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The Prism of Your Soul

Do you like it when people pigeon-hole you into category assigned you a label? I sure don’t. Human beings are multi-faceted creatures. To make situations easier for ourselves we frequently place each other into convenient categories. All too often these labels fall far short of describing who we are as individuals.Psychologist Dr. Dan Gottlieb reported working with a young woman who told him:  “I feel like my soul is a prism, but everybody just sees one color. Nobody sees the prism.”What … [Read More...]

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILDBy NIRVANA REGINALD GAYLEThis morning I was watching First Take on ESPN with Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith & Cari Champion. They were talking about the recent plight of the football player Adrianne Peterson and his plea deal for the child abuse of beating his son. He got a simple slap on the wrist of a misdemeanor and 80 hours of community service. There we no additional requirement for individual counseling or parenting classes which … [Read More...]

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Yes, Precious, It DOES Matter

There WILL be a spiritual component to this writing … I promise … but you need a little “set-up” for it.So … I'm off to my “day job” as a flight attendant, going through the "Known Crew Member (KCM)" security check at BWI last Monday morning at 4:35am for my 5:00am sign-in.I hand my passport to the TSA agent, scan my KCM badge, then hold my airline ID badge for her to compare my ID, passport and the photo of me on the monitor.She looks at my passport.She looks at my badge.She … [Read More...]

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Demonstration 101

Years ago Jack Nicholson starred as a devilish character in the adaptation of John Updike’s book The Witches of Eastwick. As with many of his movies, it was a bit quirky and it showcased the talents of some of the best and most popular actresses of the day, including Cher in the role of a sculptress.Nicholson befriends the women and went about teaching them what they needed to know about creation, and the way things worked.The image that stuck with me from the movie was when Nicholson h … [Read More...]

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Using Methodical Madness to Our Advantage

Do you ever create a “To Do” list, or what I like to call my “Accomplishment List,” only to find it screaming at you later in the day? I am often asked how I keep all the different parts of my life organized. Granted, using Evernote on my mobile devices and desktop has become an indispensable tool. But there is another reason. I see my life and all that I do, both what others call my ministry and what I call my life, as One.There was a time when I was a man of many masks – not faces, masks. I … [Read More...]

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself “

"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself " Franklin D RooseveltThe spread of the Ebola virus is something to pay attention to, without fear, but with diligence and compassion. We must bring the best of our faculties, personal and collective, to bear so that human suffering is relieved. We must also understand that escalating fear will inhibit our ability to bring those faculties fully to bear on this situation, at home and around the globe. Fear divides, paralyzes and seeks to blame. … [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Eat Onions

When I was a small child growing up in a prairie village in Saskatchewan, I was a curious and empathic child. I was three years old, my older sister was in school, and my brothers were not yet in the picture. I had a great imagination and I liked playing by myself. I liked to twirl and make my skirts float up. I liked to look up at the clouds and imagine that they were goddesses, and animals, and ships. I liked to think about life.My mom was pickling cucumbers. Onions were involved.I was … [Read More...]

Where Is Your Focus?

Have you ever noticed just how quickly our moods can change? For example, what happens to your outlook when you think of a tragic event in your life or in the life of someone else? Immediately our minds focus on the details, perhaps imagining the experience worse than it was.I had a lucid dream at some point last night. If you’re not familiar with the term “lucid dream” it means that you realize in your dream that you are dreaming. Dream Views describes it as a person realizing they are in a … [Read More...]

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Thank you Malala

This past week the Nobel Prize took the bold step of granting its Peace Prize to a young person – now barely the age of 17.Malala Yousafzai narrowly escaped death after being shot in the head by the Taliban. Her crime was nothing more than going to school. But as a girl living in Pakistan at the time, that act itself was political, and so the rest of life’s events unfolded as they did.I remember hearing the news when she lay in hospital in England, and her father (himself an educator) spo … [Read More...]

Who Supports You?

Are you one of these persons that everyone calls in a crisis? Do you know just what to say and when? Have been there to take charge and calm the mob from burning the town?Perhaps not the later, though if you’ve done that do email me the details – I’d love to know about it! But if you’re reading this the rest of previous paragraph probably describes you. I know it clearer speaks about many of my readers who I know personally. The question is, To whom do you turn to when times get tough?It … [Read More...]


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