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Change

In 1955 John Wyndham published a novella titled The Chrysalids in the UK and Re-Birth in America.  It is not a religious text.  It is about post-apocalyptic mutants. But it’s also one of the best books about change– the inevitability of change and resistance to change– that I’ve read in a long time.  It really …

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Changes

Adolf Hitler wasn’t born evil, he became evil. He didn’t always want to be a dictator. When they left him alone, he wanted to be a painter. Then World War I happened. He was drafted and assigned the job of litter-bearer, and spent the next several years searching among anguished and mutilated bodies for the …

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MLK Day

When Malcom X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he said basically, “You know what? I have met some new people, had some new experiences, and I have changed my mind.” That’s a very brave and rare thing for anyone, and unheard of for a public figure. Can you name another off the top of …

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Everything Changes

“Everything changes.” ~Shunryo Suzuki My Mom died three weeks ago, on the night of the 19th.  She was 82. I miss her. She was my closest friend. We talked daily. Many times the highlight of my day was sharing with her the things I’d seen and done, and hearing about her day. Everything she did, …

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Breakup, Loss, End…

“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety.”  ~James Baldwin

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It Mattered

“So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. “What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that …

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Advice Mary Astor received from her therapist: Living is change. Your past will always be part of you– it is in your mind, in your memory– but with understanding and education it need not affect what you are today, or what you will be in the future. Excerpted from her autobiography My Story, ©1959

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Growing Up

The first two paragraphs of actress Mary Astor’s autobiography My Story, ©1959: People have often said to me, “You haven’t changed a bit!” They meant it as a compliment, but I could hear it only as an accusation, a statement of brutal fact. And I have thought bitterly, “You are so right!” For I knew …

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Unguessed

Excerpt from Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton, ©1934: She made him, to all appearances, a new man; though most of the newness was really a warming to life of things that were old, imprisoned, and unguessed. His eyes gained sparkle; his mind, which was adequately if not brilliantly equipped, began to move more adventurously. …

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Harrowing

“The great suffering now-a-days is undoubtedly harrowing the ground for the planting of seed. But it does not yet fully appear as to just what kind of seeds will be planted.”  ~Henry A. Wallace, 1932

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Our house, is a very very very fine house…

I had a very vivid dream a few nights ago, about houses. My first house was a tacky 70s aesthetic, filled with lots of vinyl furniture.  It was kind of ugly, but functional.  Vinyl furniture is uncomfortable on hot days, but easy to clean. I left and came back, and it had been transformed into …

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The number one cause of stress and anxiety in my life has always boiled down to, “Things are changing and I don’t like it.” Reruns of Calvin and Hobbes are on the web HERE.

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