Books to help us write smart at work

July 24, 2014 3:40pm
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Beware of career self-sabotage. It lurks in how we write office emails and memos. This has nothing to do with being a good writer. The problem is decoding office politics — most of us were never trained to deal with it. But not to worry. I’ve gathered some great advice that will help. Workplace communication […]

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5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

June 22, 2014 6:13pm
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Over the past six months, I gained 10 pounds — the same 10 pounds I lose and gain every few years. Big sigh. I’m SO TIRED of this cycle — and I think I’m finally ready to break it. The motivating factor is a recent conversation with my 19-year-old daughter. I was enjoying a tasty […]

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Summer and…romance!

June 3, 2014 2:28pm
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I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been settling into a new relationship. This is especially tricky for bloggers. After all, we’re wired to share — and overshare. It’s a tendency that could bewilder any blogger’s beau, haha! So taking a break seemed like the right thing to do. But I’ve also hesitated to […]

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The end of the spring semester & what’s ahead

May 5, 2014 4:26pm
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Well, we did it — we’ve made it through Spring 2014. After an endless winter that left everyone exhausted, another college semester is about to end. Yay! I love this time in the teaching cycle. By now, my students and I know each other very well. The classroom has gotten noisy and cozy; no one […]

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How my students talk to me with Twitter

April 30, 2014 9:08am
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Oh, those crazy kids! Twitter is taking off with my college students in surprising ways. They feel it’s fly to tweet. They have no twouble being coherent in 140-characters or less.  I truly believe tweeting is a twerrific 21st century skill, and not just for journalists. There’s something for everyone here. One summer, my daughter’s […]

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9 scary facts about caffeine

April 3, 2014 5:42pm
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A new book about caffeine has me feeling wary about this psychoactive drug found in coffee and soda. The facts are so disturbing that I’m wondering if it makes sense to become caffeine-free. The author, Murray Carpenter, said he learned a lot in writing “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us,” which […]

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