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Radcliff Design was founded with, a defiant spirit and a proud objective: to offer social media consulting at an affordable price, leading the way for social and technologically conscious businesses. We want to transform how businesses attract, engage and work with their customers online. Social media will be the focus of our consulting efforts.

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Basic Education – DeLorean Style

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Basic Education – DeLorean Style   Individuals in higher education today have to wear a variety of hats, from advisor, to career specialist, recruiter and counselor, to technological guru. Today’s millennial students want their education online, on-demand, and of course on their terms. However when confronted with basic general education courses, whether in the classroom

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On the ledge

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Overcoming our fears – on the ledge On the ledge – Overcoming fears Trait theory is focused on recognizing and assessing individual personality characteristics. Fear is a Trait In talking with a young college student just recently, I learned that she is preparing to present to a group of kids who are incarcerated in a

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Dear Volunteer!

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Dear Volunteer! Coming up in October is the Other Half Marathon here in Moab Utah.  Not as large as the ½ Marathon held in the spring, but still a busy fun adventure for the like-minded.   https://youtu.be/oAnEH6Dvb4g Thelma and Louise 2015 I love those emails that come out and say “Hey Volunteer – you want

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How to Overcome that Career Hiccup – One Hiccup at a time

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How to Overcome that Career Hiccup – One Hiccup at a time Everyone has one – that career hiccup.  The first thing I found out about myself after my career hiccup was that I had the ability to write whatever I wanted to, and not feel minimized by it.   I also no longer had to sit through

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Giants and Monsters Everywhere – On My!

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Giants and Monsters Everywhere – On My! Keeping with an October theme for Halloween,  I thought I would address the Giants and Monsters in our lives.   Be that our personal lives, our working environments, or where ever your giant monsters live.  Giants and Monsters Everywhere – On My! It’s not hard to image a

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Bring on the Fall – Moab Utah Style!

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Bring on the Fall – Moab Utah Style!   Fall is always a favorite time of year for me.  I like the mildly cool mornings and warm afternoons.  Sunshine is generally in abundance in this part of Utah, Moab.  Autumn leaves occur normally on the high La Sal mountains in September, but in town they don’t

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A Beautiful Distraction

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A Beautiful Distraction Teaching learning. How do you  teach someone to learn?  It’s a beautiful distraction. Learning to teach isn’t quite the same when you realize you have to train others on what you’ve just learned.  You must offer the simplest and traditional training first.  It is here, that you make the decision of what not

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Making The Grade- It’s Crunch Time!

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Making The Grade- It's Crunch Time! Anyone who has spent much time at all in education might understand the termDeath Bed Repentance.  I had another teacher spell that  statement out for me this week  as we were trying to motivate our one shared student to get his work done.  Death bed repentance, or simply stated:

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When The Past Becomes The Guide

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When The Past Becomes The Guide People tend to rely on the past as a means to prepare for the future.  While it is true we need to learn from our mistakes, are we allowing the past to control our future?  Picking a time in my past that  was riddled with mistakes and completely  altered

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Mad and Weird Science

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The Way Forward Starts Here – What Went Right   Let’s face it, unless you add some type of entertainment into your science lesson, students are going to wane on you. Dr. Fly’s Reviews offers some unique science related games and sims .   You can find more on Edtechteacher .  They have a great list of

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What’s on your mind? Getting organized.

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What's on your mind? Getting organized. The photo above is not my desk.  I do however,  have a like-minded appreciation of the individual who sits at this station.  I find that the owner of this desk and I have many common traits.  Housekeeping is probably not one of them.  Yet our minds are equally everywhere, and attached to everything.  There is

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Have You Ever Fired Yourself?

