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Author Archives: Matthew Arnold Stern

Vote out politics

It’s election day in the United States, a time when we are reminded how much we detest politicians. After listening to their empty promises, mud slinging, fear mongering, hypocrisy, meaningless platitudes, and outright lies, we have to choose the ones who would do the least damage to our society. If we are lucky, our votes …

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No on NaNoWriMo

I’ve enjoyed participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) the past two years. When I first participated in 2004, I met the 30,000-word goal. Not only did I get the satisfaction of accomplishing my goal, it also enabled me to publish Offline. As a reward for achieving my goal, Lulu offered a free printed copy …

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Just keep pitching

It’s one of those moments that can be painful for a parent to watch. My son was called up to pitch a Winterball game. He had pitched a third of an inning a couple of weeks ago and struck out the batter he faced. But today, the pitches just weren’t finding the strike zone. He …

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Must See TV (for speakers)?

Have you seen The Messengers on TLC? This is another one of those reality TV competition shows, but this one is about public speaking. For that reason, it is “Must See TV” for all of us who want to learn about public speaking. It’s certainly on my viewing schedule, but I have a few reservations …

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