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Thoughts About Contentment

“True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.”–19th century English cleric, Charles Caleb Colton The subject of contentment comes up following two observations this week. … Continue reading

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The Lesson Triggered By The Tray

As the process of decluttering, downsizing and general cleaning continued this week, I reflected upon a truism: “Possessions are generally diminished by possession.” I had just finished washing and carefully drying a vintage Mikasa food tray. The ornate plate is … Continue reading

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During this year’s political campaign season, we’re going to be inundated with seemingly endless advertising about this or that politician’s respectability. We will once again be subjected to a peculiar form of narcissistic speech and behavior that has long been … Continue reading

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Rising By Lifting Others

A big, uncomfortable truth of life is that, deep inside, we don’t wish other people to be happier than ourselves. We skirt this issue because we want to appear magnanimous and good. The best among us want humanity as a … Continue reading

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Letters To Santa

Dad had us write letters to Santa Claus around Halloween time each year. He requested them long after any of us still believed in Santa. Dad’s request for our letters coincided with the arrival of the Sears Holiday catalogue “Wish … Continue reading

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Know Your Star

“What about your ruling star?” Without preamble, my young friend Jonathan asked this out of the blue. I wondered if he meant one of the stars in the evening sky, or was he curious about the ruling astronomical body in … Continue reading

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Having It All

There are some infomercials on the Internet produced by an over-enthusiastic man that trigger me to click the “skip” button on YouTube. These are ten minutes or longer which makes the commercial longer than the music video or vlog post … Continue reading

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