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Have You Ever Fired Yourself? Have you ever come home and “fired yourself”?  Somedays are like that, and it takes us a long time to unwind from those moments that are a dig to our self-confidence.  Rebounding from those moments of self-disclosure are important. In a working environment, I’m to the conclusion that if you

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The Way Forward Starts Here – What Went Right

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The Way Forward Starts Here – What Went Right The title would better read “the way forward starts with you”.  We often find ourselves bewitched with words.  As Sigmund Freud once stated in a lecture in psychoanalysis in 1915 “Words were originally magic and to this day words have retained much of their ancient magical

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But I Like My Rose Colored Glasses

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But I Like My Rose Colored Glasses Not that anyone would notice, but I kind of like my rose colored glasses.  Ten years ago maybe not, but  today – you bet.  I look at the world around me and I find myself at times wanting to shut it out.  Being a normally happy-go-lucky person, saying I

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Down the Rabbit Hole

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Down the Rabbit Hole As teens, we all needed validation for our actions. Especially those actions  that lead to some form of academic success.  The truth, if fully known, was that as a teenager, that path was often riveted with rabbit holes. Many times in the process of learning, our foot would slip and down

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What’s on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed?

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What's on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed? Watching the grandchild learning a new word and then trying to put meaning to that word was an experience that left me wondering.  How fast our minds rationalize thoughts, and place information into neat little containers of knowledge, is a miracle in and

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What Ever Happened to the term “A Gentlemen’s Agreement?”

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What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?" HONOR There was a day when men shook hands and agreed a  gentlemen’s agreement between two.  A man’s word was his honor.   Nowadays attorneys draft up legal documents that  are crafted to look for deception and deceit.   Where has honor gone? Speaking the truth should never be

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When Happiness Catches Your Eye

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When Happiness Catches Your Eye Taking life one beautiful step at a time, and allowing happiness to catch your eye – what a great way to live.  We have to pull away from those moments of doubt and confusion and focus our thoughts on our true purpose.   We have to allow ourselves to be

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Integrity or Disruptive Employees?

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Integrity or Disruptive Employees Letter writing is an art, so why would anyone  leave their  company reputation in the hands of an unskilled letter writer?  Don’t allow  someone who will cause you to look small and loss the respect of others within your organization,  to write your professional correspondence for you.  Check everything! Check it twice!  Here is

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Risk Takers

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Risk Takers Risk Takers How long has it been seen you have felt the Adrenalin pumping through your veins as you landed your first big deal,  sold that property, or made the biggest financial score of your life time?  What risks do you remember taking?  Would you take them again?  Would you advise others to take

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Paying It Forward – Students Helping One Another

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I was sitting at home tonight when I received a call from a student at the local university.  She was frustrated that no one was available to help her with an English 1010 questions. She was doing a research paper using APA formatting and she seemed very upset that no one was around to direct

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Worker Bees

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Worker Bees Thought for the day   I went to buy  my coffee this morning and  I forgot to grab cash.  It’s 5:00 am and I’m really wanting coffee bad.  All I had were checks and a credit card in my little fanny pack. The coffee shops  credit card machine was down and they didn’t take checks.  About

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Alternate Paradigm of Learning

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Alternate Paradigm of Learning This article is long, and has some boring points. So if you don’t like long and boring, this probably isn’t the read for you.  The articles is on an analogy of a moderately stable learning experience versus an alternate paradigm of learning. .____________________________________________________ As  someone who has studied in the field of education I take a

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Humility During Adversity

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Humility During Adversity   Trying to remain  humble and calm during times of adversity is a tough call. Especially when everyone around you is fighting mad, or suffering from some disappointment somewhere in their career or personal life .  A working office environment has emotion and life to it.  You are not immune to what goes on there.

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Can’t use Facebook as my Page – Work Around to act as your Facebook Page

Dealing with change Just a mini post for those who might be experiencing the new Facebook Page change.  The attached video in this blog will help.  Also note that tomorrow March 30th Facebook will role out its new Brand pages.   http://mashable.com/2012/03/01/facebook-timeline-brands-guide/#ZDmUV60tOaqW   Happy reading!       

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Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

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Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce  Migrating from bureaucracy  or meritocracy  to the world of free commerce is a journey of  new learning, and that learning curve is steep. You quickly learn that the blue collar/white collar tags are real.  The way business is handled within both sectors is uniquely different as day and night.Within your institutions

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Hiring a doormat doesn’t come without pitfalls

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Hiring a doormat doesn't come without pitfalls I debated on writing this one. It gets a little rough in places, and I really don’t like rough opinions. But after talking with an old friend the other day, he convinced me to do it – for him. It is always hard to watch others suffer un-needlessly.

