How to make your father a hero in your story

Edit the narrative. Change your life. This is what no one ever told me growing up both loving and hating my alcoholic father. The story you believe about the...

I still believe in marriage after my failed marriage

‘One way to learn to do something right is to do something wrong. Failure must teach us, or surely success will not reward us.’· Jim Rohn I saw this quote and...

10 Simple Ideas To Become a Respected Writer on Medium

Do unto others The simplest way to find readers who appreciate your work is to be a good reader yourself. Writers are a fragile bunch. If you want to read...

TGIFIM (Thank God It’s Friday in Madrid)

1st Day in Spain Summer in Spain: Day 1 Day 1 of the Spanish Era? I still don’t know what to call this. What should I call this grand adventure? Yesterday was...

Can What’s Missing Be Your Strength?

How being a vegetarian chef can turn you into a rock star! A song called ‘Figure It Out’ by English rock band Royal Blood came up on one of my Spotify...

Born a Maker: What It Means to Be Creative

Some people are born with creative brains. Their minds spin tales and imagine worlds the rest of us can barely comprehend let alone replicate. Others have...

Faithful in Every Generation

During the brutal 1941 winter that hindered Nazi Germany’s invasion of Moscow, my grandmother — who lived in the Soviet Union — converted to the Christian...

Hard Work vs. Smart Work — It’s a Draw!

Witness the match between Smart work and Hard work. Who wins? In today’s manipulative and fast-growing world, hard work doesn’t seem enough. Adding something...

Do You Want To Know A Secret?

Here Are Ten of Them. Shh … Don’t Tell Anyone, Okay? I have been tagged in the infamous “Tell Us Ten Things About Yourself” game sweeping Medium. Well,...

Why Are We Afraid?

What Is Fear? Remember, however, before all else, to strip things of all that disturbs and confuses, and to see what each is at the bottom; you will then...

I Hate A Blank Page

I hate a blank page. It’s so hateful. Screaming at me. Taunting me. Reminding me that it’s still naked. Nothing there to cover it. Nothing there to hide the...

Why You Need to Curate Your Social Circle Now

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn I once had a friend who could convince me the world was going to pieces just...

You believe more fake news than you realize

Fake news has always been out there. Even before the age of the internet, we’ve had men in powdered wigs whispering to their friends in the newspaper industry...

Solving Poverty One Acre At A Time

Everything is easier when you have food. It’s ironic then that some of the most malnourished people in the world are farmers — people who grow food for a...

If You Want to be a Writer…

Writing — or any form of creation for that matter — is not a magical enterprise. Writing is work. Like every other thing worth doing. You don’t hear the...

3 Ways to Live a Top of the Mountain Life

After a long climb, I finally hit what I was hoping was the summit. I came around a sharp turn on the trail, and as I came out of the trees and looked to my...

Hook Or Crook Won’t Work

(Note:- I haven’t written this article to demotivate people. Just wanted to share my experience. 😊) Recently, I’ve started receiving followers faster than...

How to Avoid a Meltdown at Work

I teach middle-school students in an after-school program, which itself can be challenging. But one particular kid really knows how to push my buttons, and...

You See That Squirrel Over There? Write About It

I attended my undergraduate college years at Oregon State University. I remember the first time I had ever visited campus. I submitted my application to that...

Can your divinity help your creativity?

I’m a Buddhist so you might find it a bit weird for me to talk about the concept of divinity. But this summer it has been my new favourite word. What is...

Sound and Silence

Quiet. The house is quiet. Oh, not deathly silent with no stray hum of a motor to break the stillness. The clocks still tick along and strike their way...

Living Life to the FULL

The decision had really been made for me by the constant ear infections but it was still something I needed to decide to do. I had to have another surgery to...

Take This Letter to My Past

Some people build a time capsule to, years later, relive their past. I want to create one with the reverse purpose: I want to send something to my past. In my...

In 3 Simple Steps You Can Accomplish Any Goal

Stay focused. Go after your dreams. And keep moving toward your goals." - LL Cool J For life to be worth living, we need goals. I’m not necessarily talking...

Things I Learned About Myself When I Ran A Half-Marathon

I realized several things about myself when I ran a half-marathon 4 years ago. I am not a big fan of running. Allow me to be more clear, I HATE running....

She Calms | A Short Short Story

The sunlight dapples across the layers of battered paint where she leans against the house and he knows that her skin will be warm to the touch. But he also...

Awaiting Storm:

Perhaps it’s Neptune’s wrath, whims of kelpie, or serpents best left alone The stirring, whirring creatures of the deep, competing for a throne. Leviathans...

You Are The Average Of Your Last 5 Thoughts (Part Deux)

Shape your thoughts, shape your life If you’ve just stumbled on this post, I urge you to read Part One of this two part article here. If you’re feeling lazy,...

The Difference Between Good and Bad Writers

You’re currently living in the best possible time in history to be a writer. You have no excuses. With an internet connection and a keyboard, the power is in...

When magnolias bloom

  A short short-story Motionless, like one of her window manikins, she watched the man. He collapsed his strange-looking bicycle and locked it to the single...

Author Spotlight: Kate Findley

Kate FindleySee more of Kate’s work here.

