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The World Demands Hypocrisy

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We are all hypocrites. That should come as no surprise to most of you. We all decry liars even as we all lie. We all demand perfection from others even as we fail to achieve it ourselves. But hypocrisy is … Continue reading

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Sunrise or Sunset?

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Everyone likes a good sunrise or sunset, but people definitely fall into two different camps on these events. Most folks prefer sunsets to sunrises. I’ve talked to quite a few and they tell me that the reason for their preference … Continue reading

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Why America Is Moving Right

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America is moving closer to being a Republican-governed country even though a majority of its citizens identify as Democrats or Independents. How is this happening? Largely it’s a result of the dictates of the Constitution and the geographic movement of … Continue reading

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Who decides what a meaningful life is?

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I heard that question asked the other day. The obvious answer seems to be that we do, that each of us gets to decide what kind of life is meaningful and how we want to go about living it. But … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Solutions Don’t Always Fix Today’s Problems

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There comes a time in every democracy, in every nation, when we reach a crisis that can’t be handled in the usual ways, in the ways that we have traditionally managed those challenges. We understand the world by examining the … Continue reading

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To Cliché or Not to Cliché

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A cliché is generally defined as a phrase that is overused, betraying a lack of originality. And for the most part, speaking or writing with clichés should be avoided like the plague. But in today’s world, I’m not certain clichés … Continue reading

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Fix Your Writing Mistakes

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I’ve worked as an editor for over 25 years and have hosted Write On! Radio for the past dozen. I’ve spoken with authors young and old, good and bad, serious and frivolous. So there isn’t much that surprises me anymore … Continue reading

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What Is Our Duty to the Planet?

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I’ve been thinking about people quite a lot lately – how we influence the planet and its denizens – and I find myself questioning things I used to believe. Like how much we should try to mitigate the damage we … Continue reading

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Holidays

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Most of us love the holidays. We see them as a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones, setting aside the pressures and negativity that can threaten our health. And regardless of whether you like Christmas or Hanukkah, … Continue reading

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Everyone’s a Poet

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Or at least everyone should be. Playing with words produces joy and helps expand our vocabulary. Trying to find creative ways to say the same old things benefits our brains. So I try to write at least a few poems … Continue reading

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