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Dance $ Sticker Shock $

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Dance $ Sticker Shock $ In the business world of dance a lot of things go on behind the scenes that the average dancer is unaware of.  First off before I continue,  let me state by saying I’m not defending anyone or studio. The actual business portion of dance is a financial venture. There are

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UPSTART Early Learners Online

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UPSTART Early Learners Online I will be honest, when Rhiana Medina from the Multi-Cultural Center appeared in my office at the university, and started telling me about a new learning program for preschool to kindergarten learners, I was skeptical. Like any parent or educator, I had seen a host of programs and watched early learners become quickly bored

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Back Stage Dance Competitions

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Back Stage Dance Competitions Dance competitions – letting down after it is all said and done, it is harder than you think. As adults we know what it feels like to live under pressure.  We have to train our children to learn to deal with certain pressures too, like stress, defeat, and success.  Even success

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A Look Inside High School

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A Look Inside High School If you have ever watched the TV program the Big Bang Theory, just know that there is some truth to their intellectually humorous satire and your child’s high school classroom. Everyone wants to be the best at something.   At first I thought about naming this piece A look inside  –

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The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

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The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium  There is a fairly large gap between academia and the business world. What you are taught in college is not necessarily going to equate to real world settings.  Life is not a pre-defined scenario.  Rather, it is more like a jungle

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Leadership, Social Media, Community Outreach, Research and Training, they all mean very different things to different people

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 Leadership, Social Media, Community Outreach, Research and Training, they all mean very different things to different people    Leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people.  What I  have learned is that you need to be able to show your work.  In a job interview, that

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Common Sense – Work and the Professional Volunteer

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Common Sense – Work and the Professional Volunteer I often volunteer for a host of recreational events, but I also volunteer my time with a number of non-profit / charitable organizations. It’s a lot of time management on my part, but I think it helps me maintain a balance in my life. I can’t be

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A Real Team

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A Real Team  Ever wonder what a real team looks like, feels like, acts like? I’ve worked on a multitude of different professional teams in my lifetime.  Some were good, some were so-so, and some were just flat out disappointing.  One particular team that I had the privilege to be a part of, rocked in every

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Winds of Change

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Winds of Change  Time changes everything, and we need to be able to re-evaluate our own lives and the direction we are headed in. It doesn’t matter if the direction is one we have selected for ourselves, or one where life itself has lead us there unaware. Sometimes those things that we thought mattered most,

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The Power of Words

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The Power of Words The words we choose to get our point across can be mighty in their delivery or conveyed in the simplest of form. Whether mighty or simple it’s the actions behind those words that make them effective or ineffective. Words are meant to convey something or prompt action. Those words could be

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When it happens to you – reorganization

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Having suffered through the loss of a job that I thought I would end up retiring from was a blow. It was one of those knockdown moments. I understand the need that some have to correct for the wrongs. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I did no wrong. In fact,

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Let us loop you in – iPhone the missing link for virtual reality?

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What is “Loop”?  Loop is just a reference to the Apple’s campus.  It’s an address.  What is meant by  Apple’s new phrase “Let us loop you in”?  This question is  yet to be  fully disclosed.  Apple’s  “Let us loop you in” event  is offered live via AppleInsider. It will be  streamed live on Apple’s  website and  on Apple TV. 

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Hire People with Education and Experience

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Savvy Leaders Hire People with Education & Experience Frankly over my lifetime I have been through a host of interviews, talent searches, resume courses, and blah blah blah. Anyone of those companies I have interviewed for in my career could read this article and go “she’s talking about me”. Actually I am not. I don’t

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Native American Studies – Reflections

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Creative and Inspirational People   Ringggg, ding, ding, ding goes the bell.  Sixth hour – last class, and I’m fortunate enough to  be able to join  the Native American Studies group for a day. This group is made up of mostly Native American high school students, a few white students, and one hispanic student. We all head down to the computer

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Leadership – in a World Surrounded by Technology

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Leadership – in a World Surrounded by Technology   Leadership really doesn’t have a gender type. Leadership is what it is – a skill that one possess that enables them to guide others through a process.  Effective leadership simple means you have inspired others. You’ve created a path that lead to success, and celebrated the accomplishments

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Getting back in the game after an Injury

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 Getting back in the game after an Injury If you have ever suffered from a physical injury that has put you down for any length of time, you will understand what it means to “get back in the game”. It is a good thing if you can return to your job and not have to

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Leadership Lessons – The Golden Rules

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Leadership Lessons – The Golden Rules This was originally written for a group of K-12 dancers. It has been modified to reflect the business environment. If a group of K-12 students can learn these lessons, others should be able to learn them as well. Learning how to become an effective leader takes time and patience.

