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Dancing for Kindness

As you may know, dance has played an important part in my life. There’s something transcendent about the union of body, mind and spirit that happens through dance. Whether its the sweet progression of a Viennese Waltz by Strauss or pounding beats of a Samba or New York Hustle, the movement, in synchronization with yourself […]

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They’re My Cousin

In early July 2014, I was sitting in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, excitedly awaiting the first keynote of one of my favorite conferences during the year, WDS. This year, A.J. Jacobs, known for pouring his everything into his life experiments and writings was the opening keynote. During his career he has done many things, […]

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Accept Me, Please

Recently, our neighborhood experienced a great tragedy. A beautiful, young teenage girl committed suicide. I don’t know the reasons why, but the inevitable question that was first expressed by many was, “Was she bullied?” Bullying is an epidemic here in our nation. In one study, roughly 49% of children grades 4–12 reported being bullied at […]

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The Welsh Musical Heritage

A few months ago I took a short holiday in the beautiful Welsh countryside. While I have ancestors who came from this particularly beautiful and pastoral part of the British Isles, I’d never spent any time there. My trips to the UK generally consisted of visits mainly to London and its surrounds. Wales was a […]

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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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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 […]