Parts of Speech
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:42“So what do you do if you have a crush on a girl? You need to get her to like you…. Wait until middle school to try to get her to love you. Otherwise, you have to hold on to her for a long time and that would be very hard. Tip: Most boys in elementary school can hold on to a girl for only 30 days.”
—Alec Grevin, 9-year-old author of “How to Talk to Girls”
I’m a little freaked out about middle school. It doesn’t seem to matter that countless kids have started and finished middle school just fine, including me, at one point.
And even though I’ve known and witnessed the customs of many a middle-schooler, it’s been from a safe distance. There’s never been one sleeping across the hallway.
You’ve heard the...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:40“For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.” —Elizabeth Blackwell, first U.S. female physician
A woman who works with parents of small children was asked if age makes a difference in attitudes and parental skills of her clients. The question was based on the assumption that there are major differences between the attitudes and competency of parents—specifically single moms—who are under 25 compared to those who are over 30.
She said no. Age isn’t the thing. Education is.
There’s a lot of talk about the importance of education on an international level. Ignorance is truly bliss, or hell, depending on where it exists.
It’s hard for an...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 09 March 2010 20:00“You’ll see it when you believe it.” —Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., author/speaker
What keeps you here? “Here” being where you live. Not the street or the house, but the community. More specifically, your rural community, when there are plenty of other small towns and urban areas to choose from?
That question goes for any town, but sometimes if you look closer, it’s more obvious why certain ones make the grade, why some just hang on and why others fail, dying a slow death.
Location, location, location can be a contributor. Some are blessed with it. Their reasons for thriving are based on where they sit.
Silver City, N.M., 10,500 people gathered on the edge of the Gila National Forest, surrounded by acres of protected...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:50If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.—Author Unknown
Everyone has a Wii by now, right? Isn’t it the best thing? Before it and the Wii Fit, I had never felt the need for a game console. We skipped right over the Play Stations and Xboxes. (Do they still sell those?) But I just couldn’t resist those commercials with the little logo letters bowing at me.
In my vast experience, it’s the greatest thing since Atari Space Invaders. That says a lot. Probably more than I want it to.
Everybody in my house loves it, except for Libby, our ample lab. And I suspect it’s not just winter fur that’s bulked her up.
I’m not holding that against her because it’s not her fault. She has a great attitude for being 10...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 09 February 2010 20:04“A spiritually healthy love for the world desires to give something. A spiritually sick love for the world desires to get something from it.” —E.G.”Jay” Link, minister and CEO of Kardia Inc.
It’s been one of those weeks online. Haiti’s earthquake, almost a month later, is still at the top of nearly every news cast. The stories get more tragic. So do the online posts like the two below, from blogs, networking and random news sites.
“Shame on you America: the only country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment—yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations; 99 percent of people won’t have...
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