Randal A. Burd, Jr. is an educator as well as a freelance editor, writer, and poet. His freelance writing includes regular contributions to the Las Vegas based ezine WafflesatNoon.com and to Ancestry Connections Genealogy Blog. He also has done freelance editing work for the English version of the Germany-based Good Light! Photography magazine as well as countless uncredited marketing and website content assignments for commercial clients across a variety of fields.
Randal has primarily taught English courses at every level from 7th grade to college. He received his BA in English cum laude with minors in Art, Psychology, and Writing from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and his Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri. While enrolled at Missouri S&T years ago, he was twice-elected Editor-in-Chief of The Missouri Miner, the campus newspaper and was Editor-in-Chief of Southwinds Magazine, "Missouri S&T's Only Literary Magazine," for four years.
This article discusses the origin of Memorial Day. It specifically points to the formation of the GAR and the issuance of General Order #11 by the GAR Commander-in-Chief: General John A. Logan. General Order #11, which established Decoration Day, was eventually modified by law and custom to include a remembrance of all fallen soldiers. | Read More →Words: 629 Downloads: 0 Category: Holidays By: Randal A. Burd, Jr.
This article gives an overview of who Edward Snowden is, what he did, and the fallout from his actions. It brings readers up to speed on why Edward Snowden is relevant. Is also raises the question on whether Edward Snowden was justified in whistle-blowing in the manner in which he did. This article introduces the topic to those who may only casually follow politics/current events if at all. | Read More →Words: 615 Downloads: 0 Category: Politics By: Randal A. Burd, Jr.
Dr. Randy Pausch fought a very visible battle against pancreatic cancer. He used his remaining time on Earth to inspire others by giving a Last Lecture and publicly working through a bucket list of dreams while giving regular updates on his terminal illness. This article remembers Dr. Randy Pausch's inspirational Last Lecture and the fame visited upon him due to his heroic fight to beat pancreatic cancer. The highlights of Pausch's article, along with his end-of-life achievements and the inspiration he provided millions of people are reflected upon as well. | Read More →Words: 548 Downloads: 0 Category: Blog Entries By: Randal A. Burd, Jr.
The article describes 7 attractions in or near Orange County, California, where an adult could purchase a single-day ticket for under $100. The prices were researched directly from the attractions websites and are current for 2016. A description and ticket price information is given for each attraction. | Read More →Words: 935 Downloads: 0 Category: Travel By: Randal A. Burd, Jr.
This article discourages the notion that personal checks are soon to be extinct in the United States. There are three articles by other authors which are referenced, giving different perspectives on the question of the continued viability of personal checks as a monetary instrument in the U.S. The conclusion of this article states, to quote Mark Twain, that any reports of the death of the personal check have been greatly exaggerated. | Read More →Words: 480 Downloads: 0 Category: Finance By: Randal A. Burd, Jr.
This short article explains what a forensic engineer does. The word "forensic" is defined. Examples are given of recognizable historical events that would require an investigation by a forensic engineer. | Read More →Words: 284 Downloads: 0 Category: Blog Entries By: Randal A. Burd, Jr.
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