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Fathering Alone

Posted on 19 July 2010

As socially advanced as we like to think we are, the onus of child rearing still seems to fall largely upon the shoulders of women.  We tend to focus, therefore, on the struggles faced by single moms, while ignoring those confronted by men forced to raise children alone.  In some ways, this huge responsibility can […]

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Over the Line?

Posted on 08 July 2010

Just about half a century ago, The Kinsey Report, the runaway primer “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask,” and the Free Love movement all brought sex from its hiding place in the bedroom out into the open.  Ricky and Lucy slept in separate beds, but the Brady Bunch […]

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Boy, Was My Face Red!

Posted on 06 July 2010

Although not celebrities whose public faux pas, such as wardrobe malfunctions, are exposed on national TV, we’ve all suffered our share of bloopers.  Who among us has not exited a public restroom with toilet paper trailing behind us or stuck beneath our shoes?  Have your pants ever split, or worse, at an inopportune moment?  Maybe you […]

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Anything Goes!

Posted on 28 June 2010

Playing dress up is one of life’s little guilty pleasures.  Almost every little girl has surreptiously ransacked her mother’s belongings in order to appropriate them, usually on rainy days when we were bored, or when our mothers’ backs were turned.  Who can forget the slightly forbidden thrill of easing open our moms’ closets to select […]

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Rules of Attraction: Infatuation or Love?

Posted on 17 June 2010

Dating is the process by which one person gets to know another better.  It begins with physical attraction, for if the parties are not attracted to each other, what is the point of dating?   Because it is often hard to hard to judge a book by its cover, and because even the prettiest and most […]

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Brain Food for Thought

Posted on 10 June 2010

Once upon a time, a string tied around one of our fingers signaled something important that we needed to remember. As our brains age along with the rest of our bodies, we find ourselves reaching more often for that string to tie around our fingers.  Unfortunately, like the jokes surrounding this practice, many of us […]

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So They Say

Posted on 03 June 2010

The other day a co-worker reiterated the title of the old Phil Collins song to me, Just Another Day in Paradise.  As the theme of the tune revolved around the impoverished, my colleague’s statement was as sarcastic as the song title, for he was having a rotten day.  His cynicism prompted me to examine some […]

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The Curious Case of Curiosity

Posted on 19 May 2010

“Curiosity killed the cat” is a time-honored proverb meant as a warning that, if you investigate things too often or too deeply, you could very well wind up in harm’s way.  One of the earliest forms of this adage dates back to William Shakespeare’s performance in Every Man in His Humor, a play written by Ben […]

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Flee to Freedom

Posted on 11 May 2010

Recently, I observed a wild bird that had accidentally gotten trapped inside a storage room at work.  As it sought frantically for a way out, it emitted a high-pitched chirp that seemed eerily like a scream emanating from deep within its soul.  The bird’s eyes darted about the room, seeking an escape route.  Its little heart was surely […]

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A Matter of Ethics

Posted on 06 May 2010

As the unemployment rates soars into double digits, why are employers still complaining about the lack of good help?  And where are all the people out of work who constitute good help? Despite lengthy and loyal service to employers, the belts that have tightened Corporate America’s waist have left workers with a rude kiss-off to […]

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