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Exposing The Waste For All To See
A friend told me about a time he met a Navajo Indian on a reservation in Arizona. The Navajo man tossed a can he was drinking from out onto the open ground. Taken aback, my friend questioned him about his act of littering, asking him if he cared about his land or not. The Navajo man responded by saying, “Over here, over there, what’s the difference? Are we really doing something by burying it?” So true. The idea of taking our garbage to the landfill, burying it or burning it doesn’t solve the problem of waste. It only manages it. We’re...
How Sin Mirrors HIV
Death Lives in Us We all know there are bacteria and other microscopic organisms within our bodies right now that could kill us. As long as each of those simple, yet potentially harmful, life forms stay in the region of the body they’re supposed to, they’re not a threat. However, if they spread or move out of their “designated area” – that’s where the trouble begins. For instance if the e-coli bacteria in your lower intestines was somehow introduced farther up your digestive track there is a strong likelihood that you would get very sick and even die. That potential...
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Why I’m Afraid to Admit I’m Bipolar
Writing this blog post is the hardest writing assignment I’ve ever given myself. Harder than writing a novel. Harder than writing about my battle with anorexia. Harder than writing my query letter or even my hated novel synopsis. It’s hard because I’m afraid of what the reaction will be. Here it is: I’m bipolar. In my off-line life, I’ve shared this with friends. Most have been supportive, though sometimes baffled. (You? Bipolar? I thought you were just depressed!) A handful have dropped me. Some have dismissed it. A cherished few have bent over backwards to help me, pray for me,...
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“How Are You?” “Depressed. How Are You?”
I know I was supposed to be paying attention to the sermon in church yesterday, but I wasn’t.  I was busy paying attention to the sermon inside me that said, “Don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry.”  Why not cry?  Because a loved one hadn’t died and I hadn’t broken my arm five minutes earlier and my family adores me.  And I was in public. OK, so I was having a bad day, right?  Or feel like my life sucks?  Or I’m just a naturally negative person.  No.  What about: I have clinical depression, and depression is my “normal”.  There’s a...
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Mahatma’s Seven Deadly Sins
Mohandas Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern history considered these seven issues to be perilous to humanity. Wealth without Work Pleasure without Conscience Science without Humanity Knowledge without Character Politics without Principle Commerce without Morality Worship without Sacrifice About ten years ago there was a huge “work/life balance” movement in the business space that came out of Silicon Valley. It created a great conversation for those who would become slaves to the Internet bubble, and it’s promises of millions if you just worked 60 hours work weeks.  And then there was the counterbalance movement, which said balance...
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