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Business walk on the Rocks

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Business walk on the Rocks. Business walk on the Rocks I watched a Ted Ex video the other day about chat walks. Taking your business meetings and making them outside meetings. Inspired by this talk, one has only to think about some of the following items: decide on the location of the walk the length

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Social Media – What’s your Hook

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Social Media – What’s your Hook? What makes your company stand out in the world of social media?  Are you stumped for an answer?   I guess we could ask our presidential candidates on both sides, the same question. They would of course say  they are “ALL” winning the  debates being presented on the digital front.

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Living The Dream! Hand Me The Remote Please

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Living The Dream! Hand Me The Remote Please It’s okay to live your life to make bank, but after so many years of the same old grind, a nagging intuition inside your gut will rear its ugly head and tell you “there has to be something more”.   I see a lot of people leaving lucrative positions in order

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Management – It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

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Management – It's 5 O'clock Somewhere It’s Five O’clock Somewhere Excuse me as I juggle my way through the morning. First thing in the door I hear “we need this, have you heard from such and such, and don’t forget”. I am finally able to maneuver my way into my office and flip on my

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The World of Competitive Dance

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The World of Competitive Dance At a dance competition this weekend I was able to observe hundreds of talented young dancers bringing their heart and soul to the stage, all in the name of dance. After 25 years of being in the dance world, I am ready to just kick back and watch the show.

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Cell Phones & The Pre-Selfie Era

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Cell Phones & The Pre-Selfie Era – Welcoming In The New Millennials I walked into the junior high classroom this morning, and it was chatty as normal, similar to  the beginning of any class. It’s a very open environment, and the culture of the students says, “this is our space“. Students were discussing the latest

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Un-encrypted Apple iPhone

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The Fight Over a Court Order to Un-encrypt the Apple iPhone  “Should Apple fight a court order to unencrypt iPhones? #unlockiPhone” The issue over whether  or not Apple should be mandated to unencrypt iPhones is truly a public moral dilemma. A dilemma, that affects everyone who owns a cell phone or digital device.  It is

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Public Health Eating Disaster

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Are You A Public Health Eating Disaster Just how far have our appetites taken us, and what happens in the event of an unforeseen major disaster? Is sugar in the details? Are “we” the disaster? Are we caught up in a Public Health Eating Disaster? How do we incorporate eating sugar in moderation? Sugar, we

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Copy Room Manners

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Copy Room Manners I like to start all the new staff out in the copy room for the first few days. They get to meet everyone they will be working with right there; as well as learn what copy room idiocracies each different employee possesses. While most of the staff exemplifies excellent board room manners,

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Work after the kids leave home

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Work after the kids leave home The way we spend our time has a great deal to do with the people in our lives. That can be with a significant other, children, adult parents, friends, co-workers, and even our pets. Yes those adorable goldfish swimming around have a true purpose in our lives. You get

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How Technologically Savvy is your Instructor?

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How Technologically Savvy is your Instructor? Do you know an instructor caught up in the last century when it comes to technology? Opps – Is it you that is caught in the past? Are you still squeaking by with outdated technology skills,  hoping no one will notice? Does your instructor even have their degree yet?