Kate Findley creates magic. “Magic” can mean lots of things, but she’s not referring to fairies, potions, or wizards. I’m referring to that feeling we get when we see a movie or visit a new place and say, “OMG, that was magical!”

It’s that feeling that we’ve been temporarily lifted out of the mundane and touched by the divine…that some latent spirit has been awakened within us.

We’re all capable of generating magic. Of becoming, in a sense, magicians…able to take the raw materials of life—even if we only have twigs and pebbles to work with—and turning them into a masterpiece.

Whether you’re a creative entrepreneur, a freelancer, or a 9-to-5er stuck in an unfulfilling job, Kate’s mission is to help you ignite the fire within you. To help anyone who appreciates art and beauty…who wants to live an exuberant, joy-filled life…find value. She helps you develop core principles. Strengthening the core is something we hear about all the time in exercise lingo, but developing a rock-solid internal core is crucial if you want to keep your balance while getting tossed around in the waves of life.

You can learn more about Kate on her website GenerateMagic.com

Join @katefindley  for #PubChat on Wednesday, September 19th at 8 pm Central.

How to make your father a hero in your story

Edit the narrative. Change your life. This is what no one ever told me growing up both loving and hating my alcoholic father. The story you believe about the man you came from shapes the person you see in the mirror. That story has a hidden power. It can drive your...

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I still believe in marriage after my failed marriage

‘One way to learn to do something right is to do something wrong. Failure must teach us, or surely success will not reward us.’· Jim Rohn I saw this quote and immediately felt hopeful. My first marriage ended. I was married for nine years. I probably should not have...

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10 Simple Ideas To Become a Respected Writer on Medium

Do unto others The simplest way to find readers who appreciate your work is to be a good reader yourself. Writers are a fragile bunch. If you want to read great writing and have others read your awesome stories it’s important to be respectful. Authentic writers leave...

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TGIFIM (Thank God It’s Friday in Madrid)

1st Day in Spain Summer in Spain: Day 1 Day 1 of the Spanish Era? I still don’t know what to call this. What should I call this grand adventure? Yesterday was a good work day. I signed on, had a good connection and worked on the work things. It wasn’t really a good...

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Can What’s Missing Be Your Strength?

How being a vegetarian chef can turn you into a rock star! A song called ‘Figure It Out’ by English rock band Royal Blood came up on one of my Spotify playlists recently reminding me of a magazine interview with them that I read a while ago. I’m not really a rock fan,...

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Born a Maker: What It Means to Be Creative

Some people are born with creative brains. Their minds spin tales and imagine worlds the rest of us can barely comprehend let alone replicate. Others have gifted hands as well. They create things as if out of nothing from found objects, various mediums, and materials....

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Faithful in Every Generation

During the brutal 1941 winter that hindered Nazi Germany’s invasion of Moscow, my grandmother — who lived in the Soviet Union — converted to the Christian faith. Seeing as indoor baptisms weren’t common in those days, she was baptized outside in some icy body of...

read more

Hard Work vs. Smart Work — It’s a Draw!

Witness the match between Smart work and Hard work. Who wins? In today’s manipulative and fast-growing world, hard work doesn’t seem enough. Adding something will get us the perfect success recipe. The success strategy doesn’t completely rely on hard work now. There’s...

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Do You Want To Know A Secret?

Here Are Ten of Them. Shh … Don’t Tell Anyone, Okay? I have been tagged in the infamous “Tell Us Ten Things About Yourself” game sweeping Medium. Well, sweeping our little corner of it, anyway. So, here goes — a list, with explanations of a sort, of ten things you...

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Why Are We Afraid?

What Is Fear? Remember, however, before all else, to strip things of all that disturbs and confuses, and to see what each is at the bottom; you will then comprehend that they contain nothing fearful except the actual fear. — Seneca, Roman Stoic Philosopher The only...

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I Hate A Blank Page

I hate a blank page. It’s so hateful. Screaming at me. Taunting me. Reminding me that it’s still naked. Nothing there to cover it. Nothing there to hide the shame of being exposed. Nothing but white. The problem isn’t in covering it, it’s in what to cover it with. It...

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Why You Need to Curate Your Social Circle Now

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn I once had a friend who could convince me the world was going to pieces just by the way he said hello. Each time I nudged him to look at life through a brighter lens he’d say, “I’m just...

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You believe more fake news than you realize

Fake news has always been out there. Even before the age of the internet, we’ve had men in powdered wigs whispering to their friends in the newspaper industry to put out fake news. It’s nothing new. It just seems like there’s more fake news now because we have a...

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When magnolias bloom

  A short short-story Motionless, like one of her window manikins, she watched the man. He collapsed his strange-looking bicycle and locked it to the single post in front of her shop. The contraption was a cross between an English Greyhound and an anorexic pedal-bike....

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Choices

Darkness slowly creeps upon us As bright day turns into the night, Beams from moon and radiant stars Aglow above this loving earth. Darkness envelopes scenes below As lively spirits sink into sleep, What wisdom from the dreams they have And how will it pervade the...

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Why you should keep the TV on when you’re working

If you’re like me then working in complete silence is one of the most irritating things you can do. That’s the topic for today on why you should keep the TV on when you’re working. Why is that? Picture yourself with blinders on your eyes. You won’t be able to see...

