Hope Springs Eternal

You have probably heard the familiar saying, “Hope springs eternal.” Often it is associated with the belief that people will continue to hope even though they have evidence that things cannot possibly turn out the way they want. In the midst of a hopeless situation, the irony is that sometimes only hope can get you […]

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Where do the children play?

I have fond memories of soaring high on a swing and building towering castles of sand in my local neighborhood playground. For so many, these playful pictures remained engraved in our hearts and minds and were truly formation in our childhood development. Do you remember laughing and jumping in a playground? Have you seen the […]

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The Gift that keeps on giving….

One of my favorite movies is called Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase.   In this holiday hit, a very dysfuncational family attempts to host the “perfect” Christmas, only to have all of the plans fall part and mayhem almost ruin this joyous celebration.  Near the end of the movie, the main character, Clark Griswold is […]

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Bringing the warmth of Christmas to Peru

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Giving Tuesday

  If you are an American you certainly are aware of “Black Friday” and perhaps now “Cyber Monday”. Both of these days focus around one thing in particular….spending money on material purchases.  The masses will literally line up for hours before store openings on the Friday after Thanksgiving, while online companies offer massive discounts to […]

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A Thankful Heart

I am an American who loves to celebrate holidays.  It was not until I moved to France until I realized how much I appreciate a few specific celebrations. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that officially is not celebrated as a day off here in France.  In fact, on November 28 while Americans back in […]

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Got Equity?

You are probably thinking, “I would sure like more equity!” Throughout the years I have been advised by family and friends to make investments to help establish my personal equity.  Unfortunatey (or fortunatly depending on your perspective) my wife and I have not been able to own a home. It has always been our goal […]

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The Restroom Philanthropist

  I have always considered the possibility that every life event, in fact every life moment, is in fact loaded with miracles if we just let them occur and watch for the magic. I was reminded of this again just this week when the most basic moment of everyday life eventually turned in to something […]

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Now that’s Different….

How often do you wake up in the morning with a burning desire to make a difference? It’s a question I ask in all sincerity and realize of course that our initial humble response might be “no; not really”. I’m willing to bet however that our conscious response isn’t portraying an accurate cogitation. My guess […]

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Getting to the Root of the Matter

  In our current society, we often have the “every man for himself” mentality. We seem to focus so much on what we can do for ourselves that we often do not leave any room to consider what we can do for others. Imagine how much richer and more fulfilling our lives would be if […]

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