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Fear of Becoming Obsolete

Fear of Becoming Obsolete

Fear of Becoming ObsoleteStars, please! Last year an article came out in the Harvard Business Review expressing that one of the greatest fears that people have in the workplace is the fear of becoming obsolete. The problem of course is that change is coming at a more and more rapid pace. Greater risks abound for those that lack the mental flexibility to think in different ways. Of course implementation of mechanization and technology  with increasing frequency demands change. Those that refuse or are unable…

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Devotion: Solitude

Devotion: Solitude

Devotion: SolitudeStars, please!  “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,” Matthew 14:23 Jesus comes to a place where he had completed a work. In this case he helped feed 5,000 people with the famous story of the loafs and the fishes. Immediately he seeks solitude by sending dismissing the people, sending off the disciples and goes off to the mountains to pray. Many times in…

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Disconnected from the Digital

Disconnected from the Digital

Disconnected from the Digital2.5 (50%) 2 votes I have once heard it said that many of us already are cyborgs. After all, how often can we leave our electronics behind even for a few hours? In some ways it is almost as if we should already have computers/cell phones implanted into our bodies. I know that I often tend to freak out when I disconnect and leave my phone and other electronic devices at home and venture without that digital…

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Bulking or Fattening Up?

Bulking or Fattening Up?

Bulking or Fattening Up?Stars, please! Even though I am fresh off of the half marathon, I weigh more than I have in some time. Though I may be stronger, I definitely have more mass. The great question of course is “Am I bulking up on muscle or am I undoing all of the progress that I made this past year?”  This thought makes me nervous. My goal currently is to weigh 190lbs or less by October 15, 2017. At last…

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Race Anxiety

Race Anxiety

Race AnxietyStars, please! It seems that every time I prepare for a ‘long distance’ race I experience a bit of anxiety. Will I make it to the event on time? What if my toenails fall off? Will my legs chafe? Perhaps I will have a heart attack and die… What if it storms? Did I really train enough?  And so the rambling goes on in the back of my head. And the fact is that I may experience some of those…

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Tax Anxiety

Tax Anxiety

Tax AnxietyStars, please! Each year for me it rears its head. Anxiety arises over getting all the documentation necessary to file taxes along with its filing. Sometimes it is through having a tax-preparation person. At other times  perhaps we decide to take the plunge and fill out the forms ourselves. Perhaps we may even use Turbo Tax or some other tax preparation form. Fellow self-employed may find ourselves wondering how much we are going to owe the government this year. For…

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Musings on Easter

Musings on Easter

Musings on Easter4 (80%) 1 vote This past week I attended my first Maundy Thursday service. On Good Friday, I viewed The Passion of the Christ for the third time in my life. The night before Easter Sunday, I find myself wondering on the nature of Easter and rebirth, and how the story of Jesus can have a practical effect on our lives. I think I may have viewed Lent in an improper way before. I always viewed it as…

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Eight Miles

Eight Miles

Eight MilesStars, please! For those that are into running distances, there is something about 8 miles. It is often the transitional range when one really begins to train for the longer distances. Though I still have not seen the movie, the distance holds significance for me for a number of reasons. First, it was the mile marker for the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  I first spent some significant time getting over my fear of falling there. Today its significance is…

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Radnor in the Spring

Radnor in the Spring

Radnor in the Spring3.5 (70%) 2 votes It’s said that April showers bring May flowers. I am sure there are flowers presently blooming somewhere in Radnor, but the only ones I saw were on trees. It had recently rained and it was relatively tranquil and crowd-free, both because it was a weekday and not picture-perfect weather. All in all, it was a fairly average gray Spring day. There are a number of people here in the Nashville area who are…

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Forts in Our Lives

Forts in Our Lives

Forts in Our Lives4.8 (95.29%) 17 votes The other day I was walking around and finally paid homage to one of Nashville’s older landmarks, Fort Negley. Fort Negley was constructed as a defense for what was the northernmost capital city of the South, Nashville. Funnily enough, it was one of the largest three-dimensional fortifications at the time. A fair amount of stonework was necessary to make its three-tiered defense. It required approximately 1,000 men to appropriately defend the structure and…

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Shower Confession

Shower Confession

Shower ConfessionStars, please! As I understand it, from the time I was a baby, I have drawn comfort from showers. Whether it is the noise from the shower, or the way it changes the humidity, the feel of the air, I do not know. I am hooked on the feel of water and water vapor on my body. It may even serve to explain why I enjoy the drizzle of the Cascades and the Olympics. People who have lived with me…

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Fear of Speaking Up

Fear of Speaking Up

Fear of Speaking UpStars, please! For some who know me as the person who has a reputation for speaking his mind no matter how crazy it may seem, it may surprise them that I do have a fear of what other people think. There are often times that I wonder whether I should really post something or even bother writing about it for fear of the repercussions. The funny thing is, I find this is true in all areas of…

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Kubota in the Winter

Kubota in the Winter

Kubota in the Winter5 (100%) 2 votes My most recent trek to Washington State was no different than the rest in that I made my quarterly pilgrimage to Kubota Gardens. I had remembered from visits in winter’s past that Kubota would have its own ornamentation. Raindrops would often glisten on bare branches and the park itself would be silent save for an occasional adventurous photographer. Usually, Kubota is a picture of serenity in the winter and to my mind not…

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Dealing with Death

Dealing with Death

Dealing with DeathStars, please! Recently my grandfather, to whom I was very close, passed away. Tomorrow I shall attend the burial with the rest of my family. Death and dying tend to be one of the great fears of our society. I happened to be present during his last breaths which were relatively peaceful. Whether this was drug induced due to the amount of morphine he received courtesy of hospice, I am not certain. The fact is, at ninety-six years…

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Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public LibraryStars, please! Perhaps the heresy I am about to utter is bordering on apostasy to my library kindred. I find that the Seattle Public Library Downtown location to fill me with anxiety each time I enter. People say we are fearful of what we do not know and what is not familiar. The renowned architect of the downtown Seattle public library seems to think it is a jewel box of a building. I personally find it to be a…

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