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3 Things You Can Do To Withstand Any Algorithm Change

Today I got accepted into Facebook’s “Ad-Break” program. It’s a very prestigious program — only pages with 10,000+ likes can join. Basically, they’re allowing me to put ads in my videos and make money. It’s super great news, and it would be super easy for me to go...

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5 Great Responses When You Are Looking For Answers

We have all been there. Lost our job. The marriage went kaput. Best friend(s) left us. What could go wrong, did! Be careful not to react. Instead, put structure into a response to the difficult and trying circumstances you face. The Psalmist, King David reminds us not...

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7 Effective Keys to Endurance

To follow Jesus we need endurance. In fact, for almost every good thing in life we need endurance. We need endurance because life is hard. Following Jesus comes with opposition. It requires faith. It requires some work! Endurance brings great reward. Paul urged the...

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Every time you feel like giving up. Don’t

Yesterday I felt like giving up. I felt lethargic, unmotivated and when I looked at the drivel I was producing I really began to question why exactly I was waking up at an ungodly hour each morning to churn out such tripe. I slowly came to a very important...

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Solving Poverty One Acre At A Time

Everything is easier when you have food. It’s ironic then that some of the most malnourished people in the world are farmers — people who grow food for a living. When one thinks about a farm, the immediate image that comes to mind is edible crops as far as the eye can...

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If You Want to be a Writer…

Writing — or any form of creation for that matter — is not a magical enterprise. Writing is work. Like every other thing worth doing. You don’t hear the doctor say she’s not inspired to prescribe medication. Why? Why not? She has studied. She knows what works. She...

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3 Ways to Live a Top of the Mountain Life

After a long climb, I finally hit what I was hoping was the summit. I came around a sharp turn on the trail, and as I came out of the trees and looked to my left, my breath was taken away. The sheer beauty of the pristine lake with the snow-capped mountains was worth...

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Hook Or Crook Won’t Work

(Note:- I haven’t written this article to demotivate people. Just wanted to share my experience. 😊) Recently, I’ve started receiving followers faster than ever on Medium (enough exaggeration!). But I see no claps. Well, waiting for the claps to roll in is another...

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How to Avoid a Meltdown at Work

I teach middle-school students in an after-school program, which itself can be challenging. But one particular kid really knows how to push my buttons, and he’s the ringleader when it comes to stirring up trouble. I do my best to stay calm, telling myself that their...

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Show Up!

I think we writers tend to be too masochistic and whiny sometimes and don’t give ourselves enough pats on the backs. So many writers write about their writers blocks their inner critics the negative painful parts of the Writing Life. I know I’ve done this often...

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Small in Size, Large in Love

How One Tiny Cat Left Very Large Empty Place in My Heart Early Thanksgiving Morning, some years ago, I received a phone call from my vet. I was told that I had a decision to make. I’d taken my kitty girl in for a checkup two days before, and was told they needed to...

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How to Find Inspiration for Our Writing

Finding ideas to write about is a struggle for most writers. Ideas though are infinite and everpresent in our midst. In the past, I have written about the torment of the blinking cursor; nagging at us to come up with something lest it annoy us for some interminable...

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The Most Powerful Way to Save People… From Themselves

It’s been said, You cannot save people, you can only love them. Obviously, this quote is not referring to firemen, life guards, and rescue personnel who regularly save people from imminent death. But there are some things that are extremely difficult to save people...

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

As my regular readers know, my posts are all about our true identity in Jesus — the identity God created us to become. But let’s take one giant step backward. How can we understand who we really are in God if we’re confused about who God really is? In order to...

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The Most Important Values Of Any Healthy Relationship

The way you go about your dating life determines the kind of relationships that you end up with Whether you’re married or dating and looking to improve your relationship, or looking for the tools needed to create the intimacy you want in your life, we’re about to...

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Who or what determines your “Worth?”

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15: 11–21 The prodigal son believed that both his father and the God they believed in could not forgive him of all his sins. He was wrong on both counts....

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How I deal with depression

Depression is a feeling of hopelessness. That’s how I see it. I’ve felt hopeless most of my life. This is especially true after I had my Masters’ degree. Halfway through I realized I would never use this degree. I didn’t expect or was looking for a job. My family had...

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The Switch Around

I find it quite interesting when a person is caught in the act of a bad thing. Just something another is doing, or saying, they attack or blame you, and get mad at you about it. They switch around on you. Such an interesting phenomenon, don’t you think? How can this...

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Every Great Story Starts With an Idea

Or is it a character? Does every great story start with an idea or a character? Yes. Sort of. Actually, it depends on whose shoes you’re in when you answer. For writers, it’s ideas, except when it isn’t. Most often you get an idea and have to find a character to fit...

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You See That Squirrel Over There? Write About It

I attended my undergraduate college years at Oregon State University. I remember the first time I had ever visited campus. I submitted my application to that school initially because they wouldn’t leave me alone. No, I’m being so serious it’s not even funny. Their...

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Can your divinity help your creativity?

I’m a Buddhist so you might find it a bit weird for me to talk about the concept of divinity. But this summer it has been my new favourite word. What is divinity? This depends on your religious and philosophical points of view. If you look up “divinity” in the...

