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michael-seidel's picture
Sep.14.2013
I thought I knew myself but learned that I don't.  It's a new realization every day.  Surprising challenges to how well I know myself come up. For example, I read in a WaPo article that Skip Bayless orders chicken with broccoli at the beginning of the week and then eats it for five nights...
orna-b-raz's picture
May.16.2013
My response to Red Room's challenge to blog about the best parenting advice: Parents are forever giving needed and unneeded advice to their children: we always remember Polonius’ advice to Laertes: "Give your thoughts to yourself, And don’t act without thinking. . .   Listen to what every man...
michael-seidel's picture
Feb.28.2013
My co-worker is warping under the job's pressure.  It's painful to witness.  I keep reassuring him that he's doing great, that he needs to relax some and let go.  He knows that on the intellectual level.  Accepting it emotionally is challenging.  Letting go of these matters...
po-bronson's picture
Feb.06.2013
Noah Muthler took his first state standardized test in third grade at the Spring Cove Elementary School in Roaring Spring, Pa. It was a miserable experience, said his mother, Kathleen Muthler. He was a good student in a program for gifted children. But, Muthler said, “he was crying in my arms...
rina-macasaet's picture
Jan.04.2013
She is a nice girl.  I don’t have anything against her. She means well whenever she invites me to hang out. But more often than not I decline. I’m picky about who and where I hang out. I also have to be in the mood otherwise it becomes a drag for me.   We see each other on occasion. We...
phillip-moffitt's picture
Jun.06.2012
Why do some people suffer from debilitating symptoms of stress while others who are under equal or greater pressure don’t? There is a distinction between the pressure you experience due to the conditions in your life and stress, which is your mind’s reaction to that pressure. Constant pressure can...
rina-macasaet's picture
Feb.29.2012
I am happily exhausted being kept busy, busier and very busy! I’m nervous thinking about evaluation day for sign language class.   I have to prepare a 25-sentence autobiography, a one-page short story, a poem and I also have to memorize lyrics of a song.  All this I will have to...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Dec.21.2011
December 21         Not My Best Friend   No matter how tightly I hug a lump of coal I will not prevail in turning it into a diamond.  Some days I accept this better than others.  My desire may affect the coal, but this affect is not diamond producing; though it...
rebbecca-hill's picture
Jun.29.2011
First day of Summer was one week ago from yesterday. Yesterday it rained. A rainy day snuggled between all these warm days we’ve had. I didn’t believe the weather reports. I woke up and I believed because my body told me so. I have several headache triggers, one of which is pressure in the air and...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Apr.17.2011
April 17         Like an Elf Working in an Empty Tree   The chairs in the loft are empty, but I still hear the choir sing.  The bottle though it’s empty, still sometimes calls my name.  Though front pocket is empty and there is rolled up empty sleeve, still the nicotine...