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Brian G. Fay
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I love the sound of old newspaper prose.
 
A little piece of beautiful and heartbreaking writing I stumbled upon last week: In 1917, in downtown Syracuse, a goodbye to a newspaper .... http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2015/05/the_historic_courier_building_in_downtown_syracuse_in_1917_a_poignant_farewell_t.html
Almost 100 years later, one last look at a building two journalists loved.
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Sounds about right.
 
FOXBOROUGH, MA—Following the release of an independent investigation implicating him in the New England Patriots’ ball-deflation scandal, quarterback Tom Brady held a press conference Thursday during which he staunchly denied all allegations while repeatedly referring to himself as the “Golden Boy.”
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We need more shows like this for kids. And adults. 
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Listening to this between the 40th anniversary dates of the song's recordings (April 16 and April 23, 1975). "Concierto De Aranjuez" is so beautiful it can't be beat. 
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Thanks for the heads up. Love Steve Gadd. Can't wait to try a play along ;-)
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Wow. This is a good thing.

Owner of a Credit Card Processor Is Setting a New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year http://nyti.ms/1FHRX1K
The owner of a small company in Seattle said he heard stories of how tough it was to make ends meet even on salaries that exceeded the federal minimum wage.
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I think that the notion of a CEO cutting his pay to match or more closely match that of his employees, it's a win for both the CEO and the employees. I respect the bosses who take $1 salaries and give back a lot of the bonuses to employees. That's courage and compassion. It also just might be good business. 

On another note, I need to read the $70,000 research because that's about what my wife and I combined make and I've been noticing how happy we are and how little I think about making more money because I can't imagine what more money would buy us. 
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Well written, clear and on the money. I would buy one tomorrow except that I have the "problem" of having a perfectly good original Pixel to use now. Great machine. I can only imagine how much better this new one is. 
 
I have a new review of the 2015 Pixel up at iTechTriad. Please take a look!
A few years ago I began searching for an alternative to the two main computer giants. I had had my fill of sluggish startups, fizzling chimes, blue screens of death, updates that seemed to take days, external hard drives to back up my files, corrupted documents, and painful calls to support centers and visits with …
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Yeah, I'll fund this. Will be cool to bring to school.
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This is so much of why I prefer a watch to a smartwatch. That and multi-year battery life. Oh, and escape from over-connectedness which is really a form of disconnect. What I do not need are more ways to be wired to the net.

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time http://n.pr/1DFoTkV
Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?
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+Mario Sotelo​, I agree (obviously) and add that what makes it wonderful is the longevity of the thing. Durability and worth over time should matter. 
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With all this Common Core nonsense floating about, I thought about how I have learned writing and how I teach it. The whole thing boils down to taking one hundred jumpshots every night. 
A grey night and wet driveway, but warm enough for shorts and short sleeves. After the winter we’ve suffered, I’ll take it and just came in from shooting baskets. I am an overweight, middle-aged man, a fair ball player in lov...
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Brian,
I'm not sure EngageNY would ever fold Cheryl Strayed's "writing is hard work" into a how-to-teach-writing module:  “Writing is hard for every last one of us… Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”  

Nevertheless, the colorful characterization might resonate with some of our more reluctant writers: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/13/cheryl-strayed-write-like-a-motherfucker-advice/?mc_cid=e72ade79a1&mc_eid=d1e6825514.

Cheers indeed,
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+Kerri Valesey, not sure why, but Tina Fey reminds me of you. Especially here. 
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It's because I'm awesome!!!!
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We finally remembered to take a picture of the entire crew in Florida! 
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Great looking group!!
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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman - Dirty Blonde: https://youtu.be/L7JlXvZxBwk
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Writing, changing, running, becoming, teaching and wondering.
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I'm trying to figure out what my writing, running, technology, teaching, and reading have in common. I'll let you know soon as I figure it out. 
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Why Elon Musk Doesn't Mind That His Rocket Crashed Into His Robot Boat |...
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The Difficult Route
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My youngest recently asked my wife where dreams come from and my wife told her that dreams are all the thoughts and feelings that we push do

