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Winning through character

Reseda High School FootballWe love winning. I’m happy the Dodgers are in the hunt for the World Series. I’m glad the Rams are contenders. And I’m especially proud of my alma mater Reseda High School as its Regents football team is having another great season.

As much as we love winning, it’s more important to win through character.

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More writing tips

Our friends at Instructional Solutions offer these 19 writing tips in the following infographic. You’ll find more tips on different types of writing at their site.

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YouTube channels on writing

Whatever you want to learn, there’s a YouTube video to show you how. Want to make chocolate fudge, drive a Model T Ford, or escape from duct tape (which I might have found useful), there’s a video for that. When it comes to writing, there are a number of YouTube channels that show you what to do and avoid. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Can we discuss politics civilly anymore?

The other day, I got a form email from a real estate agent declaring his position on a current issue. The issue and his position aren’t important — or wouldn’t have been in another time. Back then, I could have decided that his position wouldn’t affect whether or not I’d use his services. Back then, I could listen respectfully and agree to disagree.

Is it possible to do that anymore? Is it possible to live in a nation where politics wouldn’t be tinged with hatred and be something real estate agents (and writers) feel compelled to discuss?

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The challenge of 280

When Twitter announced that they are expanding tweets to 280 characters, we all thought about this guy.

President Trump's Twitter Heading

With the trouble he’s caused with 140 characters, imagine what he’d do with 280!

For the rest of us who don’t have nuclear launch codes, what does the ability to create longer tweets mean? What do we gain when we can express more? And what do we lose?

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