Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Grad protests an honorable right and duty

    "Father, father Everybody thinks we're wrong Oh, but who are they to judge us Simply because our hair is long ..." -- "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye This has been the Spring of Disinvitation for speakers at university commencement...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Sometimes, the creative well just runs dry

    It's early Tuesday morning, the last possible moment to send my weekly column proposal to my patient editor, and I've got nothing. I keep a calendar of my column topics, and I've built a weird nest in the corner of my desk out of little...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: What, exactly, makes a perfect Mother's Day?

    The perfect Mother's Day may be an illusion, sponsored by Hallmark. Mother's Day can be like the scene of an accident, where speeding expectations have crashed into reality. My mother wanted eggs Benedict every Mother's Day, and I...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Dating your mate reminds you why you fell in love

    In retrospect, the fact that our first date was to a dance concert is significant. My husband-to-be and I were college students in 1978 when we attended a performance on campus of a visiting dance troupe from Atlanta. After the show, we...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Take heart -- soy products are here to stay

    National Soyfoods Month is almost over, so I hope everyone has been eating lots of soy products for the past four weeks of April. But possibly not: I know more people who harbor a suspicious aversion to anything soy than those who partake...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Feeling the spirituality of Easter

    Easter dawns differently when you don't have little kids at home to anticipate the joy of hunting for colored eggs and candy. The box of Easter decorations gathers dust in the garage. We no longer have to pack egg salad in our lunchboxes...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Passwords keep my accounts safe -- from me

    When I was a kid, "Password" was a TV game show that came on in the afternoons. Competing teams of partners, usually a minor celebrity and a normal person, were allowed only to give each other one-word clues to help them guess the secret...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Lucky are those who get to do what they love

    The first thing to share about Career Day is that it takes place annually at an elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The second thing is that the school's principal is my cousin. She is such a productive and...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Fasting from all fear falls in line with the Gospel message of Jesus

    The spiritual season of Lent sometimes brings out the creativity in people. In fulfilling our Lenten obligations of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we try to come up with something new, something more meaningful, something that will change...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Behind every woman is a legacy of abuse

    We women have long struggled to make it in a man's world. The cosmic deck seems to have been stacked against us. Our troubles go back to the biblical Eve, God's prototype for the feminine, who is simultaneously a manipulator and a dupe....

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Our children's brains are counting on us

    When we become parents, we usually want to be the best mother or father that we can be. We may invest in the latest books about parenting. We may ask for advice from experienced parents. We attempt to follow our gut instincts regarding...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: What’s in a name? A lot for married women

    Having come of age during the wave of feminism in the 1970s, it’s amazing that I even considered changing my last name when I got married. With respect to that movement, I suppose it’s amazing that I even got married. But I’m glad I did....

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Educate, don't legislate on panhandling

    A controversial ordinance before the Bakersfield City Council that would criminalize the act of panhandling, or soliciting money from another person, could become law by the end of this month. Panhandlers are annoying. There: we can all...

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