Month: October 2013

Halloween Costume of Orange


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The Devil’s Advocate Post



In the first edition of the Daily News, this reporter has covered the Seven Deadly Sins:

  • we’ve got Greed in the Business Section
  • Sloth in the Leisure Section
  • Gluttony in the Restaurant Reviews
  • Lust in the Movie Reviews
  • Envy in the Gossip Column
  • Pride in the  Birth Announcements – and
  • Wrath, well, the Opinions are full of it.
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A walk in the park plot twist

Life is not a simple walk in the park, is it? There’s all those people and opinions plotting the demise of happiness from the vagary of their human nature. While “a walk in the park” is an idiom, people can just be idiots.… ...

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There’s Always an Upside

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward sky and heaven or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?


At a meeting, do you listen UP when a topic comes UP – and never, never cut UP?

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No good deed goes unpunished

Good Deed

I first heard this statement in the summer of 1997. A wise mentor gave it voice after I’d written a ground-breaking grant and determined to shepherd its project to fruition. Naive person that I was, I learned its lesson hard.

Eight years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer.… ...

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Bullying vs. Teasing

Freeway-sWithin 20 minutes, I’d smoothly transitioned onto my fifth freeway, so locals can guess what day of the week it was and where I was.

It was Saturday morning in central Orange County. I was headed from Irvine to Cal State Fullerton to attend the annual Stuttering Conference, eager for CEUs (continuing education units) as required by law.… ...

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The Great Recession

“The Great Recession officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, but it sure seemed longer” was the lead line of a story in the AARP (yes, I am old enough to be a member) Bulletin last month. red dollar sign

I know, first hand, because I lost $16,000.00… ...

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Fourth Grade

Fourth GradeFourth grade marked my life with three events that vibrate in my heart and mind to this day. I wish I had a better eraser.

  1. I moved to a new school. Friends were hard to make. While I’d moved when I was two years old, then again when I was six, this one was more difficult.
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