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May Day

Today is my birthday so I painted my toenails, kissed the dogs, and ate some frosting. Life doesn’t get much better than that. If I said I flew to an exotic foreign destination with a dozen of my closest friends, you would become jealous. So I won’t say that. Instead, I will drink seltzer water…

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Monday Mottoes – #87

Later this week, it will be my birthday. A rather natural occurrence, I consider the alternative and am grateful. While I may look slightly different as the years pass by, I truly feel “myself”. Also, I believe that I have all of my faculties, although some might argue the fact…. Which brings us to today’s…

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ISIS’ Financial Crisis

From the beginning, it was clear that terrorists make terrible financiers. Good at death and destruction, pillaging, raping, and hostage-taking, ISIS didn’t peer far enough into the future to consider that they would need to subsidize their systematic horror. (As a matter of fact, they didn’t have the foresight to consider branding, since they changed…

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Monday Mottoes – #84

The longer I live, the more important it becomes to keep things simple. I am used to holding multiple meetings and appointments semi-simultaneously, burning the candle at both ends while burning the midnight oil and multi-tasking in 101 ways. It’s nuts. I maintain calendars that are like transparencies, where layer after layer may be added,…

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Was There Really an Exodus?

All sorts of new theories abound claiming that there is no evidence of a Biblical Exodus where the Israelites were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years and then came out, led by Moses, heading for their ancestral home, Israel. You know, the story made popular by Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 “The Ten Commandments” movie…

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Passover Drama

The first Passover included tons of drama as the people of Israel exited the slavery of Egypt under the strong hand of the Lord. So traumatized was the Pharaoh of the time that history records him as leaving his usual war campaigns and keeping a low profile for many years thereafter. It’s no different today….

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Do You Believe?

As Passover and Easter approach, it seems like a rather legitimate question: do you believe? And thus, Pure Flix has unveiled its latest movie offering on the big screen of theaters near you, entitled, Do You Believe? For those not in the know or flow, it’s a Christian movie (the big cross in all of…

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Terrorists Claiming the Hearts & Minds of a Generation

It baffles the mind, it really does. Why would suburban teens and twentysomethings from other countries rally to join the bloody rampage of ISIS? Too many videogames where virtual enemies are happily snuffed out by warm and well-fed young people? I would argue that most everyone was created to live for something. Or fall for…

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Gender Confusion at the Gym: Planet Fitness Plays Dumb

Oh. come. on. You gotta be kidding. After 100 years, I finally join the gym. I plunk down my $10/month and work out a couple of times a week, interspersing with my normal outdoor routine. I wait till the new year rush of January/February resolution-makers runs out and at last, I feel hopeful that I…

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The Road Less Traveled: Staying Home for Spring Break

Exhaustion, snow storms, the economy, or any of a number of other considerations can lead folks to stay home come spring break. I mean, if you can’t get away, you can’t. Often thought to be a vacation time for college students, many professionals and families in the Northeast and Midwest are ready to head somewhere,…

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