Super Bowl: The untold story

February 3, 2011 There has been a lot of media buzz about the thousands of prostitutes, strippers and pole dancers streaming into the Dallas area for the Super Bowl weekend. But what rarely gets reported is the alarming fact that hiding behind the push-up bras, false eyelashes and stilettos are children, some as young as 12 years of age, who are victims of human sex trafficking.

Carithers on Missouri S&T list

February 2, 2011 ROLLA, Mo. — Forrest Clark Carithers of Ash Flat, a sophomore in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla), has been named to the honor list for the 2010 fall semester.Those on the list carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0. Missouri S&T is one of four campuses in the University of Missouri System and one of the nation’s top technological research universities.

Finding positives, not negatives is my goal for 2011

February 2, 2011 Usually by two or three days into the new year, my resolution(s) are kaput.This year, I decided to try and do something different and make a real effort to be thankful for something every day.January went something like this.1. Thankful to be alive. It seems like such a trivial thing to say, but every day someone loses a loved one, learns their health will rapidly deteriorate or faces overwhelming mountains, and age has taught me each day truly is a gift.2. Discovered the Oprah Winfrey Network.

More than a teacher

February 2, 2011 There was a knock on my office door, and I opened it and invited the student in. The student was Yen Lee. Even though I had emailed him about missing class all week, I was still surprised to see him. We were about three quarters of the way through the semester, and I don’t think I had heard him say ten words. But if I was surprised to have him speak to me, I was even more surprised at what he said.“I want talk to you because you my favorite teacher.”

A new view from old seat

February 1, 2011 The historic 1881 chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. burned down last October, which left an obvious need that can’t be put off for very long. A school for ministers has to have a place for the students to learn how to lead a congregation and where faculty and families can come together to worship. They’ve all been making do with other facilities ever since.

Laughing not to cry

February 1, 2011 How is President Obama doing as he enters the second half of his first term?Late-night comics know better than pundits. Let’s start with some of their earlier jokes:• Jay Leno — “President Obama plans on training 10,000 new math and science teachers. How about teaching math to that economic team of his?”• Jimmy Fallon — “In an interview with Rolling Stone, President Obama said he has Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones on his iPod. Unfortunately, the question was, ‘Do you have a plan to fix the economy?’”

Second place happens

January 31, 2011 I’ve heard stories of married couples getting into knock-down squabbles in public and — when a bystander tries to break things up — the spouses suddenly forming a tag team to beat up on the intruder.

The day the music died

January 31, 2011 If I had the time off, the money and it wasn’t so snowy and icy in Iowa I’d be at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake this week to mark the 52nd anniversary of “the day the music died.”It was Feb. 3, 1959 that the music world lost three of its most talented sons: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Jay P. Richardson, otherwise known as the Big Bopper, when the small plane they and the pilot were in crashed outside the city following an evening show at the ballroom.The men were killed instantly.

Connect better with people

January 28, 2011 The real difference between introverts and extroverts isn’t social skills; it’s about how you recharge your batteries.When most people think about extroverts vs. introverts, they often envision the stark contrast between the charismatic guy wowing the room with a rip-roaring joke and the awkward, quiet guy in wrinkled khakis blending into the fake fern in the corner.In reality, many highly skilled communicators are introverts who have learned to manage their energy.