Sholeh Patrick

Minimum wage, rent incompatible, study says

June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

How many hours would the average minimum wage worker (at the federal hourly rate of $7.25) need to work each week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in this country? According to the latest study, 122. That doesn’t bode well for new o...

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Opinion - Patrick: Lao Tzu’s four rules for living

June 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Lao Tzu (Lao Tse or Laozi) was an ancient Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism. Said to be a contemporary of Confucius around 550 B.C.E., in his book “Tao Te Ching” he described four cardinal virtues which, when simply practiced as a w...

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You’re a grand old (living) flag

June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

What is it about a piece of cloth that can cause such intense emotion? Nearly two and a half centuries after a painful war of independence and its official adoption by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes continu...

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Tough guys take care of themselves

June 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

For men and all who love them: This is Men’s Health Week — a perfect prelude to Father’s Day. Since memorialized by congressional resolution in 1994, the annual program heightens awareness of common and preventable health problems, and prov...

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NATO: Why keep a boot in Europe?

June 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

Mrs. Language Person stumbled in Tuesday’s column about acronyms and initialisms, defining NATO as the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. Turns out, that’s not entirely wrong. While the “O” indeed stands for “Organization,” NATO is also referr...

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MLP: Taken to the acronym woodshed

June 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Let it not be said that Mrs. Language Person, that Snitty Old Biddy, is infallible. Mais non; in fact, learn she did from one Mr. Intern Person (with initials MG). What lovely irony; he who endeavored to learn did also teach. Wait — what? M...

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Go ahead: Feed your ‘second brain’

May 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

Last minute still counts: May is Mental Health Month.Mind and body are inseparable; one invariably affects the other. So when we talk about health, we can’t focus only on the heart, brain, or stomach; it’s all interconnected. That’s why thi...

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Behind the words ‘ethics,’ ‘morals’

May 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hearing the words, “that’s immoral” or “it’s unethical” induces contemplation. What makes it so? As perceptions shift over time, some believe we don’t hear such laments often enough — that morals have somehow degraded. Others see the same c...

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No, we won’t ever forget them

May 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

America has steadfastly set aside a day to commemorate those who died in battle. Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, and a loss of 620,000 soldiers on both sides. According to news reports, that’s just...

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Know the signs of stroke

May 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Odds are you know someone who’s suffered a stroke. Some leave obvious physical effects. One side — of the face, or more of the body — may droop without muscle function. Perhaps speech slurs. Other strokes aren’t evident at a glance. Memory ...

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