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Put Your Busy Bully On Notice

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Put Your Busy Bully On Notice Nearly every office has one, that person who for some reason keeps things stirred up. Whether it is a need for power or control, who knows? What they manage to do is have others begin to doubt their own skills and abilities. I like to think of these individuals

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Endorsements or Smoke and Mirrors

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Endorsements or Smoke and Mirrors? In the real world I’m not sure LinkedIn skills and endorsements really matter unless you have the actual degree and/or years of experience behind you. Just copying some cool and trendy vocabulary that you think “might” match your talents, can be costly to you in the end. Really think about

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Does Facebook finally have enough emojis

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Back to the Drawing Board / High School -Does Facebook finally have enough emojis — or would you like “dislike” Where is the most unlikely place to learn out about technology?  How about a high school  classroom filled with 9th – 12th-grade level students? Well, that is exactly where I went to ask the question … “Does Facebook finally have enough

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Politics of Food -Vote with your Fork

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Politics of Food -Vote with your Fork Taken from my blog on Sugar: Getting to the Bottom of the Sugar Bowl Happy New Year! It’s the start of the new year and many of us are contemplating that dieting resolution. This week I was going to look at a little history surrounding food pyramids and

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Dumbing Down the Next Generation

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Dumbing Down the Next Generation Those in higher education today have to wear a variety of hats, from advisor, career specialist, to recruiter; and students want their education online, on-demand, and on their terms. Anyone who has ever advised students can tell you that just getting students to understand the elementary concepts of what and

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Ode To Teachers Everywhere

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Not many things bring me to tears, but a group of kids did today. Ode To Teachers Everywhere! My day today was split between  the middle school and high school.  I began by walking into the office of the local middle school this morning and the ladies behind the counter handed me a stack of

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What if we could come to work as our favorite characters?

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What if we could come to work as our favorite characters? We each have that inner voice that calls to us, telling us how the state of our affairs is progressing. Sometimes that voice echoes of wisdom and sound planning. Other times we are gambling with just working the pencil sharpener. Each of us tends

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What battles should we fight

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What battles should we fight, and can we bring duck-tape? Dedicated to my class who asked the question “what battles should we fight, and can we bring duck tape?” We have all been there.  That place and time when the information we are hearing is just too good.  Emphasis on “too good”.   Red hot sizzling information that

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For Sale Yahoo Hoo Hoo

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Who ever buys up Yahoo needs to have some solid symmetry in its core operations  The little guy (gal)  For Sale Yahoo-Hoo-Hoo. I have this great Word Press Avalda Theme that I’m dying to get working again.  It was working – and then poof! Unfortunately for me, Yahoo Small Business, that is  now going by

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Lectures in the field

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Lectures in the field and the use of social media as a learning tool Today I taught a lesson from a compilation of about 500 images that were taken using a cell phone during a self-help housing project back in 2011.  I took those images over a six month period.     The compilation was

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Creative and Inspirational People

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Creative and Inspirational People Creative people have a deep respect for the very essence of everything around them.  It is as if they have a thirst for all things new and exciting.  Who wouldn’t want to be around a creative and inspirational person?  They are uplifting, kind, and filled with a wonder for life.  They

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Edutainment – a Virtual World

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Edutainment – a Virtual World Edutainment is a virtual world. It’s not a game – it’s an environment like a canvas without boundaries. The benefits are that you have an environment that can be changed for any reasonable circumstance. While the environment can be fun, it can be designed to be challenging at the same

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Creating Innovative Students

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Creating Innovative StudentsCreating Innovative Students Creating an online classroom and making sure that the students can be successful in them is a craft that instructional designers and instructors work on endlessly. Building online and blended content for the new technological classrooms requires more time and energy, than the traditional classroom that most of us grew

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Checking out Utah

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Checking out Utah  Just have to give a plug for the beautiful state I live in.  Utah!   With some of the most beautiful landscape around, Utah is a marvel.  Know for its snow, red rock canyons, mountain biking, jeeping, river rafting, and scenic hikes – there is something for everyone.      

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Twitter – Eleventh Graders Respond

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And the answer is!!! It is Best Tweets First, according to two groups of 11th graders I recently spoke with.  These high school students simply do not want to read through a “bunch of boring stuff”. Even more so, they simply do not want to waste their time.  Time is a commodity that most students fear will be taken from

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The Interview

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For many who have been working professionals for most of their lives, it is often anticipated with some anxiety that those interviewing them ‘may not know how to interview them’. When you go into an interview and in two quick responses you have pretty much summed up the entire list of questions the interviewer had

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