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It’s the Morning After: What Have We Done?

Yesterday American voters had the chance to elect or re-elect their public representatives and to voice their opinions about ballot issues. Yesterday, the American

What have we done? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Two seagulls on the beach, walking away from each other

Listening can be hard and making assumptions about what another has said can lead to a fracture in a relationship.

people spoke their truth. Now it’s time for those elected to honor their promises to us. I’m not sure we know what those promises really are. I’m not sure that we really heard what all the candidates have said over the long campaign season. Worse, I’m not sure that those we have elected have heard what we really meant. Continue reading

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Too Much of a Good Thing Really is Bad for You

I heard Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point, speak a few weeks ago. He spoke about linear thinking – the idea that because we know something

Too Much of a Good Thing Really is Bad for You, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, arching pillars on a building, arching windows

No matter how high our heights, at some point the benefit of more levels off, and then, an inevitable decline brings us back down again.

is good for us, we assume that more of it must be better. The truth, he said, is far more complicated, and it’s important to understand that many things are only good for us up to a certain point. After that, what we know to be good things become, in our ignorance, bad things. Continue reading

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You Talkin’ to Me?

“We the People”  love the First Amendment, and during this political season, we especially enjoy the right of assembly and the right of free speech the

First Amendment, You Talkin' to Me? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, carved, lighted pumpkin on brick pillar with copious seeds and stringy pulp

Some people mistakenly believe spewing a viewpoint is the same as engaging in true conversation.

amendment affords. These two rights sometimes merge on the Internet, and no where more easily than on Facebook. Some people spend so much time there bashing any ideas, candidates and party not aligned with their own views, they have no time to listen to the views of anyone else.

Of course, these people are not interested in listening. They are not intent on establishing a connection with me. That’s the truth that bears further consideration. Continue reading

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