Cynthias story

She is serving a life sentence for murder. Our interview was rather lengthy by prison visit standards and we discussed a great deal. Still, it was clear that there was more on Cynthia’s mind, as she struggled to communicate the depths of her feelings about her life prior to …

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African american women and sexual abuse

Charlotte Pierce-Baker’s discussion of African American women’s experiences of rape and their need to connect with one another and see themselves in the others’ reflections mirrors the experiences of many incarcerated African American women. In 1997, for example, the GAO reported that approximately 40 percent of female inmates …

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Alaska's state revenue

In Alaska, where 92 percent of the state’s revenue is still dependent on the oil and gas industry, summertime now means unusual thunderstorms, relentless wildfires, and unprecedented heat waves. In 2018, Alaska set an ominous milestone: for the first time, the state’s annual average temperature crossed 32°F …

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Self Promotion The Right Way

A lot has been said in the past ten years about women not having to apologize for who they are. We all know this new narrative. We must feel comfortable taking up space. We must not hide our light under a bushel. We must shout about our achievements. We must …

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Moving at Internet Speed

It's fashionable to speak of things happening in Internet time because processes on the Web simply occur faster than in the physical world. Instant communications and gratification are not only possible, they are expected. It's as though, as a species, business has been transformed from a lumbering elephant, which lives …

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The Importance of Vision

I have often thought about Martin Luther King, Jr’s words (“I have a dream …”) in the context of game-changing leadership. Reverend King painted a vivid picture of what his new world looked like. A world where people would be equal. A nation where everyone would be free to speak …

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Getting the Most from Market Research

Market research can be an expensive and time-consuming activity – large companies spend fortunes on gathering information about their potential customers in order to target them more effectively. Believe it or not, you have some big advantages over these large companies. You are in a niche market. How do you know …

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A Quick History of Retail

Civilization may have started out with an emphasis on hunting and gathering, but it wasn’t long before bartering entered the picture. The marketplaces (Roman or otherwise) that were created long ago were no Amazon or Tmall, but they did the job. Just a couple of centuries ago, retail slowly …

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