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Aging, General

 1 record found

Purpose! Passion! Pep! by Barbara Greenleaf


(October 23, 2020)
Perpetual motion may be fine for some, but…
Topics: Humor Lifestyle, General Optimal Aging Wellness



Citizenship

 4 records found

What Matters More: The White House or Our House? by Greg Asimakoupoulos


(November 6, 2020)
A post-election reflection on the choices we make every day…
Topics: Choices and Decision Making Government News Personal Issues Values Voting & Elections


'Twas the Night Before Voting by James N. Watkins


(November 2, 2020)
Jim turns to verse to contemplate the act of voting…
Topics: Faith Government News Politics Social Issues Voting & Elections


Election Eve Expectations by Stu Johnson


(October 31, 2020)
Be patient, the 2020 Election is like none before and the counting will go on for days…
Topics: COVID-19 Freedom Government Media News Politics Research Social Issues Social Media Social Unrest, Division Voting & Elections


Mail-In Voting Update by Stu Johnson


(September 1, 2020)
Do it early!…
Topics: COVID-19 Current Events, News Government News Politics Racism and Inequality Voting & Elections



Communication

 1 record found

The Facebook Threat by Stu Johnson


(October 16, 2020)
Increasing concerns for the role of Facebook in fueling social strife…
Topics: Civility Crime, Justice, Punishment Freedom Internet Media Politics Racism and Inequality Social Issues Social Media Social Unrest, Division Technology Trends Voting & Elections



Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 1 record found

Un-Taming the Tension by George Garrison


(September 3, 2020)
Some tension can and should be held without causing major dissension…
Topics: Civility Communication COVID-19 Current Events, News Faith Racism and Inequality Relationships



Government & Politics

 4 records found

The Strain of Polarization by James N. Watkins


(November 14, 2020)
What happens when there is no middle ground…
Topics: Beliefs Civility Language, Meaning Politics Relationships Social Issues Unity, Unified Voting & Elections


Divided by Politics by James N. Watkins


(October 30, 2020)
What would Jesus say to a Church divided by politics?…
Topics: Christian Life Civility Current Events, News Dysfunctional, Broken Jesus Politics Religion Social Issues Voting & Elections


Taking the Election Personally by George Garrison


(October 29, 2020)
A call for humility and grace…
Topics: Character, Integrity Charity Christian Life Civility COVID-19 Grace Politics Religion Social Issues Voting & Elections


Driven Apart by Stu Johnson


(October 10, 2020)
Where and how you get information matters…
Topics: Choices and Decision Making COVID-19 Dysfunctional, Broken Government Internet Media Politics Research Social Issues Social Unrest, Division Technology Values Voting & Elections



History

 3 records found

Libraries and the Death Tax by Arlene Weismantel, The Conversatiion


(September 26, 2020)
What hundreds of American public libraries owe to Andrew Carnegie's disdain for inherited wealth…
Topics: Beliefs Personal Stories (Biography/Autobiography) Books Charity Financial History Inspiration Tribute, Testimony


Memories of 9/11 by James N. Watkins


(September 11, 2020)
Thoughts from the days immediately following the attacks to years later…
Topics: Contemplation, Insight History Memories Terrorism Tragedy Tribute, Testimony


Now is Undoubtedly a Good Time for Reflecting, Looking Back by Greg Asimakoupoulos


(August 31, 2020)
The end of World War II…
Topics: Personal Stories (Biography/Autobiography) COVID-19 Family History Inspiration Memory (failing, improving) Racism and Inequality War



Hobbies

 1 record found

Hobby Therapy by Connie Schultz


(October 17, 2020)
Good advice from Winston Churchill to prepare us for the aftermath of this contentious election year…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Inspiration Leisure Lifestyle, General Politics Voting & Elections Wisdom



Holidays

 5 records found

Will Thanksgiving Suck Like a Turkey Baster? by James N. Watkins


(November 21, 2020)
Thankgiving in the yer of no, no, no…
Topics: COVID-19 Current Events, News Holidays Holiday Season Thanks, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Reflections by Leona Bergstrom


(November 20, 2020)
Thinking about Piglet . . . and gratitude…
Topics: Faith Gratitute Holidays Holiday Season Thanks, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving


A Thanksgiving Like No Other by Stu Johnson


(November 20, 2020)
Virtual choirs and videos to help us be grateful during a most unusual year…
Topics: Comfort & Consolation Coping COVID-19 Gratitute Holidays Holiday Season Inspiration Music Racism and Inequality Thanks, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving Voting & Elections


Halloween Facts by U.S. Census Bureau staff


(October 16, 2020)
The numbers behind recent Halloweens…
Topics: COVID-19 Halloween Holidays Statistics


Do You Have the 'Worst' Job? by James N. Watkins


(September 7, 2020)
Labor Day thoughts about making a living…
Topics: Humor Labor Day Work



Humor

 1 record found

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures by Barbara Greenleaf


(August 28, 2020)
A pandemic tale…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Current Events, News Humor



Nature

 1 record found

True Colors Shining Through by James N. Watkins


(September 25, 2020)
Thoughts for the autumn years as well as the season…
Topics: Arts & Entertainment Inspiration Nature Optimal Aging Photography Seasons Writing



News & Current Events

 3 records found

Earth and Heaven by James N. Watkins


(October 2, 2020)
What it means to me to be a citizen of both…
Topics: Beliefs COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Faith Government Language, Meaning News Religion Social Issues Social Movements


Down to the Wire Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau


(October 2, 2020)
Census count exceeds 99% as court orders extension of counting…
Topics: COVID-19 Demographics Government News Research Trends


Another Milestone by Stu Johnson


(September 24, 2020)
Another look at COVID numbers as we hit 200,000 deaths in U.S.…
Topics: COVID-19 Dying and Death Demographics Disease History News Statistics Trends



Technology

 1 record found

Coping with Technology by Barbara Greenleaf


(September 25, 2020)
Technophobes are born, not made…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Humor Internet Learning Personal Issues Technology