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The Little CEO By Nora Phoenix

The Little CEO is an 18k ageplay short story featuring an exhausted little, a sweet, caring Daddy, and all the hurt comfort your heart can handle. Plus, the happiness of endings. This story previously appeared in the Dirty Daddies Anthology 2021.

The Little CEO by Nora Phoenix

What I like best about REP:REP has been a blessing in disguise for me. They truly allow me to excel in what I do best! I love meeting new folks and getting to understand who they are and a little bit of their back story. And I also love how I can combine my love for business and fitness into one!My favorite thing to do when not working:Reading, lifting, thinking, and collecting cars and watches.My favorite exercise/movement:SquattingMy least favorite:Bench PressFun fact about me:I'm a very logical thinker.

I've written about my years at Wellesley, and I don't want to repeat myself any more than is necessary. But I do want to retell one anecdote - I'll tell it a little differently in case you read it. During my junior year, when I was engaged for a very short period of time, and I thought I might transfer to Barnard my senior year. I went to see my class dean for advice and she said to me, "Let me suggest something. You've worked so hard at Wellesley, when you marry, take a year off. Devote yourself to your husband and your marriage." Well it was stunning piece of advice to give me because I had always intended to work after college. My mother was a career woman, and all of us, her four daughters, grew up understanding that the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was as valid for girls as for boys. Take a year off being a wife. I always wondered what I was supposed to do in that year. Iron? I repeated the story for years, as proof that Wellesley wanted its graduates to be merely housewives. But I turned out to be wrong, because years later I met another Wellesley graduate who had been as hell-bent on domesticity as I had been on a career. And she had gone to the same dean with the same problem, and the dean had said to her, "Don't have children right away. Take a year to work." And so I saw what Wellesley wanted was for us to avoid the extremes. To be instead, that thing in the middle. A lady. We were to take the fabulous education we had received here and use it to preside at a committee meeting or at a dinner table, and when two people disagreed we would be intelligent enough to step in and point out the remarkable similarities between their two opposing positions. We were to spend our lives making nice.

Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Thank you. Good luck. The first act of your life is over. Welcome to the best years of your lives.

Elected a Fellow of the AAAS and of the New York Academy of Sciences, Mr. Nichols was a member of the American Physical Society. He was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, Sigma Xi, and World Innovation Foundation. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished and Meritorious Civilian Service (1970), the Distinguished Patriot Award of the Sons of the Revolution (1996), and an honorary Doctor of Science by Cedar Crest College (2001). He was a member of the Harvard Club, Century Association, and Cosmos Club.

The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Dr. Parmentola earned a Bachelor of Science in physics cum laude from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and his doctorate in physics from MIT. Dr. Parmentola received the 2007 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive from President George W. Bush for his service to the nation. He was also an Air Intelligence Agency nominee for the R.V. Jones Central Intelligence Agency award for his work in arms control verification and a recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Service Award and the Superior Civilian Service Award for his contributions to the US Army. Dr. Parmentola is an Honorary Member of the US Army STs. He is a recipient of the Alfred Raymond Prize and the Sigma XI Research Award and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has presented and published more than 500 speeches, papers, and articles in science and technology and is the author of an authoritative book on space defense.

Upon his honorable discharge from the NAVY, Mike began his television career in Oklahoma City, at KOKH-TV and KWTV. In 1981, Mike was one of the first three weather forecasters in the United States to utilize Doppler radar on the air for severe weather identification and coverage.

One wonders if Ms. Postrel has ever looked through a hardware store for something other than an appliance or a name-brand house paint. Even the chains -- other than Lowe's or Home Depot -- can be significantly different. In Dallas, one will search futilely for particular brackets or specialty bolts in an Ace Hardware, but one will most likely find them at Elliott's, which has an impressive stock of oddities and doohickies, although not as many paint options as the big chains. In Detroit, where I grew up, hardware stores, not unexpectedly, sold a much wider range of automotive parts than one finds today in any Home Depot. Conversely, other Detroit hardware stores were little more than lumber yards with some plumbing supplies on the side. I am not arguing that any of these were better than a Home Depot, but contra Ms. Postrel, they had very different, very individual inventories. What makes Ms. Postrel's arguments often so challenging -- why she regularly finds work at places like The Atlantic -- is her eagerness to get beyond the usual mindsets. She was for the war in Iraq, for example, and voted for Bush, but, frankly, never liked him much -- a position that has the added bonus of leaving her unsurprised and not particularly disillusioned when it became plain that Bush misled the country about ... well, about all those reasons Ms. Postrel must have had for going to war.

"So Grover had a little litany that he had clearly worked up ... 'They will admire you for writing about the pesent, oh yeah. But they will love you for writing about the past. They will praise you for writing about housewives and showgirls, bookworms and businessmen. But they will pay you for cowboys and rednecks. They will admire you for writing about the world before your eyes. But they will adore you for spilling your guts. And somehow,' he said, 'I'll subvert that crap and still write this book.' Bam! He hit the table with his hand. It was the only violent gesture I ever saw him make."-- from "Magazine Writer" in Air Guitar by Dave Hickey

To begin with the one that's most like a genre spy novel: William Boyd's Restless is a period piece concerning Britain's little-known undercover operations in the U.S. prior to Pearl Harbor -- these were sizable propaganda and disinformation efforts to persuade America to enter the war against the Nazis.

But I'd also like to commend those people who stayed -- for whatever reason. Many of you are trying to do quality journalism in a deeply demoralized atmosphere, working for a panicked, dithering management that has done little to address that demoralization and, in my own field, has trivialized cultural coverage with celebrity gossip, tiny blurb-reviews and generic wire reports. You have my sympathy.

The Soviets, in contrast, are run by a nefarious genius (Starik -- "old man" in Russian) who is, of course, a pedophile and remains a pedophile. I have little doubt that in the Cold War, the Soviets were the bad guys for the most part, but I suspect they were bad guys not because individually they were pervs. This is pretty much the extent of Mr. Littell's moral complexity. We turn sour from our dirty and often incompetent dealings (although some of us manfully press on); they were sickos from the start.

In England, one quickly learns -- as I did one summer hitchhiking and BritRailing around the country -- how much larger World War I looms in British memory than Word War II -- "our" war. Every town has its WW I memorial with a list of the dead, often hundreds of names from a little country town.

It partly was what prompted his memoir, Mr. Wright said -- which remains one of the more thoughtful books written about the city. When great authors write about your town, you see things about it you might never have on your own. You are given new understandings. I agree. Garry Wills' single line about Dallas in his biography of Jack Ruby -- "Dallas has always been a city on the make" -- has stuck with me, a perfectly phrased, telling insight. Mr. Wright looked around, and outside of the deluge of books about the Kennedy assassination, found very little of real depth written about Dallas. There are a handful of good or oddball novels about Dallas (Bryan Woolley's November 22, Edwin Shrake's Strange Peaches) but only one truly remarkable one, I'd argue, one that's likely to last: Don DeLillo's Libra, and it's not really "about" Dallas at all.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY SNARE: It's my pleasure to be here today and to give you a brief overview of OSHA's activities. But first of all, I'd like to thank everybody on the committee for your hard work to improve safety and health in the construction industry, obviously a big focus of the agency continually and will continue to be a focus of our efforts, and I'll talk a little bit about that in a minute. 041b061a72


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