4 Clever Ways to Protect and Improve Your Greatest Overlooked Asset-Your Mental Health

Ways to Significantly Improve Your Mental Health — Even If You Feel Like You Can’t Have you ever wondered how healthy you are, mentally? Mental health is one...

A Million Reasons I’m Lucky - A Series #1

Almost four months ago I started an experiment. I heard an author on a podcast mention that it was possible to change your luck. He talked about a scientific...

The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done

The green room is just big enough for the three of you. The camera is set to go, its wires coiling near the tripod’s feet like an eddy. “Sound speeding,” you...

Tantrums, And Fits, And Conundrums, Oh My!!

It seems that whatever kind of relationship /friendship you have, all kinds have the capacity to either to drive either/both/all parties to the brink of...

Beware the Poppies: How to Find the Emerald City

“There’s no place like home”. — Dorothy The quote is as synonymous with the speaker as the ruby slippers that transport her home. There’s little doubt that...

This is How Limitations Can Inspire Creativity

“The task of a man is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” — Thomas Carlyle Today, London’s West End is the mecca...

Perseverance  – Success after Failure  – The Tiger Woods Story can be Yours as Well

In life, there are many times that we look up at our life and wonder how we are ever going to climb out of the hole we have dug for ourselves through either...

Where is Wisdom?

Where has all the wisdom gone Timeless wisdom of ancient sages, Seemingly discarded and not heeded This harried world in which we live. Truths derived from...

7 Things You Must Give Up to Become a Successful Writer

Can you hear that? Pop. It’s the sound of me bursting your bubble. I started a blog to help other writers because I know it’s possible to succeed....

10 Things That Might Surprise You About Me

#8: I’m fond of playing around with my state of consciousness 10 Things That Might Surprise You About Me #8: I’m fond of playing around with my state of...

He Came

A poem about faithfulness memories rise, envelop my mind, lifted high, I touch the sky. others take me to dark places, empty spaces echoes ricochet off solid...

This Not-To-Do List Is Just As Important As Your To-Do List

Had enough of your to-do list? Why not try this not-to-do list instead… I have enough on my to-do list to keep me busy, and purposefully so, for eons. But...

7 Lessons a 106-year old cyclist can teach writers

On February 11, 2018, 106-year-old Robert Marchand, cycled his official four-kilometre “farewell ride” in the Saint Quentin velodrome in Paris. Remarkable,...

Do the Hard Stuff

I first started running in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and to run a hill meant you went to Mount Trashmore (yes, it really is made of what you think) or to a...

The Smallest School In The World

It wasn’t much of a classroom. A cramped room, with four seats. I was the only student there, but my teachers we amazing. They were the heads of businesses,...

Ten things I haven’t told you about myself

Thanks for the mention KD Murray I didn’t think I’d have enough things to say. Truth is if it weren’t for my writing journey I wouldn’t have been able to list...

Do Just One Thing to Find Purpose and Fulfillment!

Do you believe that if you have just one single priority you could find fulfillment and purpose in your life? What one thing could make such a huge impact?...

What now…

Original moment, seems like yesterday, The first time that we went to play, Stolen moments, fleeting kiss So quickly it was almost missed One time moment, so...

Don’t Quit it on a Bad Day-Quit it on a Good Day

Struggles of creating something of your own You want to be a writer, a business owner or create something of your own? It’s hard work. People don’t know how...

4 Favorite Quotes to Make Your Day Better

4 Favorite Quotes To Make Your Day Better. We desire the world to change for the better but not everyone is willing to change themselves. Quotes help us make...

Fear and Loathing in Madrid

2nd Day in Spain Okay, there was no loathing. I shoehorned the Hunter S. Thompson reference into the title. Fear, though. There has been plenty of fear. How...

4 Lessons Learned About Conquering Resistance, Procrastination and Fear in Writing

Lessons From the War of Art by Steven Pressfield “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it...

