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Things that ruin relationships

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Ever have a relationship that suddenly went awry for a weird reason? Something happened that made you think, “Uh, this isn’t going to work.”

Be thankful in all circumstances

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Over the course of the last few days I’ve been afflicted with a virus. It began with a scratchy throat that then became a burning volcanic inferno. Body ache, congestion, followed by a coughing up a bunch of junk out of my chest (I’ll spare you the gory details), I was pretty miserable. No one likes being sick, but some human beings become especially pathetic when they contract something that causes discomfort. Anyone who has seen me sick will tell you that I am of the whining category when all is not well.

Confused perceptions of the U.S.

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The economy is a paradox. For many Americans, it’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma, and blurred by contradictions. So what follows is a humble attempt to unravel the puzzle, or maybe not. I’ll let my readers be the judge of that.

Bracelets are not tattoos

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I’m about the only person I know without a tattoo.

A clap in the face

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I first understood how much a teacher could change a life when I was in the sixth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Richie, was the first teacher to really, really push me to do better. Up to that point I’d always gotten A’s and B’s and was perfectly happy with that. Mrs. Richie, however, wasn’t. I distinctly remember getting a 92 or something like that on a test early in the year and she was on me like stink on a skunk:

What exactly are SIM cards?

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Those fiddly little cards from your cellular provider that you have to put in your phone? Those are called SIMs or SIM cards. What are they? What purpose do they serve? Is there a better way? That’s our subject this time.

The problem of perpetuity

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I spent last week at a conference on a beautiful college campus I’d never been to before. As I walked around, I saw a huge brick monument with fire coming out of a bowl on top. The monument was an “eternal flame” given by the alumni of a particular class. Inscribed onto the monument was the date of its construction and rebuild. I may be too much of a literalist, but I found delicious humor in the irony of something purporting to be eternal that simultaneously reported its founding and repair dates.

The ungovernable land of the rich

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It wouldn’t surprise many to hear or read that the gap between the rich and poor in America is getting deeper and wider. Evidence abounds. One of the most trusted research organizations in the U.S., the Pew Research Center, estimated in 2020 that income inequality in the U.S. was found to have increased by about 20% from 1980 to 2016. That was before the inflationary fallout from the Covid pandemic, caused by supply-chain shortages and driving up prices; then, the lingering price gouging by retailers who were drunk on record profits and reluctant to bring prices back down to earth.

Nightly game of chase and tag

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“I don’t even know what game we’re supposed to be playing!” my husband, Peter, told me.

The demise of high school sports

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Before I begin, understand that I’ve been heavily involved in high school sports for more than 30 years. My opinions are based on my experiences and the changes I have witnessed taking place over that period of time.