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It’s bad when you don’t know what you don’t know. But it’s worse when you don’t know that you don’t know what you don’t know. The message being: Humility. Follow me?

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This evening I spent about three hours cleaning out boxes of old letters, cards and mementos from the past. I threw out a lot (much of which made no sense to me), but in the process, I uncovered parts of my past that I had completely forgotten. For example, in 1992, I nearly moved in…

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Last week I brought my students to a YMCA camp for three days of outdoor education. On the morning of our departure, I donned a tee-shirt that featured the smiling face of a presumed camper and the phrase Happy Camper emblazoned beneath. I wear it every year on the first day of camp. And as…

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I have noticed a disturbing trend over the past year that I have managed to document and analyze in order to determine if my observations have been accurate. As a wedding DJ, I have heard hundreds, if not thousands, of toasts, almost always by the best man, oftentimes by the father of the groom, and…

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Results published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology indicate that more than 30% of children with food allergies report being bullied or teased — often repeatedly — because of their eating restrictions. As the father of a peanut-allergic daughter, you might think this is cause for concern. Think again. Her last name is…

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Last week I received an email from a fellow Newington resident and fan named Tony that read: I have an oddball question for you that I’ve been thinking about for a long time – do you think you are the most famous current Newington resident?  The reason this question occurred to me is that I…

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When I was in 8th grade, I was asked to write a book report on a novel by a famous American author. Mrs. Bennett took the class to the library and instructed us to spend the period searching for a book that we would read and then use to write our reports. Book reports, by…

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I don’t like to lie. There was a time in my life when lying was my unfortunate specialty. Attempting to maintain two or three girlfriends at a time required a great deal of plotting and deceit (the fact that they lived in different states most of the year helped a lot), as well as the…

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