Monthly Archives: September 2012

Student Internships, Making Good Choices

September 30, 2012
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Student Internships, Making Good Choices

In preparation for the 2012 school year, we met many new teachers as they mapped out their plans and resources for their first year of teaching. Fresh from school, no longer interns, no longer student teachers. As we heard from these new teachers  we thought of college students across the country make decisions about internships,…

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Extra! Exra!

September 27, 2012
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Extra! Exra!

Even the busiest weekend plans have room for friendly smile and a good read. So swing by the local turf tomorrow morning and pick up the latest edition of Street Roots. Your vendor will thank you and you’ll be glad you’ve got your copy before they sell out! Here’s what’s rolling on the press now:…

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Paulo Coelho: social alchemist

September 27, 2012
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Paulo Coelho:  social alchemist

The Brazilian author whose book “The Alchemist” has been read by half a billion people, is used to overcoming challenges: Now he wants to inspire a cultural revolution among millions of Twitter devotees. By Steven MacKenzie, Contributing Writer Speaking from Geneva, Paulo Coelho’s voice resonates with mystical wisdom, though the divine reverberations could be attributed…

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Bursting the bubble: A conversation with Brooke Gladstone

September 27, 2012
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Bursting the bubble: A conversation with Brooke Gladstone

By Aaron Burkhalter, by contributing writer In 1796, London tea broker James Tilly Matthews said that criminals operated an “air loom” that controlled people through rays that travel through the air. In 1919, Freud apostle Victor Tausk met a young woman named Natalija who said an ex-suitor was hurting her through a coffin-shaped “influencing machine.”…

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Workplace Recycling

September 27, 2012
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Workplace Recycling

Ever wanted to set up a recycling program for your office, but just didn’t know where to begin? Erick Thompson over at IndustrialSpace.net sent us a link to his step-by-step guide. You can check it out at IndustrialSpace.Net. Let Erick, (and us) in on any other tips you might have and let us know what…

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Vendor profile: A man on the move

September 27, 2012
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Vendor profile: A man on the move

By Kara Dimitruk, Contributing Writer Even though you may not recognize him, Kenny Chow isn’t exactly a new vendor. He gave Street Roots and Portland a try a few years ago. But it was in Seattle where he really earned his vending chops, working with Street Roots’ sister paper Real Change. He commuted between Salem…

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Health care reform without tears: What’s the least I need to know?

September 26, 2012
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Health care reform without tears: What’s the least I need to know?

Samuel Metz is a Portland anesthesiologist active in health care reform. He is also a member of two organizations advocating publicly funded universal health care: Mad As Hell Doctors and Physicians for a National Health Plan. He is the local chapter representative to Health Care for All Oregon, an umbrella organization of over 50 groups…

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The ties that bind: A woman’s journey into an unlikely friendship whose time is running out

September 26, 2012
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The ties that bind: A woman’s journey into an unlikely friendship whose time is running out

By Brooke Anderson Contributing Writer Brooke Anderson is originally from Portland but is studying for a master’s degree in social work at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, specializing in issues of mental health. Today I anxiously await the mail to arrive. Although I only recently sent out my last letter, I never know when…

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5 Unconventional Ways to Cut Home Utility Costs

September 26, 2012
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5 Unconventional Ways to Cut Home Utility Costs

Guest post by Melissa Lynne, freelance writer for Systrum Energy, a third party energy supplier serving New Jersey. For the average American household, monthly utility bills represent a significant chunk of the family budget, usually 5 – 10 percent of monthly expenses.  Since utilities are such a big chunk of your expenses, there are probably…

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Coral Reefs: Under Threat & Why We Need Them. {Video}

September 25, 2012
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Coral Reefs: Under Threat & Why We Need Them. {Video}

Photo: USFWS Pacific More than 60 percent of the world’s reefs are currently threatened by local human activities. By 2030, 90 percent of coral reefs will be threatened. Coral reefs occupy less than one percent of the Earth’s marine environment, but are home to more than a quarter of all known marine fish species. To…

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