Fall is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you have to do the major closet swap just yet. The retail industry is always pushing the seasons—shelves are stocked with sweaters in August and heavy outerwear before the first frost. But for some of us, the transitional months are stressful. The thought of another long, cold winter is too much to handle, and autumn temperatures are tricky—one day it's 50 degrees, the next, 80. Who knows what to wear?Continue Reading
Teachers, parents, and students enter each school year with anticipation and trepidation, perhaps especially so when a student has a history of behavioral challenges. Dealing with behaviorally challenging students and their parents has been identified as one of the greatest stressors for teachers, and student behavior problems are commonly cited as a leading factor causing teachers to leave the profession prematurely. In the U.S. and Canada, rates of office discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and (in 19 American states) corporal punishment, remain at astronomical levels.Continue Reading
Bulldogs have skyrocketed up the American Kennel Club's most popular breed list, from No. 41 in 1973 to No. 5 in 2013, despite the breed's serious health issues, including eye and ear problems, skin infections, immunological and neurological problems, and locomotor challenges. I wrote an article about the breed's ailments, which didn't win me many friends with the Bulldog handlers and breeders at a recent Westminster Dog Show. For more dog-centric tales, please read the book, Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country.Continue Reading
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