Sholeh Patrick

Here’s how presidents made some words OK

March 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Presidential influence transcends both terms and politics. Presidents change language, sometimes permanently. And that’s “OK.”Attempts to explain the origin of one of the world’s most popular words are as numerous as they are dubious. “OK,”...

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Biggest barriers are from within

March 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shout out to all you women today, and feminists of any gender. International Women’s Day 2018 is time to “Press for Progress” — in pay parity, career mobility, political power and access, medical research, relationship and domestic violence...

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Standards apply to nonprofit boards, too

March 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

News of an alleged major theft from a local charitable organization brings to mind the conundrum facing every charity: Getting well-qualified, volunteer board members willing to put in the work and accept the risks. These community-consciou...

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MLP: Dissimilate this, folks

March 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

How frustrating English can be! Before we leave Feb. (abbreviated lest you arrive at the point too quickly, Dear Reader), answer this one honestly: Can you pronounce it? You probably can, but do you actually say Feb-roo-ary, or more likely ...

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Try on these tax tips

February 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

That dreaded deadline is fast approaching. Even to sophisticated taxpayers, regulations are not only complex, but can change too fast to keep up. Online services may be cheap, but sometimes miss potential deductions and nuances; our account...

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Sharia’s roar is more like a whimper

February 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Fear tends to make bad law, especially when it’s superfluous. Yet once again fear — decidedly unfounded, according to legal experts — is driving an Idaho bill designed to forbid what has never happened, and what existing law already forbids...

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It’s a dog’s life for 2018

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Xin nian kuai-le (“sheen neeahn kwai luh”)!Happy lunar new year Friday to all 12 animals of the zodiac, with a special nod to dogs; it’s their lucky year. While the Chinese zodiac calendar was not implemented until 2600 B.C.E. by Emperor Hu...

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Skip the skins, Valentine

February 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

You don’t see such scenes in modern cartoons anymore, but those of us above a certain age may remember the images. Amorous caveman with big stick hits cavewoman — zonk — and drags his conquest to his cave, probably by the hair.Happy Valenti...

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Stressed? Don’t take it seriously

February 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Gifted with a wise and life-embracing mother-in-law who turned 90 last week, I asked mine her secret to a long and satisfying life. “If I have to pick one thing,” she said, “it’s a sense of humor. Just don’t take yourself too seriously.”Lau...

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Five tips for safer Internet

February 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

This is one European idea that we should be glad to adopt. Feb. 6 is Safer Internet Day, initially focused on making the internet safer for children, and urging us all toward more responsible use of online technology.So before you click on ...

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