Confronting our schools

There are many problems confronting our schools—bullying and harassment, inadequate academic performance, children who feel left out or fall between the cracks, disrespectful behavior, unmotivated students, and frustrated teachers. Despite countless reform initiatives, “research-based” programs, mandates, school assemblies, and outside speakers, these challenges persist in many schools. This is …

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What Is The Market Willing To Pay?

There is almost always a celebrity premium that the market is willing to pay, but the balance of how much paid for celebrity versus talent varies depending on the industry. In sports, no one hires a bad ballplayer and keeps him around, no matter how much the tabloids love him …

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Omega 3 Fatty Acid

I have a rare cherry tree planted outside of the kitchen door. It has spread its branches to cross the kitchen window. The tree is a heritage English morello cherry brought into North America by a pioneering family two hundred years ago. I even know where the original cherry seed …

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Desire or Demand?

Have you ever wondered why some people spend so much time, effort and energy on an idea only to give up on it when the first obstacle presents itself? It’s as if they’ve hit a home run and suddenly run out of gas rounding third base. What happens …

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Lobster Contest

In spite of my success in The Great Lobster Contest, I was not destined for a lifetime working in a restaurant. Following my graduation from journalism school, I searched for a job at a newspaper. But times were tough and few positions were available. So I decided to start a …

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Military life

He furrowed his bushy black eyebrows as he brooded over the dire state of affairs. He knew that just extending the 172nd for four months was merely a Band-Aid—and an inadequate one at that—not a solution. The U.S.-Iraqi operation to quell the violence was failing. Chiarelli …

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The fall of Baghdad

Two days after the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, the head of the CIA’s Middle East Division, Rob Richer, was on the ground, driving around the sprawling, dun-colored city in an armored car with the station chief. Iron rebar jutted from bombed government buildings, and looters moved …

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Campania's Cultural Conundrums

Campania is the Italy of your wildest dreams: a rich, intense, hypnotic ragù of vibrant street life, decadent palaces, pastel-hued villages and aria-inspiring vistas. Few corners of Europe can match Campania’s cultural conundrums. Should you spend the morning waltzing through chandeliered Bourbon bedrooms or the frescoed villa of a …

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