My high school chemistry classroom had this plaque on the wall with an inscription that said: “You don’t go to school to learn anything except how to think.” I thought it was a strange thing to contemplate at the time because my mind said “no, we go to school to learn everything we can so we can get good jobs after we graduate from college.


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Strangely enough, I wasn’t sure I believed that my first thought was all that true. I started out as a broadcasting major in college and changed majors after my first semester. Over the course of that first semester, I remember thinking that out of all the majors that the college was teaching at the time, there weren’t many where one got out of college and could actually get a job in that profession. There were a couple for sure, but the rest would either take a masters degree or a lot of effort and luck to make a career out of the rest of them.
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Do you know what a filibuster is? A filibuster is a congressional tactic where a senator can basically talk for as long as possible to try to either get people to change their position on a subject or hold up voting on a measure. The longest filibuster in history was around 30 hours; that’s pretty impressive.

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Moses, Ivan Mestrovic
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Sometimes it works because the senators don’t need a lot of people to change their minds. They don’t always work, but sometimes they will make someone else think more about their position.
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A few days a week a woman comes to the house to sit with Mom for a couple of hours so I can get out of the house. I almost always go to the same restaurant for breakfast because it’s relatively close, they know me there and they have the best grilled raisin bread in town.


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A couple of days ago I was there when the young guy came in with his baby son, who might have been just over a year old. They sat in the booth in front of me and were facing me, so I got to keep looking over at them as I enjoyed my breakfast. I tend to love looking at children, so this wasn’t upsetting me.
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I remember the first time I was promoted to a leadership position, when I was named assistant supervisor of a new department. One of the first things the supervisor said to me was “I don’t have a lot of time, and I don’t like to repeat myself, so pay attention and take good notes, and don’t ask a lot of questions.”

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It wasn’t the most gracious way of welcoming a new employee, especially one you’ve recruited for a new position, and as I was still pretty young, it came across as kind of intimidating. Lucky for me, I already knew the computer system, and I’m a pretty fast learner, so I wasn’t someone who ever had to ask a lot of questions. She was also a pretty good trainer; that worked out well for both of us. She wasn’t the most patient sort but she knew her stuff and was a “by the book” trainer; no tricks or short cuts, which left me with things I could teach her over the next couple of years.
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Do you know what the right thing to do is? Are you sure? Do you always do the right thing? Are you sure?


When I was young I used to always do the right thing; at least I thought I was doing so. I never cursed, never stole, never cheated and was nice to everyone. I never got into trouble, and I almost always tried to protect other kids.
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