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By Falsifying Test Scores, Educators Robbed Their Students

People love a good rant.

The one issued by an Atlanta judge this week has certainly made the rounds. Judge Jerry Baxter was all over CNN as he angrily sentenced teachers and administrators convicted in a widespread cheating scandal. He ordered some of the guilty educators to jail for seven years, a ...Read more

New Season Means New Rules for Good Neighbors

On Friday morning, I went to get my newspaper and discovered that, once again, someone had pilfered the plastic bag it came in.

I know the paper arrived in a plastic bag because I'd gone out a few minutes earlier and shifted it to the side of the steps so it wouldn't be in anyone's path until I picked it up on my way back in.

When I got home, ...Read more

New Season Means New Rules for Good Neighbors

On Friday morning, I went to get my newspaper and discovered that, once again, someone had pilfered the plastic bag it came in.

I know the paper arrived in a plastic bag because I'd gone out a few minutes earlier and shifted it to the side of the steps so it wouldn't be in anyone's path until I picked it up on my way back in.

When I got home, ...Read more

Everybody Loses, But That Doesn't Make Us Losers

"Loser" is such a sad word. You didn't win the game or the award. You didn't make the cut. You didn't get the vote. Your dreams went splat.

Many of the losers will probably be wondering what they might have done differently, or if they ever had a chance, or if the game was worth the effort and the gamble.

But here's some small consolation for ...Read more

Exploring the Link Between Sleep and School Performance

After many years of neglecting sleep's importance in our lives, we've entered a golden age of sleep studies. We now know that sleep plays a central role in everything from creativity to memory consolidation, and that sleep deprivation, in addition to being associated with a range of debilitating conditions, can leave us with the same cognitive ...Read more

Reading Your Medical File

I walked over to the office of my former doctor recently to pick up my past.

"Sign here," the doctor's assistant said, and I did, with some trepidation, as if I were signing jewels out of a safe deposit box.

She handed me a sheaf of papers and I walked away in search of somewhere to sit and study my precious trove in private.

Have you ever ...Read more

Positive News Deserves Higher Priority

There's an old saying in the news business, one that's guided editorial thinking for decades: "If it bleeds, it leads." That is, stories of violence, tragedy, dysfunction and corruption get top billing -- at the top of the hour, at the top of the computer or phone screen or above the newspaper fold -- driven by the assumption that these are the ...Read more

SkyMall Bankruptcy Reminds Us of the Stuff We Never Knew We Needed

SkyMall always made me anxious.

I read it, of course, flight after flight, year after year, cover to cover. Everybody read SkyMall.

By everybody, I mean anybody who was ever squashed into an airplane seat without some distraction from the ...Read more

One Word To Get Your Resolutions Back On Track

Schmich: New Year's resolutions already broken? One word may help you get back on track.

Two-fifths of Americans have already broken their New Year's resolutions.

That news popped into my inbox this week in the form of a press release that included poll results suggesting we are a nation of well-intentioned ...Read more

Take Time to Investigate Family Mysteries

Families are a nesting doll of mysteries. Why does Uncle Bob have that scar on his arm? How come Aunt Peggy and Aunt Mary Lou won't come to Thanksgiving dinner at the same time? Does Grandpa really have a second family?

The word "family" implies familiar, but even people who know each other well rarely know each other fully. ...Read more

Serving Others Can Change the World

As we begin 2015 and look ahead to all the possibilities of a new year, we all have an opportunity to make giving a part of our lives. Giving, loving, caring, empathy and compassion, going beyond ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones to help serve others -- this is the only viable answer to the multitude of problems the politics/fromtheleft/ariannahuffington/s-1610201">Read more

One Word to Sharpen Your Focus in 2015

If you were to pick one word to guide your new year, what would it be?

Having to answer that question is like being dropped inside a Super Target and asked to pick one object, and only one, that you would carry with you for the next 12 months.

Difficult. But doable.

One word.

What's yours?

This idea comes from a reader named Mae -- she ...Read more

 

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