Why Meal Plans Don’t Work…

... and how eating out is a cop out “Where do you guys want to eat tonight?” said the mom . . . and then she took orders from her kids and her husband, she...

Why I have no patience for transcendental meditation

Transcendental meditation, I’ve been told, is the greatest thing since sliced bread. There are thousands of successful people who swear by it. I’ve tried it...

My Golden Mine As a Writer? Emotions!

In this virtual world, mainly on Medium, I read writers advise and strategies on the craft, or stories about their writing process. I found we all have this...

Does Jesus Plead our Case before God? Part 5

This is the final piece in the Does Jesus Plead Our Case Before God series. Catch up on all the pieces here. (Link will open in a new tab.)  As your advocate,...

School Lockdowns! I’m freaking out!

My first school lockdown drill The Drill What a way to start my day. I go to my volunteer job at the school library . . . and get to experience a lockdown...

How writing has liberated me

Yes, it’s true. Writing has liberated me. Now, this is the moment where you probably would ask yourself: How? Well, it all began way back when I was my last...

Spiritual Accountability is NOT a Ponzi Scheme

The treatment of God’s people has long been on my mind concerning spiritual accountability or spiritual parenthood. In many instances, it looks like a Ponzi...

Encouraging Entrepreneurship In Your Children

Whatever happened to the lemonade stands? Deep down, nearly every one of us wants to be an entrepreneur. However, forgoing your weekly paycheck to follow your...

Author Spotlight: Lauren Salkin

Lauren SalkinSee more of Lauren’s work here.

A lifelong ADDer and loser of stuff, Lauren has spent her life making sense out of the chaos in her head and around her. Because her mind has a tendency to drift off in the middle of the day, she’s able to reach staggering heights of creativity, which led to a different way of thinking and eclectic writing style.

The frenetic activity in her head and onslaught of ideas makes it challenging to tackle everyday tasks. Writing about her challenges is her therapy by synthesizing her thoughts and observations then transposing them into humor, satire, prose and serious thought pieces that she writes at her blog ThinkSpin.com and Medium.

Writing in eclectic genres, though seemingly advantageous, has been Lauren’s greatest obstacle. It pulls her into different directions and makes it difficult to stick to a goal. That in addition to succumbing to the dreaded imposter syndrome and resistance hobbles her at times.

Getting control of her life and goals is still a challenge. During dark days, she writes poetry and bleeds on the page as Hemingway is reported to have said, “It is easy to write. Just sit in front of your typewriter and bleed.”

Writing and bleeding are inherent to who Lauren is as a person. She has been writing since second grade when she wrote her first story, a fairytale of sorts, on how the Catskill Mountains got its name. Hint. The story involved cats.

Lauren writes and tweaks her words every day, mostly, but usually publishes her writing once a week. Sometimes she works on several pieces at a time, all in various stages of completion.

Over the years, Lauren and her work have gone through many changes but she still follows her core objective: to observe the ironic, iconic and often moronic events of everyday life (sometimes caused by her) and writing about them with wit and at times, a more serious tone.

In addition to crafting blog posts, Lauren writes dark short stories, humorous and satirical essays as well as serious thought pieces.

She’s had essays published in ByLine Magazine, Extra Newsfeed, the Front Porch Syndicate, Huffington Post, InspireToThrive.com, MomBloggersClub.com, Publishous, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and The Haven, to name a few. Her noir short, “Priming Pamela,” was published in Shroud Magazine.

Lauren lives on top of a mountain in Connecticut with her husband of 30 plus years Jim and her mutt Jake who has passed his expiration date. Her son Zack left the nest several years ago and is flying high through life.

You can read more of Lauren’s work at ThinkSpin.com and Medium.

Join @thinkspin for #PubChat on Wednesday, September 26th at 8 pm Central.

