Black and Blue

““Tis the season to be…..” For many, the concluding line isn’t “to be jolly” but rather any number of other adjectives will be used to define this time of year. With the frenzy that comes with Black Friday and the subsequent Blues that come with season, many are left feeling battered and quite frankly, black and blue. How can you not only survive, but thrive, during the season? 1. To help stay in the ‘black” financially, make a...

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The Privilege to Vote

1776, 1870, 1920, 1965: Important dates in our nation’s history for they represent not only independence from Britain, but establishing rights in a democratic society. With the passing of the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, all American citizens, regardless of gender or skin color, were granted the right to have a share in the democratic process. Yet today, over 50 years since president Lyndon Johnson...

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Deja BOO

This past week I finished a novel and watched a movie, each based on an historical occurrence.  Both novel and movie featured characters that lived an exceptional experience that had a long term impact on their psyche. The novel was entitled The Lilac Girls:  Set during World War II, it told the story of three women.  Two were involved in the medical experiments at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp during the Nazi regime. The third woman,...

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Repair and Maintenance

In the town where I live and work there is a shoe cobbler who takes the time to restore and repair leather goods. His belief, as stated on his website, is “that if you care for and repair items made from quality materials with skill and love, they will last for years.”  Shoe cobblers are a dying breed, but their statement serves as a useful metaphor for our own lives. Just as we value our homes, our cars, and yes, even our shoes, seeking...

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Red, White, and Blue

Red white and blue–three colors that symbolize patriotism, nationalism, and pride. They are reflected in the flags that adorn front porches of many homes as well as the Pledge of Allegiance recited by rote. These colors have also come to represent a divide.  Red, symbolic of the Republican Party, and blue the Democratic Party while white acts as the divide between the two. With each of these parties recently hosting four-day national...

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Swimming Upstream

Nature shows fascinate viewers with the struggle of salmon to swim upstream to spawn.  This natural instinct seems to go against the very laws of physics.  We often hear others who struggle use the phrase…”it’s like swimming against the current.” Yet, each Fall Pacific salmon leave their salt water homes and return to fresh water to reproduce.  Despite myriads of obstacles en route, they power on, thus completing their life...

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Cruising, Chaos, Crashing. Crisis, Calling…Heeding the Signs of Struggle

Survival is at the core of each and every living thing. In Darwinian terms, it is the survival of the fittest that those who exist do just that. When we stumble a little, fall down, feel overwhelmed it is the fight, or lack thereof, that allows to either continue on or give up. This inherent goal of survival also speaks of strength or weakness.  Those who believe they are strong and can do without help are the same individuals who can become...

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