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This column will follow-up on my statement last week that I would discuss some of the ramifications that I observed, while being present for the American Association of School Administrators Conference in Phoenix. By the way, I hope you appreciate that I brought the improved weather temperat…

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This week marks the holiday known as President’s Day, the day set aside each year when we remember the life and times of Chester A. Arthur by purchasing a discount mattress.

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February usually means two things…groundhogs and Valentine’s Day and if you think of them in that particular order, chances are you’re single.

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Call me old-fashioned but I’ve always been a big fan of February 14th and its romantic symbolism. Originally, the day was known as Saint Valentine’s Day, although it’s true origin has been obscured by time. In today’s politically correct modern world, the reference to “Saint” has been remove…

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There were ten minutes left to a crucial football game – Patriots vs. Kansas City –when an 18-wheeler barreled down a quiet, unsuspecting Gorham Avenue, viciously ripping off tree limbs and cable wires before jamming on its air brakes while narrowly missing rows of parked cars of guests atte…

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Starry starry night, paint your palette blue and gray.  (Don McLean)

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Let’s Talk About Hearing

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Forget the upcoming zombie apocalypse that movies and television have prepared us for. The real end of the world has already begun. It appears the Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator movies are not fiction after all. The Robot Apocalypse is upon us.

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If you're not close to retirement age, it's easy to ignore what Social Security is doing. However, some significant announcements late last year make now a very good time to pay attention.

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Imagine No Possessions, I Wonder If You Can. (John Lennon)

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The soap opera Days of Our Lives has been broadcast on television for 50 years, and I’ve been watching every day for the same amount of time. My addiction started innocently enough back in 1965 during the first season of the show. In fact, my mom is the one who inadvertently got me hooked.

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My dining room sits in silence like a museum display of a scene from the past. For a long time it’s been unused and gathering dust. As the holidays near, the room slowly begins to show signs of life. Today the room reflects the change of seasons. It’s filled with brown, gold and orange hues.…

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It's not easy looking for a new job at age fifty-seven. Actually, looking is the easy part, it's the “finding” that's difficult. At the end of September I left my job after twenty-eight years without the safety net of another job to fall into. The company I worked for appeared to be going do…

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It’s that time of year, kids! Halloween! When we celebrate the occult, the undead and ghouls, by giving candy to children. Sleep well, kids!

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September disappeared quickly and took summer with it. The weather was so warm and so nice for so long, it seemed the Fall season might be postponed indefinitely. Last week, October’s calendar page dropped down like a guillotine blade, cutting off any remnants of summer that were left behind.

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Summer always seems to go by much too quickly, yet somehow winter manages to drag on longer than the calendar says is possible.

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I decided to leave my job after working at the same company for 28 years. It took some time to mentally prepare myself for the final step. I spent the entire summer thinking about it. I talked to my family, friends and colleagues trying to rationalize the outcome in my mind. It was the harde…

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Betsy’s Best Bets: The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go. (Buddhist quote)

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The recent murders of Virginia television reporter Alison Parker and her cameraperson/videographer Adam Ward affected me more than all the other senseless violence stories currently grabbing headline attention. The images of the murder victims were etched in my mind because of their familiar…

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This article is about what my son Max did on his summer vacation. It wasn’t really a summer vacation because he was working at an exclusive camp in northern Maine (so exclusive I can’t mention its name). Let’s just say, if your child attends this summer camp, money is no object.

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As the economy improves, today's sellers are facing a very different environment than they were before the housing market stumbled in 2006.

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I’m a warm weather person, though the few days of The Bowels of Hell weather we have experienced this summer is perhaps a little hotter than I would care for.