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A Sad Situation

Eight years ago, locally, a 16-year-old girl was tragically killed in a house fire—because her parents had her chained to her bed. After they were given appropriately long prison sentences for her death, the father vented to any who would listen. While he admitted a “possible error in judgment” over chaining her to her bed, […]

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The Mathematics of Influence

Once, while at a party, I made a new friend. She was pursuing her PhD in Mathematics. Her course work was finished and she was focusing on her dissertation. Interestingly, at one point in my life, I too wanted a PhD in mathematics, but she was the first person I’ve met who was actually doing […]

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Words Can Tear Down or Built Up

A friend in a Master’s program recently took a pass/fail class designed to weed out weaker and mismatched students from the program. After spending less than 10 minutes in one-on-one communication, the professor deemed him to be ill suited for the program and its associated profession; he was summarily failed. Although discouraged, he repeated the […]

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Are You Colorblind or Color Aware?

I rarely think back to my time in high school, but recently I remembered a conversation I had with a classmate. Or at least I remember the end of our conversation. I don’t know what we were discussing or what I said, but my friend glared at me. “You forget. I’m not like you… I’m […]

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Lessons for a 5th Grader

I remember channel surfing once when a show caught my attention: “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.” Although I’d heard about the show, this was my first (and last) time watching it. Overall, I fared better than the contestant, but then I didn’t have the pressure of a live audience and irksome host. I […]

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Back to School

In Michigan, today is the first day of school for most of those in public schools.  (By way of contrast, the Indiana school my daughter teaches at is starting their fifth week of classes.) By State law, Michigan public schools cannot start classes until after Labor Day.  (Private schools need not follow this, but many […]

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Let’s Play Tag — In Cyberspace

I have been blogging since January 2008 and have made 315 entries to date — no wait, 316.  To organize these entries, I have concocted 30 topic categories, adding each post to at least one category, usually more.  This allows readers interested in the topics of, say, Computers and the Internet to read related posts, […]

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The Graduates, part II

Here is a picture of the happy graduates. Congratulations Dan and Kelli. (Mom and Dad are happy too — no more tuition payments!) Now on to their wedding next weekend!

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The Graduates

This weekend my bride and I will celebrate an event 22 years in the making.  Our son, Dan, and our soon-to-be-daughter, Kelli, will graduate from college on Sunday.  I am exceeding proud of them both. First, not every high school graduate is college material and others opt for alternate paths.  Of those that head off […]

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A Lament for W

No, this isn’t a post about George W. Bush. Instead, this is a blog about the letter W. I feel sorry for W; you see, it’s hard to pronounce. Consider the phrase, the “World Wide Web.” It is easy to say; it’s concise, with only three syllables, rolling off the tongue. Ironically, its abbreviation, “WWW” […]