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Jimmy Kimmel Flubs Rob Ford Interview

Jimmy Kimmel Live! features innovative skits, celebrity interviews, and music. It’s an enjoyable and somewhat lightweight late-evening program. Kimmel, however, has never been known as the strongest interviewer. It’s no burden when he’s chatting with celebrities. But his recent interview … Continue reading

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What Would Dara Do?: Reaction to Miley Cyrus Criticism

This is the ninth in a series discussing how characters in The Shamra Chronicles would deal with current hot-button issues and pressures that confront today’s teens. How would Dara respond to Miley Cyrus being vilified for her performance at the … Continue reading

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The 8 Best Female Villians Currently on Television

I recently was pleasantly surprised to find Sherlock Holmes’s arch enemy Moriarity, on the TV series “Elementary” was a female, excellently portrayed by Natalie Dormer. Ninety-percent of the villains on television are male and while some are excellent many are … Continue reading

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First Amendment Rights Violated of a High School Senior

As a former-teacher I often wonder how educators (specifically administrators) can act so uneducated and idiotic. I mean, a school suspending a kindergarten child for pointing a finger (NO, not THE finger) at another child as a make-believe gun is … Continue reading

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Latest Injustice: Borders’ Gift Cards Cannot Be Redeemed

In a gross injustice a federal judge, according to ShelfAwareness, upheld in late-May a bankruptcy judge’s ruling that 17.7 million in Borders gift cards worth an estimated $210.5 million cannot be redeemed. Judge Andrew Carter’s rationale was that allowing cardholders … Continue reading

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Going too far: Death Threats Against Michael Vick

USA Today reported (March 13) that Michael Vick’s publisher has canceled book signing events relating to Vick’s autobiography Finally Free, due to violent threats against Vick, his family and employees participating in the event. Sadly, animal rights fanatics (as opposed … Continue reading

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Pass On Standardized Tests

Teachers from at least one school in Seattle are refusing to administer standardized tests to their students, calling the results of the test “meaningless.” Teachers in other states are also balking at spending valuable time to teach the test and … Continue reading

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Kill My ARCs? Not a Chance.

Recently YA author Elizabeth Fama wrote an impassioned plea to reviewers, entitled “Kill My ARC,” to destroy Author Review Copies (known as ARCs) once they have read and reviewed them. Donate them to a library? Not on your life. Allow … Continue reading

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What Would Dara Do?: Part Eight

This is the eighth in a series discussing how characters in The Shamra Chronicles would deal with current hot-button issues and pressures that confront today’s teens. How would Dara respond to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs? I live … Continue reading

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Book Review: STARTERS by Lissa Price

In the Dystopian YA landscape, other than The Hunger Games trilogy, there is little that is innovative. As with every “the next big thing” there is little that equals the original. Lissa Price’s Starters is one of the rare exceptions. … Continue reading

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