A Million Reasons I’m Lucky - A Series #1

Almost four months ago I started an experiment. I heard an author on a podcast mention that it was possible to change your luck. He talked about a scientific study done in England that showed this was possible. He also gave an exercise to change you mentally in the...

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The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done

The green room is just big enough for the three of you. The camera is set to go, its wires coiling near the tripod’s feet like an eddy. “Sound speeding,” you say, looking into the recorder. Numbers uptick in your hand. You can hear your own voice through the mic,...

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Tantrums, And Fits, And Conundrums, Oh My!!

It seems that whatever kind of relationship /friendship you have, all kinds have the capacity to either to drive either/both/all parties to the brink of insanity ( kinda? maybe? sorta?) Or in spite of the insanity, it can bring you closer together. More often than...

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Beware the Poppies: How to Find the Emerald City

“There’s no place like home”. — Dorothy The quote is as synonymous with the speaker as the ruby slippers that transport her home. There’s little doubt that when Dorothy clicks her red slippers three times she’ll be whisked back to the safety of her home in Kansas. But...

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This is How Limitations Can Inspire Creativity

“The task of a man is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” — Thomas Carlyle Today, London’s West End is the mecca for theatre lovers from all over the world. The bright lights of the Garrick, Savoy, and King’s Cross...

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Where is Wisdom?

Where has all the wisdom gone Timeless wisdom of ancient sages, Seemingly discarded and not heeded This harried world in which we live. Truths derived from ancient sages Ignored today in midst of chaos, Ethics and truths just cast aside Today’s characters strive for...

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7 Things You Must Give Up to Become a Successful Writer

Can you hear that? Pop. It’s the sound of me bursting your bubble. I started a blog to help other writers because I know it’s possible to succeed. Encouragement helps, but sometimes a cold splash of truth is what it takes to get people in motion. I’m going to tell you...

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10 Things That Might Surprise You About Me

#8: I’m fond of playing around with my state of consciousness 10 Things That Might Surprise You About Me #8: I’m fond of playing around with my state of consciousness Source Usually, I want to write things that create value. What I’m sharing today has no such aim. I...

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He Came

A poem about faithfulness memories rise, envelop my mind, lifted high, I touch the sky. others take me to dark places, empty spaces echoes ricochet off solid walls. am I alone; left on my own? in the stillness I hear his heartbeat I knew it was him, the collector of...

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7 Lessons a 106-year old cyclist can teach writers

On February 11, 2018, 106-year-old Robert Marchand, cycled his official four-kilometre “farewell ride” in the Saint Quentin velodrome in Paris. Remarkable, isn’t it? What made it even more memorable was that he declined to sit down after the ride and preferred to...

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship In Your Children

Whatever happened to the lemonade stands? Deep down, nearly every one of us wants to be an entrepreneur. However, forgoing your weekly paycheck to follow your true passion takes lots of self-confidence. Many of us lack that confidence. Therefore, a great portion of...

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7 Tips for Improving Your Self-Improvement Efforts

There’s no shortage of self-improvement books, courses, manuals, videos, and ideas. The information needed to become fit, wealthy, healthy, famous, confident, and likable is readily available. The challenge isn’t information. It’s implementation. It’s frustrating to...

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Life and sacrifice

Broken pride, a youth in waste, for I chose to exist in haste for if perish tomorrow, want to know that I lived I borrowed all I had, cause it was all I had to give If going to jump, make it the deep end for when your drowning you find your true friends expire by...

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American Consumerism: Do You Really Need All That Stuff?

Grab a pen and paper. Walk around your home and make a list of all the things you’ve bought that you don’t use or don’t really need that now take up space and collect dust or are packed away in boxes in your garage or closets. My guess is that your home, like mine, is...

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The Dichotomy of Wealth

Are The Best Things in Life Free? Philosophies of wealth differ from one culture to another and span the spectrum from rejection to avarice. Materialism is the great straw man, a bugaboo or existential goal, depending on one’s viewpoint. It is also the subject of one...

