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Monday Mottoes – #221

Most of us like to hear of battles won overnight, whether it’s a fight for the corner office waged by someone doing very little, yet who has the eye or the ear of the boss, versus another employee who accomplishes amazing feats, while earning little recognition. It might be the struggle against ISIS, with the…

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A Hanukkah Thought

Hanukkah menorahs are like love: Alive with light, dancing, yet serene. Now you light the candles one by one, Undoing all the anger in your soul. Kindle, then, like candles thoughts that prove Kind and generous, and words that seem As sweet as silver songs, and when you’re done, How beautifully your burning heart will…

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10 Great Hospital Patient Gift Ideas

We all have friends or loved ones going through difficult health issues from time to time. For someone with a new baby, it’s easy enough to take an upbeat balloon and flowers to the hospital, but for those enduring long and serious health crises, here are some ideas that I considered recently when going to…

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Counterproductive “Days of Rage”

And so the Palestinians are rioting. What else is new? This is their default switch, their bottom line to which they return time and again. A bottom line is not a good place to live. I recall attending intensive Hebrew school when living in Jerusalem. It was time to beef up the lingua and move…

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Monday Mottoes – #219

It’s a risky business, this thing called life. You’ve got to be willing to take chances and challenge yourself. The easy thing is rarely the right thing, but that’s how character grows. People ask me a lot about my daily schedule and how I accomplish so much. They don’t see me rise before 3:00 am…

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How To Let It Go…

There seems to be a national epidemic sweeping our land. The most major illustration of this phenomenon arose following the presidential elections and culminated in Sen. John McCain’s recent suggestion to Hillary Clinton: Time to hush up and move on. Why keep living in the past? Why keep making excuses for failure? Why keep rehashing…

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Monday Mottoes – #218

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of great times with family and friends. Or, quiet and peaceful. Or, adventuresome and action-packed-! There’s something for everyone when you set out with the right intentions for your situation. Sometimes, you need to simply target what you really want or what would really work for your personality and…

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Holiday Stress Relief

In the same manner that some of us love the holidays, others feel overwhelmed by stress and judgment from relatives. They feel as though they don’t measure up, they say and do the wrong things, they appear as less-than. Obviously, whatever you can change that you want to change, do it. Beyond that, what can…

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How to Move Forward in Life

“I have no idea where we are…” I remarked to my companion. “Corner of Congress and State,” the distinguished gentleman in suit and tie replied, overhearing me and nodding toward the street signs. “Yes, I can see that,” I acknowledged, adding, “it’s more like how to get to where we are going, instead of where…

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Monday Mottoes – #216

It’s not a topic often covered in modernity with all of our hustle and bustle of superficiality and importance. Instead, it’s raw and hits us right where most of us live, even if trying to avoid the issue by a life unexamined: it’s the subject of right and wrong. Or good versus evil, since one…