“College is where liberal professors teach ‘ridiculous’ classes and indoctrinate students who hang out and protest all day long and cry on our dime. They’ve become elitist, politically correct institutions that often fail to provide practical skills for the job market” (Washington Post, 2017). Wow! That’s quite an indictment of American colleges and universities. But, is it accurate? Let’s…

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We’re all familiar with the story of the prodigal son, right? The parable can be found in the Bible, Luke 15:11-12, but here’s a refresher: A father had two sons, the younger of whom asked for and received an early inheritance. He quickly left home and squandered the money. Some time later, the prodigal son returned to the family,…

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Funny thing about obstacles – even though we view them as temporary roadblocks on the highway of life, very often they lead us on a completely different journey. You’ve no doubt read the inspiring stories of “average” people who suffer an unthinkable tragedy and use it to create a lasting, positive legacy – quite removed from the life they…

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Viktor Frankel, psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor, is the author of one of the most spiritually significant books of all time – Man’s Search for Meaning. In it, Frankel describes how human beings derive meaning from the events in our lives, particularly through our suffering. His inspirational words comfort those who strive to make sense out of the nonsensical,…

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I had big plans for today. Ok, maybe not big, as in flying-to-Hawaii big or meeting-Bill-Murray big (Bill Murray is the shit!) but bigger than sitting-home-watching-my-deck-turn-from-brown-to-white big. You see, here in Charleston (South Carolina), the mere mention of snow, ice, freezing rain, wintery mix, or any synonym thereof, results in a complete shutdown of the tri-county area, where flip-flops…

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Attention is valuable commodity. If you had any doubt, you need only watch your children fight for it.  The reason attention is so valuable is that it shines a spotlight on the things we hold dear. In other words, in spite of what we SAY is important to us, the objects of our attention reveal our true priorities. The…

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  For this special blog post, special because it falls on Christmas Eve, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane. I’ve scoured my journals to bring you some of the most memorable highlights of Christmas’s past. Christmas 1998: Evan was 6 months old, and I was already 3 months pregnant with Natalie (yes, I know how babies…

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  Have you noticed that things happen in threes? Well, the other day I saw three articles – one in the news, one on Facebook, and another on Twitter – all talking about the same thing! Naturally, I took that as a sign….there’s a there there. What’s more, I need to write about it. Pop Quiz! What skill set…

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On the subject of aging, which of these two quotes would you be most likely to utter? “Take all those candles out of the cake and nobody gets hurt!” “Just ’cause there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s not a fire inside!” If you tend to approach aging with a sense of dread, you’re not alone. According to…

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We’ve all heard of the midlife crisis, right? Some of us are hit hard, as in the “get-a-divorce-and-buy-a-sports-car” kind of crisis. Others can get away with just a nose ring or tattoo, or maybe even a boob job. The thing is, the root of the crisis is the same – as we age, we start to ponder the BIG…

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