Category Archives: thinking

The History of Real People Isn’t Boring

When I was a schoolgirl, history bored me. But then again, my only exposure to it was through textbooks, which have a knack for distilling entire civilizations into lists of emperors, kings, conquerors, presidents, financial magnates and military generals, whose … Continue reading

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Problems Are Mountains and Mountains Can Be Climbed

If there is a large mountain in our way, and we have to get to the other side, it doesn’t do much good to pretend that it isn’t there. And yet, we do this all the time, not so much … Continue reading

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Major Decision? Don’t Be Rushed

Whether we’re buying something or considering a major life change, we are constantly pressured to make the decision fast. And if we don’t make the “right” decision, we’re blamed for being too hasty. Why not make it easier on ourselves and take the time we need in the first place? Continue reading

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We Don’t Need Influencers; We Need Each Other

Think about the people who have made the most impact in your life. If you’re like me, you’ve probably wasted precious time paying attention to strangers whose faces you recognize: celebrities, “role models,” Influencers (great word — it doesn’t even … Continue reading

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What Will Others Think? Honestly, It Doesn’t Matter

We waste a lot of our lives worrying about what others think of us. It’s not just a social media thing. Long before we courted “Likes” and hearts and smiling emojis, we looked around after we said something, did something, … Continue reading

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Is It Impossible? Maybe Not.

By what age do we stop believing in six impossible things before breakfast? I’m not sure, but I do know that too many of us have not only stopped believing in, and reaching for, impossible things. We also give up … Continue reading

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The Power We All Possess

Most ordinary people feel as if we have no power. I’m not talking the “calm the wind and the waves” and “heal the blind” sort of power. Even the most delusional of earth’s mighty men and women know that they … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Trust Our Own Judgment

It’s amazing — and sad — how little we trust our own judgment. Of course, it’s not unusual. We’ve been trained since childhood to listen to the teacher, follow the pastor, accede to the dictates of the doctor, nod at … Continue reading

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So American — Assigning Value Numbers to People

In the U.S., we pride ourselves on being a classless society, but we’re really not. We have our Hollywood idols, our political royalty, our Silicon Valley Influencers, and a selection of Instagram celebrities who are famous because . . . … Continue reading

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Lies and Darkness, Truth and Light

Lies thrive in darkness, and when the light shines on them, scuttle away like cockroaches. Continue reading

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