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Sound and Silence

Quiet. The house is quiet. Oh, not deathly silent with no stray hum of a motor to break the stillness. The clocks still tick along and strike their way unceasingly toward morning. The dogs are restless outside the jalousie window, scratching at the soft dirt in their...

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Living Life to the FULL

The decision had really been made for me by the constant ear infections but it was still something I needed to decide to do. I had to have another surgery to clean out my inner ear and close the hole in my eardrum. Hopefully this would take care of the constant...

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Take This Letter to My Past

Some people build a time capsule to, years later, relive their past. I want to create one with the reverse purpose: I want to send something to my past. In my time capsule, there will be only one item: a letter. I’m going to write it now, put it in the capsule, and...

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Why I Adopted a New Definition of Self Care

What to do when your Most Important Job feels Unfulfilling We know parenting is the most important job. We’re shaping young hearts and minds. That matters. And yet, it so rarely feels important. Meaningful. Fulfilling. The field of neurology sheds some light on why...

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Be Prepared-The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Over the last couple of days, writing has taken a back seat because Hurricane Florence is breathing fire out in the Atlantic and making a beeline for the North Carolina coast. While none of the forecasters can tell us whether the storm will make landfall at...

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Funny Things Europeans Say About Food

“They put fruit next to the cash register because they want people to eat it” Last night I was breaking out my wallet to pay for groceries at my neighbourhood supermarket when the clerk said something that made me question my Spanish — “You know if you spend 35 euros...

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Plane Clothes and the Space Gem

9 Hours Before Takeoff Today is the day that the warm-up flight takes us to the layover city where we still haven’t come up with much to do. It’s going to be hot there. It’s hot here. It’s hot in Madrid. Why aren’t we going to Norway on a plane that takes off in 9...

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Changes Within

Fog conceals what is distant Barely revealing what is here, New beginnings wait to happen As old endings fade and pass. Nothing remains the same for long Things continue in throes of change, Like the chameleon on a tree Color of bark, then of leaves. How beings...

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The Pomodoro Technique: 25 Minutes to Getting Stuff Done

Do you get distracted easily when you’re trying to work on your to-do list? Do you have trouble staying focused long enough to get tasks accomplished? The Pomodoro Technique may be a good solution for you. I stumbled upon the Pomodoro Technique about a couple of years...

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Read-cations VS. Your Writing

Why You Need One More for the Other Anyone that knows me, or has read some of my other Medium pieces, absolutely knows without a doubt that I advocate for reading. If you haven't read any of my other pieces and this is your first time getting to know me, it’s time I...

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Does Religion Breed Hatred, Bigotry and Violence?

I have always thought religion was a belief in a higher being or a set of principles which guided a person through life. I was raised a Catholic and I was taught to love God and everyone else. I knew people of various Christian sects as well as people of the Jewish...

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In 3 Simple Steps You Can Accomplish Any Goal

Stay focused. Go after your dreams. And keep moving toward your goals." - LL Cool J For life to be worth living, we need goals. I’m not necessarily talking “Next year, I’m going to be on a rocket to Mars” goals. I’m also not talking about “Today, I’m going to brush my...

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Things I Learned About Myself When I Ran A Half-Marathon

I realized several things about myself when I ran a half-marathon 4 years ago. I am not a big fan of running. Allow me to be more clear, I HATE running. Running is boring and mundane. For the majority of the past 15 years, I have enjoyed lifting weights and doing...

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She Calms | A Short Short Story

The sunlight dapples across the layers of battered paint where she leans against the house and he knows that her skin will be warm to the touch. But he also knows she will jump like a scalded cat if he does touch her. Or a scalded woman. She is as beautiful to him as...

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Awaiting Storm:

Perhaps it’s Neptune’s wrath, whims of kelpie, or serpents best left alone The stirring, whirring creatures of the deep, competing for a throne. Leviathans below the surface, kraken at the gate Tentacles and mouths full of teeth, below the surface wait. Poseidon, or...

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You Are The Average Of Your Last 5 Thoughts (Part Deux)

Shape your thoughts, shape your life If you’ve just stumbled on this post, I urge you to read Part One of this two part article here. If you’re feeling lazy, here’s a watered-down recap: Jim Rohn’s famous saying that you’re the average of the five people you spend the...

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Life

Life is a simple process. You’re born, you live for a while, and then you die. While this is oversimplifying the process, it is in essence what life is. Here are here one moment and gone the next. However, while we are here, we have a choice, Do we live our life to...

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Rewritten;

Is it even English, the script upon the page, or am I just blinded by my sorrow, pain, and my rage? Writing honest feelings, although not sure how well received, a married man mourning his mister, or mistress be believed? Immoral more than likely, emotional for sure,...

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How to Grow Your Faith When it Seems so Small

What happened? You used to believe God for anything. People would even come to you and ask you to pray. But lately, you feel like your prayers are going up as far as the ceiling and just staying there. Everyone has times of doubt. But there are things we can do to...

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What Happens When You Start At The End?

I love this quote from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland”, not because it tells us where to begin, but because it highlights one of the problems facing fiction writers, particularly writers of short fiction. “The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. “Where shall I...

