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The Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lives On in All of Us

Today we honor and remember Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who above all else, was governed by personal boundaries and values.

The Dream of Martin Luther King, Lincoln Memorial, Brad W. Smith photographer

Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

While Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed when I was too young to comprehend his significance, my parents taught me those same values.

I spent some time recently reading his famous quotes and was struck by how my own principles parallel his. I have codified my values in my own eight Life Amendments. I use this code of conduct to go forward in life assured I am adhering to my precious values.

If we are to go forward, we must go back

and rediscover those precious values – that

all reality hinges on moral foundations 

and that all reality has spiritual control.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I look at my Life Amendments, I see Martin Luther King, Jr’s influence on my life and see how his dream lives on.  His dream lives on in all of us through our actions and words.
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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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It’s Time for a Real Get-Away

Have you ever longed for a real get-away, by yourself, for a few days or even weeks? Of course you have. There’s that siren call of chucking every obligation in our hectic lives, just

Respite on Hell’s Half Acre, off the coast of Maine

walking away from every loathsome chore. We deserve a little freedom from the burdens of life. We fantasize that if we do, we’ll be rewarded with peace and restoration. We seek sufficient sleep.

But when people give in to this call, what do they do next? They get out the credit card and book themselves into a holiday they can barely afford, and pack it full of ‘experiences.’ They call it a ‘get-away’ and yet, they don’t get away from much of anything, and when they come home, they’re exhausted and feel further behind. Continue reading

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