Crossroads: America’s Gollum Moment

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the character Gollum is entranced by the One Ring of gold. His attention is so consumed by what he calls “My Precious” that he is unable to comprehend how the world is changing around him, the consequences of his actions, or their implications for the future. His focus… Read more »

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How to Save a Life

We are living in what I’ve been calling our brave new world.  The pandemic has forced us all out of our comfort zones as we continue to face unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, our youth seem to be experiencing the brunt of the fallout. The results from a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and… Read more »

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What I Am Not

What is your name? Not your given name, not the name on your birth certificate. I am referring to the name you are called when a person judges you from the lowest common denominator of their belief system; the place where bias and prejudice are formed and reside.

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What I Am Not

What is your name? Not your given name, not the name on your birth certificate. I am referring to the name you are called when a person judges you from the lowest common denominator of their belief system; the place where bias and prejudice are formed and reside. We are living in complex times. As… Read more »

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The Next Greatest Generation

The depth and breadth of a crisis is never determined by the event itself. These boundaries are always defined by the quality and effectiveness of our response. Unfortunately, at a time when individual efforts need to be aligned to form a cooperative community response to an assortment of global crises, we instead find ourselves in panicked… Read more »

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The Next Greatest Generation

The depth and breadth of a crisis is never determined by the event itself. These boundaries are always defined by the quality and effectiveness of our response. Unfortunately, at a time when individual efforts need to be aligned to form a cooperative community response to an assortment of global crises, we instead find ourselves in… Read more »

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Making a Choice to Make a Difference

Blessings – having parents who love and care for you. Blessings – having a roof over your head. Blessings – knowing when you’ll eat again. I am blessed. I will never forget the day I realized others were not.

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When the News Media Diminish, We All Do

This statement from an influential conservative commentator terrifies me, and that’s not a comment on Glenn Beck’s political positions. It is to say that when journalism is under fire, we all are. A weakening of the Fourth Estate is dangerous to both sides of any political aisle, including mainstream parties, the center and the fringes.

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Bring in the Game Changers!

When we are in real trouble, who do we turn to? As kids, perhaps we turn to parents and teachers. As adults, we turn to mentors, elders, veterans and experts in the field, people who have been through worse or more challenging circumstances and survived. These are game changers who need to be at the… Read more »

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