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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Why are compliments so hard to accept?

    By Valerie Schultz
    Friday, Jan 23 2015 01:35 PM

    Today, Jan. 24, is National Compliment Day, and may I say that you readers of this newspaper are a lively, good-looking, intelligent bunch. I am always grateful for the special comments that some of you direct my way, at least the ones that are nice.

    My grandmother would have liked National Compliment Day, as it fits well with her frequent admonition that if you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. Sadly, she died two decades before 1998, when this day of challenge was created. Two New Hampshire women introduced National Compliment Day with the goal of encouraging people to offer a sincere compliment to at least five other people during the day. But really, among civilized people, shouldn't every day be Compliment...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: As the years go by, I remain a (paper) calendar girl

    Sometimes change happens overnight, but sometimes you can see change coming from a long way off. I'm beginning to suspect that, just as books are making the transition to e-books, the paper calendar is slowly becoming a custom of the...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: If being PC is wrong, I don't want to be right

    The term "politically correct" has become a sort of dirty word. I've been called politically correct on more than one occasion, the implication being that I should feel not only put in my place, but insulted and smeared as well....

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Aiming for new mindset in new year

    So the new year is upon us, which is a good thing, a fresh start and all that, but I have to admit that, sometimes, all the talk about the new year just sounds to me like blah, blah, blah. The new year brings with it our best and most...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: The most essential learning often takes place outside of our comfort zones

    The latest book selected for study by my women's spirituality group is called "Evangelii Gaudium," or "The Joy of the Gospel." The author is Pope Francis. Makes us sound pretty smart, doesn't it? It is the first encyclical we have tackled,...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: If only the charity of Christmastime were year-round

    Charity may begin at home, as the saying goes, but charity flourishes at Christmastime. The fact that Christmas is conveniently located at the tail end of the calendar year, when our thoughts also turn to last-minute income tax deductions,...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Moments percolate through our lives

    There used to be a series of commercials with a jingle that went, "Celebrate the moments of our lives." The product advertised was flavored coffee -- General Foods International Coffee -- in the days before Starbucks. The ads were silly,...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Uncle Bill was the model of low-key holiness

    My Uncle Bill may not have been a guy you would notice in a crowd. He was your classic dad/grandpa/everyman. In a family of seven children, he was number three, and my mom was number four. He had three sons, who are some of my favorite...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Believers cherish sparse biblical tales chronicling Jesus' boyhood

    One of this year's critically acclaimed movies, called "Boyhood," directed by Richard Linklater, traces the life of a young boy and his family from the time he is a 5-year-old kid to the time he starts his freshman year of college as a...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Thanksgiving is the story of my life in five acts

    When we are children, we believe that our families will always be the same. Time moves slowly, and we don't understand that a future awaits in which family members will be born, or die, or marry into other families, or stray, or become...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Saying 'yes' to Saying 'No' in November

    My husband is quite the trendsetter. He has started a movement on Facebook that he calls "Say 'No' in November." November is his favorite month, as he was born on Thanksgiving Day, and he tends to make life-changing decisions around the...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Ebola a concern, but it shouldn't lead to panic

    Amidst the current popular panic, not all Americans are taking the threat of exposure to the Ebola virus seriously. You may have heard the tongue-in-cheek statistic: More people have been married to a certain Kardashian than have died of...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Smartphone knows how to push my buttons

    I used to think I was pretty smart ... until I met Reggie. Reggie's full name is Reginald Apple iPhone, and he is the smartest man I know. (I changed the nasal, matter-of-fact, female Siri persona to a less superior-sounding British male,...

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