Editorial

Impress: Time to Put That Word in the Dump

August 23rd, 2012

Our Opinion/ Whatever you do, do it for yourselves

True to form, Christopher Gabriel made a quick and poignant point one Thursday, passing on some psychological research while delivering his radio program ever so effortlessly, confidently and fluently. It went something like this: People are less likely to enjoy a vacation if they take it to impress others, rather than for their own well-being.

According to Gabriel, I glared at him at that moment. His comment apparently stirred me. The…

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The Real Reason Americans Hate Nickelback

August 9th, 2012

Our Opinion / Don’t Waste Your Breath

Need an easy target? Take a dump on Justin Bieber or Nickelback – piece of cake.

Nickelback came to Fargo in May, and what do you know, a band that rhymes with the word “seed” and starts with the letter “C” will be in town on August 18.

A sort of massive rage against bands like Nickelback has been going on for years, so, obviously, participating this type of mumbo jumbo is enjoyable for some.

But by now it must be less fulfilling. It’s…

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When Communication Turns to Mush

April 26th, 2012

Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival – to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated. - Stephen Covey

How often do we try to persuade or influence people by telling them our ownreasons to do something without discovering the way they reason first?

Some universal principles obviously make life easier, so it seems strange that they are not practiced more commonly. Yet because of natural human tendencies and faulty…

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Admitting it’s cool, and other smoking confessions

March 1st, 2012

After all these years I have finally figured it out. I have finally figured out why people are drawn to smoking cigarettes.

Before you start to think this is some promotion for smoking, know this: I still hate smoking. For reasons too obvious to discuss, I hate smoking’s non-existent guts.

Yet, after years and years of never truly understanding a smoker’s attraction to a habit that robs our health, I now think I know the answer. So here is an attempt to help the majority understand…

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