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Choose talking over texting

Everywhere you look, people are constantly on their smart phones or iPods, disconnected from the people around them. Put down those life-sucking devices and enjoy life, people! I cannot tell you how many times I have been stopped behind a driver who was texting and made me miss the green light. This texting obsession does…

Being your own doctor may be your best bet

Feeling sick? In today’s world you have to become a medical researcher just to get the right help.  At least that is how many of us feel.   Pressure is on doctors to see more and more patients, which means that they have less and less time to spend thoroughly diagnosing our conditions and considering…

Editor’s Corner: Ban the bombs 2013

Editor’s note: A version of this column ran on the author’s website April 15, 2013. For the original, click here.   I knew today was going to be an important day before it started—at least for me. It was the first day of spring break, and coming off a five-day conference/spiritwalk I had no plans…

Writers With Benefits: Sex as a weapon

It was one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had. We had been talking for four months, officially dating for two. I was sprung. Infatuated. In love. Whatever you want to call it. For a while, so was she.   Then she started to drift away.   I didn’t know what to do. She started…

Editor’s corner: Count your blessings

In an ideal world, no parent would have to bear the burden of outliving their child.   But the world we live in is far from ideal.   Almost every day I hear or see a story of a random death, ranging from school shootings to tragic accidents. I’m sure you do as well. Ninety-nine…

Did Match.com match you up with the wrong match?

Match.com functions the way it sounds: by matching its customers with whoever fulfills the most points on a very detailed checklist; but perfectly matched does not mean perfectly compatible. People who are trying online dating probably haven’t had much luck choosing someone in the past, yet that is exactly what online dating sites tell them…

Hook, line and sinker

In the 2010 documentary “Catfish”, a family scattered throughout Michigan all play a hand in seducing a New York filmmaker, Nev Schulman, into believing he has a real connection with a girl on the internet. He’s sent pictures and letters, only to find out the Facebook profiles he so ardently believed in were only fantasies…

Editor’s Corner: I’m asking nicely

I am the editor-in-chief of a community college newspaper. That means a lot of things.   It means I’m a student, just like most of you. I go to classes, I take my tests and come back the next day to do it again. I want to graduate, get a job and build a career….

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Writers With Benefits: Taking the golden ticket

“I think we should see other people.” Usually, this standalone seven-word phrase signals the end of the road, whether you’re in a friends-with-benefits type situation or a five-year committed relationship. “But let’s see where we are in our relationship later.” Now, the situation has changed. You’ve suddenly been granted freedoms that might have been unacceptable before….