Steve McEllistrem

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Near Death Experiences

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Most of us have heard about people who have had near-death experiences – seeing a bright light or loved ones who have crossed over or floating above their bodies and looking down at themselves. These experiences lead us to believe … Continue reading

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The Power of Placebos

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Many of us have heard of placebos – fake medical treatments that are used to analyze the efficacy of real treatments. But the interesting thing about placebos is that even though they aren’t real medical treatments, they have a real … Continue reading

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Losing the War

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We fight many battles in our lifetimes, some of them external, many more internal. We see perceived injustice – the world not operating the way we want it to – and we attack. Sometimes those battles are more easily understood … Continue reading

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Ramblings on Snow

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A single snowflake consists of many trillions of water molecules that form around a tiny particle of dust. A single snowman contains millions of snowflakes. A single snowstorm carries the seeds of thousands of snowmen. We think of snow as … Continue reading

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The Most Important Sense

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Answer quickly now: What’s the most important sense? Sight? Many of you probably said so. I have to disagree. Our sense of touch, which we take for granted, is by far the most important. Yes, the loss of sight or … Continue reading

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Why We Ignore What We Need

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We all have basic needs: food, water, shelter and clothing. Some would argue that we need love too or at least human connections, though plenty of people live without those things. Look at people with severe dementia or brain injuries, … Continue reading

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The Lone Leaf

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A lone leaf lingers on the lilac tree, rustling in the autumn breeze, oblivious to the demands of the outside world, the pressures that compelled its fellows to succumb: the dimming sun, the cooling nights, the hard rains and gusty … Continue reading

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Healing

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Now that the election is over, people say we need to come together and heal, unite behind our new president and move forward, but that just isn’t possible – and here’s why: Roughly half of our voting population wants a … Continue reading

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The Problem with Cats

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Cats. Many people love them – and why not? They can be enormously affectionate. In America, they are more popular pets than dogs. They enjoy playing with toys, particularly those that resemble prey. Is there anything cuter than cat videos? … Continue reading

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Election Season

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The election is almost upon us, and I have to say I don’t know for certain which candidate would best serve our country in the long run. One supports the status quo, the continuation of the policies of the past … Continue reading

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