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Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara
Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

Who do you hate?

Logical thinking is no match for hatred because hating is easy and fun. It doesn't require careful thought because it's instinctual, it makes you feel superior to those you hate, and it relieves you of the burden of acting with moral scruples.

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Movie stars have only themselves to blame for those nude selfies on the Web

Mass murder is taking place in the Middle East, ebola is killing Africans by the hundreds, a brewing war in Ukraine may add thousands more casualties to the list before it's over, and yet we find the time to decry a hacking scandal that has, shall we say, exposed dozens of Hollywood celebrities whose nude selfies were stolen from cyberspace and posted on the Internet.

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How to communicate

Two sentences are all it took to show me how to communicate effectively. Last month I sat in the kitchen of my daughter's home as she and my son-in-law had a brief conversation about how an unruly child had been dealt with.

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