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May 11 2016
Comments Off on Civility, Honesty, Integrity: A Search for Fairness Diamond and Silk Talk About What Matters

There was a time in our social discourse when civility was a benchmark standard. That standard has changed giving rise to questions about where has civility gone. During the time that the media was assassinating the character of Michael Jackson, Diamond and Silk asked the same question. They felt that something in the public discourse had been lost and needed to be restored. The question of where civility has gone was at the center of the 1997 research article, The Meaning of...

Sep 12 2015
by T.J. Banks |
Comments Off on Learn from the Experts

“Learn from the Experts” is one of those shows that’s professional and informal at the same time. And that’s what makes it work. The show, which appears on Northampton Community T. V., is the brainchild of the Women Business Owners Alliance for the Pioneer Valley (WBOA). Only members of the WBOA can be interviewed or participate in it in any way. The women behind the show are “always looking for more members to participate, to help with production,” says Susan Allen...

Jun 28 2015
by T.J. Banks |
Comments Off on Learn from the Experts

“Learn from the Experts” is one of those shows that’s professional and informal at the same time. And that’s what makes it work. The show, which appears on Northampton Community T. V., is the brainchild of the Women Business Owners Alliance for the Pioneer Valley (WBOA). Only members of the WBOA can be interviewed or participate in it in any way. The women behind the show are “always looking for more members to participate, to help with production,” says Susan Allen...

Jun 28 2015
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Local Ladies of Law L to R: Gina Barry, Tanya K. Moriarty, Dawn D. McDonald, and Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. —Edmund Burke According to Edward W. Younkins, professor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, “There ought to be, and many times is, a close nexus between manmade law and justice...

Jun 02 2015
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Operation Touch of Home
Operation Touch of Home

Laura Donaghy with her son Nikolas Martin. (Nikolas is now 9 and he’s been helping since he was 4). Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their most special places — their national parks. On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 and parks all over the country are taking part in the commemoration. The Centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s...

May 07 2015
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The promposal, a cleaver portmanteau of the words “prom” and proposal,” has been dubbed the most popular form of wooing a potential date into going to prom. These elaborate proposals have used videography, choreography, and in one of the more ostentatious cases a hot air balloon ride. It is clear that this new style of viral peacocking doesn’t come for free. Therefore if prom wasn’t already hurting your wallet, the increasing popularity of the promposal will burn a hole...

May 07 2015
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Though summer can be marked by lazy days of doing nothing in the sun, it’s also a great time to take advantage of all the job and volunteer opportunities Western Massachusetts has to offer. Whether you want to stay outdoors or hang out inside, get paid or not get paid, and have an interest in everything from horses to video editing, there’s something for you. Farm life is a big part of the Pioneer Valley, and this summer many local farms are looking for help. The Red Fire...

May 07 2015
Comments Off on What’s Next After College?

Graduating from college is a major milestone. Many students see graduating college as a major goal, when in reality it is a stepping-stone to other future life achievements. So what’s next after college? Many college graduates still are unsure what they specifically want to do with their careers. Career experts predict the average person will switch careers (not jobs) four to five times over a lifetime. For some, the career you are pursuing requires a master’s degree...

Mar 06 2015
Comments Off on Who attends the Rehearsal Dinner?

An essential part of every wedding is the rehearsal dinner, where after the rehearsal of the wedding, a dinner is planned. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally organized by the groom and his family. Nowadays, rehearsal dinners can be hosted by anyone that would like to do so. These days, rehearsal dinners are far more than a boring event. It can be as casual as a barbecue or as formal as a sit down dinner at a five-star restaurant. It’s all up to you! Brides and grooms love...

Mar 04 2015
by T.J. Banks |
Comments Off on International Women’s Day
March 8th

The theme for International Women’s Day, March 8th 2015 is “Make It Happen.” The earliest observance of this day dates back to 1909 and was organized by the Socialist Party of America as a tribute to the 1908 International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union strike. Since then, it has focused on many issues, including the plight of displaced women; ending violence against women; women in prison; and women making a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty. It is...

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