Thursday, July 31, 2008

Keeping Love Alive: What are the keys?

Having been married for over 20 years, students often ask me about marriage, and I hear them talking about love and dating. Sometimes, they wonder why people seem to "fall out of love." I mean, no one begins a marital relationship, let's say, with the expectation that they will have problems with the relationship at some point. Now, I'm not saying that there are all kinds of challenges that we face in marriage: health issues, financial problems, challenges in raising children. I have experienced my own share along the way. However, what do you think are the keys to relationships that work and those that don't? Are there differences from one culture to another? What can people do before they get married to prepare for a long-term commitment?

Please share your ideas on this topic.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Telemarketing: How do you feel about sales calls?

Imagine you are sitting down to dinner, and the phone rings. You pick up the phone, and it is someone trying to sell you a magazine, swimming pool, or a new cell phone service plan. How do you react and feel about sales calls? Do they provide an important service to consumers, or are they just annoying. Should the government control telemarketing? Should these business only be allowed to call you during certain times of day? Please share your ideas.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Watching Movies at Home or Going to a Theater?

Imagine that you and a friend are trying to decide on whether to rent a movie and watch it at home or go out and catch a movie at a theater. Which would you rather do and why? Share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bryce Canyon National Park - The Half Marathon

Please listen to the recording below and share your own thoughts on the topic. Then, take a look at this report of my experiences.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cascade Mountain - Provo, Utah

Have you ever done a hike that takes you to high places? Recently, a friend and I climbed to the top of a mountain called Cascade Mountain in Utah, and the hike is difficult because there is no trail. It took us 12 hours to go up and down back to the car, and the hike is hard on your body.

You can read a complete description of my hike, plus watch a video, at:


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Grocery Shopping: How much do things cost?

Prices of food seem to be rising worldwide, and these prices are affecting the livelihood of so many people. Rising prices are due to a number of factors including rising oil prices (which in turn affects the cost of transporting food) and the use of foods in producing alternative fuels. Now, use the money exchange calculator below to tell us approximately how much, in US dollars, each of the items cost:

  • a liter of gas
  • twelve eggs
  • a liter of milk
  • a loaf of white bread
  • a kilo of ground beef (hamburger)
  • a McDonald's hamburger

Monday, July 14, 2008

Loans: Are they ideal in all situations?

Back when I started college 25 years ago, it was extremely difficult, if not impossible, for most students to get their own credit card or loan to pay for school expenses. Now, credit has become easier to come by. However, in what cases is taking out a loan a good idea and when is it a financial mistake? Buying a car, paying for college, buying a house, purchasing textbooks, getting a new iPod? When should people just save money and pay for an item in case?

Share your ideas and experiences.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

School Uniforms: A good idea?

Many schools around the world require students to wear uniforms; however, there different opinions on the benefits they have for both students, parents, and schools. What do you think? Is it a good idea to require uniforms, or should students and parents be able to decide what children wear? Why or why not? Share your ideas.


Monday, July 7, 2008

TV Programs: Getting Better or Worse?

Do you think TV programs in your country have gotten better or worse over the last 10 years or more in terms of quality information, language, violence, topics, etc.? Discuss any reasons that have caused this change and the impact it has on society. What do you predict for the future?


Friday, July 4, 2008

Presidential Candidates: What do you look for?

Although every country has its own method of electing a leader (whether through the voice of the people or not), not all men or women end up being right for the job. Therefore, what is one quality or virtue you think is absolutely necessary in a political leader of a country? Share your ideas and explain your answer.


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