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A Simple Guide to Surviving and Thriving on Medium

The Essential Do's and Don't's all in One Place Generally speaking, I receive more emails, notifications, and messages from Medium and it’s wonderful members and readers than I can sufficiently manage. Between story responses, mentions, readers reaching out via...

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Does Jesus Plead our Case Before God | Part 4

Satan is called the accuser of the brethren. He misuses and perverts God’s law to rob and condemn believers. He does so by making them feel disqualified of their rights and privileges in Christ. He also distorts the truth about how God feels and thinks about them....

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Delicate Fusion

The shell of her ear curls like the petal of a flower soft and pink-rimmed. How many times I studied it when we were children - the delicate fusion of edge and inner furl. One was fused more than the other - one flower bud open. One...

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Inner Feelings

Inner feelings coming and going Trying to decipher what they are, Why are they so intrudingly present? From where do they come, and why? Feelings can lead us to many places Inhabiting our minds and emotions, Sometimes controlled and fully rational Or careening like...

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Living, Learning and Loving With Autism

I was thrilled the other day when my grandson, who loves to swim, said “pool.” Since then he’s added four more words to his vocabulary; Mom, Dad, shower, and pizza.  But I’m not writing to brag about a toddler’s burgeoning vocabulary. My grandson isn’t a toddler. He’s...

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Do the Hard Stuff

I first started running in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and to run a hill meant you went to Mount Trashmore (yes, it really is made of what you think) or to a couple of high bridges that allowed Navy ships to go upriver to ship repair yards; otherwise, all of our running...

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The Smallest School In The World

It wasn’t much of a classroom. A cramped room, with four seats. I was the only student there, but my teachers we amazing. They were the heads of businesses, writers, scientists, military officers, many of whom were famous — they came to me whenever I chose. I had...

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Ten things I haven’t told you about myself

Thanks for the mention KD Murray I didn’t think I’d have enough things to say. Truth is if it weren’t for my writing journey I wouldn’t have been able to list ten things. Honest. Here we go. ONE I fall in love easily with ordinary kindness There I was, working on my...

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Do Just One Thing to Find Purpose and Fulfillment!

Do you believe that if you have just one single priority you could find fulfillment and purpose in your life? What one thing could make such a huge impact? The follower of Jesus has a very simplified priority system! In fact, it can’t be any simpler. There is one...

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What now…

Original moment, seems like yesterday, The first time that we went to play, Stolen moments, fleeting kiss So quickly it was almost missed One time moment, so I believed But you had something up your sleeve And so the affair would repeat Behind closed doors, in the...

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Rip It Up And Start Again

Dare to make space for your creative future When digital music first came about a few years ago, I loved the idea of having access to pretty much any music I wanted and these days, whether it’s downloading or streaming, there are even more opportunities to have no...

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How To Make Money Writing Kindle eBooks

Writing and selling Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com has become a very popular way to earn extra money. At the high end, there are authors that routinely make over $100,000 per month. If you’ve always wanted a source of income that can conform to your hectic schedule,...

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Loving People Isn’t Always On My Agenda

I was due to catch an early flight to Nashville. I was tired and grumpy. I didn’t feel great and couldn’t wait to get on the plane and sleep for a couple of hours. Thankfully I wasn’t seated next to a “Chatty Cathy.” When I arrived in Nashville, I had an hour wait...

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Hope From A Stranger Part 1 – J.R.

My name is Andrew, I have been an part-time Uber driver now for a little over a year. After watching an encouraging video from one of my mentors’ @GaryVee my mind begin to race with ideas, and this is when the idea was born! Throughout my experiences I have run into a...

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The Power of the (Hand) Written Word

A recent internet outage has prompted me to laugh in the face of adversity by doing my daily writing by hand. Oh, the shock and horror! Now, being an avid personal journal writer, I am quite used to lengthy handwriting. However, in this internet age, some of us may...

