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We were warned

With a new tax year, and changes in federal and state tax laws, I only have one thing to say to those who grumble: we were warned

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On the holidays (part 2)

On the holidays (part 2)

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On the holidays (part 1)

On the holidays (part 1)

Like them or not, Holidays (or special occasions, like Birthdays, Anniversaries, get-togethers), are a huge stressor. Regardless of the event, you can be guaranteed it will be filled with unnecessary anxiety, grumblings, temper risings, and a regrettable comment or action thrown in for good measure. Why do we bring this on ourselves?

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Teacher double-standards

We are all teachers.

No matter which way you look at it, we have all taught others a little bit about something we know. Sometimes we are good at it. Some go into it as a career.

[And at this point I need to cool down, lest I say something that will bring the pitchforks and torches against me]

But I will somehow get my word out, and the bottom line is this: there are some businessmen who should not be businessmen. There are some doctors who should not be doctors.

And there are some teachers who should not be teachers.

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Blogtober

The blog for October is quite simple: again I air my grievances over the inherent evils of electronics devices, while singing the praises of same.

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Back To School Regiments

(Holding a place: post to follow)

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On those who open with “Hey, how’s everybody doin’?”

Ugh. I am in an auditorium, awaiting to hear a lecture, or performance, or a talk, and I squirm in my seat as the presenter opens with, “Hey, how’s everybody doin’?”. Next there is some grumbling and grunting of “good”, “fine”, “Attica”, or something similar. And then the presenter says, “Oh, come on, you can do better than that… “, and repeats, “How’s everybody doin’?”

I squirm some more as we are forced to shout overlayed phrases of “Great”, “Fine”, “Yay”, (or “Attica”). I’m sorry; I do not like being my own warm up act. Perhaps a refresher in Public Speaking 101 is in order?

 

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On School Guidance

If you have ever attended any of my lectures, I always manage to throw in some of my opinions on policy, politics, and social environments. (Academic freedom is a wonderful thing!) I have been troubled recently that many young people do not get the best guidance in their school and career choices as they should

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The end of another academic year

I always become optimistic and depressed for each school year’s class of newly-minted grads.

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Executive Functions are not what you think

There are certain ways we behave everyday, and we never give such actions much thought if they are part of a typical┬áconversation, or a normal way of doing things. But when we witness seemingly simple tasks go wrong within others (or even ourselves), we ask, “How could something so straightforward go this wrong?”

The answer is in a simple, primordial set of action/reactions called “Executive Functions”