Guess what? I am a neophiliac! I just realized there is a word for those of us who constantly crave new or novel experiences. Traditionally, novelty-seeking has been thought of as a negative trait, due to its correlation with impulsiveness, extravagance, and substance abuse (we are easily bored and perhaps, therefore, seek alternative states of consciousness). However, researchers now…

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  The other day, a colleague and I were having a philosophical discussion (in other words, we were talking about religion). As we contemplated various religious practices, wondering about their purpose and benefit, we of course, hit upon the practice of confession. I mentioned that when I lived in south Texas, I would sometimes attend church with my Catholic…

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I married my high school sweetheart during my second year of college. As you may have guessed it wasn’t the wisest decision I’ve ever made, and it was a difficult four years. However, when all was said and done, I wound up back in my hometown of Wilmington, NC, which actually worked in my favor, because it was there…

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As many of you know, I am the School Counseling Director of the alternative school in my district. I work with 80-100 students in grades 6-12, many of whom have behavioral challenges. During this past school year, I completed an intensive course in Motivational Interviewing. Because MI is an evidence-based counseling technique that helps strengthen intrinsic motivation for change,…

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Disclaimer: Remember in my first blog when I asked my readers for one favor – read with an open mind? Well… With that out of the way, let’s jump right in! As you know from my radio interview, I’ve spent a great deal of time wrestling with many of the tenets of my Christian faith and attempting to reconcile…

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  Those of you who, like me, grew up in the 70s and 80s realize the incredible speed with which technology has advanced over the past 40-50 years. Shoot, I remember as a pre-teen, taking family road trips to Florida to visit relatives. My brother and I would sit in the back of the station wagon re-playing episodes of…

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I recently ran across an opinion piece in The Week, entitled The Ugly Truth of Canada’s Welfare State, by Shikha Dalmia. The very first paragraph struck me… She wrote, “The central project of the liberal welfare state is to build a society based on a high-minded ethic of altruism rather than narrow self-interest. The whole point is to create…

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  The other morning, I was awoken (a bit early) with The Sound of Silence playing in my head – you know, that new cover by Disturbed (it’s awesome, right?!). I’ve been around long enough to know that God often speaks to me very early in the morning, during that twilight time between wakefulness and sleep, when the gates…

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My 18-year-old son, Evan, is an awesome young man (even if I am a bit partial), and is on the verge of permanently leaving the nest to embark on his adult life! He has always been a quiet, thoughtful, introspective child, which has its pros and cons. On the plus side, he wasn’t a defiant or rambunctious boy. In…

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It is August of 2015, and the principal of my high school stands up to address the staff during our first faculty meeting after summer vacation – tough crowd! “It’s all about relationships,” she pronounced. She goes on to explain that she has done a lot of reflection over the break, and she came to the following conclusion: Unless…

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