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Today is my sixtieth birthday. In Chinese tradition, I am told, a person reaching this age begins life anew, starting over as a young child. I love this image of a very mature adult putting aside the serious and mundane to frolic in the delights...

One of my most profound written assignments happened when I was in elementary school. I remember it because it happened right after an exciting career day presentation, during which we got to meet a firefighter, policeman, doctor, and even a dentist. It was fun to...

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, once said that in order for the company to be successful, customers were going to have to have an “experience” with the product. It was going to have to be about more than just a cup of coffee. Their restaurants...

I teach 8th grade and I am 24. When I started in the classroom two years ago, I was not even a decade older than my students. Responses to new, young teachers can be mildly amusing, like when field trip docents ask where the teacher...

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