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Switch to Creative Commons

You’ve likely noticed several recent changes to the website, as I’ve been updating it with new features. Today’ I’d like to announce the most exciting. This blog is now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you are unfamiliar with how Creative Commons works, here’s a short explanatory video:  I’ve been a […]

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The Library Book Game

Even though my library of eBooks has continued to grow, I find there’s nothing quite like the feel of an actual book in-hand. Books have always fascinated me. They contain not only knowledge, but also represent something very human. Even my books on the most esoteric and weird subjects are works of passion. I need […]

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Four Things Ballroom Dance Taught Me

If you were to look at me now, ‘professional dancer’ isn’t a descriptive term that is likely to spring immediately to mind. Years of a desk job do things to you. Yet, at one point in my life I held that title, meaning I was paid to dance or, more specifically, I was paid to […]

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The Songs Belong to Everyone

Music is one of the most precious gifts we all share collectively. It moves us in ways that nothing else can. It opens the eyes, broadens the mind and reaches a part of the soul beyond the senses. Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it […]

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Living Beyond Our Limits

If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the way Amy Purdy opened her 2011 TEDxOrangeCoast talk. And, it’s fitting for one with such an amazing story. At age 19, she was taken to the emergency room suffering from flu-like symptoms. She was […]

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The Mansion and Other Christmas Stories

I live in an absolutely wonderful neighborhood. Unlike other places where I’ve lived, here I personally know the majority of the people who live within a several block radius of my home. And, they know me. I can’t really describe the feeling of being part of a community that’s, well, actually a real physical community. […]

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Winning the War on Polio

January 13, 2014, India was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization. Five years ago, India accounted for nearly half the new polio cases in the world, but has now gone three years without a single case of wild poliovirus. It is an amazing feat that speaks to the dedication of doctors, volunteers and many […]

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International Bank of You

I have recently ordered and wait in great anticipation for my copy of Bob Harris‘ The International Bank of Bob. It’s the story of how one man decided to verify his micro-lending made through kiva.org actually made a difference. So, he traveled out into the world to meet the people to whom he’d made loans. […]

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Kindness and Consequence

I just wanted to share a quick Christmas Eve reminder of the importance of kindness in our world. Orly Wahba is the founder of Life Vest Inside, a non-profit with the mission to “To EMPOWER and UNITE the world with KINDNESS”.

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New Look and Feel

I’ve just finished another upgrade to the system, and you will notice an entirely new look and feel. Let me know what you think. I’ve also moved to a new host, which should provide even better service. – Trev