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Memorial Day
HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose
of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who
died in defense of their coun...

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Commencement Season
We begin our eighth year of Rink Rats, thank you for
reading. Commencement address season has, well, commenced. Every
spring, on every college campus across the nation, wisdom is blooming. And the
cream of these graduation speeches rises to the internet for...

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Radio Days
I am listing to the radio more these days; I find it
soothing, less busy, and television programming stinks. My Radio Day begins at 5:25 a.m. – NPR Morning Edition: yes
NPR can at times be a tad to the left in political commentary, I find the morning
news a...

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Tax Season
We are back, enough of this spring break stuff – time to get
back to what we like to do best…Rink Rats. We start off our spring season with
what else? Tax Time. On this date almost all of us have filed (except yours
truly), but I have found when one tax yea...

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Top Five
Top five reasons Rink Rats is back: 1). We got bored. 2). Spring break is over 3). We love to write 4). There is only so much of “The Young and Restless” you
can watch 5). I ran out of rum. Top Five things we learned on spring break: 1). National Center for...

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Sign of the Times
As we head into the spring break RR takes a look at both the
positive and negative events effecting our world. U.S.
AGE GROUPS - the U.S. has more 26-year-olds than any other
age cohort: The baby boomers came of age in the 1960s and 1970s — years
that saw m...

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A Trip to the Desert
Palm Springs midcentury modern architecture, which
effortlessly blends desert and design, is all the rage. When Hollywood stars
were contractually restricted to a residential radius that allowed for
spontaneous meetings, Palm Springs, just over 100 miles ea...

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Personal Finance 101
It is President’s Day in America today February 20. On a day
when the Presidency in America is being keenly observed as an institution in
great change and on a day we celebrate the 55 th anniversary of John
Glenn’s first orbital flight in space. All of my R...

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House of Cards
These are certainly interesting times, when fiction is
becoming nonfiction. President George Bush, 43 in 2009 said to incoming President
Barack Obama, don’t mess with the intelligence community. They have their
agenda, they leak, play ball with them. Presid...

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