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Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Collectively called STEM, these words may not immediately captivate your attention. But when attached to people and super-cool things, they morph into dreams, innovation, and down-right fun for our students and educators.

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If we need proof that the TV shows we grew up with were great, look no further than the fact that they’re still popular today.

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As I was visiting with my niece, Jackie, in the pool, she was telling me about her vacation to Hawaii. Some of the favorite activities she and her boyfriend, Nick, enjoyed were swimming at the beach, snorkeling, surfing, deep-sea fishing and watching the sunsets on the beach every evening.

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The Battle at Kruger is a YouTube video I have watched dozens and dozens of times over the years. I have no doubt you have seen the 8-minute film as well at some point. This is the film of a water buffalo being attacked by a group of lions, who are waiting to pounce on the littlest one. Some…

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Candy corn is the fruitcake of Halloween candy. There are people who say they like candy corn, but I don’t believe them.

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Recent quotes from many politicians claim that the proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill costs “zero.” Just in case you were wondering, this is not so. Even if taxes are raised by enough to theoretically cover the costs (a problem in and of itself given the methods and time periods used to ar…

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This week, the University of Virginia Center for Politics released a poll surveying Americans’ feelings about their political opponents. According to the poll, 80% of Biden voters and 84% of Trump voters believed that elected officials of the opposite party present a “clear and present dange…

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For many Americans, border security is just another policy issue they follow on the news. For Texans like me who live in border towns, it’s a personal issue that affects the communities we call home. As a result, border residents notice when politicians step up to the plate during times of c…

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The number of advertisements each of us sees in a day is sizable. According to a 2019 LinkedIn article, each person in the U.S. is exposed to over 5,000 ads every 24 hours. That’s 4,500 more each day than we saw in the 1970s.

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Raising three daughters has come with many delights, challenges, prayers and moments standing in that certain aisle at Target trying to figure out the differences between “ultra,” “Infinity FlexFoam,” “overnight,” “sport,” “wings,” “Radiant,” and “Just ask your wife, you goober.”

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“That’s just rhetoric!” Like many of us today, Aristotle saw how politicians could use words to manipulate the people. Worried that demagogues might subvert the world’s first democracy, he wrote a guide to using rhetoric for the public good. More than 2,000 years later, students still learn …

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When you grow up, you make your entire house your own. Actually, your wife makes it like she wants. But when you’re a kid, your room is the only place you have where everything can be just like you like it.

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The $3.5 trillion (or more) federal spending proposal now under consideration has some worthy components, but on the whole is concerning. It’s too large and expensive, and funding it would cause negative dynamic responses through the economy. Here’s a brief overview.

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There is something about a person’s hometown that just becomes a part of who they are. It weaves itself into our basic character, giving our senses a buffet of sights, smells, sounds, tastes and feelings that become our comforts and joys of the simplest kind and carry us through the ages. Fo…

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If you grew up in a town with a unique name, there are likely many stories about how the name came to be. Also, you know the struggles of trying to explain them. If your town is small, few folks have heard of it and they have no idea where it is.

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From June to July 2021 (the latest available data), the number of job openings was up 749,000 to 10.9 million, the highest level since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics started keeping such records in December 2000. The largest increases in available positions occurred in health care and s…

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This week, President Joe Biden attempted to inject life into his ailing presidency by dragging out of the closet the hoariest of political cliches: “fairness” in taxation. Touting his new $3.5 trillion tax and spending bill, which would radically increase corporate taxes, personal income tax…

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The frustration was evident in my doctor’s voice. “Why won’t people listen, and why won’t they protect themselves and their families from the virus?” This doctor is not alone. His frustration is shared by countless others whose careers are dedicated to caring for patients. These folks care d…

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This is a catchphrase I use a lot. It is not our mission statement, but more like a slogan. It is easy to remember, captures our efforts across the spectrum of grades and courses, and allows us to ask the question, “are they?” This is a fair question. Can we really say more kids are learning…

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Like almost any American over the age of 25, I vividly remember Sept. 11, 2001. The images of planes striking buildings and people fleeing in terror—and the resulting acts of heroism—are indelibly etched.

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I recently filled in hosting a local Philadelphia talk show, which gave me the opportunity to interview Lt. Col. Jonathan P. Meyers, a retired Marine who’d recently written a memoir about his almost three decades in service, “American to the Corps.”

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Jeremy Wolfe is a visual attention researcher who has shown that we see what we expect to see. In one interesting scenario, they created an airport security screening process and asked the study participants to screen bags for “weapons.”

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August job gains for the U.S. were disappointing, with an increase in total nonfarm payroll employment of 235,000 and the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage point to 5.2%. An increase of this magnitude isn’t bad by historical standards and is, in fact, somewhat above the average during th…

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Many parents my age are currently experiencing empty nest syndrome/euphoria as they send their children off to college in hopes that, someday, their “babies” will graduate and come back home to pick up all of the junk they left crammed under their beds.

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Here’s another interesting COVID-enabled trend to ponder: More Americans are leaving big cities and the suburbs to live in rural communities, according to NextAvenue.com.

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