Category: Parts of Speech

A look at future jobs via Australia

?I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there?s gum in my hair, and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard, and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running, and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?.. I think I?ll move to Australia.? ?Alexander from ?Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? by Judith Viorst

If you?re looking for job security, you might check out some Australian want ads. Surf on over to an international job site and search for ?marine scientist in Australian reefs? or ?census taker for CReefs.?

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There’s no ‘ideal’ courtship, marriage

?I?d say we?re still together,

thanks to a lot of boring nights

at home.? ?PKB

There?s a lengthy list of things that small towns are good for. People watching isn?t on it. You can try it for awhile, but after a time or two with the same people walking by, you?re going to come off as creepy.

Those allegedly nosey neighbors that live next door might actually be harmless people-watchers prowling for nothing more than cheap entertainment. It is a small town after all, and small towns have their recreational limits.

So, as village dwellers sometimes have to, we search for new ways to people watch.

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No excuses needed for simplification

?A little simplification would be the first step towards rational living, I think.? ?Eleanor Roosevelt

Simplify. You won?t find this word in the Oxford Dictionary?s list of the most commonly used words in the English language. But it has to be rising on the charts.

Simplification is the new black.

It?s the thing to do now that we?re being forced to make maddening choices like a tank of gas or a gallon of milk. A movie matinee or a box of Mike and Ike?s?

This might be a slight exaggeration, but the blissful days of having both are vanishing. Unless you sneak your own box of Mike and Ike?s into a movie. But that would be wrong, so, ummm, yeah, you shouldn?t do that.

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Loving those who love to compete

?Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.? ?Shaquille O?Neal When I took a job in the computer field I could not grasp the configuration of a network. I remember looking at a diagram of a basic computer network with a server, router, and several workstations. Never one to comprehend anything that could […]

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What adults should know by now

?Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.? ?Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry, author


We?re moving into county and state fair season and who?s excited? 4-Hers? Yes. Rodeo clowns? Uh huh! Deep-fat Snickers fry-cooks? Oh yeah!

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Movie leads to new comprehension

?What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.? ?Antonio Porchia


A screen writer who once took a job as a stripper to have something to write about. A 16-year-old with an attitude and a baby on the way. A slightly creepy Jason Bateman character. These, and so many more from the movie ?Juno? offer plenty of social issues to ponder.

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The dog days of summer drop in

?Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that?s how dogs spend their lives.? ?Sue Murphy


To the people who live on that one street a few blocks north of me: Sorry!

I took my dog on a walk the other morning. Libby?s not as young as she used to be and as we all do in some way, has lost some of her self-control. Walking gets her bladder going. And jogging? Well, it gets everything else going.

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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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