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Silly buzz words

Encountered this repeatedly in a job description.  Bleeding edge technologies? Oh please. Sometimes buzz words just really irritate me. I mean, how did the leading edge start to blead? Did we rip it off to create a new edge? Doesn’t that mean we’ve gone back a little in technology?  Or maybe it ...

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Remembering George

A good friend of our family died last week. His funeral was today. He was a companion to my dad when they were in Mexico on a mission during their early 20s. We called him Uncle George, growing up. My mom and dad couldn’t be here, so I went to represent ...

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Fake Advertising

I went into Target this afternoon. I’d been running around all day and found myself having just grabbed a glass juice and handful of dried fruit over course of the whole day. I was hungry. Let’s use an exclamation mark. I was HUNGRY! My two year old had eaten before I grabbed him, but since his stomach ...

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Happy Father’s Day

I had a rough time my senior year in high school, with jerk guys in the halls and an administration that was clueless. My dad doesn’t know this, but just by being a caring and strong father and a wonderful husband to my mom he helped me in ways even I didn’t ...

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Teaching religious tolerance to children

In the comments section of Sarabeth asked: But, Ami, doesn’t it (secularism) have to seep into our private lives in order for our children to become non-judgmental about others’ beliefs? No. We should love and respect others, no matter their beliefs, but I don’t think we should be ‘non-judgmental’ about their beliefs. ...

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Secularism Revealed

A while ago I wrote a piece about secularism, where I received some interesting and stimulating comments. In particular, Clark Bartram addressed my remarks on his blog. Because of PGR, getting a job, and other commitments, I have been unable to reply until now. First of all, I would like ...

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It doesn’t pay to care

I’m writing a couple of stories about a couple of great teachers who’ve won some awards for their efforts. One of them is retiring from the district after 30 years. But that doesn’t mean she can stop. The pension is not enough to live on and she needs insurance, so ...

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Breathe in, Breathe out

For all three of you who are still interested, I’m with you in spirit. There are so many things on my mind right now that I want to put forth into the world, but I don’t have time. This newspaper writing is dense stuff. Strunk and White dictate every word, ...

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