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Sept. 4 2015 7:18 AM

How Do You Join a Traveling Circus?

Answer by Megan O'Malley, musician with Ringling Brothers, goofball on a train:

There are many answers I could give you based on what kind of job in the circus you're looking for, but for now let's just start with your question of How can I?

The first thing to do before doing anything else is ask yourself: Am I willing spend three to 11 months of the year on the road?

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Sept. 3 2015 7:06 AM

Does Having Kids Age Parents?

Answer by Julie Anne Exter, mom of three under 4:

The short answer is yes. The slightly longer answer is hell yes. Here's why:

You're getting less sleep. Sleep helps your body and mind repair themselves after the wear and tear of a busy day. Mothers, who have the most punishing 24-hour schedule ever, perhaps second only to service members in active war zonesget far fewer opportunities to rest for any significant amount of time. I think sleep deprivation is the single thing that's aged me most in the last three and a half years since my first son was born. When I don't sleep—in other words, always—I feel sluggish, confused, achy, and, well, for lack of a better word, old.

Sept. 2 2015 7:04 AM

If the World Isolated the U.S. With Sanctions, Could the U.S. Survive?

Answer by Dan Holliday, I am an American:

Of course the U.S. could survive, but it wouldn't be easy, and it would require a rewrite of how the U.S. does business and makes money. It would cause the U.S. to go through a complete economic collapse and rebuild as an isolated economy. 

Sept. 1 2015 7:14 AM

Why Should People Care About the Greek Crisis?

Answer by Judith Meyer, German who speaks Greek:

Do you want serious reasons or fun reasons? I will provide both.

Apart from the enormous humanitarian impact, the Greek crisis is important far beyond Greece because the future of European democracy and the euro is being written there. The crisis is forcing us to consider important questions that have been cheerfully ignored until now.

Aug. 31 2015 3:24 PM

What’s It Like to Work at a Traveling Circus?

Answer by Megan O'Malley, musician with Ringling Brothers, goofball on a train:

For some really good insight on this topic, check out Big Apple Circus’ documentaryCircus, a six-episode documentary that follows the troupe in their daily lives, covering performances, what it's like to live on the road, how children are raised, problems faced, drama abounding, etc. It's a really good glimpse into the life of a circus worker. Best of all, you can view the entire thing for free on PBS.

Aug. 29 2015 7:17 AM

How Do You Get People to Trust You?

Answer by Evan Asano, founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company:

I sell for a living. A better way to describe that is to say: I get people to trust me for a living.

Regardless of industry, sales is about approaching complete strangers and, shortly after meeting them, asking them for money. There may be not better test of whether people trust you. Sales skills are people skills. After more than 10 years of sales, I had an experience that I never dreamed of could happen when I started working in sales.

Aug. 28 2015 7:10 AM

What’s the Best Way to Pet Someone Else’s Dog?

Answer by John Buginas, SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, instructor, 2006-2009, CTC 2005:

All dogs are different. Like people, most dogs will “tell you” if they don't like what you are doing. They can't talk, so they will tell you by flinching or moving away, punching you with their noses, or growling. As with people, your relationship will go best if you respect their boundaries and respect their personal space. And, as with people, once a dog is familiar with you, the two of you will learn how you can interact and have fun together.

Aug. 27 2015 7:46 AM

How Did Early Explorers Find Small Islands?

Answer by Stephen Tempest, qualified amateur historian:

Many islands went undiscovered until relatively modern times. In some cases, a mariner might report the presence of an island in a particular region, but subsequent voyages to the same part of the ocean might fail to find it again, and it might be several centuries until the island was rediscovered.

Aug. 26 2015 7:09 AM

Do Parrots Make Good Pets?

Answer by John Buginas:

This applies to macaws and other large parrot-like birds.

My wife has a macaw she got about 30 years ago as a baby bird. The bird adores her. The bird is pretty and has some charm. It is very cute, especially when she and my wife interact. I met my wife six years ago. I've tried for about six years to win her bird over. It's not working.

Aug. 25 2015 7:25 AM

Why Do Public Schools Have a Teacher Shortage?


Answer by Judy Levy Pordes, retired teacher, school leader for 40 years:


Teaching is not a particularly well-respected position. Many people do not want to be a part of a profession that is often looked down upon. Too many of today's politicians and corporate leaders talk about the poor quality of teachers without having any idea of what they are talking about. They've never been in a classroom.