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Building Relationships

It is funny how we talk about building relationships; yet, we do not seem to spend a lot of time focused on what we mean by “building.” At some point in life we realize relationships are constructed. When that specifically happens, I do not know. In primary school, we make friends. We come home to our parents and say something like, “I made a friend at school today.”

In the early days of school, friendships seem to come spontaneously. As we mature, it appears that relationships need more specific attention so that they might evolve. The easy friendships we were able to strike up in our beginning school years do not seem to come as easily.

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The Miracle of Small

We live in a world that celebrates big. We are told bigger is better. We strive for bigger homes and bigger cars. When it comes to setting a


Synchronicity of Authenticity

Solace of imperfection walks Voiceless preaching balks Tomato soup can talks Random noise squawks Willing rhyming, skillful, unjust Suffering oxidation, regurgitated, mustard’s ketchup thrust Dog and pony, cats no phony The rest of us


If It Is to Be, It’s Up to Me

Repeat after me, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” I do not recall where I first heard that phrase, but it makes for a


Au Revoir Sweet Sylph, a Poem

I’m on a ship in a wheel. It’s your life you say, big deal. But it’s yours too. Remember, the day’s not through. And so you go in your


Doing Versus Not Doing

Here is the thing, simple as it gets. Doing beats not doing, every day, all day. Of course, there are those people who perpetually make excuses. They have


Think Positive; Be Positive; Act Positive

The mind is an interesting place. We can think great, self-empowering thoughts. We can make plans to accomplish amazing goals. We can dream and develop ways of making

California, Hollywood

The Gold that is Small Steps

The 86th Academy Awards took place a week ago, today. That celebration of Hollywood, watched by millions around the world, should remind us of the power that entertainment


The Average Every Person

To those fools who claim they know When trekking through life’s barren snow Who ascribe a meaning when there’s none Then fall apart when their will’s not done Blaspheming dolts of an


The Danger of Knowing?

Who thinks of knowledge as a limitation? Not many people I suspect. Frankly, I quite often find myself telling people that knowledge is power. However, I wonder if

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