Posted: Thursday - Aug. 19, 2010
Upton: Strategies to make kids even smarter
The school year has begun.
Posted: Thursday - July 22, 2010
Upton: Interracial marriage has its rewards
Vinny and Valerie Joy first met at a picnic for singles.
Posted: Thursday - July 8, 2010
Upton: A 'real' vacation renews the soul
I had never been to South Georgia for vacation, so when my adventure-loving, freelancing friend invited me to accompany her on a press trip, I all but jumped at the chance.
Posted: Thursday - June 24, 2010
Upton: Paintball rekindles childhood memories
Last Saturday I played my first, and possibly last, game of paintball. After a mid-morning rain shower, a group of young professionals entered the wet paintball course to play a match just as the sun began to burn in all its glory.
Posted: Thursday - June 10, 2010
Upton: Hospitality common in all cultures
A long-time friend recently invited me to breakfast at her house. We ate on her deck, sitting at a table strewn with fresh rose petals and lit with a candle and decorated with fine dishes and a flower.
Posted: Thursday - May 27, 2010
Upton: Reflections on Losing “Lost”
Being a “Lost” fan from its very first episode six years ago, I prioritized the watching of its finale this past Sunday, arranging my schedule around it, watching part of it at home and most of it at a neighbor’s house where we snacked and enjoyed light banter during the commercial breaks.
Posted: Thursday - May 13, 2010
Upton: Sense of peace is disarming
My friend Maggie invited me over to last weekend to look at her garden. It was beautiful. Situated in her front yard, it featured an array of interesting rocks, beautiful flowers and small but hopeful shrubs. We sat in the sun for a few minutes taking it all in.
Posted: Thursday - April 29, 2010
Upton: Dating advice for singles over age 40
Dating advice today is usually geared toward the young and never-married.
Posted: Thursday - April 15, 2010
Upton: Child abuse can take many forms
Parents simply amaze me. They give their lives to love, guide, finance and educate their children safely into adulthood.
Posted: Thursday - April 1, 2010
Upton: Unending adventures are key to a happy life
My parents have just booked tickets to St. Thomas in the beautiful Caribbean.
Posted: Thursday - March 18, 2010
Upton: Small world means more friendships
My uncle, a lover of travel, history and culture once called me a "citizen of the world." I was taken aback, flattered by the phrase.
Posted: Thursday - March 4, 2010
Upton: Joblessness: real people up in the air
Lisa (not her real name) had been crying the day that we talked.
Posted: Thursday - Feb. 18, 2010
Upton: Everyday people make a difference
You don't have to be written about in a book to be a history maker. Most of us do it every day in small, steady ways. Ordinary citizens make history as they give of themselves to the communities around them.
Posted: Thursday - Feb. 4, 2010
Upton: Shame can become very useful
I was wondering the other day, "Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned shame?" Not the kind that makes a person feel worthless or defective, but the sort of shame that regulates one's behavior.
Posted: Thursday - Jan. 21, 2010
Upton: Haiti suffers even during good times
He admits he's not your ordinary Haitian. Christian Craan, founder and bass player for the local reggae group Milele Roots since 1998, is a son of privilege -- to a degree.

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