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Christmas Gifts

In the penultimate scene of Dr. Seuss‘ 1957 classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch stands, feet freezing in the snow, to hear the anguished cries of the present-less (and presumed Christmas-less) Whos down in Who-ville. Instead, to his surprise, he heard their thankful singing rise up over the snow. And, he was puzzled. […]

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Superhero

This morning I had a very special experience… I went to the funeral of a child. Admittedly, this generally this does not rank very high on the list of things I want to do on a beautiful Saturday morning. Funerals are emotional times, especially when the deceased is a young child, whose short life, still […]

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The Fruits of Fear

This last weekend I had the great opportunity to attend the World Domination Summit (WDS 2014). For those of you who are new to the blog, you’ll see a number of references to it made throughout the year. It’s a community of people built on the values of Community, Adventure and Service, a powerful triumvirate. […]

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Taking a Stand Against Slavery

Earlier today, a groundbreaking interfaith initiative, the Global Freedom Network, was announced. A collaboration between the Vatican, the Anglican Church and the grand imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, the renown seat of Sunni Islam learning, this project aims to fight against worldwide through government and business initiatives. Worldwide, it is estimated over 30 […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part III

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III] This is the final installment highlighting the stories of WDS attendees from this last year. In this last video, attendees were only given one minute each to tell their story (though it wasn’t strictly enforced). They talk about: Finding the right company to work for and making it happen […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part II

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III – coming soon] Last week I started this three-part series of sharing WDS attendee stories. In this session, five attendees spoke of their passions and how it applied to all the others in attendance. They spoke of: Inviting those with disabilities to participate and contribute to the world around […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part I

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III – coming soon] Last year I attended WDS for the first time. At this point, I’m sure there are some of my friends who are a little tired of hearing about how amazing the conference was. I bring it up here again because I’m now in the planning phase […]

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War and Sacred Blood

This blog is all about “seeing the good in the world” and not focusing on the terrible. We have the nightly news to handle that for us. So, to have a post with the words “War” and “Blood” in the title seems a bit of a contradiction. Hopefully, you’ll hear me out on this one. […]

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Hugs and the Human Touch

All of us crave connection, that feeling of being known, seen and appreciated, and one of the primary ways we have fulfilled this need throughout human history is through touch. Now, I’m not talking about “creepy” touch or “sexual” touch, but instead the simple, innocent physical interactions between people. It’s the shaking of hands, patting […]

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Handwritten

Last week I wrote a bit about books and my love for them. It’s true, there’s nothing that quite compares with the feel of a beautifully bound leather novel resting contently in one’s hands. If you’re lucky, the volume is old and the smell of the paper speaks of a bygone era and well earned […]

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