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Foster Hope

Trading an Octopus for a Dalmatian The jangling of “the” two a.m. phone call hammered through the sleep fog enshrouding my being. Again. I groaned. My husband clattered the receiver and dragged it to his ear. Groping through his own fog, he found the word: “Uh . . ....

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I fear losing my mind over anything else

The scariest thing to me is that I’ll lose my mind. I’ll someday forget about everything I’ve done, the people I’ve met, and the places I’ve been. It’s something I fear over anything else. I remember visiting a large nursing home where I was attending a small seminar...

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What Are You Looking At?

The jaunty little runabout pulled by a chestnut mare sped along at a good clip, its spoked wheels flashing in the evening sun. The bench seat, with room for only two, bounced a little on leaf springs designed to smooth the ride in places where the road wasn’t always...

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I’m a Danger To My Blog

Warning: I just entered the dashboard. Over the years, I’ve made many blogging blunders, from blowing a deal with a content syndicator for writing a post called Polish Spam (they said was too offensive), to breaking the footer on my blog (which hurt me more than my...

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Don’t Quit it on a Bad Day-Quit it on a Good Day

Struggles of creating something of your own You want to be a writer, a business owner or create something of your own? It’s hard work. People don’t know how hard it is to work hard and what that actually means. Take writing, for example, write every day for the rest...

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4 Favorite Quotes to Make Your Day Better

4 Favorite Quotes To Make Your Day Better. We desire the world to change for the better but not everyone is willing to change themselves. Quotes help us make the change with bite-sized phrases. Quotes distill the wisdom of writers and speakers and yes, thinkers....

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Fear and Loathing in Madrid

2nd Day in Spain Okay, there was no loathing. I shoehorned the Hunter S. Thompson reference into the title. Fear, though. There has been plenty of fear. How would you want to spend your second day in Madrid? I worked on the day job for almost twelve hours yesterday,...

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Why Meal Plans Don’t Work…

... and how eating out is a cop out “Where do you guys want to eat tonight?” said the mom . . . and then she took orders from her kids and her husband, she made a few phone calls and planned her pick up route. I couldn’t help but ask “do you eat takeout every night?”...

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What Makes a Person So Happy His Heart Sings?

What makes a person happy? 350 million people live with depression according to the World Health Organization. Sixteen million adults in the United States have an episode with depression each year. That’s 6.9% of the population living in an unhappy state of being....

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What Does My Future Hold?

Are you like me? So focused on where you want to go…even though you have no clue where that “somewhere” is. Wanting more out of life, but not knowing where to begin… Plagued with doubt and confusion due to not knowing where the path is? Looking around and seeing...

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Medium is Therapy

As a newly divorced individual, determined to get on with my life, I am seeking out various tools to heal. Being a former Public Health practitioner and the progressive millennial that I am, one of the first things I did was sign up for therapy. In addition to...

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Do creatives need a fitness journey?

Terrible stomach pains woke me in the morning hours before the alarm was due. I looked in the mirror and knew something in my life was off. I wanted to write. I wanted to be creative. But I was too tired. My stomach had rebelled for months, I haven’t slept enough and...

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Start NOW and Love the Holidays with One Simple Tactic

A simple plan to keep away the year-end blues Fact: September is nearly over.  For many of us that statement doesn’t hold a lot of weight, maybe you’ve been looking forward to Pumpkin Spice Lattes, maybe you haven’t. No biggie. What if I added onto that statement?...

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Does Jesus Plead our Case before God? | Part 2

Jesus, as our advocate, keeps our hearts focused on the fact that He alone paid the price our sins required. We should never ever forget He is the propitiation for our sins. However, not ours only but for the whole world. When our hearts are established in what Jesus...

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Silence

Touching the outer boundaries of age and Adrenaline, acknowledging the ambiguity of words amongst synonyms of life I am embracing silence. ************************************************ Learning the new definition of gender neutrality, admiring the masculine and...

