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Having trouble setting your goals?

May 18, 2009

For many, even knowing what you want is hard, so how can you set goals?  (more to come)

What is truth and how should I use it?

May 18, 2009

What’s the old saying?  “There are truths, and then there are truths!”  (more to come)

How can I learn to like exercising?

May 18, 2009

The simple answer is to make it a habit.  (more to follow)

What is Alternative Medicine?

May 18, 2009

The traditional type of medicine practiced in the US today is referred to as Allopathic medicine.  Everything else is referred to as Alternative medicine.  (more to come)

Does “Remote” healing really work?

May 18, 2009

In a word, yes.  (more to come)

Can a soda a day really hurt me?

May 18, 2009

Soda water, pop, sugar water, etc. have all been used to describe the most popular drink in the USA today.  (more to come)

Sex Freedom

May 18, 2009

Sex, sex, sex!  We are inundated with images of it everywhere.  (more to follow)

What’s Up With 2012?

May 18, 2009

We’re getting closer to 12-21-2012 with the passing of each day.  (more to follow)

Antwerp Train Station Surprise!

May 18, 2009

So, you’re in the train station in Antwerp, Belgium and something really unusual begins to happen.  What do you do?  This is a real surprise and a lot of fun!  Please feel free to share with others and make sure that your sound is on.  Thanks!

A Rush To Judgment

May 18, 2009

This is a letter to Dear Abby that appeared in the Dallas Morning News newspaper on September 5, 2006

Dear Abby,

I recently learned a lesson about not judging a book by it’s cover. A young man and his divorced mother moved into our quiet neighborhood of mostly retirees and young couples who have not yet started families. When we first laid eyes on the young man, we saw a guy with shoulder-length hair dressed in all black—complete with black fingernail polish and black eyeliner. Everyone thought the worst: “Oh, no! A heathen devil-worshipper!” A few months later, he presented himself in ragged jeans, a flannel shirt, his head completely shaved. Again we thought the worst: “He’s turned into one of those neo-Nazi skinheads!”

I later learned from his mother that her son is a sociology major at a university about 200 miles from here. (He had to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina as a large portion of the campus was destroyed.) The black attire we first saw was for a costume party he was attending that evening. He grows his hair long to donate to Locks of Love, which uses it to make wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair during chemo, hence the shaved head.

He spends his summers working with groups going to underprivileged countries to teach the children to read and write. He also goes with Doctors Without Borders to help inoculate people who have never had the basic childhood vaccinations against rubella, tetanus, etc.

I feel completely ashamed of myself for forming such an opinion about this wonderful young person simply from his appearance at a distance. I have since gotten to know him during his weekend visits home to see his mother and have discovered what an intelligent, compassionate, giving individual he is, and I am honored to have him as a neighbor.

Please warn your readers not to make the same mistake I and the rest of my neighbors made in judging a worthwhile young man by his appearance at first glance.

Ashamed in Branson, MO.

Smiling Guy

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Dear Ashamed,

With pleasure. Your letter is a timely one because it applies not only to individuals who dress differently, but also to people of different races and religions. It illustrates that hand in hand with ignorance walks prejudice.

Copyright 2006 Dallas Morning News

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