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Finding the “Better Angel” of My Nature

July 27, 2018

Since we live in a world of “identifying” ourselves, let’s get the basics out of the way. I am a married white woman, a Christian, a mother, heterosexual, and over 55. I am college educated. I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats but lean towards Conservatism. I believe in the Constitution, I respect the Rule of Law, and I cherish the freedoms we enjoy in this country. Although I can be categorized in many ways, there are only two identities that truly define me: I am a child of a...

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The Lost Art of Civility

June 16, 2017

“Namaste” Is Not an Empty Phrase

Putting personal politics aside, I have been reflecting on how the November election continues to impact us as a nation.

Having spent many years in polite society, civility is a core element of who I am. From an early age, we were taught “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.” When formulating a response, my personal code of conduct requires that I ask myself “Is what I am about to say true, necessary, and kind?” I was brought up to build...

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Reflections from the Hallway

October 17, 2016

There’s an old adage that “God never closes one door without opening another.” While I believe this, most will agree that being in the hallway, between doors, can be a daunting experience. I recently found myself in a wholly unexpected transition with regards to employment. The details are unimportant. In the blink of an eye, I went from being a happy and productive employee to one whose position no longer existed.

At that moment, I had a choice. I could dive into a sea of despair or I...

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