Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Attacking the World’s Foul Winds

As problems go, bad breath ranks right up there. I see my wife contort her face every morning when I give her a smooch before clamoring out of bed. The … Continue reading

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The Big Idea of Big History

Students routinely complain about the irrelevance of history, science and math to their daily lives in the digital age. Why memorize historical facts when the Internet is a click away. … Continue reading

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Preventing Another Day of Infamy

Like December 7, September 11 will always be a day of infamy in the minds of Americans. The unprovoked attacks on Pearl Harbor and the Twin Towers in New York … Continue reading

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From Grumpy to Jumpy

Caffeine has been the bogeyman for lots of ills. Now an expert in emotional intelligence says it could stunt your success. Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, says controlling your … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Disappearance of “John Hancock”

The demise of handwriting is written on the wall. Nowhere is it more obvious than those annoying point-of-sale signatures. A person’s “John Hancock” singles them out from everyone else. It is … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spoiled Fruit of Sloppy Justice

Henry Lee McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, were set free last week after both spent time on death row for a gruesome 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

No 10-Yard Hanky for Wife Beating

The National Football League lights up its fans. Now it is lighting up a debate over what’s worse – using drugs or beating women. The question arises after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down what many … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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