November 19, 2019

Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum for Jimmy Carter

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By Melissa Martin Jimmy Carter is a humanitarian for the world—not just for America. He desires peace for all nations around the globe.  Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, reminds me of the energizer bunny—he just keeps on going and going and going.  Pump-a-rum. His drum keeps booming.  Born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, […]

How do snowbirds escape the winter blues?, Martin

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By Melissa Martin I’m dreaming of a colorful beach get-away. Perhaps, a jaunt to the Caribbean Islands. A slice of paradise to refresh the chilly mood and attitude. Leave the snow and slick-iced roads behind. The Caribbean culture is calling for beach bunnies.  “The Caribbean region is located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and […]

Twitter tweeters need to chill before they spill, Martin

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From Melissa Martin Twitter, created in 2006, is an online social networking service where users post messages known as “tweets.” No chirping, cheeping, peeping birds—only humans. Twitter is designed to elicit frequent, unprompted, spontaneous, and unfiltered thoughts from its users, who come into conflict with one another as in no other medium, sometimes tweeting things […]

Coffee is a celebrity across the globe, Martin

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By Melissa Martin “Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. Pour myself a cup of ambition.And yawn and stretch and try to come to life.” Lyrics from Nine to Five by Dolly Parton. My cup of ambition is coffee. Brewed brown water with flavored hazelnut creamer—a steaming cup of joe. A lighter roast that is […]

OPINION: Sexualized violence as a weapon of war

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By Melissa Martin Rape of females has been an aspect of war as long as war has existed, but only in recent years has rape in war been acknowledged as a weapon. The United Nations Human Rights Commission passed a resolution identifying rape as a war crime in 1993.  Sexual assault in the United States […]