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Why I have no patience for transcendental meditation

Transcendental meditation, I’ve been told, is the greatest thing since sliced bread. There are thousands of successful people who swear by it. I’ve tried it and I don’t have the patience for it… Sorry. Last year I tried transcendental meditation as a way to unclutter...

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My Golden Mine As a Writer? Emotions!

In this virtual world, mainly on Medium, I read writers advise and strategies on the craft, or stories about their writing process. I found we all have this in common: to write (fiction), we have to be emotional. If we’re empty of emotions when we sit our but on the...

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Does Jesus Plead our Case before God? Part 5

This is the final piece in the Does Jesus Plead Our Case Before God series. Catch up on all the pieces here. (Link will open in a new tab.)  As your advocate, Jesus isn’t defending you against God because He isn’t your adversary or enemy. Both of them want you to know...

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School Lockdowns! I’m freaking out!

My first school lockdown drill The Drill What a way to start my day. I go to my volunteer job at the school library . . . and get to experience a lockdown drill. Not what I planned for my morning. I watched Columbine unfold before my eyes the day it happened. I...

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How writing has liberated me

Yes, it’s true. Writing has liberated me. Now, this is the moment where you probably would ask yourself: How? Well, it all began way back when I was my last year in public school. I was young and really had no plans, I was basically just living life. Then again, I...

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The Secret To Building Rapport With Anybody

“Rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make [them] feel that you understand [them], that you have a strong common bond” — Tony Robbins “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” — Theodore Roosevelt Strong and healthy...

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Lessons Learned from Flash Fiction

And writing prompts, too. For the past two years, I’ve been regularly writing flash fiction based on photo and word prompts. The experience has taught me several things and fostered my growth as a writer. You’ll see how and why in a moment. But first, some background....

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Footprints

Awed by horizon’s expansiveness Feeling a small part within its reach, Knowing it continues without end Reaching forever beyond our grasp. Infinite expanse of our Universe A constant mystery to be fathomed, Desiring to know just where it goes What lurks there beyond...

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The Secret Instrument to Faster Typing Speed

A tabla recital BG music could set your speed to turbo As soon as Zakir Hussain was born in 1951, his father, the late Ustad Alla Rakha crooned Tabla notes to the newborn’s ear. Legend has it that Zakir remembered these notes as soon he was initiated into Tabla...

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How to Get Paid to Learn How to Become a Better Writer

What if I told you people would pay you to become a better writer? What if I also told you people would pay you higher amounts to keep learning how to become a better writer? I’ve seen too many online writers wasting away writing free material without reaping any...

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Welcome To The Smoke-Free, Healthy Life

Are you having a hard time to quit smoking cigarettes? Trust me I have been there and know how miserable it feels. I have been a frequent smoker for 9 years of my life. But fortunately enough, I was able to quit. These are the 6 steps that I followed to quit smoking...

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Caller ID

I want to approach the pearly gates But I am laden with fear Saint Pete at the peephole Will further bolt those enthralling gates Satan has me on speed dial Father save my soul Calling incessantly Father save my soul Hades force Seemingly insurmountable It is of no...

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Attending the festival, or “doing” the festival

Can we approach life the same way we approach a music festival? Exploring the difference between attending and participating. Sunday at the Walnut Valley Festival only the hardcore music fans remain. Crowds are in the hundreds instead of the thousands. There are only...

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Does Jesus Plead our Case before God? Part 1

For many years as a young believer, I heard several ministers quote 1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” They would go on to describe a...

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Politics held me back from being myself

If you want to succeed in politics, you have to say and act in a way that offends the least amount of people. That’s how you get the votes! You have to be disingenuous. Forget the big anomaly occupying the White House, almost every politician acts as if they never...

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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 your hands to spread your message as far and wide as possible. Just a decade ago, self-publishing was a joke....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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,...

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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