Society – Sociedad Archive

  • A map of National Blue Ribbon schools in Michigan as of July 2017. This map is publicly available and open to contributions.

    Map of National Blue Ribbon Schools

    A map of National Blue Ribbon schools in Michigan as of July 2017. This map is publicly available and open to contributions.

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  • Some obstacles are sometimes shameful, others are enraging: wanting to charge a full fee for a caregiver was akin to charging for a wheelchair, a service animal, or a similar assistive device.

    Life with Disabilities: Discrimination with Caregivers

    Some obstacles are sometimes shameful, others are enraging: wanting to charge a full fee for a caregiver was akin to charging for a wheelchair, a service animal, or a similar assistive device.

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  • I spent countless hours writing Velocity code and hacking up some Lucene queries in dotCMS for the website, but this was only a needle in the haystack of preparations needed to make an 1800-people, 40-country+ event go smoothly...

    Worship Symposium Week Is Here!

    I spent countless hours writing Velocity code and hacking up some Lucene queries in dotCMS for the website, but this was only a needle in the haystack of preparations needed to make an 1800-people, 40-country+ event go smoothly...

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  • I have so many stories to tell about the Auxiliary, and tonight, they all become a little more official! I never before felt so proud to wear my Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)...

    My US Coast Guard Auxiliary Induction

    I have so many stories to tell about the Auxiliary, and tonight, they all become a little more official! I never before felt so proud to wear my Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)...

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  • Besides training and fellowship, I had the chance to join the Coast Guard on a patrol, escorting a passenger vessel in the fog, and received lookout training in the most miserable viewing conditions imaginable. It was fun! :)

    Bulletproof Fun: Volunteering at Coast Guard Station Muskegon

    Besides training and fellowship, I had the chance to join the Coast Guard on a patrol, escorting a passenger vessel in the fog, and received lookout training in the most miserable viewing conditions imaginable. It was fun! :)

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  • Throwing a heaving line to another boat or a floating dummy in a rocking boat is also harder than it sounds. But, after the 5th try or so, I was able to do both, and I only hit the dummy on the head once! :)

    Boat Camp Weekend

    Throwing a heaving line to another boat or a floating dummy in a rocking boat is also harder than it sounds. But, after the 5th try or so, I was able to do both, and I only hit the dummy on the head once! :)

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  • You were still the innocent, fun, good-hearted pretty girl who loves to dance and has more faith in God than the whole world. But those cowardly friends of yours who looked the other way, they didn't know you like I did.

    With Regret in the Air

    You were still the innocent, fun, good-hearted pretty girl who loves to dance and has more faith in God than the whole world. But those cowardly friends of yours who looked the other way, they didn't know you like I did.

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  • "Are you absolutely certain that this is what you want to do?" Perhaps I could. But it would require my absolute devotion, enduring financial hardship, and making school my life for three long years. Could I really do it?

    The Captain Diaries: March 29, 2011

    "Are you absolutely certain that this is what you want to do?" Perhaps I could. But it would require my absolute devotion, enduring financial hardship, and making school my life for three long years. Could I really do it?

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  • Brian brought a bag full of these flares, so we all had some fun shooting them over the channel -- even some of the Coasties joined in the fun!  Everyone thought I had way too much fun with these flares, but hey...

    Fireworks at the dock!

    Brian brought a bag full of these flares, so we all had some fun shooting them over the channel -- even some of the Coasties joined in the fun! Everyone thought I had way too much fun with these flares, but hey...

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  • My highlight of the show was the training that occurred on the second floor:  Coastie operator training.  Coastie is a 45-inch robot shaped like a cartoon-character boat that talks to the kids about water safety.

    Coastie the robot

    My highlight of the show was the training that occurred on the second floor: Coastie operator training. Coastie is a 45-inch robot shaped like a cartoon-character boat that talks to the kids about water safety.

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