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Things my father taught me

My dad taught me a lot of things growing up. Some I can share, but some would be best left to late night conversations after imbibing some Wild Turkey. One of the things that sticks in my addled, aging mind is that it is best to “shut the hell up and let everyone think you are an idiot, rather than opening your mouth and getting your butt beat because everyone found out you’re an idiot.”

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Creatures of scary habits

Somewhere in Potomac tonight there is a family sitting in a home that cost more than $1 million, upset with the noise coming from commercial aircraft flying into Reagan National Airport and they have convinced Montgomery county to spend $150,000 to an aviation expert in order to come up with alternative flight plans into Reagan.

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STEM needs STEAM

In recent years, the focus on technology in our society has led to new priorities in education, culminating in a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, widely known by the acronym “STEM.” STEM is well-intentioned in that the goal is to prepare children for lucrative careers in the twenty-first century. There is a negative side to this agenda if the study of the classics is neglected. While many may view a program of education based on the study of great literature, philosophy and music of the past as irrelevant, even passé, there are some positive elements to be embraced by supplementing the STEM emphasis with the arts, especially the classics.  

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It’s time to stop pretending

MeTooSometimes, it feels like waking up is the hardest thing to do. Trying to force yourself out of a comfy bed and wiping away the sleep from your eyes can be painful, but necessary to start your day. The same can be said to make a change in the world. You need to wake up, get out of your comfort zone and wipe away the clouds from your eyes.

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