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Superwoman or just well organized: which is it? College Life / Home Life

Hello everyone: We all know someone who seems to accomplish a whole lot in her 24 hours. Maybe she is your college professor who teaches 6 different classes at three different colleges, all of which have different starting dates. Perhaps she also writes two blogs twice a week while writing a novel and making presentations on the topic of her dissertation. Perchance she is also...

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Unlocking locked doors Home Life

Hello everyone: This is a little off topic, but I thought you might like to know how to get your toddle out of the bathroom if he or she is locked in. Your toddler or grandchild has just locked him or herself in your bathroom. Short of calling 911, how do you get the child out? It depends on the type of doorknob that you...

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Does stress have you down? Home Life

Hello everyone: Stress can be a terrible thing. It can rob you of sleep, make you lash out at those you love, and it can make you physically ill. Like I said, it’s not nice. I know a gal who holds many things inside. She now has ulcers in her mouth- the doctor says that they are totally stress-related. The ulcers make eating difficult and...

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Attitude of gratitude Home Life

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is appropriate for Thanksgiving weekend. I am thankful for the wonderful students I have. When you teach at three colleges and have a total of ten courses to teach across a four-month span of time like I do, it is easy to get discouraged by students who do not put forth effort. But then I run into students who are facing...

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Putting money in a bag with holes Home Life

Hello everyone: You wouldn’t put money in a bag that wasn’t sewn up correctly. If it had big, gaping holes, your cash would fall right out, right? If you wouldn’t do that with your finances, why would you put your college education in the same pickle? You know, you work hard but not very hard and get the assignments done but not very well. Why...

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Destination Weddings are not for the Faint of Heart Home Life

Hello everyone: Have you ever been to a destination wedding? I went to one recently and discovered something interesting: the destination is a place that the bride and groom want to go to, but the guests, not so much. We were in the wilds of New England, where the bride and her family loved to go when she was growing up. The groom was not...

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Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen College Life / Home Life

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on avoiding gaining the weight that you might otherwise pick up in college. They traditionally call it the “freshman fifteen” but I didn’t find it until graduate school. You know how it goes- you are busy working and studying; shopping and preparing nutritionally-sound food seems out of reach for your hectic schedule. Or perhaps you are busy studying and trying...

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How grocery shopping is like writing essay transitions Home Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: How in the world are transitions in an essay like grocery shopping???? Believe it or not, they are alike.  Work with me here! When you go shopping for food, you put a lot of unrelated items in your cart. Maybe you get some bananas, a container of cinnamon, and some nonfat yogurt. While you are pushing them around the store, they are three...

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Just for fun: Death by Porta Potty Hobbies & Travel / Home Life

Hello everyone: I told this story to my face-to-face classes yesterday and they suggested I share it with you, so here goes. BTW, the situation is true and just happened to me yesterday morning. I was on my way to Prince Frederick yesterday morning, driving down the highway, when I noticed a flatbed trailer holding 8 Porta Potties right in front of me. We were...

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Learning to say “no” Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: One of the hardest things for a people-pleaser to do is to say “no” when someone makes a request. If you are serious about your future, sometimes you have to turn down a request to do something. When starting college or a new job, this is something you need to be able to say pretty quickly, or you will miss deadlines. I used...

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