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Spirituality

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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Monday Mottoes – #139

Probably similar to yours, my life is quite complex. Schedules, appointments, family, associates, meals, countries and continents vie for attention. So we co-coordinate, shuffle engagements, hurry up, make it happen. I realized in the early morning hours that I know how to urge someone, “Hurry!” in a good handful of languages. Yet, no matter how…

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Benedetto Has Been to the Mountain

So we are finishing up our three-day retreat, or two-and-a-half day retreat, or two evenings and one full day and one half day retreat…. You can tell that the fresh mountain air is getting to me…. We had about three hours of free time one afternoon and my husband, Benedetto, set his heart on climbing…

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Repairing to a Retreat

I am on Cloud Nine. Over the past 24 hours my spirits have been lifted. Benedetto and I have taken a couple of days, time that we normally don’t have, since we can rarely spare two hours, much less two minutes, but we have left on a retreat. Shhh… quiet… conversation… no kids… some interactive…

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Terrorism, Tunnels and Biden’s Blunders

Joe Biden needs to sit down and be quiet. On Monday, he rebuked Israel, the only Middle Eastern democracy, just after they had been hit by a terror attack in Jerusalem. Apparently, that’s his friendly face. Earlier in the day, Israel had uncovered yet another terrorist tunnel from Gaza into Israel. This is particularly significant,…

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Monday Mottoes – #137

Outstanding people tend to stand out in a crowd. Good to remember in a day and age when many want to blend in and be like everybody else. There’s only one “you” out there. Your distinct mix of abilities, interests and talents cannot be duplicated, no matter how many others seem to be similar. Your…

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Monday Mottoes – #136

Thomas Edison has captured my attention of late. To me, he seems such a model of inspiration, of perseverance and of creativity. Unless you have contact with some start-ups or immigrants, this is not necessarily the kind of mindset that one often sees today. It simply strikes me as commonsense: if you keep trying, you’ll…

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Monday Mottoes – #135

Hello, I’m back. Wish I could say I took a snooze, but you know how that is! Hope that all is well with you. So we’re back to Monday and believing that another outstanding, power-packed week stretches before us. It always amazes me, how very similar circumstances or situations can face two people: one rises…

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The Good in Good Friday: Jesus!

Isaiah 53: 1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should…

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Social Justice for Suffering Christians

It’s Holy Week, that time between Palm Sunday and Easter, or Resurrection Day as many call it. And today, more Christians are suffering or being martyred than at any other time in human history. Approximately 10,000 Christians die each year for their faith. Where is the international outrage? Christians are the most persecuted religious group…