Steve McEllistrem

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Marriage, Partnerships and Family

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Each of us has a natural state, a place we’re most comfortable inhabiting. We don’t necessarily stay there, and that state can change over time, but we all tend to lean toward isolation or company at various times in our … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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We chase happiness. We hunt it down like predators. And when we finally catch it, we worry it in our jaws, shaking it back and forth until it slips away. Something else comes along to distract us. Another shiny bauble … Continue reading

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Get Friendly, People

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Our lives, over the past twenty-five years or so, have become increasingly hectic, almost frenetic. The demands of home, work and even such simple things as commuting have grown, eating away at more and more of our time until we … Continue reading

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Should Everyone Have an Equal Voice?

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Do we all deserve to be listened to equally? Or do some of us deserve more heft? In a perfect world, where everyone gave equal thought to every issue, where worries about universal health care took up the same amount … Continue reading

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Everyone Is a Contrarian

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It seems odd to make this pronouncement. After all, if everyone is a contrarian, then how can there be a majority viewpoint on anything? But here’s the qualifier: not everyone is a contrarian on all issues. We are only contrarians … Continue reading

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Why Definitions Matter

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Definitions are vital. No matter what you’re trying to convey, you need to know how others define what it is you’re talking about. People often believe that it’s easy to know a definition and that once you do, everyone who … Continue reading

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Should We Really Forgive Our Trespassers?

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When I am wronged, I find it difficult to forgive. My sense of fairness activates, screaming for balance in the world, demanding justice, sometimes even for the smallest of slights. And the greater the harm, the more my heart hardens, … Continue reading

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Our Unhealthy Future

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The older generation is slowly yielding to the ravages of decay and the inevitable march of time. But they have lived full lives, enjoying the greatest average prosperity the world has ever known, doing better than their parents in almost … Continue reading

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Do We Still Need Unions?

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Unions are on the decline, and have been for many years. Should we care? Are unions even necessary anymore? Some would argue yes; some no. Many people believe unions were only needed in the early days of the industrial revolution … Continue reading

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Voting for Change

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I’ve spoken with many people about the issue of voting over the years and one of the comments I get most often is from people reasonably happy with the status quo who say that if people want change, then they … Continue reading

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