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Mountain Wisdom

Cloudless skies as far as the eye can see Pale blue space with shifting rays of light, A metaphor for life as we wish it to be Pleasant sunny weather with no storms. With the wisdom of the many mountains Towering above hills and valleys below, Letting changing weather...

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P.S. I Love You

“Maybe you love me just a bit too much,” she tells me as we drive back home from her violin lesson, in that slightly angry, diffident tone that she seems to be using a lot these days. I feel like I’ve been punched smack right in the face. I feel stunned, angry,...

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The Power of Acceptance

The Pharisees in Jesus’s day as with most religions around the world work off the principle that a person’s obedience to God brings them His acceptance and blessings. Jesus refuted this view by teaching that it is God’s acceptance that gives birth to a heart and life...

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Cracked mirrors

not twenty-something anymore, not young and thin and sure treated my body like a landfill, intentions never pure pretty maybe on the outside, at least able to bare the face within the mirror, when the soul was not there thirty brought an understanding, the passage of...

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Why Spanking Your Kids Isn’t The Only Option

When I was five years old, I walked out of the entrance to the trailer park I lived in with my mom and dad. Without telling anybody, I decided to visit the Stop and Go convenient store, and I walked out onto the highway to get there. I wasn’t afraid. I just wanted to...

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How I Get My Writing Momentum Back After A Break

When summer arrived I knew I’d be traveling too much to spend a lot of time writing, so I adopted a few practices to keep the momentum going. A couple of things worked so well that I’ll continue them through fall and the busy holiday season, when life again whittles...

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The World She Leaves Behind

She sits on the precipice of insanity, Her heart constricts with pain, The judgments, the eyes … Constantly enveloping her. She holds onto the edge, Wondering the worth of her actions. The relentless strive for achievement, An unknown goal, out of sight. Her fingers...

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Should I Namaste or NamaGo?

Now the countdown app says one day. That doesn’t seem right since the plane takes off tomorrow. I’m never counting down again. Other than it is about 57 hours until the second plane leaves. Yes, there are two planes. One is the connecting flight with a full day’s...

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Why Would Jesus Make Thomas Wait?

A question about the disciple labeled “the doubter.” This week our church started a new series called “Room for Doubt.” We are going to spend the next few weeks looking at questions people have about Christianity and fleshing out some answers. Today’s sermon was...

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Homecomings Should be Happy, but this Sucks

“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” — Sir Richard Burton If you’re a traveler, you know what it’s like to come and go often. Sometimes living life out of a suitcase is a backbreaker, especially if you travel with a lot of...

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How To Stand Up For Yourself - Do Not Do This

The Tin Lunch Box — A Nearly Absolutely Mostly True Memoir We try, God knows, to teach our children to be strong, self-sufficient. To stand up for themselves and what they know is right. I tried to instill these virtues in my son. And my parents tried hard to teach...

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Executive Leadership: office door open!

Stories and Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders I have simple advice. It’s easy to do. Keep your office door open. Every day. Ninety-five percent of the time. Your office door, open or closed, speaks on your behalf to everyone else in the office. When your practice is to...

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Why You Need to Run From a Toxic Relationship

How One Night Changed Everything It was the summer of ‘79. My senior year in sight, I was picking up extra cash working part-time at a local Winn-Dixie grocery store. That’s where I met him —an older guy who worked in the produce department. Okay, he wasn’t that much...

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How to Break Free From Shame

Three Paths to Growth Dr. Brene Brown, a famous professor and social scientist sheds light on what most people avoid. Not only has her studies of courage, vulnerability, and shame gained global attention, she’s a woman after my own heart. I’ve experienced the truths...

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The Shrinking Circle And Salad Friends

What exactly is a friend? I’m sure if I asked you that question, you’d immediately be able to throw out some attributes for what a friend is. Possibly you’d put together a composite image of what you’d want a friend to be. However making friends is never an analytical...

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You Will Always Get My Very Best

Set your expectations high with me and I will do all I can to shatter them. I am an extremely competitive person. I always want to be the best at everything I do. Winning has always been extremely important to me. Many people have asked me over the years why I am this...

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Urgencies, Emergencies and Idea Resurgancies

Do You Have a Stress Immune System? It’s like your immune system. You can have a strong immune system and still get sick. You won’t get sick as much, but you still get sick. When you have a strong immune system and rarely get sick, sometimes when you get sick you...

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Becoming Empathetic

How we can become better empaths in a thoughtless age — for the betterment of ourselves and everyone around us.  Empathy is three-dimensional, it can be extended through time and space. Through the power of human imagination, it is possible to connect, empathetically,...

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What Happens When You “Think Inside The Box”?

Problem Solving Requires More Than Creativity And Slogans Since the late nineteen-sixties, we’ve been told to “think outside the box.” For a while, the idea behind the slogan became the Holy Grail of problem solving. And the slogan “Think Outside The Box” became the...

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Asian Americans in Films: Why Are They Important?

My daughter, a UC Berkeley college student, has been following Crazy Rich Asians ever since she heard the news that Keven Kwan’s bestselling book would be made into a movie. She had read the book a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot. She has also been watching and...

