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  • Problem solving is not an ability you can measure with confidence on an IQ or end-of-grade achievement test, yet it may be so much more relevant in life than a standardized score in spelling accuracy or an intelligence test component that requires a child to repeat numbers in the correct order.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Curiously, my emerging research reveals that people who regularly took charge in life continue to take charge in the afterlife.

    The Sacred Promise

  • I can sum up our marriage in a line I spoke when I played the great pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, a line spoken by him in life to his wife, Aimee: “God must think a lot of me to have given me you.”

    An American Life

  • At the turn of the last century, 77 percent of American believed in life after death, and that percentage has increased since 1944.20 Because most people believe in life after death, most have goals that are beyond life: staying out of hell, going to heaven, or being reincarnated in a higher life form.21 The reward or punishment that we anticipate after death may influence present behavior just as pre-death goals do.

    The Time Paradox

  • She used her tongue like a razor-blade, and her goal in life seemed to be to reduce at least one student per class to tears.

    Kitchen Privileges

  • I wanted a new start in life when I retired from the Army Nurse Corps 20 years ago, so I moved my family from California to Texas, bought a house, and started law school.

    CSS: Shaping the New You

  • My failure was not entirely owing to a congenital curse it seemed my lot in life to sit at the bedsides of troubled people; it resulted too from the painful memory of another bereft boy who lay comfortless in a strange bed night after night, consigned to a little alcove, set aside and forgotten for hours, like an unwanted heirloom bequeathed by a distant relation, too vulgar to display but too valuable to discard.

    The Monstrumologist

  • As one might expect, the transcendental-future time perspective is related to self-reported religion, spirituality, and a belief in life after death.

    The Time Paradox

  • I have seencases where such students have become very depressed and unhappy as young adults because they invested too much of their identity and drive in the motor domain and began to feel inadequate when they arrived at a period in life when their motor abilities became hard to market.

    A Mind at a Time

  • She adopted a daughter late in life who brings her Firepower!

    A Book of Miracles

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  • "In life, you gotta do a lot of things you don't f***ing wanna do. Many times, that's what the f*** life is, one vile f***ing task after another. But don't get aggravated--then the enemy has you by the short hair." --Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), "Deadwood" (created by David Milch)

    This is posted in secret cranny in my cubicle where no accidental visitors might see it.

    February 19, 2007

  • In life, there are many unnecessary phrases.

    February 18, 2007

  • Possibly the most unnecessary phrase in English.

    "In life, you can't always get what you want."
    "In life, there are winners and there are losers."
    "In life, not everyone can be trusted."

    Do we use this qualifier because we're afraid people will think we're talking about something other than life? Aren't some things just a given?

    February 18, 2007