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The Power of Unconditional Love

“I don’t want someone who sees the good about me. I want someone who sees the bad and still loves me.” —Anonymous “The beginning of love is to let those we love to be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise, we love only the reflection of ourselves we…

A Time to Look Forward

The winter solstice has passed. The joys of the festive season, while still fresh in the memory, are over for another year. Now it’s time to look forward to a new year and the various celebrations and changes to come. While winter still has a few dark and cold days to share with us, attention…

“Santa The Shaman” and the origins of other seasonal traditions

December sees a plethora of religious and cultural celebrations worldwide, including Christmas, New Year, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. The month also plays host to the year’s darkest day on December 21 or 22 which comes with the promise of the returning Light. Tracing the origins of these holiday seasons is a fascinating subject, and something I…

Cynicism, Optimism, and Gratitude

The other day I was thinking about all that’s going on in the world that could trigger fear, hopelessness, or even despair. Having a fairly well developed cynical side to me—though not even close to being as dominant as it once was—sometimes it’s easy to fall into that trap and hang out there for a…

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