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How to Turn Challenges into Great Adventures

Most of us don’t love challenges when they appear. We may have eaten our way into obesity, or the humor has evaporated from our marriage, or one of our children…

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Intimacy: How To Get Some

  Many years ago, trying to figure out a troubled marriage that would ultimately end in divorce, my wife and I consulted with a psychiatrist. After our first session, he…

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The National Anthem: Let’s Move Toward Larger Loyalties

One of the great attractions of tribalism is that you don’t actually have to think very much. All you need to know on any given subject is which side you’re…

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Why Is This Happening? Murder in Las Vegas and the State of Human Consciousness

Mass murder has once again demanded our attention as it does more and more often in the modern era. The murder and wounding of hundreds of innocent people in Las…

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How to Become a Poet or a Saint

Our Town, has charmed millions of people in the many decades since Thornton Wilder wrote and first staged it. The play is a loving look at two families and the…

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How to Stop Saying, I’m Only Human

Al, sheepishly explaining his infidelity to his wife who has just discovered it, “I’m only human.” Later, explaining to police why she stuck him in the groin with a kitchen…

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Can We Finally Stop Suffering?

“Life is suffering.” Buddha Are we still suffering? Suffering has one of two causes: 1. Physical malfunction that produces bodily pain. This is real suffering, but suffering that can be…

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Understanding Desires, Urges, and Obsessions

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The Trouble with Integrity

Lots of us are having trouble with our integrity. One of my friends, a trustworthy man who normally behaves with integrity, told me that he did some cheating recently. He…

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Achieving the Mood of a Warrior

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