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The Funny Thing About Hell

Winston Churchill said, “When going through hell, keep going,” and he was right. Despair can be that hell – the feeling that life will always be as awful as it is right now,

Brad W Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Funny Thing about Hell Cast bronze of five men in overcoats and hats, lined up outside a brick building about to enter the door.

Especially in our darkest, most bleak moments, we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other; it’s the only way to move through hell to where better times wait.

that nothing will ever change, and perhaps even that you don’t deserve any other kind of life. That’s the funny thing about hell, you can’t tell how big it is or how long the journey through it until that day when you can look back and realize it is now behind you.

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5 Ways to be the Perfect Thanksgiving Host in Difficult Circumstances

This is a busy and important week for most American families as we prepare for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

a hug of support between men, Brad W. Smith photographer Alt: White man, black man, in a hug of friendship in a private home.

We come together to celebrate our relationships with each other, to rejoice in our blessings and support each other in our sorrows.

There’s a lot to be done, especially if you’re the host or hostess. You want everything to be perfect, including the conversation.

With the unemployment rate nationally still at more than 7%, chances are pretty good that one or more of your guests will be unemployed or significantly underemployed. Continue reading

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Labor Day Celebrates our Commitment to Others

The work we do deserves far more recognition than the pay we receive and so today, Labor Day, we recognize and celebrate the commitment of workers to their families and their communities.

White man building a wood framework for sandbox with playhouse over the top. Utility truck in background. Backyard grass and trees.

Payments come in many forms, not just cash. We labor for our family and friends as part of our commitment to them.

When we look at work as a form of commitment, it is easy to see how commitment comes in many forms not signified by a paycheck. Consider all the work that is only legally recognized as labor if money changes hands: housework, child care, car repair, lawn care, home maintenance, volunteer services of all sorts. Continue reading

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