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Life

May 21, 2015

"I’m a die-hard liberal. It ruined my parenting."

Fortunately, she seems to have modified her behavior in time.

May 20, 2015

"One thing about life everyone should know before turning 46"

Ask not for whom the Midlife Crisis comes, it comes for you.

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

"25 Famous Women on Their Mothers".

12. Diane von Furstenberg
“I didn’t used to talk nearly as much about my mother. I took her for granted, as children do their mothers. It was not until she died in 2000 that I fully realized what an incredibly huge influence she had been on me and how much I owe her. Like any child, I hadn’t paid much attention. I’d brush her off, or even pretend not to hear. I bridled, too, at the unsolicited advice she persisted in giving my friends.  Now, of course, I feel I have had the experience and earned the wisdom to hand out my own unsolicited advice, and I press every lesson my mother taught me on my children, grandchildren, and anyone I talk to. I have become her.”

May 08, 2015

"An Army Special Forces officer shares 5 secrets to overcoming adversity"

The first secret is "Prepare, prepare, prepare".

May 02, 2015

"This Guy Was Enjoying A Scenic Drive When Suddenly, It Appeared The World Was Ending."

I don't know about the "world ending," but it would have shook me up.

April 27, 2015

"Matsuoka Shuzo, 'Never Give Up!'"

Start your week with this. (Link via Economics Job Market Rumors.)

April 21, 2015

"Behind every successful woman is a nagging mom? Teenage girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers"

I'll give this a big "Maybe".

April 20, 2015

"The Genius of Chutzpah"

Rabbi Ed Feinstein:

This is the epitome of chutzpah. The human being dresses God down in no unsubtle terms. Far be it from You! The original Hebrew hallilah lecha is actually much more earthy. The connotation is closer to my grandmother’s Yiddish curse, Shonda! Herpah! “Shame on You! You’re better than that!” Abraham gives voice to his utter disappointment in God’s betrayal of their shared ideal of justice: How could You, God, blur the moral distinction between good and evil, between innocence and guilt? Is that the world You designed? Shame on You! You’re better than that!

April 07, 2015

"Man who lived modestly leaves millions in surprise donations"

Stories like this pop up from time to time. I used to present a few to high school students. It's one thing to talk about thrift and the power of compound interest in theory, but it's another thing to cite actual examples.

The investments made by Ronald Read, a former gas station employee and janitor who died in June at age 92, "grew substantially" over the years, said his attorney Laurie Rowell. . . .

The bequest of $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2 million to the town's Brooks Memorial Library were the largest each institution has ever received. 

Here's another example: "Secret millionaire donates fortune to Lake Forest College".

April 06, 2015

"18 Women on What Contractions Really Feel Like"

"Reading their responses, I am left with gratitude and awe, and the conviction that women are, truly, so much better than men."

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