Robert Mann

Robert Mann

Robert Mann, MA English/TESOL, is a syndicated columnist with GateHouse News Service and regular contributor to Yahoo Voices. He writes on a diverse array of topics ranging from poetry to technology to hiking. Robert resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and won his first writing award for poetry while in college. Since that time he has published a college-level grammar workbook, been included in an Annenberg Foundation compilation on distance learning, and written hundreds of articles featured online and in print. He currently manages online learning and skill testing products for an international corporation. On any given day you may find Robert sequestered behind his laptop, or reading through the Psalms, or exploring a local hiking trail with his wife and sons.
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  • The Milk Drinkers
    Poem reflecting on a parent's enduring mental picture.
  • Restoring the Lawn for Warm Spring Days
    Our lawn care has suffered as a result of the demands of a young family, but this spring order will return to the outback. These are my simple steps for a revitalized lawn.
  • The Hidden Morning
    Poem exploring the degrees of awareness.
  • Spring Fires
    Poem about the spring and cycles of life.
  • Rescued by Angels
    My mother turned to thank the strangers that had saved her sons … but they were gone. Gone from the beach, the water, the road above the beach – gone from this world.
  • Baptism
    Poem recalling ever-shifting fog on the West Coast.
  • We remodeled our attic instead of moving to a bigger home
    With a growing family and a shrinking home, we were feeling the pinch of both limited space and home prices. The cavernous attic on our single-story home sparked an idea that became a second story with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a generous landing.
  • Main Byproduct of Sequester is Frustration
    Two facts removed the claws from sequestration: Increases in tax revenue and a drop in American income that exceeded sequester cuts. If my young family could make it work, so could Washington.
  • Green Strawberries
    Poem about simplicity, discovery, and details that can be easily missed.
  • Organic Weed Killer for a Home Garden Project
    Our family decided to plant a garden last year, but we did not want to start the process with commercial herbicide. In the end, an organic approach to weed control was simple and practical.
  • Website Builders Put Business Websites in Reach of the Non-Technical
    There was a time in the recent past where small business owners had to pay a small fortune for website design, or settle for a site that looked like a a word processor document with some ill-advised clip art. Website builders have changed the game.
  • The Traps
    Poem of celebration to the Creator, with love and repentance toward the First Nations.
  • Ephemera
    Poem calling out the unstoppability of time.
  • Why I'm Giving Up on Local Honey as a Cure for Allergies
    With great expectations I embarked on a diet of local honey to find relief from the misery of spring allergies. The experience sent me back to the pharmacy.
  • The Journey Home
    Poem on rhythms of everyday life, from the fringes of a freeway to the fringes of a dream.
  • Fact and Fiction Behind Social Security Reform
    The Social Security Administration admits the trust fund could be insolvent as soon as 2036. How did a simple savings plan become such a dismal investment?
  • Sagarmatha
    Poem recalling a trek around the Khumbu region on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest.
  • California Lottery Branches Out With Powerball and Song Contest
    To celebrate the addition of Powerball, the California Lottery is inviting musicians to submit renditions of "California Dreamin'" for a $5,000 prize. The winner will also perform at the Powerball launch celebrations in San Francisco.
  • Kristi
    Poem about a boy, his dog, and the indelible impressions of childhood.
  • Taming Laptop Touchpad Problems
    Have you been near the end of a long online form when your laptop touchpad suddenly closes the browser and opens some rare system program? It's time to take control.
  • Lilly - a First Encounter with Impermanence
    In my corner of the world, there is a ritual repeated each generation in which young boys try to catch blue-belly lizards. One such occurrence unexpectedly became a life lesson for my six-year-old son.
  • 5 Tips for a Successful Video Interview
    As more companies and job agencies move to a video interview process, the dynamics for a successful interview have shifted. A few simple steps can help minimize stress and maximize effective communication.
  • Parenting Resolution for 2013 - Less is More
    Having spent the better part of 2012 simply trying to deliver the kids to a mountain of activities, the motto for parenting in 2013 is "less is more."
  • Lies and Whispers Over Benghazi
    Why did Hillary Clinton whisper a known lie into the ear of a grieving father whose son was murdered in Benghazi? The Secretary of State's reaction to this tragedy almost defies explanation.
  • The First Words
    What happened to the integrity of language as created by God, and how can it be restored? Scripture and a Nobel laureate shed light on the redemption of words.
  • When Love Trumps Tolerance
    While tolerance has been all but deified by our current culture, Christ demonstrates when intolerance can represent the greater love.
  • Five Tips for Purchasing the Right Hiking Shoe
    Shoes are often the most important piece of equipment for outdoor activity. Following a few simple steps can ensure that hiking shoes match the needed personal fit and intended activity.
  • Easter Morning
    Poem recalling the stained glass of creation.
  • Avoiding Coupon Pitfalls
    Consumers need to keep in mind that coupons are a promotional tool used by companies to promote their products. Avoiding common pitfalls with these discounts can help ensure that the consumer benefits in the end.
  • Did Goliath of the Bible Suffer from Gigantism?
    Scientists have taken a keen interest in the events that occured between David and Goliath in the Bible. The encounter provides details that could tie Goliath to the condition of acromelagy, also known as gigantism.
  • Autumn Flowers - the Journey Forward to Innocence in Christ
    A review of the Christian journey from the bliss of childhood to the unshakeable refuge of the heavenly Father.
  • Why Sales Rank Matters
    Sales rank provides a democratic and real world indication of the quality of a product, as well as a company's commitment to supporting that product.
  • Meeting God in the Cubicle
    No corner of creation is exempt from God's presence, and this includes the soft walls of the office cubicle. With some intention and innovation, a cubicle can become a location for Bible study and prayer, and without impacting the work tasks for the day.
