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There Was a Time

When folks were cordial to one another.When manners mattered.When there was a standard of dress.When people danced to songs. Together.When men were brave.When standards stood.When we shook hands.When diplomats would negotiatewith citizens in mind.When history mattered.When literature was read.When we were proud of our trades.When apprenticeship counted.When men tipped their…

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Somewhere in the Gap

My life has been sculpted by a handful of men. And as I related to Dr. Matthew Hinsley stories about all these mentors, he asked me: “How did you know which mentor to follow?”  The answer to this question is somewhere in the seeking part. You see, two percenters* all…

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More Than Merely Pandemic

The flu is contagious. Coronavirus highly so. When contagion is spread throughout the world it’s called a pandemic. Follow me here: I quote from Bill Wilson: “Fears set in motion trains of circumstances that brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we, set the ball rolling?”…

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Plague of the Negative Bias

  The Nielsen Norman group states: “Negativity bias is the tendency for humans to give more weight to negative experiences.” So, If our dominant thoughts shape our material environment, we may be attracting misfortune more often than we attract good fortune to our lives.  Listen to the banter in your…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Calmness

First we must wish to be calm. Then we must wish to remain so. (A decision has to be made). A morning prayer recited. Listing things that make us grateful. Guided meditation. A reading for the day. These are all activities that still the mind. And these moments of stillness…

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Calm At All Costs

I was following the thread of an idea in the last few blogs: size matters. Physical size matters of course, but what is the advantage to being emotionally small? And what indeed is emotional smallness? First let me state that for me emotional smallness comes from a discipline that attempts…

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The Dichotomy of a Spiritual Goal

During a conversation with Rabbi Byron Sherwin (of blessed memory), I stated that I set spiritual goals. He correctly observed that one can’t attain spiritual goals, one can only hope to perceive them. I can, however, develop spiritual exercises that are attainable, and hope that these positive actions will create…

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Size Matters Still

Returning to our discussion of a disciplined life: Older must be smaller. Physicality Is easy to discern. Much is accomplished by losing weight as we age. TV is full of it. But how do we make less in other areas and bring strength to the aging process? How can emotional…

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Size Matters

Size matters. No, really. I’ve gotten smaller in nearly every way as I step in to my seventh decade; and it is as it should be. Over the next few months I’ll explain about the incredible shrinking me in several areas of my life: physical, material, and emotional/spiritual. First the…

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Small Good Choices

Small Good Choices Okay – so together we’ve written a set of Dreamlike days that is a representative of a perfect life sometime in the future. The perfect spiritual day, a perfect set of emotions as we deal with others in a kind and considerate manner. We’ve written about all…

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