There are some people who believe that the opposite of love is hate. I used to believe this, too. I used to believe that thinking about someone, hating them, and wishing they would change somehow, is just desserts for being somehow, awful. My anger then, was an inability to accept…

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The purpose of attaining and asserting dominance in any realm, is to avoid accountability.

In the past month, I read a few very interesting articles on what appears to be an aristocracy in America. First, there is “The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy”, a long, thorough accounting of how a wealthy aristocracy came to be in modern-day America. …

This one is mine.

How an open mind can clear the way for gratitude.

I just finished watching the HBO documentary, “The Bee Gees — How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”. I enjoyed the entire documentary. I especially liked learning that their falsetto singing style was improvised and adopted later in their career in pursuit of a new sound. …

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If being a billionaire was just about good investing we wouldn’t be talking about a tax on billionaires.

Just a few days ago, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a tax plan that he’s been working on for years. It’s deep, it’s complicated and it already has a simple name, “The Billionaires Income Tax”. The tax is estimated to hit about 700 people, which is a bit shy of…

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Does anybody really know what time it is?

Every day I read the news. Every day I see stories about people making poor decisions with really unhappy results. Every day I see people suffering from the results of their decisions. And every day, I see people projecting the end of this or the end of that. …

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Consider a replacement for the assumptions we make to arrive at a moral judgment of human failure.

25 years ago, I took a 60-hour course that taught me conflict resolution. I learned how to inquire, how to be vulnerable, how to be intimate, and how to resolve conflicts with other people. I think it was then that I got my first hint. …

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I thought the love of money was the root of all evil.

There seems to be this myth floating around conservative circles, search bubbles, and news shows. I think if I were to try to encapsulate it, I would say something like this:

Humans are basically evil. We can placate or subordinate our evil tendencies with money. If we dangle enough rewards…

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We have a reasonable expectation to know that our legislators represent our interests.

Krysten Sinema is an enigma. She gives few clues about her motives and her desires. She has insisted on keeping her negotiations with the president private. She insists on keeping the filibuster. She has consistently demonstrated why the filibuster must go.

Sinema has made a point of seeking bipartisanship. She…

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The Sierra Club has more empathy for coal miners than Joe Manchin.

By now, it should be no secret that Joe Manchin owns a coal company. Specifically, he owns a company that is a middle man between the power plants and the coal mines in his state. Manchin has spent decades building and running that business through his son.

He’s quiet about…

For relief from jealousy, find gratitude.

I live a life of relative peace. I’ve learned how to take a disturbance in my mind, get to know it, and quell it. I have spent decades trying to figure out how to find that peace within. I have benefited from an old saying, “the lesson will be repeated…


Husband, father, worker, philosopher, and observer. Plumbing the depths of consciousness to find the spring of happiness. Write on.

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