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The idea for this blog arose from fourteen years of writing columns on the same idea that I produce monthly for my computer club newsletter. Over the years I found a number of the Internet URLs featured in a particular column became dated because I wrote the copy weeks or months in advance. As a result, the urge to write a column with more timely content came about. Newspaper blogs fill the bill nicely.

My first experience with computers came in 1982 using a TRS 80 Model Two. One year later, I introduced IBM PCs in some of my writing classes. In 1983, Internet connection consisted of a dial-up modem with connection speeds of 3, 6 or 12 kilobytes per second, kbs, and a school district subscription to Compuserve, which served then more as a file sharing service than as an Internet ISP. In the early 1980s I participated also in a research project as an adjunct writing instructor at Marist College that studied the effects produced by computers on college student writing proficiency.

Although I now live, retired, in the Finger Lakes, my Hudson Valley roots run deep. My wife and I lived in the Hudson Valley for 22 years when I taught in Dutchess County and later, when I served as an administrator in two Hudson Valley school districts.

I earned two advanced degrees from SUNY New Paltz: a master’s degree in English Education and a CAS in Educational Administration.

NSA Data Leaks

Stronger Muscles May Improve Kids’ Memory Skills According to www.lHealthDay.com, new research suggests that kids with stronger muscles may have improved memory skills. Researchers examined 70 children aged 9 to 11 years and found that muscle fitness was directly related to more accurate memories. The problem is, only 1 in 3 US children are physically [...]

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Political Humor

April is Poetry Month The National Council of Teachers of English recently posted a lesson plan on poetry activities. This activity allows students to play with words and letters in an imaginative way. Ogden Nash once wrote, “ Cows are of the bovine ilk. One end moo the other milk.” A great introduction to poetry [...]

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Salary Data for the Nosey

Satire Requires Knowledge To Appreciate Johnathon Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels in the early 18th Century. Today the four novels are read as elementary school level fiction. When originally written, the novels featured excoriating political attacks aimed at adults. Most contemporary readers do not know or appreciate the criticism. Similarly, The Onion publishes contemporary satire that [...]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For Those of you who would give anything to feel safe should read the following link about police actions focused on minority individuals in American cities. During the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the guiding philosophy preached that prejudice faced by some meant the future risk of prejudice against [...]

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Employee Burnout a Huge Problem

Employee Burnout Becoming a Huge Problem While corporations book record profits and unemployment continues to decline, employers face a tangible problem: employee burnout. According to a recent study, employees find themselves working more hours and receiving fewer pay increases. These conditions lead to burnout which then leads to new job searches. To learn more about [...]

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Election Bombast Wrong

New York Times Offers Contest For Student Editorials The New York Times’ Fourth Annual Student Editorial Writing Contest is open now. The closing submission date is April 4th. Not only does the contest encourage students to write about a subject close to their hearts, but also the contest provides instruction on how to write an [...]

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One In Four Adults Suffers From Arthritis

Women’s Wages Now 82% of Men’s Wages The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data that indicate women now earn 82% of the wages earned by men. In some occupations, women out earn men. For jobs such as sewing machine operators, women earn more, 111%, compared to men. Female teacher assistants and counselors also earn [...]

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Is Fast Food Harmful to Your Health?

Colorectal Cancer Affects Both Men and Women The Center for Disease Control recently posted a report on colorectal cancer. This cancer causes the second leading cause of death in the United States. Early detection of this disease reduces the mortality rate among sufferers. Thus, the CDC encourages colorectal for all people 50 and older. If [...]

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Wages Stagnated 2016 To 2017

February is Black History Month: Profiles of Two Young NIOSH Researchers The CDS recently posted a report concerning two NIOSH researchers NIOSH stands for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The report spotlights the efforts of two naval public health officers who are improving the health of all Americans. Read about the efforts [...]

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Do Performance Ratings Make People Greedy?

Hope For Lonely Conservatives Www.cnet.com recently reported on a real Internet dating site for conservatives wishing to meet like- minded singles to mingle. The site is called ‘TrumpSingles.com’ with a tag line reading ‘Making Dating Great Again.’ Since Trump’s election win, the site has been doing land office business. Traffic on the site doubled from [...]

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