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Don’t Let “Likes” Control Your Life

Have you ever felt a little envious of a friend’s fantastic vacation or your neighbor’s new car? It’s OK if you have. Jealousy and envy are natural emotions. Everyone feels them from time to time. But thanks to social media, we are in an era when some people are overcome with envy because the Internet bombards us with beautiful images from the remarkable lives of our friends, co-workers, and even fringe acquaintances. Recent studies show a connection between social media use and conditions such as mood swings, anxiety, and even depression. There are questions about whether social media use leads to these conditions or people with the conditions intensify their feelings through overexposu

Special Sauce: This St. Louis Barbecue Joint is on a Mission to Change Lives

Every year I visit numerous cities and towns across the United States to either host live cooking shows or shoot video segments. On each trip, I build in extra time to visit schools or volunteer at local charities. My philosophy is simple. If you are given blessings, share. If you don’t have money to give, dedicate your time or natural talents. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Making a life dedicated to giving is personified by an astonishing couple I was fortunate to meet last year in St. Louis. Smoki O’s is a humble barbecue joint in St Louis run by Earline and Otis Walker. Have you ever met someone whose presence greeted you

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