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October 12 , 2020 /

MAKING THE WORLD BETTER

I continue to observe our behaviors as human beings through learning and understanding how people develop over time, or in some cases, don’t.  I have looked at how we think, what motivates us, how we acquire our values and beliefs and why we do what we do. I worked in schools, universities and hospitals. I

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October 10 , 2020 /

SHEDDING AND SHREDDING

Although it’s Fall here in the northern hemisphere and the deciduous tree leaves change color and fall off in preparation for new growth, this is not about a favorite season.  There may however, be some similarities and I will trust you will be able to see what those are between the shedding of leaves and

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October 4 , 2020 /

A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER

As some of you know, I have a long history with civil rights and the issues surrounding race relations in these Disunited States.  I have written about it previously, documented some of my experience in the 60’s and posted another piece recently here, “Understanding Racism.” This one is a revision and update of a blog

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September 28 , 2020 /

HELP MAKE THE CHANGE

UNCERTAINTY At the beginning of this week, I was struck by the relevance of this question: “How do you adjust to an ever-changing situation where the ‘new normal’ is indefinite uncertainty?” From my perspective, there is nothing unusual with an “ever-changing situation” nor with “indefinite uncertainty.”  They are both part of the what we face

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September 23 , 2020 /

THE REACH AND IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here is a brief summary of some of the top influencers in the world of social media. The first social media site to reach a million monthly active users was MySpace – it achieved this milestone around 2004, about the same time as Facebook started.  This is arguably the beginning of social media as we

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September 16 , 2020 /

THE WAY IN IS THE WAY OUT

Several years ago, a neighbor/potter made, among many things, a beautiful salt shaker with one hole in the bottom.  Besides being an exquisite design, the function fulfilled the saying “The way in is the way out.”  We gave a number of those salt shakers to friends and family and at some point had a contest

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September 9 , 2020 /

THEN AND NOW

As an older person, I have a perspective on living conditions then and now because how I lived then is different from how I live now. I appreciate the differences. Then there were no digital devices on which to rely for communication, storage or photos, etc. Now there is a plethora of computers, chips and

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September 8 , 2020 /

GOD LAUGHS

There’s a saying around our house, “When we make plans, God laughs.”  I have tried parsing that numerous times without a lot of success and sometimes, it’s after plans go awry for one reason or another that we have to laugh. We know about hindsight.  It’s perfectly clear.   We know a fair amount about insight. 

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September 4 , 2020 /

POWER OF A NAME

Around the age of 2-3, we start to know ourselves as someone with an identity where we look in the mirror and say, “That’s me!”  I am somebody with a name. Our name becomes part of who we are, what we are called by our parents, our brothers and sisters and then by everyone whom

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