Re: How do you identify yourself?

As an adult (at 49 I finally have to concede that I am an adult) my identity seems to be so tied up in the roles I play. I see myself as a teacher, a father, and a husband. But the problem I see in this is if I stop "playing" one of these roles do I suddenly no longer have an identity? When younger my identity was much more connected to my thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Although I still have hobbies and interests I no longer see my identity in those terms. I don't see myself as a "guitarist," or "martial artist," or even a "reader." Now my identity is almost entirely formed by work and home.

California wildfires death toll climbs to 50

Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
  • 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
  • On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
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Too much sleep results in cognitive decline, researchers find

We know the dangers of too little sleep. Now for the other side of the story.

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Surprising Science
  • Western University researchers found that sleeping over eight hours per night results in cognitive decline.
  • Oversleepers suffer similar difficulties on certain cognitive tests as those who sleep under seven hours.
  • Not all the news is bad: One night of oversleeping results in a cognitive boost.
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Russian reporters discover 'tortured' orcas and belugas jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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