Last month the news was filled with reports of federal indictments against dozens of wealthy people who paid big bucks to help their kids cheat or bribe their way into prestigious universities that brag about how selective they are. These schemes involved payouts that sometimes reached more than $100,000...

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About five years ago my wife and I attended a theater performance in Santa Barbara, California, where a daughter lives and where we spend a couple of winter months each year. We were astonished to see a lady seated a few rows in front of us with a little dog in her lap. At intermission […]

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I won’t kid you, in general trade work is not as easy on the body as working behind a desk. If you cherish life as a coach potato, then the trades are not for you. Some jobs are more demanding than others. Construction jobs typically require more physical exertion than service and maintenance work....

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It’s that time of year when so many people resolve to lose weight, stop smoking, eat healthier and so on. These are all worthy agendas. For those of you who aspire to become skilled trade workers – or are thinking of doing so – I have some suggestions for equally worthy New Year Resolutions. Pull...

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Recently, I read a disheartening article about a study conducted by a British university showing a sharp rise in contract cheating by college students worldwide. This refers to students paying someone else to write their assignments. A little web surfing will discover various sites where lazy and dishonest...

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Certain careers – like those in the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC industries – have highly specific educational requirements that just aren’t met with a traditional four-year college degree. These are high-paying jobs that are more suited for an alternative approach. Apprenticeship programs have...

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Stop for a moment and consider this: You can get a four-year college degree and still not have the skills that will land you a job in your chosen field. It doesn’t matter what industry. Employers are scrambling to find people who can demonstrate competence in what are known as “soft skills.” This...

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For the last 35 years, the Princeton Review has been in business to help high school students get into their dream colleges. It’s safe to say that they have insight into the most popular college majors their high school-age clients are choosing. What’s interesting is that the Princeton Review points...

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First, a full disclosure. I’m an old fogey who finds it hard to understand why so many of you younger folks are infatuated with tattoos and body piercings. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, about 47% of people aged 18 to 35 have at least one tattoo; 37% have at least two; and 15% have five […]

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