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You Can Stop People from Deceiving You

You can’t stop someone from intentionally lying to you, but you can stop them from deceiving you.

 We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The first step is to choose to be aware that some people in your life are less than honest about their accomplishments and experiences. What they say may have elements of truth, but they marshal those facts in a way to give you a wholly false understanding of themselves. Your misunderstanding is not accidental, and it is up to you to uncover the deceptions if you want your relationship to be built on honesty.   Continue reading

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Veterans Day Recognizes Sacrifice and Commitment

On today, Veterans Day, we honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and commitment to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We are reminded to think about the sacrifices and service of the men and women who have valiantly and selflessly committed themselves to military service to bring freedom and democracy to persons in other countries and under other government rule.

American flag, white fence, small headstone, pots of mums in purple, yellow and orange.

We make and keep commitments and willingly sacrifice so that others may enjoy a better life.

They fight so that others might enjoy the same freedoms we enjoy, and to ensure we continue to enjoy those freedoms ourselves.

It got me to thinking about how those of us not in the military are also committed to serve others and make sacrifices for them right here at home, every day.

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Give a Cheer for Independence!

No day is happier for Americans than today, July 4,  the day we celebrate our Declaration of Independence.

Spider and palm fireworks against a black sky

We celebrate the unlimited possibilities of what can be accomplished when we set out to build a brighter future

The principles upon which our country was founded, as embodied in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, are freedoms we struggle with every day as a democratic nation.    Continue reading

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