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For the record, this is not how Swine Flu started

Apr. 29th, 2009 | 04:09 pm

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44 Years to the 44th President

Jan. 19th, 2009 | 08:32 am

Today is the day Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday (it was actually on January 15th). He would have been 80 years old. Tomorrow, Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th president.

Two professors where I teach organized an amazing trip for some of the journalism students, including one student from my class last semester.

Here's the link to their story and their blogs.

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The Latest Obama Controversy

Jan. 2nd, 2009 | 07:54 am

Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy:
Stunning Break with Last Eight Years

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS' "Sixty Minutes" on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota , some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language.

"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logsdon. "If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate - we get it, stop showing off."

The President-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska .

"Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what Americans are needing also," she said.

(I didn't write this, just sharing it)

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Merry Christmas

Dec. 25th, 2008 | 07:46 am

I hope your day is full of laughter and love!

Here's a virtual Christmas card for those who want one.

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Happy Holidays

Dec. 24th, 2008 | 09:45 am

It's been a mad rush to get here for me. I had 140 final projects, plus 35 final exams to grade. That's in addition to generating two newsletters, handling countless marketing "emergencies", and trying to spend time with my kids and friends.

Oh, and I started a weekly paid blog on human rights... what was I thinking???

Still, I'm grateful to have arrived here healthy, reasonably wealthy (compared to most of the world), and somewhat wiser than before.

I'm grateful that my kids want to spend some time with me today.

I'm grateful that one of my clients is going to let my daughter observe a surgery on Friday, then she and I are going to spend the day in SF, shopping (my present to her).

I'm grateful that Kiva lets you give loans to friends, so they can personally choose who they want to support. I think that's an awesome gift that just keeps giving.

I'm grateful for good friends who seem to thing that I'd be better off with some pretty woman around.

I'm grateful for good music that makes me smile, remember what's important, or feel inspired.

I'm grateful for a couple days off.

And I wish all of you Hippy Hula Days!

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My New Human Rights Blog

Dec. 13th, 2008 | 06:00 pm

The website Care2.com offered me a blog spot on human rights. I convinced them that writing about people who are providing hope to those who need it most was the best thing I could do, and they agreed.

So today, my first paid blog up and running here. Please stop by and check it out, then let me know what you think.

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Seems like a good day to remember this

Dec. 8th, 2008 | 08:03 am

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This sounds about right

Nov. 20th, 2008 | 09:48 am

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Happy Belated Here

Nov. 17th, 2008 | 08:25 am

Happy birthday aamusedinatx! I know I gave you birthday wishes via other media and in person, and here they are in print. Hope you had fun.

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Quote of the Day

Nov. 11th, 2008 | 08:49 am

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of being a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

— George Bernard Shaw, Irish Writer and Playwright

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