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The worst thing someone’s ever said to me

When I was twelve years old I probably had the worst thing anyone close to me has ever said. I still think about it, especially when I feel hopeless. The worst that someone’s ever said to me lingers in the back of my head even to this day. I was always told I was lazy...

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Dream Reruns

What are they trying to tell us? I enjoy reading articles and essays written by Jack Preston King. I particularly enjoy his essays about dreams; what impels them, what they might mean, and how we might benefit from analysis of our own subconscious escapades. Jack has...

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Why is Dental Care in the US So Very Expensive?

When we lived in Malaysia our home was right across the street from a dental clinic, which was one of many on the island of Penang. This clinic was as modern or probably more modern than most I have seen in the US. The equipment was state of the art and the dentists...

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The World Needs More Homemaking Career Women

Yes, you read right! It means we need more career women to focus on the home and we need more women whose sole career are their homes. We’re going to talk a lot about productivity, value, and purpose for women and we are also going to talk about the meaning, purpose,...

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Running the Race

During my first 100-mile race around mile 41, my body started rejecting everything I put in it. Take a sip of water, bend over and let it out. Try a little bit of a nutrition gel, same result. As I pulled into the 50 mile turn around my wife was waiting and I told her...

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If only;

If only the heart didn’t dream that desires took on life of their own If only I could set you free and still retain a clone part of you that I could keep to feel you in my arms to have you as my sanctuary to quiet the alarms If only I could say how I feel without...

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The Only 3 Types of Writing People Actually Want to Read

I remember the first time a piece I wrote was rejected by an editor. The piece I wrote was about my porn addiction in my early teens. It was deeply personal, too personal, and it didn’t fit my voice or style at all. Usually Lance, my editor, would respond within a day...

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Jesus vs. the Pharisees

One of the characteristics of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day was their obsession with pointing out the sins of people and their lack of holiness. The woman caught in adultery and the prostitute who washed the feet of Jesus are just two examples of Pharisees exposing the...

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A Window On The Heart of Life, Part Two

Adagio and Rondo Traveling every morning and evening, to and from the city where I worked, returning to the acreage where I lived, I daily passed through some of the most serenely beautiful countryside this side of heaven. It was home to the white-tail deer that...

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A funny thing happened on the way from the airport

10 Unexpected lessons I learned on a three-day stay in Munich (The images tell their own story.) I was just being polite. I greeted the man in my best school German, inquiring about his health. “Guten Morgen, wie gehen es ihnen?” The Taxi driver at Munich airport must...

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The reason I must struggle, in less than 900 words

An easy life does not exist. Yet I am surrounded by services which seek to make my life easier and eradicate any form of struggle from the equation. I can get a coffee from the comfort of my car (Illustration by Sarah Healy) I can get a cup of coffee without even...

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What Does The Face of God Look Like?

The first time I met God was in a trailer park. I was six years old, and our new neighbors invited me over to their trailer to look at their Christian pop-up books. There were fascinating stories about Jesus and Moses and Noah that I’d never heard before. Admittedly,...

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God Help Me, I just had an epiphany

So….once again, I’m ashamed to say I had a bit of a mommy tantrum. Though, I will say, as mad as I was, I didn’t fully unleash my usual verbal wrath. I was able to reign in my emotions, though I wish I could navigate my frustrations more succinctly… I quite dislike...

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I Just Dissolved My Funky Distracted Mood

thanks to the best question I’ve seen in a long time Some days I’m in the zone. The words flow, I cross things off my list, I stretch myself to do something I’ve been avoiding, and I meditate and exercise…Those days feel amazing. And once in a while I feel like...

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Awareness Beyond Thoughts

Peace in awareness beyond thoughts Feeling passions flowing in the Universe, Awareness of what is here in this moment Warmth of feelings present in other beings. No interloping thoughts distracting us Pure reality of being in this moment, Really looking into the eyes...

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Slowing Down in a Hurried World

Maybe you can relate to feeling overwhelmed and spread too thin. For many years I ran myself ragged trying to do all the things. In my quest to find contentment, approval, and a sense of worth, I pushed hard, stayed up late, said yes to all requests, and ended up...

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12 Lessons on Writing by Stephen King

What I Learned from Reading the Master of Suspense’s Memoir “What is writing? Telepathy, of course.” — Stephen King When I was young I was infatuated with the book Misery. Annie Wilkes haunted me in my nightmares. Stephen King is one of the most read authors in the...

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You Are The Average Of Your Last 5 Thoughts (Part One)

Audit your own thinking before you do so the people around you “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”  — Marcus Aurelius The saying that you should surround yourself with positive and successful people so that their wisdom and good...

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Regret

“I’m sorry I haven’t called”, I tell my mother, but my voice rises as if I am complaining. “I was very busy.” This is true. It takes all my energy with my work and toddlers. But, I carry this guilt that I am not doing enough for her; for them, but mainly for her. I am...

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3 Hard Words

If I told you what I’m thinking you would think me mad an unnatural attraction but it that really oh so bad we’ve developed a connection and although the timing poor life is not about convenience but always wanting more more time alone with you more pf our easy...

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The Employment Myth

Most people I know are either unemployed, employed, self-employed or business-owners. However, rather than just being 4 distinct stages or levels in the journey of life, it seems to define people a lot more. And so, there seems to be a lot of stereotypes around. I’ve...

