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Yesterday I worked at a Halloween-themed wedding.  Masks were worn by the bride and groom and many of their guests, centerpieces consisted of ceramic jack-o-lanterns filled with candy, and guests danced to The Monster Mash. It was one of the finest Halloween-themed wedding I have ever seen.  Just the right amount of Halloween paraphernalia to…

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I hate the song Brick House by The Commodores. But as a wedding DJ, I am forced to listen to the song more often than I want. I think the lyrics are just plain stupid. If I was a woman, the last thing I’d ever want to be compared to is a brick house. But…

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Nordstrom’s first employee manual was a work of genius. It reads: Obviously this rule would not work well with the bounty of micro-managers who dominate our business and professional cultures today. But idiot bosses aside, I’ve also known and continue to know many people who are thoroughly enamored with rules. These are people who desire…

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I was just reminded of a student who fell and hit his head on the pavement several years ago while at recess. The blow had been so traumatic that for weeks after the injury, the boy was not the same person. His personality, his demeanor, and his cognitive abilities all seemed altered by the concussion…

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In a Slate piece that asks if you actually have to consult your doctor before having sex (as the Cialis commercials have made abundantly clear), Craig Bowron cites the following research: “…a 1984 study that involved ten married couples who were paid to have intercourse in a monitored lab setting. Blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen…

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I admire the guy’s willingness to put his passion on display, and I love his courage to be himself, but this guy has no chance of ever getting a date. Right?

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Sometimes former students and I maintain friendships long after their days in my classroom have ended. These students and I tend to share similar personalities and interests, and as they get older, it’s easy to understand why they continue to visit me in my classroom long after they have left elementary school. For a few…

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I was rooting through old short stories, poems and other miscellany on my hard drive when I came across a five-entry diary that I began in March of 2004. This was the month that my wife and I began dating. I’ve kept a journal off-and-on for most of my life, and I have a bunch…

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I have a friend who will not be watching the Celtics or NBA basketball in general this year. He’s older than me and has become disillusioned by the involvement of agents in the sport, the inability of small market teams to land free agents, the creation of supposed super teams like the Miami Heat and…

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