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How to Choose Words Wisely: Last Speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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How to Choose Words Wisely: Last Speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do we choose words this wisely? Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy with this last speech of his–given just one day before his assassination:

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WIN A FREE BOOK ON LEAVING BROKENNESS BEHIND!

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WIN A FREE BOOK ON LEAVING BROKENNESS BEHIND!

Just tell us why you should win a free book on leaving brokenness behind in a comment on this post by 5:00pm EDT, and you’ll be in the running for a free copy of Moving From Broken to Beautiful: 9 Life Lessons to Help You Move Forward by Yvonne Ortega. Our posse of But-Kickers will choose from among the comments, and announce the winner by 8:00pm EDT tonight.     So what do I mean by brokenness?  Abuse, domestic violence, fear, shame, devastating illness, disappointment,...

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A Common Myth That Keeps Empty-Nesters Lonely, Isolated and Watching C-Span All Night

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A Common Myth That Keeps Empty-Nesters Lonely, Isolated and Watching C-Span All Night

The Myth: Now that my youngest or only child has left the nest I am purposeless.   Not true! Never underestimate the number other women who need and want the wisdom you can share as a result of years in the trenches, knees worn raw from late-night through early-morning prayer, and life, period. Why not share that wisdom through your writing? Find out how you can do that this week and walk away well-equipped to jump start your journey into sharing what’s been overflowing from your...

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What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Had to Say on Power and Love

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What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Had to Say on Power and Love

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.”   Martin Luther King, Jr.       Take a look at what he had to say, and think about how your life and relationships could be...

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Burning the Pilato: What a Peruvian tradition teaches about facing your obstacles, part 2

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Burning the Pilato: What a Peruvian tradition teaches about facing your obstacles, part 2

I thought I’d re-share my New Year’s post from last year and encourage you to burn your own pilatos later tonight like we will. I’ll check back in soon and let you know how ours turns out.   An annual tradition in the Peruvian Amazon is the burning of “pilatos”– homemade, life-size dolls that resemble the makers of the pilatos, or that resemble public figures.      The pilatos have signs around their necks that indicate what the person...

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The Biggest Gift is Not Under the Tree

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The Biggest Gift is Not Under the Tree

An old man is shocked when an angel tells him he and his post-menopausal wife will soon have a baby. A young girl is puzzled when she learns that in her virginity she will soon conceive and bear a son.  A young man’s fears are relieved when he finds his fiancée is not pregnant by another man. A selfish king’s plans to kill the Messiah are thwarted, and instead, the king himself is dead a short while later.  All the twists and turns in the Christmas story labyrinth come...

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The Real Miracle Worker

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The Real Miracle Worker

I am fit to be tied every single time I hear someone steal God’s glory by claiming that God no longer performs miracles today. These perpetrators usually have seven letters after their name, and usually begin their arguments with something like, “Now that the Scriptures are complete . . . “     My response to that rationale is, “Huh?”     Putting God back into faith It really is possible to be too educated for our own good, and to relegate...

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Down Broadway: Without the neon lights, stardom and fortune

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Down Broadway: Without the neon lights, stardom and fortune

If you google Broadway you get a gazillion hits about great New York City theatre, casting directors, and superstar bios.   But earlier this summer a family outing took me on a ride down the other Broadway, Broadway in Brooklyn–a far cry from bright, neon lights, stardom, and fortune. It was a sobering ride down the episodic memory lane of my life before age 8.     Violence Greene Avenue: The house where, at age 3, I sat at the kitchen table atop two NYC telephone books and...

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