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Best Presents for Mother’s Day When You’re Broke

Best Presents for Mother's Day

Mom’s great and she deserves ALL THE THINGS. But you’re broke. Like, so broke you have those little moths flying out of your wallet like in the cartoons.

So we’ve compiled some nifty, thrifty ways to show you care without a ton of money. So shake out the couch cushions and warm up the glue gun for this mix of frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to win you the Favorite Child Award.

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What They Don’t Teach You About Keeping a Job

Emotional Intelligence is a Must in the Working World

Talent, experience, academic ability — all of these traits are important factors in acquiring and keeping your job. But what is the surprise factor that they don’t talk about in Career Centers and college classes? Your EQ: Emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence sounds like a psychological buzzword, but it actually is a useful and hard-to-master ability to deal with our own emotions and recognize them in others. Emotional intelligence is a talent all its own, branching into a number of valuable, if not easily identifiable, skills like conflict resolution, the management of others, and the ability to adapt to stressful situations.

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What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

 

Happy Holidays!

What are a few of your favorite holiday pasttimes? Sledding, decorating the tree, drinking hot cocoa? This time of year reminds those of us in the Bookbyte office of happy memories with family full of warm-and-fuzzy feelings…for the most part. Read on for shared stories, from Doby’s mouthwatering descriptions of sopaipilla to Jesse’s larger-than-life Festivus “memories.”

Leave a comment letting us know what your own cherished holiday traditions are!

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High School Cancels Summer Reading Over ‘Controversial’ YA Book

lilbrother_doctorowUntil recently, a Florida high school had a summer reading program that had everyone in the school, regardless of grade level, reading the same book. However, the school’s administration canned the program over the content of this year’s book, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

The reasoning is a bit odd. The school, or at least, the librarians and English teachers responsible for actually reading the book and writing discussion materials for the students, vetted it and found nothing inappropriate about it. The plug was pulled at the last minute by the school’s principal, who’s reasoning seems to be primarily based on online reviews. Those reviews mentioned that the book had a “positive view of questioning authority” and “lauding hacker culture.” The principal also said that he had received parent complaints about profanity, though the author insists the only profanity is one indirect reference.

(Even if the book was foul-mouthed, let’s all just admit that shielding 14- to 18-year-olds from naughty words is a losing battle. Personally, those were my peak cursing years.)

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The 8 Best Motivational TED Talks for College Students

The following was written by JT Ripton, a writer who has contributed to Teach.com, Apartments.com, CollegeRecruiter.com, and other sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @JTRipton.

The college years are full of tough assignments, hectic schedules, and challenging social situations. It’s easy to shrink back and become overwhelmed in that environment, but that can lead to regret later. Inspiring TED talks are always a good go-to for anyone who needs a bit of thought-provoking insight. The following eight talks are particularly helpful to college students.

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Groupon Honors ‘President’ Alexander Hamilton

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What’s worse? Being wrong on purpose or being wrong accidentally?

For a Presidents’ Day promotion, Groupon announced a promotion for $10 off a $40 purchase. Nothing unusual about that, except they said it was in honor of Alexander Hamilton, “undeniably one of our greatest presidents.”

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10 Ways to Help with Typhoon Haiyan Relief

A huge outburst of charity always follows a terrible disaster, but that can fade as the news cycle moves on to fresher news. It’s important to always remember the road to recovery is long, painful, and expensive. Sometimes the biggest impact you can make is to donate to charities well after the disaster has passed. (more…)

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