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  10:57:00 AM

The inability to truly debate

On November 7th I felt a sense of relief that the American political campaigns were over and I would no longer have to watch heated television debates, read through political rants on Facebook and avoid long conversations that easily turned to bitter arguments. But even after the elections determined President Obama would have another four-year term, the angry debates continued. And all of this had me thinking, we have lost the ability to debate rationally.

The presidential debates were the perfect proof. Both Romney and Obama interrupted the other, tried to talk over each other, made faces, scoffed, chuckled and otherwise berated their opponent. The civilized back and forth that a classic debate calls for was nowhere in sight. The two candidates went for personal attacks and barbs over rational thought and explanations.

And it didn’t end there. The debates went to Facebook and other social media outlets. I’m all for sharing your thoughts and… click here to read whole article and make comments

  3:10:42 AM

How to prepare for your job interview

You’ve survived the grueling search. You’ve sent out dozens of applications, tweaked your resume, re-written your cover letter and now, finally, you have an interview. Brush the dust off your suit and you’re ready. Right? Wrong!

Today you need to be even better prepared for your interview than ever before. You are one of dozens, or maybe hundreds of candidates. You need to stand out. You need to impress the employer with your enthusiasm, interest and know-how. So, before you lint-roll your suit, you need to take some serious time to prepare for the interview.

How to prepare for your first interview:

  1:40:24 AM

Staying sane through the job search

After moving from the East coast back to the Midwest, I’m in the midst of looking for a new job. Anyone in this position knows what a grueling and thankless task it is. You stare at a computer, fill out online forms that don’t allow for your personal touch, and read countless job descriptions that end with a please do not call message. And after a week or two–or seven–you want to hit your head up against the wall.

Staying sane during the job search is tough! Here are some tips for making it through the process:

  8:09:01 AM

Sexuality, integrity and the university

Some days it is all too easy to see everything that is apparently going wrong in the world, wars, political problems, untimely deaths, etc… But there are also things that can give hope; a ray of light that proves goodness, truth and beauty is still out there and operating in our every day.

Recently I was forwarded information about the 5th annual Love and Fidelity conference to be held at Princeton University. I think this event is one of those shining moments. According to the press release…

Days before the election in which 4 states will decide whether to redefine marriage, hundreds of university students, faculty, and young professionals will convene at Princeton University for a conference in support of traditional marriage, family, and sexual integrity.

On Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd, over 200 students, faculty, and alumni from nearly 30 universities will attend The Love and Fidelity Network’s fifth annual conference on Sexuality, Integrity, and the University.… click here to read whole article and make comments

  3:26:17 PM

Life lessons from The Princess Bride

I wrote this post for my personal style blog, but it got so many great comments and responses I wanted to share it here too.

The Princess Bride is the most quoted movie in my family, followed closely by While You Were Sleeping and then Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Of these three classic gems The Princess Bride will win out every time in a viewing war. The movie celebrated its 25th anniversary a couple weeks ago! This fact had me thinking about the multiple life-lessons, especially of the quotable kind that the movie provides. Without further ado...

Life Lessons from The Princess Bride:


  • Doggedly pursue your life's goal - 'Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.'

  2:58:35 PM

The beauty in waiting

In certain areas of my life I've played the part of the odd one out. My parents raised my brothers and me without a television in the house. I was a Protestant in Catholic grade school, and then I was a Protestant at Notre Dame (Catholics make excellent educators, of both the mind and the heart). I was the only one of my girlfriends to get engaged soon after college and just about the only one who couldn't wait to get married and have children. And I'm a woman living in the age of the hook-up culture who waited to have sex until her wedding day.

That last part I've mostly kept to myself. It's been my own vow, something private and sacred and something I believe in, but I've realized that maybe mine is a voice that needs to be heard. Not because I want the world to know how I've lived my own life--I'm just barely comfortable sharing… click here to read whole article and make comments

  2:11:00 PM

Top five fashion trends for Fall 2012

It's officially fall here in the Northern part of the world. We are beginning to see boots and layered sweaters. The first frost is just around the corner. And closets are about to experience the transition to cooler-weather items. This fall the fashion trends call for luxury and richness - items that speak to money and class. To stay current on trends and fashion forward it would be easy to break the bank. But it isn't necessary. You can grab one great item in a couple of the trend categories and then come up with ways to mix and match them throughout the fall season. Want to know what to buy in order to update your wardrobe to include some of the best fall 2012 fashion trends?

Update your closet with these FIVE Fall 2012 Fashion Trends:

  5:42:37 AM

Changing the voting age

In the United Kingdom there is a movement, or at least some talk, to lower the voting age to 16. Now, in the United States we are in the midst of an election year, which also makes the topic relevant. The arguments for changing the voting age from 18 years old to 16 years old are many. They argue 16 year olds can drive a car, in some places they can get married, they can have children, they can join the military, etc… So why can’t they make a decision about who should lead the country they live in?

I’ve been thinking about this topic for the last several weeks, trying to figure out where I stand on the issue. I think at 16 I would have been all about being given the vote. But now, I don’t think a 16 year old has the wherewithal to make in informed decision on this issue.

Talk… click here to read whole article and make comments

  1:18:47 AM

Ignorance: innocent or inexcusable

In the last week I have found myself calling out a number of friends on statements that were completely unfounded and inaccurate. In each instance, the person was adamant they were correct because they heard or read it somewhere. Being the fact-loving journalist that I am, I took each ‘confirmed fact’ they were spreading to others and researched it. Turns out, while some statements were based on a small grain of truth, they were all false.

For instance, President Obama plans to change the American flag to remove the stars and replace them with his campaign graphic. I argued that this was not true because it would have been written up in every major newspaper and talked about on every talk show for weeks! Change the country’s flag – that is no small matter. My friend said he already changed it and is waiting for the right moment to implement it. She heard all about… click here to read whole article and make comments

  9:20:43 AM

2013 Spring trends from New York fashion week

I didn't make it to New York's Fashion Week this year, but that doesn't mean I'm not tracking the Spring 2013 trends! I've been catching the recaps on some of my favorite blogs, scrolling through picture after picture posted on various websites. After all of that I feel almost as though I was sitting front row at some of the shows.

Can I gush for a moment about the Oscar de la Renta collection?? I'm pretty sure I loved every single piece! Here are three looks below, pic collection from FabSugar. You can see pics of the whole collection at FabSugar. Check it out!

Spring 2013 Trends according to the New York Fashion Week runways:

Stripes – We are seeing the striped trend make a resurgence this fall, with structured striped jackets, but just wait until the spring! The runways – everyone from Oscar… click here to read whole article and make comments


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