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    Social active kids are better kids

    April 26th, 2012

    Children who participate in social activities such as sports, Brownies and dance classes, perform better academically, have higher self-esteem and more developed social skills, Read the rest of this entry »

    Don’t drink when you gamble

    April 25th, 2012

    “My hobby is spending money,” said Philadelphia businessman Leonard Tose (1915-2003). Tose acquired a fortune by building the family trucking business, then gave generously to charities, and lost his fortune at gambling casinos. Read the rest of this entry »

    Origin of writing lost in Iraq looting

    April 18th, 2012

    In those two lost tablets were all future writings: the Book of Job, superman comics, King Lear, the Sherlock Holmes stories, all mathematical and scientific treatises, Sappho and Whitman, and the very newspaper you are holding in your hand. Read the rest of this entry »

    Hot furs

    April 13th, 2012

    I have been enjoying the cold weather because it is the first chance I have had to wear my new collection of mink, sable and fox fur coats. It makes me sad Read the rest of this entry »

    The jail breaker

    April 10th, 2012

    I’ve been in prison all my life, except for the times I’ve broken out. Read the rest of this entry »

    Single parents, falling fertility: a global threat?

    March 16th, 2012

    If the 1960’s pattern of nuclear families—married couples with children—prevailed as extensively in 2012, in the United States there would now, each year, be:

    •750,000 fewer children repeating grades;
    •1.2 million fewer school suspensions;
    •500,000 fewer acts of teenage delinquency;
    •600,000 fewer kids receiving therapy; and
    •70,000 fewer suicide attempts.

    Nor are the claimed ill effects of the decline of two-parent families limited to the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

    The baggage of a jet setter

    March 12th, 2012

    International jet setter Baron Enrico di Portanova, grandson of Texas oil magnate Hugh Roy Cullen, and his wife travelled on their own private Lear jet. It wasn’t big enough Read the rest of this entry »

    Too bad about that great story

    February 27th, 2012

    For years, motivational speakers have told the inspirational story of a 1953 survey of graduating Yale students. The seniors were asked whether they had specific, written goals for the future. Three percent of them answered affirmatively. Twenty years later, the researchers surveyed the surviving students of the class of 1953 and found that the three percent who had graduated with written goals had amassed more money than the other 97 percentcombined.

    It’s a perfect illustration of the value of setting concrete goals. Unfortunately, as First Company magazine discovered when checking the story out, it’s not true. While such professional speakers as Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar often cite the study in books and speeches, a study of the Yale alumni archives unearthed no evidence of any such study.

    Notes from Fast Company, January 1997.

    Bladder-busting college students

    February 21st, 2012

    I.U. is a very good academic school. But some companies won’t want to hire a guy who comes from the biggest party school. They’ll think all I did was drink. Read the rest of this entry »

    Birthday parties of the rich, famous, and infamous

    February 19th, 2012

    Concerts at Carnegie Hall, polo with Britain’s Prince Charles, basketball with star athletes, and a week-long party that featured an ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David peeing vodka, are a few Read the rest of this entry »

    Amelia Earhart’s blast for gender equality

    February 17th, 2012

    It’s time biology and sex are squeezed out of accomplishment and we are all looked at as persons. Why, the Senate of Canada has actually established that women Read the rest of this entry »

    The best education for kids

    November 1st, 2011

    Children should not be long confined within doors, nor should they Read the rest of this entry »

    A dog’s best friend

    October 3rd, 2011

    Properly trained, a man can be a dog’s best friend. Corey Ford (1902-69), U.S. magazine writer and author. Quoted by Jim Dratfield and Paul Coughlin in The Quotable Canine (1997). Read the rest of this entry »

    Are men necessary?

    September 25th, 2011

    Recklessness, violence and stupidity are among the reasons men don’t live as long as women, according to a lead editorial in the British Medical Journal. And men, it is argued, are in danger Read the rest of this entry »

    Are men finished?

    September 24th, 2011

    When men are finished, they immediately roll over and go to sleep.
         David Zinczenko, editor of Men’s Health magazine, in a debate at New York University, on the motion that “Men are Finished,” arguing “Men can’t possibly be finished,” because “men are not rolling over.” Also Read the rest of this entry »

    The prodigy who spent his life studying streetcar transfers

    September 11th, 2011

    At the turn of the century, the name William Sidis was synonymous in the United States with “child prodigy.”

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    Cuddle up to stop conflict and violence

    September 7th, 2011

    People don’t cuddle any more and that’s the reason why there are so many conflicts. Read the rest of this entry »

    Copy culture

    September 4th, 2011

    We have become a culture of the copy, rather than a culture of the masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry »