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* Due largely to some non-dramatic reasons, I am taking a sabbatical here for roughly the next 90 days. This is mostly due to some recent increases in responsibilities at work as well as school, family etc. I'm also taking a long hard look at some of my personal priorities (a long overdue action on my part). I will pop back in from time to time and I anticipate being back in the flow of things some time well after January 1st. But, for now consider me mostly submerged......I've just got a lot of work/grad school/family stuff to deal with right now. Merry Christmas to all, btw! --Bddpaux (talk) 22:14, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Absolutely free advice for any new writers here:

  • Within the first 3 sentences of any article you're writing, ask yourself, "Would a school teacher in Manila care about this? What about a waiter in Sydney or a young mother in Hong Kong?" The answer should be a quick 'Yes', or you might be wasting your time here: this is an international news site.
  • I live by this rule about articles/submissions here: Get it, write it, submit it, move on. You'll be helping yourself if you adopt that motto too.

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