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This is What Happens When You Develop Grit

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.” — George Bernard Shaw 100million Americans can trace their roots back to Ellis Island. Including me. My father’s grandparents arrived from Sicily and Calabria just a few years into...

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What can a Christian learn from Vince Lombardi?

The Super Bowl trophy is called the Lombardi Trophy after legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers to 5 championships. He also coached the Washington Redskins close to a championship and most likely would have succeeded if his...

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Keep going and on

you urged me up the tattered hill pedal pushed lungs gasping for air. I chanted in my head keep going keep going and on down the other side to a steeper hill...

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Safe Room

How safe do you want to be? “Good morning, Ms. Mukherjee.” Startled awake, she opened her eyes and clutched the hem of the blanket draped over her body. “Who’s there?” Darkness engulfed her, but she could feel this wasn’t her bed. The surface bent slightly and pressed...

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On Your “Health Concerns” For Internet Strangers

On Your “Health Concerns” For Internet Strangers You aren’t actually concerned about the health of strangers. You just don’t like seeing fat bodies — and it’s not your fault. Diet Culture (n): A system of knowledge, values, and meanings that supports interpretations...

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What Day Jobs do to Artists

The sounds of my job: the door opening, the morning meetings, the step-step-smell of IT-step-step-smell of the coffee-step-good morning routine that I had come to appreciate, the first network of people I was around daily that treated me with compassion, they did not...

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No one really tells you how to feel

There is no rule book, is there? “We think that it is cancer”, the nurse said, hesitantly and gently. The C word. There it was. That word that we all dread. Numb, I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t feel anything. All the film clichès came back to me; I felt like I...

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How Wanting Something Can Make you Sacrifice Everything

Live your dream We all want to life our dreams, don't we? We are sold on an idea of a dream. “Live your dream”! “Love what you do” and etc. Does anyone ask questions such as: what does it take to live your dream? How easy is it to live your dream? We often dream about...

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When Praying Doesn’t Work

Earlier today when I was thinking about my day today, 4 Days Before the plane speeds towards the eastern sky bound for a summer of adventure, something bugged me. Then it bugged me again. And again. It’s the day job, which as usual, is a constant state of urgency....

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I’ll see your Prayer and Raise You One

As he plummets to earth he thinks, maybe this was a bad idea. It’s his first solo jump and he’s dropping through some nasty turbulence that blows him all around. He feels like a leaf in a hurricane. What was he thinking? He isn’t ready for this. The world looks...

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One Large Cup of Sanity, Please.

How Tea Became Part of My Personal Mental Health Plan Ok, I know that sounds ridiculous, but let me explain… My life began spiraling downward, and in 2013 it plummeted. My mind was a mess, my emotions were all over the place, my husband and I were separated, and I...

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How to Stop Dragging Your feet and Embrace the Future

Back to school. Sigh. I love my teaching job. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a slight tinge of disappointment as I prepared for the start of the school year. I sluggishly assembled my syllabi and lesson plans, with lots of grinding starts and stops. Of...

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It’s Only a Tree

I live in a neighborhood with big houses and beautifully manicured lawns. It’s quiet here except for occasional airplanes that can be heard overhead. People in my neighborhood are friendly and I often wave to them as I pass by on my way to school, or the baseball...

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When Was Your Last First Day at School?

How we can learn from our children being brave at ‘big school’? It’s September and that time of year again when children start going back to school and when you see children in brand new uniforms being taken to school by their proud parents. Some children have been...

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Why You Don’t Want to Be the Good Guy

You don’t want to be the good guy in interpersonal relationships. It’s counter-intuitive, but you really don’t. What?!? Are you saying I should be the bad guy? No, of course not. In the world’s scarcity mindset we fall into so easily and often, those are the only two...

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Executive Leadership: Success From Day One

Stories and Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders I’ve been in executive management in the nonprofit world for over 22 years. Ten or more prior years of nonprofit middle and senior management. A brief and unhappy stint in the for profit world of health care. From these...

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What You Need to Know About Working After Retirement

On a path to return to work? If so, you’re in good company. It’s called “reverse retirement,” and it’s a LOT more common than you might think. More than a third of retirees return to work on either a full-time and part-time basis. A recent paper published by the...

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A Window On The Heart of Life

An Artist’s View, In Four Seasons This is the first in a series of poems based on the idea of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, and written in the form of a classical symphony, in four movements. Symphonies most often begin with an overture, in which the major themes of each...

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What is Love?

Sharing in the freedom of silence Intimate touching of another’s spirit, Knowing thoughts not yet spoken Compassion for what lies deep within. Together with what happens next Feelings of strength from one other, Joys and sorrows mutually felt Gaining wisdom on this...

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How to Escape the Chains of Happiness

Finding the Truth about Emoticons When I was a teen, there was a popular saying that survives, slinking around in the attics of too many memories: Don’t worry; be happy. It spawned a popular song along with an unending swirl of smiley faces (THE origin of the Walmart...

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The Inheritance

Lily Kane walked into her great-grandmother’s parlor with the rest of the family, to say their last goodbyes. She knew she was named after the old woman, but had never met her. The dusty room reeked of old memories and cobwebs. She thought it had probably been a...

