Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Vaccination debate needs a shot of respect

    By Valerie Schultz
    Friday, Feb 20 2015 09:00 AM

    The uproar over the spread of measles at Disneyland, definitely not the happiest place on earth lately, has made me remember my childhood, and in particular, one of my favorite dolls. Her name was Hedda-Get-Bedda. (The ear can hear that a New Yorker must have christened her.)

    Hedda-Get-Bedda had a trio of faces under her plastic baby bonnet, and you could change her mood, from one face to another, by turning the knob on top of her head. Her faces actually pivoted: one was a happy baby, one was a sleeping baby, and one was a sick, unhappy baby covered in red spots.

    Hedda, you see, was just like us. She could have the measles, and then she could get bedda. I think the illustrations accompanying the slightly hysterical news coverage of...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: First Valentine knew life was all about love

    This is the sixth Valentine's Day without my original Valentine, my dad, whose namesake is synonymous with love. His father, my grandfather, was also named Valentine. The family lore is that I was named after my dad because my mother...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Daydreaming may be exactly what we need

    There was a time in my younger life when daydreaming was frowned upon, when we schoolchildren were told by the nuns who taught us that an idle mind was the devil's playground. Keeping occupied, both in body and brain, was a virtue. This...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Why are compliments so hard to accept?

    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...

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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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