Monthly Archives: September 2016

Deep breathes

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh I can still hear my mother saying “Take a deep breath and tell me what’s wrong” to one of her children crying hysterically. What my mother knew then that I know now is that taking a … Continue reading

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Why we need each other

A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms. … Continue reading

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Trump: Guilt by association?

“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you. You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go … Continue reading

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50 shades of blue

I like the color blue. 77.356% (guesstimate) of the shirts I own are blue. My jeans are blue. Socks, when I wear them, are blue. My car, take a wild guess….blue. I have no fashion sense, zip, zero, nada. I will … Continue reading

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The time for failure

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker”- Doyle Brunson There are thousands, upon thousands of motivational quotes about failure. But the one I noted above from Poker legend Doyle Brunson is my favorite. In his understated, folksy way he boils it … Continue reading

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The Google word of the day: Eudaimonia

“The pursuit of eudaimonia is one of the most important goals for humankind,”- James Otteson, executive director of the Eudaimonia Institute I saw this headline the other day about Wake Forest University receiving $4.2 million to study human flourishing through its Eudaimonia Institute. … Continue reading

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The Skittle Universe

“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” – Donald Trump, Jr. on Twitter If I had a bowl of skittles and … Continue reading

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It’s hot and getting hotter

“Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”- Donald Trump First and foremost, … Continue reading

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The Dimming Blue Light Special

Growing up, my Mom shopped at the A&P, Sears, F. W. Woolworth and Kmart. Before we made these shopping excursions she filled-up her Plymouth Fury III at the Phillips 66. Now in my neck of the woods, A&P,  F. W. Woolworth … Continue reading

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A Poem: An angry verse

I am tired, tired of the anger in our voices Tired of the anger in our actions, actions that bare seeds of hate Weapons of words and bullets cause the same destruction Though one leaves us battered and bruised, While … Continue reading

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