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Can We Change?

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Are we capable of change? We like to think we are. We seek growth and personal fulfillment as we adapt to new circumstances, work towards New Year’s resolutions, promise to do better next time, vow not to repeat the mistakes … Continue reading

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The Resolution

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Wanda was used to making New Year’s resolutions and holding onto them for as many as 10 or 15 days. Mostly they involved exercise and diet and kept her miserable for the whole of January until she finally accepted that … Continue reading

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The Magic of Christmas?

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The holidays are upon us, that magical time of year when people become kinder and more introspective, more willing to change for the better, discarding “Bah, humbug!” for thoughtful giving, for peace and goodwill toward all, or so the myth … Continue reading

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Are Habits Good or Bad?

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We are encouraged at an early age to develop good habits. We are also creatures of habit. So I’ve been thinking about habits lately. Is it actually a good thing to cultivate habits or should we try to break free … Continue reading

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My Favorite Book

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I’ve published 7 novels now and I’m sometimes asked which is my favorite or which one is the best. That’s sort of like asking a parent which child is the favorite. For most parents, that’s a question they’re unlikely to … Continue reading

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You Can’t Go Home Again

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Recently, I decided to re-read You Can’t Go Home Again, Thomas Wolfe’s classic, and as I was working my way through Book VI, where George Webber is preparing to depart and then leaving Germany in 1936, I found parallels to … Continue reading

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Not Enough Money in the World

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We all want our government to pay for certain things. Those wants are different for different people, but we all want government to pay for something. The problem, however, is that there isn’t enough money to pay for all the … Continue reading

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Quid Pro Quo

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There’s been a lot of talk of quid pro quo lately and I think it’s worth discussing because it’s prevalent in our society, albeit rarely formalized. With Trump and Ukraine, for example, it’s pretty clear that there was a quid … Continue reading

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Weakness as Strength

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Weakness as strength is a Taoist thought. Lao Tzu said, “Nothing in the world is weaker than water but against the hard and the strong nothing outdoes it.” And Wang Tao said, “Eight feet of water can float a thousand-ton … Continue reading

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Giving Up

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When is the right time to give up? When is it okay to stop banging your head against the wall? Well, if you’re literally banging your head against a wall, I’d say you’re allowed to give up pretty much immediately. … Continue reading

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