Education must be a way of life, not just a degree.

A degree does not equal intelligence. It means that you studied well and applied yourself. There are several known levels of intelligence, a Harvard psychologist documenting eight in recent years. * Being book smart falls into just one category.

A college education has become the equivalent of what a high school diploma was back in the day – a time when high school graduates harbored a maturity that most 60-year-olds don’t even reach today. Couples married at ages 20 and 21, sometimes younger, sometimes older. They secured jobs with pensions and the mindset was one of loyalty, a time when people worked at the same place for a lifetime. That was the norm. They worked hard, put family first, and respected the value of a dollar. Whether college educated or not, the average mindset was one of simplicity, civility, and community. Children played in the park until the lights came on in the evening. There was one car per family – no seatbelts, vehicles with ashtrays, manual windows, and no power steering. Mothers focused more on their children than their abs, putting all energy into the home and who lived under their roof rather than getting Botox, feeling as if they weren’t enough, or needing a Mommy time out. Continue reading “Education must be a way of life, not just a degree.”

Media madness.

If you’re a news junkie, it’s safe to say that you have been led to believe that partisanship is how our country, and world, operates.

If you’re active on social media, it’s safe to say you read the comments posted by extremists from both sides, bullying others from behind the screens of their phones, tablets, or iPads.

Fact is, our communities are made-up of many decent human beings who don’t hate each other. They’re civil people who want nothing more than to get along, raise good children, and live a peaceful life. They can even discuss controversial topics with ease and diplomacy, not berating those with opposing views. They are eager to help someone in need, and seek ways to be of value.

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