Talking About Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is not a topic people usually talk about. That changed last week when a video surfaced showing NFL player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée, now-wife with a punch to the face. His NFL team, the Baltimore Ravens, cut Rice from the team, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely. The conversation […]


The Roots of Stand Up Comedy

“Can we talk?” For decades, Joan Rivers invited audiences to pull up a chair and listen with that innocent question. What she said next were often biting, always honest, observations about the most taboo topics. Although Rivers often skewered Hollywood’s stars, she was the most frequent target of her material. Hear Rivers’ talk about her […]


Positive Relationships

Let’s face it, most children would much rather play with their friends than do long division. Who can blame them? Learning division will benefit students in the future, but friends are fun to be with in the present. A young child’s selection of friends can be a good indicator of their peer group as they […]


ThanksGIVING: The Power of Philanthropy

On Thursday, November 28, 2013, Americans will sit down at tables in restaurants, churches, shelters, and kitchens across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. It is a day to acknowledge and to appreciate what we each have, a day to feed our souls with the company of others, and to fill our […]


Service in the Community

In January every year, Americans observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Politicians and civic leaders urge Americans to use this holiday as an action and civic commitment in order to promote Dr. King’s legacy. In 1994, President Clinton signed the King Holiday and Service Act into law which brings diverse groups of […]


Don’t Ignore and Don’t Accept – Bullying

According to the 2011 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) “Nineteen percent of middle schools and 18 percent of high schools reported daily or weekly problems with cyberbullying, either at school or away from school.” According to a number of other anti-bullying organizations, such as i-SAFE and the Cyberbullying Research Center, the numbers are even […]

Test Stress Remedy: Laughter!

According to the article “Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter”: Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and […]


Cyber Bullying – An Increasing Online Threat

A little over four years ago, right here in this journal, we addressed a kind of bullying that was relatively new on the middle/high school scene – cyber bullying. Even though it was not a universally prevalent problem as yet, we speculated how and why it was on the rise and what measures would need […]

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