Articles By: Shelley Plett

You can be a contributor to history

?You say want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world…. You ask me for a contribution. Well you know, we?re doing what we can.?

??Revolution,? The Beatles

If time travel was straight-forward, minus the annoying paradoxes and parallel universe arguments, where would you go? I can think of a few.

I?d quantum leap into a 1920s jazz club with a flapper bob, sequin dress and extra long cigarette holder.

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Playing in the dirt can clear a mind

?When you finish?do you have the proverbial grit under your fingernails, splinters in your hand, sunburn on your face and ache in your joints? If so, chances are you put your whole soul into the effort.? ?Hope Clark

Manual labor is not my best friend. It?s not that I?m lazy, just not the first one to jump behind a lawn mower when a lawn chair is just as close. As I settle into the chair, steadying my book and drink, knowing I should be behind the mower, a hint of guilt has been known to creep into my head. I can usually shake it off.

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Be anything you want?on the web

?It seems there is something about anonymity which brings out the worst in us. If you doubt that, come with me into the often-weird world of Internet chat rooms and message boards.?

?Pat Sajak

The collective message of this graduation season will be something like ??and just remember that you can be anything you want to be.? And it?s not just true for the graduates. You too can be anything, or anyone, you want to be?on the Internet.

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Less information is sometimes good

?Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.? ?Unknown

Living in this age of technology, we can count on getting more information than is probably needed. I know there are fact hounds among us that seek the final answer to their question and will pick their way through every wrong explanation along the way to get there.

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Cure for chaos: coffee or oatmeal

?There is no hope for a civilization that starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock. ?Author unknown

Can we all get this straight already? Men think women are confusing. Kids think parents are hopeless. Women think men are self-absorbed. And then we second guess that and wonder if it?s just us.

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Recognize the mothers of invention

?Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.? ?Susan B. Anthony

In 1812, T. Babbitt, a sawmill worker, observed a couple of fellow laborers manufacturing lumber with the then standard two-man pit saw. Noticing that half of their energy was being wasted in the process, Babbitt designed and created the first circular saw ever used in a sawmill.

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To-do list taken to a whole new level

?You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what?s a life, anyway? We?re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider?s life can?t help being something of a mess with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone?s life can stand a little of that.? ?Charlotte in ?Charlotte?s Web?

I?m more likely to cuss and smash a spider than quote it, but had to make the exception with Charlotte. I think it?s my age that makes me appreciate what she?s saying, which, while (I hope) isn?t necessarily old by definition, does give me access to one of the true benefits of getting older?stupidity.

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When a daughter becomes a reader

?I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.? ?Anna Quindlen, ?Enough Bookshelves,? New York Times, Aug. 7, 1991

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Not interested, no thanks, no way?

A soft answer turneth away wrath, but not the door-to-door salesman. ?Evan Esar


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At times, blood is thicker than hope

?One cannot be grateful and unhappy at the same time.?



A string of serendipitous moments in the past few months brought a fact to my attention. I?ve never been without hope. Because of how I was raised, where I was raised, and the people that have surrounded me my entire life, being alone is something I?ve never had to face. Odds are, I never will.

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