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JENKINS: My happy introduction to cross country culture

In cross country, parents pull for their kids, sure, but they also pull for all the other kids — even kids on other teams. One of the most heartwarming things I’ve ever seen in sports is a bunch of parents and athletes cheering on the very last runner as he or she approaches the finish line.

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JENKINS: State colleges provide second chances for university 'drop-outs' too

One of the best things about our American higher education system is that it routinely offers students second chances — and sometimes third and fourth.

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JENKINS: You might not know it, Atlanta fans, but you're Charlie Brown

Each fall I read the Peanuts cartoon in which Lucy entices Charlie Brown to kick the football — just so she call pull it away at the last minute and watch him fall flat on his back. And every year I want to scream, “Don’t do it, Charlie Brown! It’s a trick!”

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JENKINS: Common Core: One-size-fits-all education

In place of the Common Core, Tienken calls for a system that would “end standardization, return local control, and provide financial and technical assistance for school districts to design comprehensive programs with large curriculum offerings to meet the needs of all kids.”

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JENKINS: Hey, teacher, my HOA is bullying me again

Give certain people a little bit of power, and they're apt to exercise it unjustly. Ironically, that tends to be especially true in situations where the stakes aren't particularly high -- like a neighborhood homeowners' association.

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: Finding a babysitter

Regardless of the difficulty, you must be the one to find a sitter. Then your wife will be worry-free, with nothing to do but get ready for the big date.

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JENKINS: How to be married to a pregnant woman

My wife and I are past our child-bearing days (fingers crossed), but that doesn't stop me with sharing my expertise with you.

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JENKINS: Stupid things I have said, 2012 edition

I trust you're looking forward to all the stupid things I'm sure to say in 2013.

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JENKINS: Finding that old Christmas spirit

Here are four strategies guaranteed to restore the Christmas spirit.

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: Solving the holiday travel dilemma

The ultimate solution to the holiday travel dilemma is to let family members come to you -- especially those who don't have small children at home.

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JENKINS: An exclusive interview with the author of 'Family Man'

Today I perform the interesting trick of interviewing myself to produce a shameless book plug. For my "Family Man" book, that is.

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JENKINS: Richt's character and record should silence the haters

To all Georgia fans -- Mark Richt is as good a coach as you're going to get -- and a far a better person than you deserve.

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JENKINS: Charter school debate comes down to turfism versus choice

If there's one point on which liberal teachers' union activists and conservative school administrators agree, it's that the proposed charter school amendment would be bad for Georgia.. Thoughtful voters should find that troubling.. After all, it's often said that a person can be judged by his or her enemies. Might

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JENKINS: Don't be ashamed to take a stand against pornography

According to Lawrenceville-based film-maker Jessica Mockett, whose documentary-in-progress -- "Shamed" -- chronicles the impact of pornography on people's lives, age 4 is about the right time to start the conversation with your children.

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JENKINS: Simplifying presidential economics for non-geniuses

When it comes to the economy, if we all want more pie, the answer is not to shift pieces around but to create a bigger pie.

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: public restroom etiquette

Follow these few simple rules and you will have the kind of bathroom visit all men aspire to: satisfying yet uneventful.

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JENKINS: Good discipline means arbitrary rules and emotional pain

One excellent strategy for maintaining discipline in your home is to make completely arbitrary, totally ridiculous rules. You remember these -- your parents used to make them all the time. And it worked for them, didn't it? That's because nothing says "control" like power exercised for its own sake.

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JENKINS: Updating The Devil's Dictionary, political convention edition

In the spirit of Ambrose Bierce, allow me to offer a few timely definitions to help you digest the political conventions.

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JENKINS: Another new school year, another lesson in basic Socialism

The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene, when Mom and Dad download little Johnny and Susie's supply lists. Call it Socialism 101. If the course had a textbook, it would be Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village.". Consider the list for one

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JENKINS: Husbands and wives must learn to share the pants

No real family man has control over his own destiny. But it is vital that he and his wife appear to be in control.

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JENKINS: Will the real Redneck Riviera please stand up?

My vote for favorite beach may be different than yours.

