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An Office Without Walls

A few months ago, I moved out of my corner office and into an office without walls.

I had no interest in becoming a Dilbert cubicle dweller, where you toil in the shadow of padded dividers that don’t provide privacy – or natural light. 719 more words

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Stress: More Than Just a Feeling

Even though we despise them, we owe a lot to rats. They have served as the sacrificial lambs in labs to find cures for ailments that bedevil humans. 620 more words

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The Art and Ardor of Weed Whacking

Weed whacking was never an occupation or adventure I coveted. However, an overgrown backyard became the mother of my re-invention.

Weed plucking has been my favored technique to rid the yard of dandelions and other noxious weeds. 555 more words

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Concert on Your Couch

I would go to a lot more concerts if they occurred on my lap.

That may now be possible as online platforms such as Stageit and Concert Window are bringing musicians into the front rooms of their fans on their laptops. 473 more words

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Just Glad It Wasn't an Angry, Parachuting Meatball

There is a current  TV ad featuring a spicy parachuting meatball that splats marinara sauce on a guy’s shoulder. I can relate.

At an outside dinner with colleagues several years ago, I was waxing on about some obscure aspect of Oregon’s land-use law, when a bird in a tree above our table relieved itself on my head. 527 more words

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

When the Hollies recorded their song several decades ago, they may have foreseen Hunter Gandee, the 14-year-old Michigan boy who strapped his younger brother on his back and walked 40 miles. 333 more words

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From Poverty to Prep School

There is no shortage of good intentions, but there often is a paucity of good ideas that pan out, especially when it comes to pulling people out of poverty. 555 more words

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