How Search Engine Optimization Undermines Original Reporting

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How Search Engine Optimization Undermines Original Reporting Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO is the method by which websites direct traffic to themselves through searches online. For example, if I finally give in to my wife’s requests to not go up a 20-foot extension ladder, I’d type in “Gutter Cleaning Stafford Virginia” into […]

A Look at Media Bias in Coverage of the CNN LGBTQ Candidate Town Hall

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For the last several months, I’ve worked on The Media Bias Chart, a project that rates news sources. The premise of the project is that if people are aware of biased reporting, they will have the opportunity to seek better sources. Working with dozens of people from across the country and across the political spectrum, […]

Shirley Jackson’s Lottery as an Allegory for Business Regulation

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Note—If you haven’t read The Lottery, I give away the plot within. But it’s only 8 pages, so just Google “Shirley Jackson Lottery PDF,” read it, and come back. A summary of the plot The Lottery take place in a small, unnamed community of approximately 300 people. They are participating in an annual tradition of […]

Hopping Mad

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This was originally published on Daddy’s Digest. Please read more great stories on Daddy’s Digest by following the link at the end of the story. Hopping Mad Sometimes parents just dig themselves in a hole from where they cannot escape. This is a story about that. For Wolf’s three-year birthday, we took him to Great […]

Meet Them Where They Are

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If you like this writing, you might like my book, Parenting as a Contact Sport. Please consider a purchase using the link at the end. Meet Them Where They Are When I was a legal services attorney, the best advice I received from a senior attorney was to “meet the client where they are.” This […]

Give Screens a Chance

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If you like this writing, you might like my book, Parenting as a Contact Sport. Please consider a purchase using the link at the end. I was a perfect parent before I had kids, filled with high-minded and well-read ideas on parenting. Three-and-a-half years into this, I can say I’m a halfway decent parent, but […]

A Pretty Good Date Night

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If you like this writing, then you might like my book, Parenting as a Contact Sport. Please consider purchasing the book using the link at the end of this. A Pretty Good Date Night Lauren and I had been back from a date night for about five minutes. We had paid the sitter, and she […]

Death of a Cardinal

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A cardinal smacked against a south window today, dead instantly. Wolf, the three-year-old has some vague understanding of death but not in a direct sense that has any personal meaning to him. Cardinals are his favorite bird. This is probably because Cardinals are the only bird he can handily identify on our feeders, eagerly pointing […]

The Footie Tattoo

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This is an excerpt from a collection of short stories titled Zunder Tales If you like this story, please consider buying the collection in the link at the end of the story. The Footie Tattoo As Racheal awoke, she automatically began caressing herself testing out the lay of the things. She always did this when adjusting […]

CHIPs

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This is an excerpt from a collection of short stories titled Zunder Tales If you like this story, please consider buying the collection in the link at the end of the story. CHIPs Obidiah woke instantly in his sixth-floor hide. His jolting alertness felt no better after 82 years than it had when he first received […]