Streaming Through 2020

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:17 AM With 2020 coming to a close, many companies are now looking back at business and media trends from this year, including Spotify, which released its annual Wrapped feature this week. This year, Spotify Wrapped gives a valuable insight into what people were listening to and learning from throughout this watershed year, from popular music to educational podcasts. Head over to Fast Company for a look at 2020's streaming trends.

#VMBrightSpots—Specs Optical

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Monday, November 30, 2020 10:51 AM For the team at Specs Optical in Saratoga, California, Small Business Saturday was this past week's Bright Spot. The team decorated the office beautifully for the shopping holiday, and took to Instagram to share some other local small businesses for patients to think about supporting. 

The Plan for The Parade

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 11:28 AM For many, Thanksgiving is not complete without the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, crowds will not be able to gather along New York City streets to watch the parade—but the show must go on. The Parade will be broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving morning like always, but with a few changes to keep things safe. Head over to the Macy's website to take a look at the plan. 

#VMBrightSpots—Cascadia Eye

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Monday, November 23, 2020 10:53 AM This week, the team at Cascadia Eye in Washington State is celebrating its 35 year anniversary, and looking back at how things have changed since they first opened up shop in 1985. 

A Long Journey for a Little Owl

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Friday, November 20, 2020 10:32 AM The Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree has arrived in New York City—and it brought a friend. While setting the tree up, an employee came across a tiny owl who'd hitched a ride all the way from Oneonta, New York, where the tree originated, to New York City, about a four-hour journey. The owl was dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise fine, AP reports, and was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York. Head over to AP to learn more about the tiny owl and what's in store for his future. 

Zoom With the Royals

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:54 AM Does the new season of Netflix's The Crown have you thinking about the British Royal Family nonstop? You're not alone. Like the rest of us, the Windsors have had to take much of their work online due to COVID-19—and just like everything else, there is very strict etiquitte for joining a video call with the Queen. Head over to The Cut for a fun look at what it's like to Zoom with the Royals.

Presidental Pets Through the Ages

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:12 AM The 2020 election has been history making in many ways—including the fact that President-elect Biden's German Shepherd Major will be the first rescue dog in the White House. Throughout American history, presidental pets have been a mainstay in the White House, but they haven't always been as mainstream as cats or dogs. Head over to the New York Times for a look at some of the strangest pets in the White House, from a one-legged rooster to a literal racoon. 

Coping With A Different Holiday Season

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:01 AM Feeling unhappy about how this year's holiday season is panning out? You're not alone. Millions of people around the world are having to spend the holidays away from their loved ones this year, so it only makes sense that people are feeling lonely, depressed, and scared. But there are ways to cope. Head over to Harvard Health for some ideas that might help make this holiday season seem a little more managable. 

#VMBrightSpots—Invision Optometry

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Monday, November 16, 2020 11:56 AM The team at Invision Optometry in San Diego has jumped on the Instagram video trend—this week, they had fun using the app to introduce followers to their in-office team. 

COVID-19, College Students and Thanksgiving

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Friday, November 13, 2020 12:06 PM With the holidays approaching just about as quickly as COVID-19 cases are rising, many families across the country are wondering if and how their college students can come home safely for the holidays. Is it possible? Is it a good idea? Are there ways to mitigate the risks involved? Last week, The New York Times spoke with Dr. Fauci and other experts to get a handle on how to approach this next hurdle in our fight against COVID. 

Your Real-Time COVID Risk

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:43 PM Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has become largely about estimating risk, and deciding what you are comfortable with accepting. Now, with help from the Georgia Institute of Technology, there's no need to estimate. This week, the LA Times shared the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool, a free, peer-reviewed tool created by the team at Georgia Tech that shows your real-time risk of interacting with someone with COVID-19 depending on your location. Head over to the LA Times to see how this amazing technological feat of a map works. 

Thanksgiving Sides By State

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:49 PM With the election (mostly) behind us and Halloween very much over, Thanksgiving season is in full swing across the U.S. This year's holiday will, of course, be different from what we're used to, but there's one thing that will never change: the importance of Thanksgiving sides. After all, what's a turkey dinner without a heap of mashed potatoes? But, like many things, it turns out that side dish preferences vary greatly by state. Head over to Thrillist for a look at the favorite side in each state. 

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Is 90 Percent Effective Against Virus

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:16 PM Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced that its COVID-19 vaccine successfully prevented 90 percent of disease compared to a placebo, a more positive result than experts expected.The analysis is based on 94 cases of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, among both the vaccinated and placebo groups. Experts had set a minimum threshold of 60 percent effectiveness for vaccines to be considered for emergency authorization or approval. The results included data from 38,955 of the total 43,538 volunteers who enrolled. Head over to Time Magazine to read the full story.

Remembering Alex Trebek

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Monday, November 9, 2020 3:59 PM Alex Trebek. longtime host of "Jeapordy" died Sunday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The America Foundation for the Blind took to Twitter to express their condolences on Trebek's passing.

This 7-Minute Morning Routine Will Change Your (Work) Life

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Friday, November 6, 2020 5:51 PM It only takes seven minutes to change how you approach your day. When you get to work, using the routine described in this feature from Inc. will make a world of difference in your productivity, your attitude, your success, and your health. It's like the approach you make to the tee on a golf course. You plan out how you will hit the shot, which is more important than the actual swing. Before you start your day, this routine will provide the right mindset. Head over to Inc. to read the full story.