Us and Them

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” ~Nelson Mandela Republican, Democrat, Independent. Us and Them. Christian, Jew, Muslim. Us and Them. Wolverine, Buckeye, Spartan. Us and Them. Labels define the groups to which we belong. This…

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The Potato Chip Plan

“I love it when a plan comes together!” ~  John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, the A-Team Shortly before our second daughter, Abby, was born, I spent some time focusing on my physical health. By the time she arrived, I had achieved my ideal weight and was feeling pretty pleased with myself. I…

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Speak Up or Freeze

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~William Arthur Ward It was a little breezy around here last week, and by “breezy” I mean a windstorm with gusts around sixty-five miles per hour that toppled large trees and knocked out…

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