the assumption that most college football fans find their fandom in three ways: 1) genetics (Dad loves Notre Dame!), 2) you find your team while young for some weird reason (Oregon’s jerseys are rad!) or 3) you go to a school with a good team.

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