Yesterday, my 7 year old grandson had a dilemma: Mom wanted him to do his chores, He did not want to. Being gifted at drawing people out with kindness, Mother asked why? Well, his name means “Happiness and Joy”, and he is not happy doing chores so shouldn’t have to. As a parent, you know…

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Humanity has for millennia given the Divine credit for permitting all the woes of life. Paradoxically, when good things happen, the majority of us chalk it up to: “Good luck”, “Skill”, or even one’s own “Intelligence”. I find it ironic that we only accept credit, generally speaking, when good things happen, and deny responsibility for…

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The 1960’s to mid 70’s can arguably be labeled the last decades the western diet was healthy. By the mid 70’s, western governments and scientists decided they could improve the human condition globally by altering and improving the characteristics of foods. What they could not foresee, was the impact genetically modified foods would have on…

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I would like to think my tolerance is limitless. Truth be told, it isn’t. I have lived as a monk for 9 years. My mission, to understand the whats and whys of life challenges. Included is to understand my limits, and how to improve upon them. I believe our personalities are similar to balloons…once we…

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Has China broken with tradition? For most of my life I have admired the rich, ancient culture and history of China. Wisdom from teachers such as Sun Tzu, Lao Tzu, Confucius and Mencius to name a few, have influenced the world over for millenia. Such ideals and insights have shaped mans thinking as to not…

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You ever wonder what it would be like to live 1000 years? I do. There are some draw backs to be sure, but would they be enough to change my mind? I would out-live everyone I love. I would need to learn new technologies as they develop. I would likely need to learn new languages…

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