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Roller Coaster

Now that the summer tourist season is in full force here in Hershey, Pennsylvania, we can hear all day and into the night the faint roar of the rides, the whistle of the steam train and the music of the stadium concerts from HersheyPark, the chocolate-themed amusement park, within walking distance of Michael’s house. We…
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Coming Through the Fires

Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, and what we do under the constant stress reveals who and what we are.      Charles Bukowski A friend from California, spoke of terrible wild fires that raged several years ago very near his home. The fires left a massive swath of destruction behind them. The…
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Just Walk Beside Me and Be My Friend

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.      Albert CamusSeveral weeks ago we spent a day with a friend, accompanying him to a place that he had wanted to visit all his life, but never had…
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A Certain Light

33 miners.For 69 days.Trapped 2,000 feet under the surface of the earth.It was two years ago this week that the Chilean Copiapo’ mine disaster began, dominating the deadlines for more than two months that late summer and early fall. We remember the horror at learning of the cave-in and we remember the emotional and dramatic…
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The Sacredness of Listening

We believe in the profound power of listening. We have continually relearned and have been amazed by the transforming effect of giving one’s time to hearing the dreams, hopes, fears and conditions of the people in our lives. It has become increasingly clear to us how true the words of Australian-born author Miles Franklin are:…
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Battle Defenses

In the end, the Spartan’s true strength is the warrior next to him.  So give respect and honor to him, and it will be returned to you.     from the movie, 300 How sad and tragic it is –  it breaks our hearts, in fact — to know that there are people all around us, who are…
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The Banquet at 2:00a.m.

Life is a banquet.  And most of you poor sons of bitches are starving to death.     from the Braodway show, Mame      We once heard a speaker share a powerful story about experiencing true joy and abundance in   this life.  The speaker talked about how he had been leading a seminar late into the evening and…
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The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged into one and I took the one less traveled and it has made all the difference.     Robert FrostWe live in a world in which people are constantly trying to get ahead and competitiveness drives much of our decision making. Competitiveness can cause us to work against one another and, ultimately, the common…
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Uninhibited Joy

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt Last night after work, as a treat, we took my (Tom’s) children to an amusement park.  On a hot mid-summers-night it seemed like an important thing to do.  As we were working throughout the…
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Compassionate Patience

What then is the compassionate way? The compassionate way is the patient way. Patience is the discipline of compassion. This becomes obvious when we realize that the word compassion could be read as com-patience. The word passion and patience both find their roots in the Latin word “pati”, which means “suffering”. The compassionate life could…
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