The Soapbox

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Printing in Privacy

After World War II, in the eastern side of Germany which was under the Soviet Union control, to own a type writer you needed to register it with the local authorities.  All you needed to do was to give them a sample written page and register your name. Each typewriter had a unique signature; every…

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Want to Stop PEDs? Hit ‘Em Where it Hurts

I’ve enjoyed baseball ever since I was a kid. I played in a recreational league, and even some Little League, and was always enamored with the long ball. At home, I’d turn on the cheat codes in my video games and blast 500-foot home runs all day. Imagine my awe when the likes of Sosa,…

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Uncharacteristic Dose of Optimism
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Uncharacteristic Dose Of Optimism

I – like most of the cynical bastards I’m inclined to make friends with – have always thought that at some point, probably sooner than we think, the world was going to end and humanity would burn in well-deserved, home-cooked flames. That’s why I was so surprised when a very good friend of mine looked…

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Healed By Our Stories

According to musician Gabrielle Roth, “In many ancient societies, if you went to the medicine doctor complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: ‘When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in…

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The Importance of Music in Education
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The Importance of Music in Education

Moving way beyond simply being an enjoyable pass time, music can have a huge number of benefits for a child’s education. Many teachers and educational institutions believe in this theory so much that they will actively encourage children with learning difficulties to take up a musical instrument. So what are the benefits and how can…

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Protecting Our Elders from Abuse and Neglect in the Nursing Home

When we think of our aging parents or grandparents, we want them to have the best of care in their “golden” years.  They have contributed and cared for others the majority of their lives, but inevitably a time comes when many elders need assistance.  Some elders are fortunate to live an independent life in their…

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Things You Learn Being Gay
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Things You Learn Being Gay

Contrary to popular belief, being gay is more than worrying about whether or not you can marry your partner. It’s one aspect of who you are but at the same time, it’s affects your entire life. Everything you do; how you do it and what you can and can’t do in your life can be…

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Breakthroughs Can Come at The Most Unusual Moments

A while back a client of mine asked me to write a post about the idea of a breakthrough. While his description of a breakthrough is a bit more complex, a breakthrough is essentially an epiphany that results not only in a new realization, but also in actionable results. It’s essentially a moment of realization…

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Borking, the Internet, and the Lost Meaning of Fact

After the passing of Judge Robert Bork on Dec. 19, 2012, L. Gordon Cravitz took the opportunity in his Information Age column in the Dec. 24th Wall Street Journal to speculate that if the internet had existed at the time of his controversial nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 Bork likely would not…

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The Perils of Judging Others

A friend’s Facebook post led me to an article by Susan Adams on Forbes listing “The Least Stressful Jobs of 2013.” Naturally, any such list is certain to draw criticism from those in the mentioned fields, and this one was no exception. When “university professor” was listed as the least stressful job of 2013, the…

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