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Heart-to-Heart Connections

Loneliness. All alone and feeling blue. Countless songs have been written about feeling lonely, disconnected or isolated. These emotions, along with apathy are far too common these days. Older adults, young adults and children. All ethnic backgrounds, all genders, share feelings of aloneness. Connecting with others on a heart-to-heart level promotes the opposite; well-being, passion […]

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“In God We Trust”, Really, or do we Have Trust Issues?

We know that people have trust issues, right? What is the real issue around trust? In America you will find that proffer emblazoned on our currency, since 1864. Strong Christian beliefs held by the country’s founders are credited with dictating that a connection be shown to the basis of their trust. Over these many years […]

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On Valentine’s Day, He Says, “Be Mine”

Besides the miniature heart-shaped candies with the term “Be Mine”, you have probably seen countless items emblazoned with that sentiment. There may even be diamonds and rubies along a gargantuan mass of cards and flowers handed out today, as a demonstration of love. On Valentine’s Day many people are looking for the invitation to “be […]

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Making a List and Checking it Twice, Planning for a Better Year

  As we come to the end of 2016 it is wise to take some time to reflect. We probably have as many if not more concerns than we had last year at this time. I am making a list and checking it twice; over the next several days! My list has nothing to do […]

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Be Sober, the Lack of Alcohol Does Not Cause One to be Sober

I grew up in a home with an alcoholic parent. The uncertainty, the violence, the feeling of living in chaos was ever present. It is likely that many of you had similar experiences. There are more than 12 million alcoholics in the United States.  As a child one of the things I vowed to do […]

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Yes or No; It’s Your Choice

Though these words are small when we look at the space that they occupy on paper, they speak volumes in our collective lives; yes or no. The course of action we take is related to one of these words leading to a complex series of solutions to queries that may appear to be simple. Yes […]

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It’s Time For Lemonade

The temperature is rising. School’s out for summer. Blockbuster movies, with high paid celebrities are being rolled out. There is a buzz in the air about leisurely travel. It’s time for lemonade! While school and some of our regular duties may be on hold, the complex issues that make living in this time frame fraught […]