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Before Life and the Prime Blogger

According to the Countdown app on my phone, that plane that takes off in 2 Days will take off in 3 days. More specifically, 3 Days, 7 Hours 24 minutes, and 37 seconds. I should just count hours now since the number of days remaining depends on the time of day. Writing...

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More Beautiful For Having Been Broken

I was recently reading about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery. Other than being aesthetically pleasing and delicately minimal, what caught my eye about it is the underlying motivation behind it. Gold or silver lacquer is used in the repair process on...

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How to Tell when It’s a Season to Heal

Do you ever get confused by the weather? Do you ever think the weather itself is confused? I’m looking out the window watching the rain fall on a completely sunny day! Yes, it’s dumping rain at the same time the sun is shining. Does it do that where you live? It does...

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This is Why We Need to be Careful with our Words

Words are like spent arrows Not again! You’d think I’d learn, I guess I didn’t. It started out innocently. I convinced myself my thoughts were important and that what I had to say was worth sharing. That it might help her. Sometimes I’ll ask someone if I can share my...

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My Short Love Affair with an Umbrella

Yesterday, the shuffle on my phone unexpectedly threw up an old number of Rihanna’s called ‘Umbrella,’ and as she went “ella, ella, ella…” I suddenly recalled how when I was kindergarten, I too was crazy about umbrellas. My mother who used to pick me up from school...

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Making the Most of the Freelancer’s Day

Controlling your day for maximum writing efficiency In November 2016 my work in the ‘normal’ world of work was dealt a cruel blow. Working with a Christian charity, I was struck down with systematic and hard-to-control micro-sleep events. By the time I finally managed...

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Living In The Good Old Days Illusion

It feels like we are entering a new world. A combination of societal changes and new tech rearranges my perspective on an almost daily basis. But I truly hope that I never end up like one of those old men desperately clinging to their foggy memories of “the good ‘ol...

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How to Avoid The Holiday From Hell

Holiday traps for young players… We all love holidays. And many of us would love to live the fantasy life of always being on holiday, whatever that means. But be careful about what you wish for because you just might get it. Here I will take a lighter look at the...

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How to Find a Mentor

The Good Old Days Are Gone There was a day — you need to know this — when your grandmother would mentor you by taking you aside and telling you, “Listen, Honey, you are making a big mistake! You are pulling your own house down around your ears with that talk!…” …Or...

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Five Life Hacks for Followers of Jesus!

As a follower of Jesus, we are not called to be ordinary. We are to called to be life changers. So what can we do to be life changers right now? Jesus followers were changed by following him. You are being changed by following him. Here are five simple things you can...

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Do This One Thing If You Use Something A Lot

It will change your life. In the last week of July, I made a decision in my life that made a lot of sense. I paid to become a Medium Member. No this isn’t a post about why every single person should be a member or anything like that. Though I will say it feels great...

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Your Impact is So Much Bigger than You Know

Keep doing what you're doing! I get it, you feel discouraged sometimes. Am I really helping anyone? Is this all just a big waste of time? Is my purpose just a silly dream? I know I ask myself these questions when I have a setback or when things don’t seem to be moving...

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Water is water right? Meh, not so fast …

Water can occur in three phases: liquid, solid, or gas. But what if I told you there was a 4th phase to water that’s rarely talked about. In terms of benefits to you and your health, this 4th water is capable of tackling a wide range of health problems with astounding...

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Ask Anything…Really? Really!!

Can it truly be possible that we can ask anything in prayer and we will get it? Yes, and no! Here’s what Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and...

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3 Hard Words

If I told you what I’m thinking you would think me mad an unnatural attraction but it that really oh so bad we’ve developed a connection and although the timing poor life is not about convenience but always wanting more more time alone with you more pf our easy...

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Keep going and on

you urged me up the tattered hill pedal pushed lungs gasping for air. I chanted in my head keep going keep going and on down the other side to a steeper hill...

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Accept Your Flaws And Then Enhance Your Strengths!

It took me a long time to unlock a secret to living a productive and happy life. Would you like to know what it is? It is simple really. You have to be self-aware. But here is the problem with being self-aware. Many people hate the things that they are bad at. They...

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When You Can’t Make Up Your Mind, Just Do It

Up until June, I was a regular volunteer with a nonprofit that assisted low-income families. This morning I tried to decide whether or not to start volunteering there again. Summer travels had taken me away and I had gotten out of the habit. A few days ago, I was...

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5 Steps to Help Anyone with Anything

We’ve probably all heard snippets of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, but do you know the theme of that album? If you buy the CD, there’s a story woven between the song lyrics. God sends his tiniest angel to Earth on...

I saw your smile

I witnessed an un-seemingly beautiful moment yesterday, rerouted on a 6 mile diversion due to road closure. We came around a blind corner ( I was driving), and blocking the other side of the road was a huge lorry craning a static home into someone’s back-garden. The...

Let’s name your new book. No, right now. Here we go.

We’ll be done by the time this post is over. Promise. As of this moment, there are three books in the series currently titled: Florence, Utrecht, and Chiang Mai. I knew the titles were placeholders, but I didn’t know how to replace them. Part of this is the Just Get...

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