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Sheri Dean Parmelee

Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This
in College Life, Uncategorized

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Hi everyone: I had the MOST fun this afternoon. My colleagues and I got to do a “meet and greet” for incoming freshmen. Their wide-eyed looks, frozen silence, and unabashed youthfulness were charming. They sat silently during our informal presentation. Two of them were accompanied by parents. Here were about 20 young people, standing (or, in their case, sitting) on the brink of their adulthood....

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16 Aug 2019
The Perfect Storm of Assignments or I’m Terribly Late on my Homework so What Do I do Now?
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

The Perfect Storm of Assignments or I’m Terribly Late on my Homework so What Do I do Now?

Hello everyone: This may be crunch time for your assignments. It is for a couple of my summer classes. You know how it is: it’s summertime. You don’t feel like doing your homework. It’s a nice day. Your spouse or kids want to go to the pool. You agree to go, for a little while. Next thing you know, that “little while” turns into all...

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13 Aug 2019
The True Measure of a Person
in College Life, Uncategorized

The True Measure of a Person

Hello everyone: Believe it or not, you can tell a lot about a potential spouse or significant other by how he or she plays a game and how he or she behaves in college. One of my previous blog postings talked about my beloved Mexican Train Dominoes and I got some excellent feedback on that subject (about the dominoes, not the choice of a spouse)....

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08 Aug 2019
Taking a Break is Fine but Don’t Forget to Get Back to Work
in College Life, Uncategorized

Taking a Break is Fine but Don’t Forget to Get Back to Work

Hello everyone: Many of my students are taking the summer off…to work. That’s a good thing, refreshing their minds, getting some work experience or internships done. Perhaps you will do the same thing. Or maybe you are the kind of person who is soldiering on, taking classes during the summertime in an effort to get ahead a bit. Both are good ideas. Even if you...

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30 Jul 2019
Asking the Professor for a Conference
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Asking the Professor for a Conference

Hello everyone: Have you ever had a professor who marked down your papers and you couldn’t figure out what was wrong? When I was in graduate school for my master’s degree, I had one professor who automatically took five points off of every paper, for what she said were “grammar problems.” I asked her what she meant and she just told me that everyone makes...

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29 Jul 2019
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Mexican Train Dominoes or How to Pick a Mate Hello everyone: As I was playing Mexican Train Dominoes last night, I thought how it would be a great way to pick a potential mate. Stay with me on this for a minute- I know it sounds weird. How does the person playing against you handle victory? Defeat? Are the...

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24 Jul 2019
Banana Bread Dreams
in Home Life, Uncategorized

Banana Bread Dreams

Hi everyone: My mother passed along a fantastic banana bread recipe to me and I would love to share it with you today. Here goes: Two large, overripe bananas (with lots of brown spots on the skin) 1 stick of margarine or butter, softened 2 cups of flour 1/2 cup chopped pecans (if desired) 1/2 cup of sugar I egg I teaspoon of baking soda...

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17 Jul 2019
Marrying before Graduation
in College Life, Uncategorized

Marrying before Graduation

Hello everyone: I meet young people every day who chose to get married before graduating from college. The question is: Should you do this or should you wait? Let’s go through some pros and cons. The pros include being married to your soul mate (please note that no one has ever told me that she is marrying someone who isn’t her soulmate). Being able to...

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12 Jul 2019
How is your personal consumption of paper going?
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

How is your personal consumption of paper going?

Hello everyone: Wow, I commented on a student’s paper recently where the individual was talking about how much paper her office consumed in a day. I asked her, admittedly using less tact than perhaps was called for, if the people in her office really ate paper. Her emailed response was….rather unkind as she explained to me the meaning of the word “consumption.” She said it...

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05 Jul 2019
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