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Calling All Readers! Contest!

If you could assign a reading list to the world, what books would you want people to read, and most importantly, why? –Moira Richardson –Calling All Readers! Contest! (Literary Tease) I’m still recovering from whatever it is that has struck me down this week… but Moira’s blog entry got me thinking. Even though Moira’s original post included many non-literary works, I won’t ponder what non-fiction reading I’d require. One of the…

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I've Been Sick…

I’ve Been Sick… (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I finished posting all this semester’s grades just before the annual Christmas Mass and faculty/staff lunch on the 21st. That’s the most organized I’ve ever been, when it comes to grades. I was feeling very proud of myself, and very happy to be here at Seton Hill, doing a job that I love with really great people. At one point, I got a little emotional,…

Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth

Vasconcellos argued that raising self-esteem in young people would reduce crime, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, school underachievement and pollution. At one point, he even expressed the hope that these efforts would one day help balance the state budget, a prospect predicated on the observation that people with high self-regard earn more than others and thus pay more in taxes. Along with its other activities, the task force assembled a team…

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Bloggers, Citizen Media and Rather's Fall — Little People Rise Up in 2004

For way too long, it has been the mainstream media (MSM) that’s played God with the American public, telling everyone what’s news and what’s not, what to play up and what to downplay. But 2004 was the year the power started shifting, that the Little People, if you will, started to tell the gods of media what the public really wanted. — Mark Glaser –Bloggers, Citizen Media and Rather’s Fall…

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Terminal Patients Don't Hang on Until After Holidays

Researchers singled out the deaths of more than 300,000 cancer patients, because deaths from cancer are usually more predictable and less sudden than those from heart attacks, strokes or other ailments. There was no increase in overall mortality after Christmas. –Liz Szabo –Terminal Patients Don’t Hang on Until After Holidays (TechNewsWorld.com) That probably won’t put that meme to rest. I often have to struggle with students who persist in citing their…