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22 articles found.

SUMMARY VIEW  Expanded details within a Category. Click on article title, Category, or a listed Topic

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Aging, General

 1 record found

'It is what it is' by Ken Potts


(September 15, 2019)
The truth behind the phrase…
Topics: Change Communication Language, Meaning Metaphors, Life Lessons Relationships



Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 2 records 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


Banning King David? by James N. Watkins


(January 17, 2018)
In the present climate, could this actually happen?…
Topics: Bible Character, Integrity Discipline Faith Relationships Scandal Social Issues



General

 1 record found

From Womb to Tomb by James N. Watkins


(January 18, 2019)
All lives matter, all the time…
Topics: Crime, Justice, Punishment Faith Health Care History Relationships Social Issues Social Movements



Government & Politics

 1 record 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



Holidays

 5 records found

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Rules for Protestors by James N. Watkins


(January 18, 2021)
Wisdom for a time such as this…
Topics: Civility Faith Holidays Politics Racism and Inequality Relationships Social Issues Social Movements Social Unrest, Division


Keeping the Dream Alive in 2021 by Stu Johnson


(January 18, 2021)
Thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021…
Topics: Civility Current Events, News Holidays Hopes & Dreams News Patriotism Politics Racism and Inequality Relationships Social Issues Social Media Social Movements Social Unrest, Division Voting & Elections


Coping with COVID-era Holiday Lonliness by Rusty Wright


(November 26, 2020)
Maybe some expectations management—and realistic solutions—are in order…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Holidays Holiday Season Living Alone Loneliness Relationships Thanks, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving Wellness


Happy Father's Day! by James N. Watkins


(June 18, 2020)
A collection of hope & humor favorites…
Topics: Family Father's Day Holidays Relationships Tribute, Testimony


The True Meaning of Christmas by Bill Nichols


(December 16, 2016)
Which piece of chicken would you choose?…
Topics: Christmas Family Holidays Holiday Season Love Relationships



Life Events

 1 record found

Wasting Time Kristin Wong


(March 4, 2020)
The biggest wastes of time we regret when we get older…
Topics: Discipline Relationships Values



News & Current Events

 5 records found

Racism and Religion by Rusty Wright


(April 23, 2021)
Sanctified bigotry, or unity and diversity solutions?…
Topics: Christian Life Faith Grace News Racism and Inequality Relationships Religion Social Issues Trust Unity, Unified Values


A World of Blessing by Stu Johnson


(July 16, 2020)
People unite in virtual choirs to bless cities, countries, the world…
Topics: Circumstances, Life Events Comfort & Consolation COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Faith God Innovation, Invention, Creativity Inspiration Music News Relationships


Explaining White Privilege By Lori Lakin Hutcherson


(June 26, 2020)
An honest response to a white friend…
Topics: Current Events, News History News Racism and Inequality Relationships Social Issues Social Movements Trends Values


Bringing Out the Best in All of Us by George Garrison


(April 24, 2020)
In it together now, but?…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Crisis Disease Faith Inspiration News Relationships


Innocent Until Proven Guilty by James N. Watkins


(November 17, 2017)
A call for perspective as accusations begin to fly…
Topics: Crime, Justice, Punishment Media News Relationships Social Issues



Relationships

 3 records found

White, 'woke' . . . and 'privileged' by James N. Watkins


(July 10, 2020)
Boyhood memories stir thoughts on racism and privilege today…
Topics: COVID-19 Current Events, News History News Racism and Inequality Relationships Social Issues Social Movements


The B-I-B-L-E and LGBTQ by James N. Watkins


(February 16, 2019)
Addressing he issue with truth and grace…
Topics: Bible Character, Integrity Choices and Decision Making God Jesus Lifestyle, General Love Relationships Religion Social Issues Social Movements Trends


Uniting the Charlie Browns by Wes Wick


(January 12, 2016)
Lessons in unity as I take down my 'Charlie Brown' Christmas tree…
Topics: Christmas Communication Faith Holidays Metaphors, Life Lessons Relationships



Volunteer

 1 record found

Happy May Day! by James N. Watkins


(May 1, 2017)
Sneaking around to do good deeds…a tradition in need of revival…
Topics: Memories Relationships Service Volunteer



Work, Employment

 2 records found

What if My Grandchild is Not College Material? by Barbara Greenleaf


(March 19, 2021)
He or she could have a bright future in the real world!…
Topics: Advice, Guidance & Mentoring Choices and Decision Making Family Financial Grandchildren Relationships Trends Work


Am I a 'Feminist'? Yes and no! by James N. Watkins


(March 10, 2016)
Happy International Women's Day!…
Topics: Opportunity Relationships Social Issues Trends Work