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Random Thoughts About Teen Drivers
Random Thoughts About Teen Drivers

Every year we talk to new teen drivers about safety behind the wheel. Every year it gets more and more difficult to impress upon the kids the importance of not driving distracted. But to beat a dead horse, here are some thoughts that may help you with your own teen drivers.

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Irreconcilable?
Irreconcilable?

I'm only now beginning to appreciate the effect divorce has on the children involved. The parents openly dislike each other and talk about it to their friends, lawyers, and associates. The kids, who can they talk to? Who will listen to their side? To whom can they vent? Do they even know the nature of the divorce in the first place? They didn't ask for it, it was thrust upon them by people they deeply love and trusted.

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Being a parent
Being a parent

Never assume your children are safe. Never assume school is going well because you are not getting any phone calls. Never assume your children are where you think they are. And never assume your children's friends are good kids.

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Football and Elections
Football and Elections

England has voted to exit the EU. Our fearless Paperitalo Publications leader Jim Thompson wrote his thoughts on the impact we may feel in the presidential election this November. I hope his predictions come true...

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Recounting a Trip to Poland: May 18-26, 2002
Recounting a Trip to Poland: May 18-26, 2002

Kwidzyn reminds me of Germany in the 60's. The economy is just developing.

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Energy costs
Energy costs

This week, Jim Thompson wrote on a subject that consumed my working life for many years - energy costs. Our mill had tried many "way out" ideas in an effort to reduce the cost of energy. These included burning petroleum coke, reclaimed oil, railroad ties, and of course coal, bark, sawdust, and even farm wastes...

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CO2 containers
CO2 containers

If you are involved in a business that uses CO2, be prepared for changes in the engineering design, installation, operation, and maintenance of these systems.

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Communication
Communication

I have been thinking about the difficulties of communicating and the problem of matching relationships to expectations. In this world of mass communication, at least on a personal level, communications in an organization seems more difficult than ever...

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Random is as Random Does
Random is as Random Does

Expectations are a major factor in the success or failure of what we do. The list of our expectation is usually almost endless, stretching from performance in kindergarten to marriage and company CEO or a soldier in combat. I've found that the most frustrating can be the most mundane...

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Getting an Unexpected Gift on a Rainy Day
Getting an Unexpected Gift on a Rainy Day

The kindness of strangers is gratefully received by the recipient, but the doing of kind deeds is also a great teaching moment for young people.

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'Saving' trees
'Saving' trees

The other day one of my church colleagues handed out a paper. He said he printed on two sides to save trees. Some hot air dryers in bathrooms have a similar tree saving statement. I chuckled because it's like saying you're not eating corn to save a corn plant.

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Headlines and safety
Headlines and safety

Jim Thompson recently wrote about officials who make dumb statements in public because of emotional responses. I try--notice I said try--always to keep myself control and to do things on purpose. If I'm angry, I respond purposefully with a goal in mind.

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Personal observations of a coffee drinker
Personal observations of a coffee drinker

I've drunk coffee for so long that if I quit, my body would go into a coma, I'm sure. There! I've confessed it and feel relieved. Having done so, I now feel compelled to write about something that bugs me: the economics of coffee consumption.

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A good idea?
A good idea?

Selling stuff on the internet sounds like a good idea. Cash for your unused things right? Well I've been an amateur seller for years and have found that while some people may make significant money in this endeavor, I'm not one of them.

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Food for thought
Food for thought

Are we not facing moving and shifting economies which create centers of capitalism today where there were empty fields yesterday?

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Ads and Yearbooks
Ads and Yearbooks

The leader of this publication, Jim Thompson, recently wrote about a shaving product he enjoyed buying. This week at school the journalism class is being taught how to ask for ads for the yearbook as a fundraiser. Not connected? In a way they are and the connecting words are "customer service."

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Just the facts
Just the facts

Some personal observations on used cars, reports and discrepancies...

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Age, grandkids, trips and technology
Age, grandkids, trips and technology

Don't feel badly if you have trouble dealing with your iPhone or tablet.  Instead, surround yourself with friends who are good at it and they will help you through it.  And if you are a grandparent, tell your kids you want invitations to activities but not to get concerned if you occasionally decline.   

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Crazy TV ads
Crazy TV ads

I am so tired of crazy TV ads.  Over half (by my unofficial count) are for prescription drugs.  Some ads are entertaining, but not these...

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Hardware and software
Hardware and software

One of the interesting facts about technology is that hardware is always ahead of the software behind it...

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Different times
Different times

Things weren’t always easy, but life was a lot simpler

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The biggest news this late winter
The biggest news this late winter

Reporting on the weather, the Olympics and the Ukraine

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Putting things in historical perspective
Putting things in historical perspective

It is so easy for us to sink into the feeling that America (The United States of America, that is) is going downhill at an increasingly rapid rate. But whenever I get into a funk about the US, I just read some history and realize how far we've come...

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Technology, movies, conflict and the future
Technology, movies, conflict and the future

But like leading edge technology today that is prohibitively expensive, trickle down technology will eventually reach you and me in the form of advances in what we can buy and use...

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Football and finances
Football and finances

Cheering a little harder and paying off bills...

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