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How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Bob Dylan

Another senseless slaughter in a place dedicated to peace—a church, a school, The Holocaust Museum. (more…)

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One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I’ve been thinking a lot about Chris Guillebeau’s insightful analysis of What Makes A Community? We all live, work, and play in a variety of communities, and I guess I’m especially interested because my efforts to contribute via speaking and writing essentially involve building an online community.

Using a metaphor from my friend Eric Larsen, I tend to envision a community as a circle. The circle has a defined boundary; you’re either in or you’re out. (more…)

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A community is a group of people united through a common struggle with the same stories.

This definition comes from an insightful article by Chris Guillebeau called What Makes A Community?

I highly recommend Chris’ site, The Art of Nonconformity. Chris’ writing makes me think and inspires me to extend my own ideas. I took a long bike ride yesterday and considered one of his claims about community. (more…)

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Normal is a setting on the dryer.

We’re obsessed with labels. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, Christian, atheist—it seems that we’re intent on placing ourselves in neat little boxes and pretending that everyone in a particular box is identical.

The big problem with labels is that they obscure ideas and individuals. Then we demonize, bash, and attack the label, and forget that behind the generalized, standardized label stands a real person. (more…)

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Why do you believe in God?

The question stopped me in my tracks. I’m naturally a seeker and a questioner so I’m accustomed to reconciling the internal consistency of my faith, but such interactions occur with other believers. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered this foundational question. (more…)

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“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

I try to avoid politics. Really, I do.

I dislike partisan bickering and divisiveness that casts someone as the personification of evil simply based on party affiliation. I’m opposed to rhetoric that twists every event to fit a pre-conceived ideology and advance an imperfect human agenda. (more…)

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How To Thrive

In preparation for a speaking engagement in May, I’ve been analyzing the qualities that help people thrive when faced with a challenge. So far I’ve come up with this list: (more…)

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