Monthly Archives: October 2012

Idiosyncrasies

I have called myself many names because of the way I manage my life. I have confessed to being very anal when it comes to lists, to methods of executing on my daily life, and to my own personality quirks.  … Continue reading

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Voting Block

Voting is one of our greatest privileges as citizens. In this election, we have seen many stumbling blocks to voting enacted by Republican legislatures in various states–ID identification requirements, shorter early voting days, billboards that warn of punishment for voter … Continue reading

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Math Magic

When I was assigned to spend a year teaching in a drop-out prevention program, I was asked to teach a class of 10th grade general math. I had never felt comfortable with math, had taken only the basics in high … Continue reading

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Mr. Cooper, Not Mr. Kooker

I grew up in South Carolina, and I learned the language and dialect of the Piedmont area  of that southern state. Of course, at the time of my learning, my language and pronunciation were most natural and acceptable until I spent a summer in Lake … Continue reading

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Not To The Rescue

Based on the old adage, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime,” I have come to believe that there is a big difference … Continue reading

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A Friend Too Far

From 1999 to 2004, I enjoyed a close friendship with a Dutchman from Amsterdam. He and I had connected online and discovered that we had many mutual interests, strong enough that he agreed to fly over here for a visit. … Continue reading

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Jim and John (revised)

I have a friend named John who has a pet peeve. He cannot stand for someone to use the phrase, “going to the john,” meaning the bathroom. His being upset by that usage is reason for him to be confrontational … Continue reading

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