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Mark My Words

Oh rats, a mouse!

I fell asleep in the recliner the other night. That rarely happens, but I was so tired that I ended up dozing off while watching TV. Everyone else was in bed; the living room was lit only by the TV, which by this time was showing something that comes on well after the local news. To be honest, I can’t …

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Living with regrets

Last week, among others, I made the following comment: “We can live our lives with regrets, I suppose, but I prefer not to. It can drive you crazy worrying about the ’what ifs‘ in life. Every single thing we do can be analyzed and debated, so why bother? So while I may wonder, I do not regret.” When I wrote …

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Emotional Day

Last Friday was a pretty monumental day in my life. What started out as a day full of excitement, anticipation and yes, nerves, ended on a very somber note when I got home. To backtrack, last Thursday afternoon I received the phone call that I had been waiting for. A JOB OFFER! Of course I accepted, without hesitation, mind you. …

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Time flies

It is hard to believe that school starts in just a few days. It seems like just yesterday that students were packing up their desks and saying their goodbyes for the summer. Being that I was a student teacher when the last school year ended, I realized just how emotional the last day can be for both students and teachers! …

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Don’t just live life; build one

Once in a while, a celebrity can say something that is not only intelligent, but also meaningful. They may even say something transforming, moving or life-changing. Sadly, it seems that when movie stars, athletes or those “15-minutes of fame” pop culture idols open their mouths that is not what you get. More often than not their words amount to nothing …

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Taking a Stand

I am going to let you in on a little secret and I ask that you keep this information to yourself. I am not trying to be a gossip and I don’t want to be seen as someone who is spreading rumors, but this information may come as a shock to you. Okay, here goes: several Major League Baseball players …

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The least we can do is respect one another

Remember the story about Karen Klein of New York, who was verbally attacked and taunted by a group of seventh grade students on a school bus for which she was a monitor? One of the boys used his cell phone to record the boys heckling Klein as she sat peacefully on the bus. In addition to poking fun at her …

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The process is a roller coaster

When I decided to change course in my career and move from the banking and insurance world to that of education, I knew things would not be easy. In addition to going back to school to FINALLY secure my degree in elementary education, I knew the job market was already saturated with prospective teachers. Or in other words, a college …

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Comerica Park reflections

I have been a Detroit Tigers fan for many, many years. I grew up listening to them and the late, great Ernie Harwell on the radio. I watched them on TV when Al Kaline and George Kell did the play-by-play. As a child, I would cut out articles and pictures about the Tigers and tape them to my bedroom wall. …

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The pat heard around the world

It was the “pat” heard around the world. Well, that may be exaggerating a little bit, but it certainly became newsworthy. While standing before a judge in regards to a probation violation in a Florida courtroom, former NFL player and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco and Chad Johnson before that, decided to have …

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