Today’s Manager

After training managers in the military for many years, I have met very few managers that are on par.  I consider myself very fortunate to work for one such manager that exceeds the standard.  However, that is not always the case. There are six different kinds of management styles: Coercive Authoritarian Affiliator Democratic Pacesetter Coach […]

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The Finer Points of Harassment

Definition wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; “so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors” the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism My students and I were talking on our break about harassment.  I have three female students; all of whom state that they […]

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Standing Out Like a Sore Thumb

I was going to write about about harassment and discrimination today, but instead decided to write about how we sometimes stand out like a sore thumb. Now just what do I mean by that statement?  Well, I am talking about how a person can often stand out from the crowd, either in a bad way […]

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Profiling: The Way we Judge Each Other

Today, my students and I discussed another topic on break: profiling. As a writer, I take a great interest in how a story moves.  Funny thing is that we profile our characters whenever we start a fictional piece.  We begin the in much the same manner as a person profiles another person. We look at […]

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Is “Idiocracy” on the Rise?

I just finished watching a movie called “Idiocracy”, a story about the downfall of our nation which mimics the current state of our country today.  In the movie, the people who have a boatload of children, are those who are not educated, passing on their philosophy of life, their genes, and their unwillingness to learn […]

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Moving in new directions

It isn’t often were given a chance to move in a direction.  Half the time you’re stuck in a rut wondering if you’re making the right choices.  Should I turn here or there, did I say the right thing, am I making the right decisions?  These are the questions constantly plague us. I find that […]

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Is Our Culture Dying?

Today my students and I talked on a break about the downfall of our race.  Not any specific race in particular, but the human race.  And how did we gauge such a dramatic conclusion?  By focusing on the untenable proposition that our world culture is becoming debased in a kind of moral and cultural turbidity […]

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The Creative Process

After talking to my students on Friday, it dawned on me that as a creative individual, our minds are cued by different emotions, feelings, and structure. Structure is an important part of the creative process. It is an amalgam of decisions and actions that ultimately swing us in the direction that we want to move. […]

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Once Upon a Life…

My students and I were caught up in a lunchtime conversation today, that continued once I finished up the class.  We talked about our pasts, how they have changed us, and how we have changed because of our environment.  Our talked spurned another thought — how we as writers can allow environmental changes to alter […]

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I’m Late…

Well, I have committed the ultimate sin of sins.  I have not been updating my blog because I allowed personal and professional pressures get in the way of updating my blog.  As Poe once mentioned, “Nevermore, quoth the raven”.  From this point forward, I will be updating my blog with continuous content, one way or […]

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