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JENKINS: Recognizing out-of-wedlock births as a risk factor for poverty

Somehow we've got to get the word out to our young women: stay in school and don't get pregnant, unless you want to doom yourself to a life of poverty.

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JENKINS: Could weird animal behavior be a sign of the apocalypse?

Trying to figure out what all of the odd actions mean.

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JENKINS: For high school grads, it's not too late to go to college

The Gwinnett area offers many options for access institutions.

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JENKINS: Summer blockbusters can become rainy fall Saturday fare

When it comes to movies, you've got to decide which blockbuster is big enough to shell out the big bucks.

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JENKINS: Saying goodbye to middle school with mixed emotions

Except for a two-year hiatus, I have had at least one child in middle school since 1998.

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JENKINS: There's nothing quite like the pure love of a child

Ever since my daughter went off to college seven years ago, I've felt an incredible sense of loss.

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JENKINS: Four things liberal elites hate that regular Americans love

Including SUVs, cheap gas and babies.

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JENKINS: How I traded one pathology for another

I used to yell at referees, now, in my second career, I can help you draft a strong letter of protest to them.

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JENKINS: Family pressures can lead to naming disasters

You're never going to please everyone with your new baby's name, so why ruin the kid's life trying.

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JENKINS: I'm not really a curmudgeon, just annoyed most of the time

Webster's Dictionary defines "curmudgeon" as--excuse me just a minute. HEY, HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY? No? Darn. I must have left it in 1998.

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JENKINS: Hey servers, here's a tip: don't jump to conclusions

When it comes to gratuities, just because my order is small doesn't mean my tip will be.

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JENKINS: To increase college completion, online classes may not be best solution

When it comes to keeping kids in college, having them on a real campus is better than connecting them by the web.

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JENKINS: What's so bad about pornography?

My son's question put me in an awkward positon of explaining what is so bad about pornography. Quite a bit, I told him, durng an uncomfortable but necessary discussion.

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JENKINS: This one's for all the single ladies

When it comes to finding the man of your dreams, ladies, it's best to leave a little to the imagination.

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JENKINS: Black conservative meat eaters need not apply

The leftist indoctrination of our youth continues unchecked.

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ROB JENKINS: From Paris with love: More unique ideas for Valentine's Day

Ideas on how to make a French connection.

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JENKINS: The problem with "fairness" is that it isn't always fair

Who doesn't believe in fairness? President Obama certainly does. He used the word "fair" eight times in Tuesday's State of the Union address, or exactly eight times more than he used the word "freedom" and almost one-sixth as often as he used the word "I."

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JENKINS: Sure signs that you're on the downhill slope

Nose hair is one. Constantly searching for a restroom is another.

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JENKINS: Combining math with other subjects isn't necessarily a bad idea

My take on real-life questions.

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JENKINS: For Falcons, 'pretty good' may not be not good enough

Team has made marked improvement but needs to take the next step toward being great.

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JENKINS: Lessons learned from decades of Christmas shopping

For one, don't make eye contact with kiosk attendants.

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JENKINS: How good are online classes?

They can work well, but are mostly for more mature, motivated students.

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JENKINS: Cellphone use exemplifies "new etiquette" — or lack thereof

Got manners? Probably not when it comes to talking on your cellphone.

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JENKINS: Dear Yankees: Sorry if I misjudged you

Trip to New York City brings new view of Yankees.

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JENKINS: You might be a helicopter parent if...

Some parents hover a little too closely over their children.

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JENKINS: K-12 education: Right crime, wrong culprits

A lot of people have become disillusioned with our public schools, and, to be honest, it's hard to blame them. These days, hardly any of the news about K-12 education seems to be good news.

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JENKINS: History demonstrates assimilating effect of US culture

From all the angry rhetoric lately about illegal immigration, I gather a lot of Americans are afraid of losing our country to the invading hordes.

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JENKINS: Knowledge of financial aid is key to affording college

Want to go to college but don't think you can afford it? Think again, suggest several local experts.

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JENKINS: Our technology is telling us what to do

"Please take your bags and your receipt, and thank you for shopping at (major chain supermarket). Now move your rear. You're holding up the line."

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