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Medicine for the Soul

That’s what my Mom called laughter. Do you laugh enough?  I don’t laugh enough.  So, I’ve decided it’s the next “to-do” on my health improvement list.  There are plenty of studies proving that laughing reduces stress, releases endorphins, relaxes muscles and so on.  But I don’t need a study to know it helps me. Here’s …

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Where Does It Hurt?

The homily last Sunday was centered on the theme, “where does it hurt?”.  Our priest’s point was that you cannot identify how to fix what ails you until you know what is really causing the pain. Most humans center on symptoms or what appears to hurt rather than focusing in on disease itself.  If we …

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Second Thoughts

My first thoughts are generally good. At this age and with my experience, I suppose they should be. But first thoughts are still only that: first thoughts. They should be only the beginning of a process of exploration. Rarely do first thoughts stand the tests of time and season. And clinging to first thoughts by resisting new facts is …

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No Self-made Man am I

The temptation for folks my age with some success is to explain that we are “self-made”.  We proudly build our story around “starting with nothing” then we bloviate about the long hours we spent building our success one brick at a time.    I find most commencement speeches tripe or, at best, creative stories by …

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Political Moderation

We interrupt “This Much I Know” series for this unpaid, somewhat political announcement: I made my way through college by working for the Republican Party.  I’d spend summer and fall quarters campaigning, making the money to spend on winter and spring at Ohio State.  With my BA in Political Science, I started (what I thought …

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