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Snow Anxiety

Snow Anxiety

Snow AnxietyStars, please! For better or worse, I went to Colby College in Waterville, Maine. During my visit there with a long-time friend, I was struck by both the similarities and differences that had occurred over the past twenty years. Considering that it had been over twenty years, upon landing it appeared civilization wise very little had changed. Some things had been updated. The Portland airport has a new façade. LL Bean has expanded operations in Freeport. There are toll…

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THE LIST OF 200 ALBUMS for 2017

THE LIST OF 200 ALBUMS for 2017

THE LIST OF 200 ALBUMS for 2017Stars, please! I decided to listen to one great album each day for 2017. I recruited some friends from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to suggest some titles. It got me to 200 of the 365 that I need. These are not ranked in order of greatness. Though I can find more suggestions through Rolling Stone, etc, I would rather hear your suggestions. Please feel free to post any additional titles in the comments below….

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Musings on the Scout Law: Friendly

Musings on the Scout Law: Friendly

Musings on the Scout Law: FriendlyStars, please! “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Though I am often accused, perhaps rightfully so, of being more of a ‘tough love‘ sort of guy, in eighth grade I was voted some variation of Mr. Congeniality. Perhaps I am simply as not as friendly as I was then. There is, however, a lot to be said for friendliness. How refreshing it is to have…

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Musings on The Scout Law: Helpful

Musings on The Scout Law: Helpful

Musings on The Scout Law: HelpfulStars, please! “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Have you ever been in need or in a bind? Would a helping hand would significantly improve your day/life at those times? Thought so. I am known to leave my car headlights on and run my battery down a couple times per year. It is such a great relief when someone is willing to provide me with a…

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Musings on the Scout Law: Loyal

Musings on the Scout Law: Loyal

Musings on the Scout Law: LoyalStars, please! “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Think back in your life. Certainly there are people who have had a lasting impact on your life. Without their help and support, you would not be where you are. These certainly seem like people that should be acknowledged over the holidays even if you have grown distant. Though there are not many people in this group…

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Mindfulness Leading Into Consciousness

Mindfulness Leading Into Consciousness

Mindfulness Leading Into ConsciousnessStars, please! While pursuing ways to better handle fear, I cam across the notion of mindfulness. People define mindfulness in a variety of ways. My understanding of it is to simply be aware of things as they are. Unfortunately, this can lead down several rabbit holes. Such often seems to be the nature of consciousness. How are things really? What is reality? Who am I for that matter? One of the most common practices in association with mindfulness is…

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The Power of Story: An Interview with Neil Brick

The Power of Story: An Interview with Neil Brick

The Power of Story: An Interview with Neil Brick5 (100%) 10 votes   James Justus: You had mentioned that you had a fear you had overcome and I was wondering if you would tell me a little bit more about it. Neil Brick: The fear that I had was in how to speak about what had happened to me. I work in the child abuse research and education field. I have learned how to speak honestly and fairly to get…

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Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous BeautyStars, please! They say that most people claim to be a good driver. I am not most people. I am definitely the half that makes good drivers possible. The fact that I have not had a wreck in eight years can be more attributed to my somehow cosmically using all of my accident chips and becoming a statistical anomaly. Or to put it another way, after my latest vehicular accident, my rates actually went down. I guess underwriting had…

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Our 5 Most Popular Instagram Posts

Our 5 Most Popular Instagram Posts

Our 5 Most Popular Instagram PostsStars, please! Shortly before we launched the blog I made the leap from flip to smart phone. The world of apps opened at my feet. Perhaps not surprisingly, one of the first I downloaded was Instagram. The experience would not have been the same without the photos to help capture the essence of the journey.  What is the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and all of that? Perhaps you will also note that I…

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Transformation by Kettlebell: PJ Olsen

Transformation by Kettlebell: PJ Olsen

Transformation by Kettlebell: PJ OlsenStars, please! PJ Olsen is a former professional in the music industry who recently made a significant life change. Her motivation came when she discovered the healing power of a kettlebell. When PJ was approaching fifty years old, she decided to run her first half marathon. She concedes that her sister passing away may have had something to do with the desire to do that. “You can’t take every day for granted. You better figure out…

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Escapades: Rock City, Chattanooga

Escapades: Rock City, Chattanooga

Escapades: Rock City, ChattanoogaStars, please! Summer showers can be magical. Like many, one can choose to seek shelter.  Plenty of people huddled in convenient shelters that Rock City had spaced throughout the complex the instant the showers struck. I decided to revel in the showers instead. I thoroughly enjoyed my first walk across a swinging bridge. The rain obscured how far the drop was below. Surprisingly, the rain only made the bridge wet rather than slick.  Given Rock City’s elevation, parts…

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