Why you should “walk” at your college graduation

Finishing college is something many of us just want to see over and done with by the time we get to our final year. I know that working full time all the way through both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees left me wanting to do just about anything but go back to the university and deal with the crowds and…

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Stoic Thoughts From Philosopher Epictetus

Epictetus is probably my favorite Stoic philosopher. Born in 55AD, in what is now Turkey, Epictetus was a slave during his youth. Although a slave, he was permitted to learn philosophy from Musonius Rufus, an esteemed Stoic philosopher and author. It is believed the Epictetus’ owner was a wealthy freedman (former slave) named Epaphroditos. This master is reported to have…

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3 Trees in Virginia Tell Stories of Slavery, Faith and Freedom

Having lived most of my life in southwestern Virginia, I have a big place in my heart for this area of the United States. Being one of the first areas settled by Europeans coming into the “new world”, Virginia has a storied past and a rich history. It’s the place where George Washington’s Continental Army and their French allies defeated…

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Two Native American Cultures and the One Factor That Made all the Difference

The world is interesting isn’t it? It seems that no matter where you look you can see lessons that appear clear given the convenience of hindsight. I began researching the historic lifestyles of a number of different Native American tribes and happened upon two that lived in stark contrast and, in my mind, present us with a valuable lesson. Keep…

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Avoid These 6 Common Ph.D. Dissertation Pitfalls

Any doctoral candidate who is wrapping-up their dissertation project is going to have a number of things they overlooked that can be a real headache to deal with as time runs short for completion and then graduation. I have placed myself in one such situation presently. Through my own lack of attention to detail, a number of issues have been…

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An Educated Approach to Earning a College Education

What you need to know This article is written for those concerned with earning a 4 year (Bachelor’s) degree. This is not for graduate school students. This article is not written for exceptional students who will secure significant grant or scholarship offers. This article is written with the perceived maturity of the student in mind. Different maturity levels require different…

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Consequences of Play Deprivation in Humans

Whatever your position on the importance of play in a human’s life, it happens. Humans play, we create games, compete, explore objects in the world around us, and if none of this is possible, we play in our minds, creating worlds, friends and identities. Human beings play, it’s something we do better and more than any other create on Earth,…

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Nuremberg – The Epicenter of Nazi Germany

In 1933, Adolf Hitler decreed that Nuremberg would be the “City of Nazi Party Rallies.”  Today, Nuremberg, Germany is much different than it was in the 1930s and 1940s. Nuremberg today is a beautiful Bavarian city with immaculately clean streets, large avenues walled by quaint Bavarian style homes and buildings and a cosmopolitan feel that is welcoming and progressive. If…

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