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I'm against the war, and I adopted a soldier

Whether we like the war or not, war is happening. We have brave men and women willing to fight in it for their own reasons. It makes me angry that so many of our young people are being sent to be hurt or killed for what I consider an unwinnable cause. But I don't think any of this means we should support our troops any less.

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Put yourself out there: How to become a penpal

I got the idea to start looking for penpals after reviewing the offbeat hobbies post. Someone said they wrote to the Amish. That is likely rewarding as well, but since I wanted the immediate gratification that only the Internet can bring (and the Amish are not known for being too talkative online), I pulled up Google and asked "how can I make penpals worldwide?" Boom. That easy.

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What do you do with emails that are not intended for you?

I have a name that's not common in my generation, but is common in older generations. When I signed up for email, I chose the simplest form of my name. Now that the other 50 or so people in the US who have my name are also using email, I am having problems with receiving their personal emails. How do you handle emails not intended for you?

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Holiday cards: this thing I never used to do that I started genuinely enjoying for some reason

A funny thing has happened over the past few years: suddenly, I totally look forward to doing holiday cards. It should be noted that I'm not especially into holidays — I spent my 20s mostly ignoring them, and then once I switched to being self-employed in my 30s, I find that I can't even keep track of when most holidays are happening. I'm not a big seasonal decorator, nor do I get especially into the holiday spirit each winter.

But, oddly, the past couple years have found me becoming an increasingly huge fan of holiday cards.

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Send postcards to yourself: Keep track of your travels with this hack

This is my mom's fantastic idea for tracking experiences while traveling. How many times have you promised to keep a travel journal only to return home with most of the pages left blank? If you're like me, that's happened a few times. On top of that, how do you go about displaying your travel souvenirs when you get home? Developing photos is nice, but are you going to label them to remember everything? My mom's solution: Postcards to yourself.