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The North Carolina State Motto: One Reason I Became a Christian

During my senior year of high school that I achieved the goal of becoming semi-popular. High school is more like a hierarchy than a democracy. My senior year I had tasted what it felt like to be near the top of that hierarchy. Some of it conscious and some of it unconscious, I had struggled for three years of high school to be admired by . . .

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February 13, 2016

Where is the Heart in my "Critical Thinking" Textbook?

Humans are more than "Brains on A Stick"

Two years ago I was asked to teach a critical thinking class at the community college. This class focused on logical fallacies, being objective in thought, recognizing stereotypes and finding methods to think less impulsively and more thoughtfully. I had never taught a humanities class, so this was exciting for me. The best definition of what . . .

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January 29, 2016

Taylor Mali's Reasons Why It Has Become Uncool to Sound like you Know What You are Talking About

The Consequences of Repetitively using "Like" and "Ya Know What I'm Saying"

"It has somehow become uncool to sound like you know what you are talking about" is the opening line to a short Youtube video (with nearly 2 million hits). I've shown this Taylor Mali speech to over 20 sections of English composition over the last 3 years. That is, I show it to all my composition classes. This semester I showed . . .

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December 31, 2015

Three Books To Give as Christmas Presents

Here are three books that have given me more faith as a Christian and all have an inspiring message. If you are looking for a book to read for the New Year or for a Christmas present for a family member, I highly recommend any of these. You should be able to find these three books at your local Barnes and Noble. Merry Christmas.

Book 1: . . .

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December 16, 2015

Two Questions: Getting My Students to Read in 2015 and Why I Prefer Persuasion

Below are two questions that I'd like some input on. If you have any answers to either these questions, please type a response in the comment section. Or feel free to email me at Nathancharlesbranson@gmail.com with your thoughts. I am looking to start a conversation about these things, whether online, via email or in person.

Question 1

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December 03, 2015

David Foster Wallace Biopic "The End of the Tour" Captures a Long-Winded Road Trip Conversation on Film

A Movie About One of America's Great Contemporary Writers

I've waited 7 months to see the movie "The End of the Tour." The movie came out on DVD two weeks ago and I immediately bought it, got it in the mail and watched it on November 12th. The trailer for the movie came out in May of 2015 then came out in "select" theatres on July 31st. When it came out in "select" . . .

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November 20, 2015

Why It is Easy to Be Impersonal to the Grocery Store Cashier

On Thinking of Yourself as a Servant

My interactions with the cashier at the grocery store can be awkward. When I use the word awkward I mean "socially uncomfortable and possibly confusing." When I walk up to the cashier's desk at the grocery store, I am normally excited about whatever food I am buying before hearing a perfunctory greeting by the cashier. At this . . .

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November 05, 2015

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