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Adrianne Finley Odell

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This class of 13 students will be furthering their education at 12 different institutions in 10 different states from the east coast to the west coast and in-between.   They range from large public universities like The University of California- Davis,  to small private universities like Lawrence University, to Ivy League colleges like Dartmouth, to...
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Photo Credit: Rob Walsh on Unsplash   The City of Chicago is under curfew.  Streets are barricaded. Public transport has been suspended. The National Guard has been brought in to partner with police to prevent a repeat of the looting and violence that has taken place over the last week. This is happening in cities...
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Who are your heroes?  What qualities do they exhibit and how do they inspire you?  In the challenging times of COVID-19, we celebrate individuals whom we have long thought of as heroes– our health care workers and our first responders.  But we also have other heroes among us.  They might be individuals who are working...
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“Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.” -Mahatma Ghandi               This week is teacher appreciation week.  For most of us this is the first time we have blurred the lines between school and home in such powerful and extraordinary ways.  Students’ homes already were, in many ways,...
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It’s no surprise that in this pandemic quarantine one of the top watched movies on Netflix is Groundhog Day. For those that haven’t seen the film, actor/ comedian Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a TV weatherman who travels to Punxsutawney to report on its annual Groundhog Day tradition.  Fun Fact:  The Punxsutawney town shown in...
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I lived in Hawaii for 10 years.  Four of those years were on the Big Island, home to Kilauea Volcano.  I had the incredible opportunity to stand on the edge of a lava field and watch molten lava flow from deep inside the earth.  For some communities, the lava flow was destructive and devastating. At...
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This past week has been tough for our country.  Fears related to the spread of the coronavirus have created great turbulence in the stock market as well as in our minds as we assess just how much of an impact the virus will have on our lives.  In times of uncertainty, and in situations where...
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Photo Credit: Andy Kelly on Unsplash In 1950, Alan Turing, a British mathematician and computer scientist, wrote an article, Computing and Machinery Intelligence, that questioned what it would mean for machines to think.  He proposed a test whereby someone asks a question and it is answered by a computer in another room. The proposal was...
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Dog just barfed on the carpet.Little Dalia is having a temper tantrum.Oatmeal got burnt while tending to the first two.Then forty-five minutes late to work because of all of these.Breathe.  Deep. Breaths. What makes us human is that we all have experiences that test us.  We also all have power to choose our response. And...
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Walking home from a weekend exercise class this mid-February morning, the sun was shining brightly and felt warmer than the 24 degrees that showed on my phone app. Snow still covered the grass and sidewalks, capturing the sunlight and reflecting it back on my face.  I felt a smile come to me that spread across...
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