Buckthorn and Hatred – It’s prickly
Jun14

Buckthorn and Hatred – It’s prickly

by Randall Rogers, Reprinted with Permission I hate Buckthorn. Recent events have given me pause. Last year we moved to an old farmhouse with a large lot and a very rural setting, considering its still in the city. The oak trees are majestic and the canopy rich. So is the abundance of Buckthorn. It turns out Buckthorn is a very successful invasive tree species first introduced for its durability and hardiness as well as its attractive...

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The Amazon for our kids
Mar18

The Amazon for our kids

by Gonzalo Salinas The amazon rainforest is unlike anything else. It changes your life forever. Believe me. After you visit the Amazon rainforest you won’t see the world with the same eyes.  The Amazon river begins as a small freshwater stream that comes from the perpetual snow covering the peaks of the Andes. The small brook  continues between mountains, runing down the uneven terrain until arriving to join the jungle rivers....

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The Walking Dead
Dec05

The Walking Dead

by Stephen Simmer My oldest son recently celebrated his twelfth birthday.  He’s adopted, and lived in foster care for several years before he came to live with us last year.  We went all out for his birthday, for us.  We took him for a day to Six Flags with a couple of friends, bought him his first I-Pod, had two parties, spent several hundred dollars.  At the end Rebecca and I asked him how his birthday had gone, and he told us...

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The Gift of Mission – Giving Back
Nov27

The Gift of Mission – Giving Back

by Tom Workman The Beacon was crowded, even for a Saturday. By noon, more than 500 people had already registered for lunch, and those unfortunate enough to arrive on time rather than an hour early were refused a shower or laundry service due to the long lines that had already formed. The ceramic tile and glass chamber echoed with the sounds of the gathered humanity, creating a dull roar that made conversation difficult. Smells of...

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Email Zero!
Mar10

Email Zero!

I just got my email inbox to Zero! It feels amazing! I am committed to keeping it there, too, through smart handling and tracking of priorities outside of my inbox. I am implementing a new system and this is one more step towards being fully relaxed and in control of my time and choices.  

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Out There at the Edge; a poem
Dec13

Out There at the Edge; a poem

Edge #5 Out Here… At The Edge There is for all of us an ‘Edge’… Some of us go out there in our Creative moments. Some of us never See the edge. No one’s ‘edge’ is Straight, edges are erratically Serrate. At the edge, being timid is Always a negative, then always it is Fear that holds sway, fear that pulls Our beings back from the abyss… From that horizon which enables Our souls to communicate with Our spirits,...

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