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Your own “i-Kaizen”

A real possibility for change is to take small steps. … Personal example of Kaizen: Practical tips for shedding weight: Continue reading

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Chancellor to Censor Racist Algebra?

A July 19, 2017 NPR  interview attributes this logic to  (California community college) Chancellor  Eloy Ortiz Oakley: Algebra .. is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you’re not a STEM major (science, technology, … Continue reading

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Love is a Fallacy

“Dating Tips” and Male-Female Communication in a humorous intermediate English Reading Comprehension Exercise “Setting” contains teen slang and style references of  the 1930’s – ’40s era in USA The reader may ‘Mouseover’ or click hints for idioms, euphenisms, definitions Love … Continue reading

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Learning Japanese – Common Blunders

Japanese Proper Confused with similar Example / Note kawaii cute kowaii horrible “Your baby is so “kawaii”” ningen People ninjin carrot “Look at all the people [carrots?!] riding bicycles home from work.” written:  ai 合い written:  meet ai愛 love Texting … Continue reading

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Dr. Ekroth Explores Human Signal Loss

Dr. Loren Ekroth Explores Human Signal Loss Excerpt from Dr. Conversation’s News Letter of 2014-08-27 click for full article. “Too much time with your smartphone may lead to poor conversational skills.”   (So wrote Shalini Misra,  psychology professor at Virginia Tech …)  … … Continue reading

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