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By Eileen Ambrose | June 7, 2011
Most of us might feel overwhelmed owing tens of thousands of dollars. Not college students. A study by Ohio State University, found that young adults not only see debt as positive, but being in hock boosted their self-esteem. The more credit card and college loan debt they held, the “higher their self-esteem and the more they felt like they were in control of their lives,” according to a release about the study. These feelings were more pronounced among students from low-income families, the study found.
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July 10, 2014
I'm 17 and I just wanted to let Alexandra Della Santina know how much I appreciate the fact that she and many others have begun to say things like this about young women's self-esteem and to write about it ("Don't hate me because I like myself," July 9). I've never had much of a problem with myself, but I know others who do, and it kills me to watch people hate so much about themselves. I just want you to know how much this means to people like me, even if (due to cultural norms or whatever)
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By Moses S. Koch | July 31, 1991
Maryland has taken on a controversial issue, which originated in California, and which involves the teaching of self esteem.In 1987, the California legislature appropriated $825,000, to be spent over a three-year period for a task force to study the relationship between social problems and the lack of self esteem. In sweeping words, the legislation's sponsor described it as "a pioneering effort to address the causes and cures of the major social issues that plague us all today . . . a search for a social vaccine."
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By Alexandra Della Santina | July 8, 2014
I think I'm pretty. A sharp pang of embarrassment strikes me as I type these words. My heart rate elevates and a flush runs up my neck and blossoms across my cheeks. My first instinct is to go back and delete those incriminating four words, purging them as if they never existed. I figure the least I can do is qualify them. I want to pull out a grocery list of criticisms I have about how I look: I hate how my thighs brush together when I walk, I hate the softness of my belly, I hate the slight fuzz that rests along my upper lip, I hate the perpetual rosiness that splatters across my cheeks.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | December 26, 1991
A teen-age boy approached another youth aggressively and asked if he was going to the basketball court. "No," the second boy answered, walking with an effeminate gait. He wanted to go home to study."What's wrong with you, man?" the first teen demanded. "You're a sellout. You're whiter than the whitest white man."Laughter rippled through the group of African-American middle and high school students as they watched the two boys, who had been asked to act out the behavior of some of their peers on a recent Saturday morning.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 30, 1997
I will be traveling to Florida with my 20-year-old autistic son and have heard that there are locations in Florida that offer "swimming with the dolphins." Can you provide information?Several programs in Florida bring disabled children and dolphins together. Among the goals are improving motivation, outlook and self-esteem by providing an experience that is fun and rewarding.For a child to be properly placed, those running the programs emphasize, specific needs and abilities must be assessed.
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August 19, 2001
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom were not highly rated. M-y Thomas Paine, 1776
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January 11, 2010
This letter is in response to Susan Reimer's January 11 column "Body image issues get a new meaning." Ms. Reimer said she was concerned about how her self-esteem would be affected by a full body scan. Get over it Susan! If it makes passengers safer in flight, I'm all for it. After screening personnel have viewed thousands of overweight and out-of-shape folks, do you really think they're going to care about your body? I doubt it. And if they do store images, so what. Frankly, I'm tired of the moaning and groaning from people so worried about their fragile self- esteem when there are elements in the world wishing us dire harm.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
The other day I praised Gore Vidal's Lincoln , mentioning in particular the accuracy of its historical details.  Now I learn that the estimable Heidi Landecker, now of The Chronicle of Higher Education , was the fact checker for the book (which she did not much esteem) and a principal source of that historical accuracy.  Her account of working with Gore Vidal  is well worth a few minutes of your time.     
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By KASEY JONES and KASEY JONES,LOS ANGELES TIMES Title: "The Masters of the House" Author: Robert Barnard Publisher: Scribners -! Length, price: 214 pages, $20 "Too nice" is the last complaint one would think could be applied to a book by Robert Barnard, the irreverently witty British suspense writer. But that's precisely the problem with "The Masters of the House"; and after last year's "A Hovering of Vultures," a delightfully droll literary lampoon, the new novel seems particularly insipid. The story is told in flashback form. Matthew Heenan and his sister Annie have returned to their childhood home, where their long-time caretaker, Auntie Connie, lies on her deathbed. The two reminisce about the circumstances in which Connie entered their lives: Their mother had just died, leaving behind four children and a husband who went mad upon hearing the tragic news. Matthew and Annie decide they must manage to convince outsiders that their father is just fine. The charade actually works, until a corpse turns up in their backyard, belonging, inconveniently enough, to their father's mistress. The person who first begins to suspect that the Heenan children are, in effect, home alone happens to be the dead woman's mother-in-law. That woman, soon to be known to them as Auntie Connie, winds up moving in to take care of the children. The solution to the murder is neither surprising nor especially clever. "The Masters of the House" is subpar Barnard.SUSANNE TROWBRIDGE Title: "Hollywood Kids" Author: Jackie Collins Publisher: Simon & Schuster 0$ Length, price: 525 pages, $23.50 What is it that makes me think that Jackie Collins has a template in her word processor on which she fills in the blanks and writes books? Her latest book is "Hollywood Kids." Previous works include "Hollywood Wives" and "Hollywood Husbands." What's next -- "Hollywood Pets"? A group of (choose from template: rat pack, brat pack) friends, and several nonindustry types (detectives, journalists, lawyers, etc.) will all be linked by a common thread (murder, extortion, kidnapping, pornography, drugs) by the end of the book. Been there, done that. The story revolves around the grown children of big-time actors and directors, who are bored with shopping and partying. Each takes a stab at getting a life. Into this mix arrives a serial killer, whose quest for revenge will endanger the Hollywood Kids. What really makes this template theory likely is a recent ad in People magazine touting "Hollywood Kids." It quotes a review I wrote several years ago of one of Ms. Collins' earlier books, making it seem as if the review applies to "Hollywood Kids." Her publisher apparently feels any favorable reviews can be used interchangeably with any of her books, because, ultimately, they're all the same book | October 9, 1994
Title: "SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap"Author: Peggy OrensteinPublisher: Doubleday-! Length, price: 335 pages, $23In 1992, the American Association of University Women conducted a study involving more than 3,000 children between the ages of 9 and 15. It found that by the time they reach adolescence, an enormous number of girls experience a dramatic loss of self esteem.Peggy Orenstein, a journalist and former editor of Mother Jones magazine, decided to find out more.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Sprawled out on their stomachs or hunched over pieces of paper, two dozen preteens gathered in the cool darkness of the theater stage and mulled over what kind of legacy they would leave behind. Tracie Jiggetts, responsible for helping to shape their self-confidence and social skills at a two-week summer camp held at Towson University, paced the floor and prompted the children to say how they wanted to be remembered when the camp ends Thursday. "I wanted to leave behind my positive attitude and I want people to remember me for my kindness," one girl said in a near-whisper.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
Robert Cradle had achieved his goal of owning a successful barbershop with an Odenton establishment that employed seven full-time workers and served a steady stream of customers coming in for that just-right haircut. But even as he made his business dream come true, he also noticed a steady stream of people taking up residence at an adjacent homeless shelter. Cradle discovered that many at the shelter couldn't afford to maintain good grooming habits while they were struggling to get back on their feet.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
Sidney S. Forrest, an esteemed clarinet teacher who had taught generations of students at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Levine School of Music in Washington, died Aug. 9 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of complications from injuries suffered in a fall. He was 94 and lived in Kensington. "I started studying with him when I was in high school in the 1950s and then when I went to Peabody, from which I graduated in 1963," said Christopher A. Wolfe, assistant principal clarinetist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
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