Steve McEllistrem

The Devereaux Dilemma

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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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Managing Expectations

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The world often gives us something other than what we expected. We go to a movie and walk out disappointed that it wasn’t exactly what we wished for when we went inside. Or we finish the work day and on … Continue reading

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Dear Id

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The certitude of your betrayal Outrages my soul Overwhelms my infinite capacity for hope For a brief time As I contemplate how idiotic Your actions and opinions always were. I wonder how anyone can attain Such an advanced age Hold … Continue reading

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The Slow March of Truth

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For most people, facts still matter. But for a few of us, they no longer do. Why? One problem is the easy access of information and misinformation on the Internet. When you can open your phone or computer and search … Continue reading

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Progress for Progress’ Sake

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Newton’s third law of motion says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is true for progress too. Every time we move forward, part of our society moves backward. What I mean by this is … Continue reading

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Summer in the City

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I live not in the heart of the city but rather an inner ring suburb – relatively close to the downtowns and yet with a lawn that contains a few trees beside a small lake that’s more accurately described as … Continue reading

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My Garage, My Driveway

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When I first moved into my home, there was no garage, only a small shed for storing tools and my one-human-power reel lawnmower. The previous owners of the property made do for nearly thirty years parking on the street or … Continue reading

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