  • Looking to Christ to Address Racial Bias
    A look at the life of Christ provides both understanding of and remedy for the racial and cultural biases that we harbor deep inside. At the root of the issue is fear, and this fear can generate a multitude of offenses.
  • Top 5 Brands of Gluten Free Candy
    Many major and niche candy companies now offer gluten free products, and some even offer a complete gluten free product line. In all cases the consumer definitely has choice when purchasing gluten free candy.
  • Preserving Your Blu-ray DVD Collection
    As many consumers are converting their movie collections to Blu-ray, it is a good time to review the care of these discs to ensure many years of error-free playback.
  • Popular Applications for Solar Lighting
    Solar lighting continues to make inroads into the outdoor lighting market as more and more options are available to consumers.
  • Swim Shirts Vs. Sunscreen for UV Protection
    Given increasing rates of skin cancer, do swim shirts or sunscreen provide the best protection from damage caused by the sun's rays?
  • Could Sotomayor Be to the Right of Souter?
    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's history of decisions hint at political independence, and are certainly more diverse than those of David Souter.
  • The Great American Bird Count
    The many fans of birdwatching can now turn their passion into meaningful research through Project FeederWatch, which involves volunteers across the nation helping scientists monitor bird life in North America.
  • 6 Ways to Solar-up Your Garden
    Solar garden decor provides a fast and rewarding way to bring your yard to life. These garden accents can be enjoyed both day and night and use clean, renewable energy.
  • Sunscreen Toxins and High Risk Groups
    With the FDA holding out on comprehensive sunscreen guidelines for consumers, it is essential that individuals research the facts regarding the potential health hazards of commercial sunscreen.
  • Cat Haiku
    Cat haiku for poetry challenge.
  • Up High
    Collected observations of a two-year-old boy.
  • Home Weather Stations Unleashed
    Virtual home weather stations give real time data without the set up and maintenance of sensors.
  • Will Mark Penn Give Obama an Advantage with Voters?
    Having been attacked for Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama is now presented with his opponent's questionable association with Mark Penn. The big question for the Democratic primary is whether or not Obama will scorn Clinton, and whether or not voters will do the same.
  • A Baby Born in 2007 Will Cost Over $200,000 to Raise
    Having a baby in 2007 will carry a hefty price tag for middle-income parents: $204,060. Since 1960 the cost of feeding a child has decreased, but other areas of expense such as child care and education have risen dramatically.
  • Father's Day Poem for My Dad's 70th Year
    Written by an adult son, this Father's Day poem represents the almost mystical strength, assurance, and sense of belonging that a father can bring.
  • Homeschooling Hostility Began in Germany
    A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeal carries a very real threat toward any parent who chooses to homeschool their children.... It is no small coincidence that in September of 2006 the European Court of Human Rights outlawed homeschooling in Germany.
  • The Fog of Morning
    I think I finally awoke when I realized I had taken my allergy pill twice. Just once was enough to make me stare into oblivion for 5 minute intervals, twice...
  • Link Building Must-Haves for Search Engine Ranking
    Most website owners have gotten the word that you need other Web sites linking to yours in order to move up in search engine rankings. Just as important, though, is the fact that certain inbound links will not help you at all and can actually hurt your rankings.
  • In a Stranger's Arms
    This bliss of home rarely exists when one has multiple children 3 and under. The reality is that things happen at the same time (i.e. one child is running around the house with hands covered with syrup and the other's diaper has blown out dramatically).
  • How to Show HTML Code on Associated Content Articles
    It is possible to show HTML content in Associated Content articles, though the process is somewhat tortuous. The key ingredients are a determination that HTML code must be displayed in your writing and an ability to follow detailed steps.
  • Double Underline and Other HTML Tricks
    Sometimes the simplest of tasks on a Web page can lead to long, futile searches through blog posts and ad-laden Web sites. I had this very experience looking for a way to use a double underline on some numbers.
  • The St. Patrick I Never Knew
    Rather late in life I came across some facts about St. Patrick that took me by complete surprise. While the legend of eliminating snakes from Ireland certainly stirs the imagination, the biographical details of the man stir the adventurous soul.
  • Will Jeremiah Wright Prove a Political Liability for Barack Obama?
    Obama turned down the endorsement of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to avoid controversy, but has he embraced an equally controversial figure in the Reverend Wright?
  • Almost Free
    It was Christmas in February. The company was in a budget lockdown and I had been comped a $6,000 software package by a vendor.
  • Grab Your HELOC Before the Freeze
    Lenders across the nation are suspending withdrawals from equity lines of credit, according to the Daily Californian. The process usually begins with a letter or a phone call, after which the borrower can no longer make withdrawals on their remaining HELOC balance.
  • Charles Manson: The Last Philosopher Standing
    "I don't break laws, I make laws. I'm the Lawmaker." -Charles Manson
  • Geraldine Ferraro Claims a White Barack Obama Would Fail
    Being a black man (who happens to have a Muslim-sounding name) is the path to privilege in U.S. politics, at least according to former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.
  • Did Bill Sack Hillary?
    Bill Clinton's reprimands to the press, insulting comments toward Obama, and quasi-racist statements were explained as the actions of a zealous husband by Hillary herself. The backlash from his actions begs the following question: Does he really want to be First Man?
  • Master Search Engine Optimization in 5 Minutes
    The details and tweaking that go into search engine optimization (SEO) are infinite, and one can easily spend $10,000 on top tier services. The points below will go a long way toward getting your site indexed and ranked in Google and his lesser brethren.
  • Creative Writing Feedback from Your Plumber
    Creative writing tends to widen the audience boundaries. If John Q. Public is a member of your target audience it is best to get a range of responses to your work.

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