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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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Homeschooling tips Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: When I home schooled the younger of my two sons, there were several things that we did to make the day go more smoothly. Here are the issues that we faced and how we handled them; Having a schedule was very important, so that he knew what we were going to do and when we were going to do it. For the first...

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Planning for Your Financial Future Starts Now Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: You may be a young person who is just starting out in life and planning for your financial future may seem like something to put off for a lot of years……don’t do it. I recently spoke with a dear friend whose parents did not plan adequately for their retirement years. She and her husband are now responsible for helping them out. It has...

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What constitutes beauty? Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: What do you think makes someone beautiful? Is it the inner glow or a well-turned makeup and hair job? Do you think it is the combination of these internal and external things? Recently, I attended a conference where a friend of mine was going to give a presentation. Someone else had the room right before she did, so we entered and sat in...

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New Year’s Resolutions Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I conducted a very informal survey today and here is what some of the folks told me: A very hard-working (and very slender) friend said that she resolves each year to “see more movies, eat more chocolate, and have more fun.” Life is short! An elderly gentleman at the mall said he resolves to “stay alive.” A...

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Keeping family stories alive and well Home Life

Hello everyone: Let me tell you a story. A friend of mine had an uncle and aunt who owned a farm. They loved to make ice cream, so they opened a small store in front of their farm and sold their ice cream, which was made from the milk that their cows produced. Everyone loved the dessert, and business was great. One day, the uncle...

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