Tag: a safe place

No More Killing Fields

This post was updated on March 18, 2022 Serene and heartbreaking. Sacred and horrific. The beautiful forest setting held a chilling secret. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the Iron Curtain, Ukrainians learned a long-held evil truth. Outside of the capital city of Kyiv, the quiet woods held thousands of…
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Tom’s latest story called ‘Stranded’ in Chicken Soup for the Soul:Angels Among Us

Stranded Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa My mind started wandering. I had been driving on I-79 North in our newly acquired used Jeep Cherokee with my pregnant wife through the mountains of West Virginia for nearly two hours. No radio. No…
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In Diversity There is Beauty and There is Strength

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.~Maya Angelou This afternoon we had a pretty intense conversation on the topic of diversity.  We have been friends for over four years and have now worked closely together for nearly a year.  And even…
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Duct Tape and Practicing the Art of Contentment

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’ Dalai Lama Following the birth of our (Tom’s) two girls we have had many more guests than normal…
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When the Map Changes

Not all who wander are lost.      J. R. R. Tolkien Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/lost.html#dmFz0tooL8d6fGO3.99 Two years ago, my (Michael) wife Kathy, my mother and I traveled to Germany to visit our son Adam for a week. We took a two-day side excursion without my son (who had to work those days) to visit an…
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There is power in our powerlessness

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us…
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Being a Warm-Hearted People

Honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. A calm mind and self-confidence are the basis for happy and peaceful relations with each other. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on…
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This We Believe

We want to speak of the need for human connections and about the loneliness that all of us seek to rise above: We believe that all of us fight loneliness. It’s a part of the human condition that confronts and challenges each of us. Don’t we all need to form connections with someone else? Isn’t…
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Stricken with Self-Doubt

Who am I to get something published? Who am I that anyone would care to read what I thought? Who am I that anyone would care what I had to say? And pay money for it?As the World Series starts tonight, we thought of Justin Verlander, 29, the incredibly successful pitcher for the American League…
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Living an Authentic Life

No man, for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitudes without finally getting bewildered about which may be the truth.     Nathaniel HawthorneBeing authentic is the ability to be true to oneself. Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs…
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