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help wanted

There were classes in science, math, English and Nepali, all based on workbooks and recitation. I would not have been able to study, with the amazing view outside the open windows.

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true luv weights

I can imagine the new lesson plans in high school English: “how to rate great on a date.

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advice for millennials

Hiring managers say the ones that didn’t get hired were texting and taking calls during their interview, after they showed up late. Still, some of their parents actually call the studio to find out why their progeny didn’t get the job.

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on pride of place

May 25 was a wonderful day in Argentina, filled with national pride in a country that struggles with more economic hardship than we do and a government more self-serving than our own.

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on journalism and empathy

This week NPR’s This American Life retracted a story about human rights abuses by Apple in China. The story “contained significant fabrications,” they said. They are sorry they aired it. But the truth is, they wanted it to be true.

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rethinking the university

I believe higher education is in a desperate, unsustainable state. I also believe in the liberal arts. Being part of the solution is important to me.

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save the date

I’m listing a couple of speaking engagements here. Partly so you can come if you are nearby and have time. And partly so you will think of me if you need a speaker sometime. I’m always interested in talking about writing, faith, family and, or course, Santa.

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read more, write more

Facebook updates are not the key to your future or your success. What you need is more long form reading in an age of Twitter.

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the end of summer

As a kid I might have wished I had found the perfect shark eye (moon snail) along the beach, or had finished a conversation with a girl I met on the pier without sounding like an idiot. And nothing has changed but my list.

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Jesus loves the little children

My wife used to teach a neighborhood Bible study for kids in which none of the kids knew a single Christmas carol or had ever read a Bible. In fact, they could barely read at all.

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