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Learning Twitter

Some people think I should know social media. Why, I have no idea. All the news that’s fit to print I put in this blog, for you, my faithful readers. Do you really want to know that I saw Mrs. Obama at the Target store? Do you need to know that I ate a salad…

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A Heart, A Brain, and Courage: No Place Like Home

I’ve often thought about our three youngest children stepping out of a scene from The Wizard of Oz. It’s because we have three distinct self-image deficits that seem to fit a pattern. In many ways, our youngest, Sashenka, is like the Tin Man. She lacks a heart. But she’s getting there. She has flashes of…

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Fairly Evident… to All But Those Involved

How is it that certain realities of life are self-evident to everyone except those going through the situation in question? You can list them with the best of us: 1. That all men are created equal—that is, if you’re white, male, Protestant, and a landholder during that time period. 2. That your secret office romance…

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Fanny-Deep in Footnotes

I don’t like footnotes. Bibliographies are okay, fairly straightforward, but footnotes? Unless you get to use the Harvard Style of citation which is simply the author’s last name and date in the text itself (Bartologimignano, 2014). Easy-peasy. No such luck. At least we have computers that will space out everything nicely, make superscript numbers at…

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Cultivating a Sense of Culture

Washington, DC, is no New York City in terms of theatre. However, our nation’s capital has more to offer than normally imagined. Home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, it’s got a few things happening. Yesterday, we took advantage of a free performance at The John F….

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Liberty University’s Biblical Museum

Only a couple of months old, Liberty University’s Biblical Museum packs enough punch to merit a visit. If you’re at all interested in Bible-era artifacts, it’s like a mini Israel Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia. The one-room museum serves as a perfect complement to the Center for Judaic Studies. Our family entered the sprawling Jerry Falwell…

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An Overworked Brain and the Lure of Stupidity

There’s a lot to be said for being stupid. Ask some of my kids. Ask them anything. “I dunno.” “Have no idea.” “I don’t remember.” It’s the path of least resistance. If you’re stupid, you’re off the hook, under the radar, off the grid. Homework? What homework? Well, you often become like those with whom…

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Monday Mottoes – #65

Personal change and transformation. It’s not a message that everyone can hear, since change takes exertion. The seasons morph and transform effortlessly as fall slowly gives way to winter. But people? More of an uphill battle to change, yet worth it. The feelings of empowerment and accomplishment after-the-fact loom large, particularly if the modifications are…

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Petya’s First College Research Paper

Not so much a research paper as a response paper, Petya had been asked to give his opinion on a certain archaeological matter. The university gave first-time college students the opportunity to submit such a paper in order to firm-up their academic writing. The exercise did not count toward their final grade, but was more…

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Service That’s Not Forgotten

Veteran’s Day, with its smattering of sales, parades and concerts, could easily pass without one taking note. We loved, wherever we were, to often recognize the veterans among us and give them a round of applause. This year was much the same with a few exceptions. One, we saw an electronic billboard feting them, which…

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