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Maya Angelou broke news twice this week. Today, thousands of publications, including our own, will be honoring her. Yesterday, however, she broke news because the British curriculum decided to drop To Kill a Mockingbird off of its American classic reading…
Let's get this clear- if the bee is dead, its dead. However, many times honeybees, being those busy bee workers, exhaust themselves with the weight of the honey on their back and cannot make it back to the nest. They…
I write often about the 'superman syndrome.' To clarify exactly what I mean by that the superman syndrome is when volunteers enters a project thinking they are going to save the children, the animals, or the world.This can be detrimental…
Dear 7-year-old me, Its probably a bit too late to apologize, but I'm not all cracked up like you'd thought I'd be. I'm not a vet. Frankly, I did poorly in science. Every class brought on spontaneous naps. I cheated…
Last Thursday, I had my eighth experience with Les Misérables. The first was with the book, which took me a month to read, and the 2nd through 7th, was with the movie. (Of course, I am not counting all the…
Sometimes hashtag # campaigns really annoy me. I haven't decided where I stand with #BringBackOurGirls yet. These campaigns, a.k.a. Kony's Child Soldier campaign, have a funny way of blowing up in our faces. You debate on one hand if its…
Texaco did it again. They showed their colors, and they are the colors of d*bags. Well, actually the company's colors seem to be red and white, but the colors of the people who run that company are the colors of…
Reason #4: It Benefits You! Its hard to explain to others why volunteering is selfless when sometimes it feels so selfish. Once a week in Thailand, I lead adult English classes for working girls. Most classes were improvised. The teaching…
Reason #3:  Get Out of Your Head We get trapped sometimes, rationalizing actions. Sometimes the only way to fix it is by getting out of your own head, far, far away from things. Like many other students, in 14 hours…
Great news today! Japan's whaling for scientific purposes licensce has been revoked. The UN's International Court of Jusitce has deemed it so. Now even though, the ruling is only in effect in the Antartic, it is one step forward to…