Fixers
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My oldest daughter likes electronic toys. She may have been the first kid in her class with a smartphone, in part because her father likes e

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'Grand Avenue' by Ron Koertge, and the literary and historical notes for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

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'For Jessica, My Daughter' by Mark Strand, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

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Included in the APPR rating system for teachers in New York is the requirement that we upload artifacts demonstrating the teaching standards

Superintendents Speak Up
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On the first day of school, my wife's superintendent got choked up. He was delivering the usual kick-off speech, and she said he started to

A Great Labor Day Story
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If you live in New England, or were paying attention to supermarket labor news this summer, you already know this story. Almost a hundred ye

The School Year Begins Tomorrow
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The goal of my teaching year is to be open and curious. I have not been in love with my public school teaching job for some time. The last t

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Mickey Mouse is not a mouse. If you look very closely at him, you can see that he wears gloves.

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'First Song' by Joseph Stroud, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call
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Thinking again about ways to be healthy. I've just finished week one of the Seven Valleys Writing Project Summer Institute. We meet 8:30 to

Truth and Occurrences
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Just picked up a book from the library, Mark Sundeen's The Man Who Quit Money. The cover says, "In 2000, Daniel Suelo gave away his life sav

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I spent the afternoon telling people to relax about an assignment. Just do it, I said. I've done this particular assignment twenty times. La

Jazz and the Prose Poem
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The prose poem is a bastard child that appeals to me. Billy Collins says, "poetry is bird, prose is a potato." The prose poem is a potato po

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I haven't been good with suggestions. I've let them box me in. Yesterday I wrote about struggling with food. Several friends offered advice,

Huge Conveniences
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This morning I am feeling huge. Last night, after dinner, I ate at least another meal's worth of snacks. I wasn't hungry but the snacks were

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I got an Americano and it was made quickly. Taste was good rather than great. Nice staff.
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Good location, nice staff, loud hallways. It's about what you would expect from a chain hotel. That said, the staff has been above par, very good really and the location is very convenient. Deep pool, but the whirlpool was closed during our stay. Bistro is nice for breakfast and serves Starbucks.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Lovely. We ordered tea for four and received sandwiches, pastries, scones, and tea that was enough to leave us happily stuffed. Not a lot of seating, but had a funky good feel.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We've been going to the Monday half-price night. My family and I like the conveyor belt and sit at the bar. When we first went, there seemed to be an endless selection coming round, but lately we have been struggling to find things to eat. Monotony. The service is alright, but it's difficult to get the check sometimes. It's a good place, but it could easily slip into being less. I hope they will strive for more.
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Good food, nice staff. Nothing to write home about. We wanted soup, coffee, and light fare. That's exactly what we got. They made a good, rich Americano.
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reviewed a year ago
Tremendously likable people serving really good food. The crepes were good but the Gelato was even better. My kids loved it!
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While I am impressed with the technology they bring to bear, it was like being in a used car shop with a salesperson who just has to make the quota. I went in for simple cleaning and care, was diagnosed with TMJ so severe that I would need a treatment plan that began at $2000 and went from there. Foolishly, I went along with the first installment and they took molds of my mouth for several hundred dollars. I kept saying that I can't afford thousands of dollars and my insurance doesn't cover any of it, but they kept pushing and pushing and pushing. My fillings needed replacement, I needed braces, I would have to purchase and wear an appliance in my mouth for years. No matter what I said, I couldn't get them to simply keep my teeth clean and baby them along. I'm nearly forty-five and won't ever wear braces. No other dentist has worried about the TMJ. And I've never paid so much money so fast to a dentist aside when I had my wisdom teeth out (and that wasn't a dentist so much as an oral surgeon). My main complaint is that they wouldn't listen to me when I said that I couldn't afford what they were selling. It was like going to the dealership for a Corolla and having the salesperson constantly pitching the Lexus while refusing to sell me the Corolla. Not Berry good at all.
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