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What Donald Trump can teach you about communication

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Let’s talk about Donald Trump. Everyone is, and that’s what he intended. Whether or not you agree with his views — and I don’t — he clearly knows how to get attention. In a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates who mostly have the same views, he has been able to stand out and overshadow the rest. He has dominated the news cycle and has even used public criticism to burnish his image. We have to give him at least begrudging credit for keeping the spotlight on himself. What can we learn from this controversial celebrity and candidate? Read more »

Humor: What will Germany do?

Now that Greek voters rejected the referendum, what will Germany do?

Greece Referendum

With liberty and justice for all

Proud to be an AmericanThese have been great days to be an American. The Supreme Court made marriage equality the law in all 50 states as well as upholding the Affordable Care Act and fair housing. We also determined as a society that a flag that represents a defense of slavery and resistance to civil rights is not a symbol of pride and has no place outside of history books and museums.

These aren’t just issues of politics. They reach the core of who we are as a country and what principles we uphold and project to the world.

We declare in our founding document that we are all created equal and have inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These words not only drive us Americans to work for a more perfect union, but they inspire the oppressed and suffering around the world. In countries where being gay is punishable by death, where preventable and curable diseases kill millions of impoverished children each year, and where centuries-old conflicts continue to lead to bloodshed, America’s actions of the past few days offer hope.

We have plenty of work to do. Marriage equality doesn’t stop the discrimination LGBT citizens continue to face. Removing symbols of bigotry doesn’t remove the hatred in a racist’s heart. Progress will continue to face passionate resistance. We must continue to move forward — not only for ourselves, but for a world that looks to us an example.

For now, we can celebrate these great steps for justice and equality. My Midwest Republican mom taught me to believe in America the Beautiful. Today, America is more beautiful.

“Something needs to change, and it’s probably me.”

Gratitude and Trust by Paul Williams and Tracey JacksonIf you are in the grips of a drug or alcohol addiction, there are many resources available to help. But what if your self-limiting behavior is less obvious? What if it is an addiction to perfectionism, anger, or martyrdom? For addictions conspicuous and covert, Gratitude and Trust by Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson can help.

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Who are you really?

What is your identity?The question of identity has become a hot topic in the news. The particular issues involve difficult questions about ethnicity and gender. Are we limited to how we are formed biologically? Or can we redefine ourselves to match our self-image? And what do we do if those around us find our redefinition unacceptable? Or are there some identities that are unacceptable for people to have?

We may not deal with the issues facing those in the news, but all of us have to deal with the question of identity in our daily lives.

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