What would you think if scientists announced that bananas will kill you? You would probably be suspicious of their conclusion. You’d want to see their data. But, if you found they only looked at the case of one person who choked to death on a banana, you would question the fitness of these scientists to […]

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In March of this year, my wife abandoned her family. She took off for Dubai to go on a cruise leaving me to fend for myself and raise our two sons on my own. I was devastated. As I tried to pick up the pieces of my life and gain some semblance of normality, I […]

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What is a professional? As a baseball fan growing up, I had a clear definition of a professional. They were the guys in the big leagues. They got paid to do what they do. That’s what made them professionals. One day, my grandpa gave me a quarter to hit some grounders. From that day forward, […]

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. We all know that social media is the end of the world and a waste of time, blah blah blah, etc. But, we need to let those privileged white dudes know how wrong they are. Or, we have to troll those social justice warriors. We must spam the comments section of a […]

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helpfulness

When I moved to Oregon, I didn’t know anyone. I rented a room from a family, and they invited me to join them for Thanksgiving. I felt uncomfortable about it until the matriarch put me in charge of the mashed potatoes. Through this small role, by being helpful, I suddenly felt a sense of belonging. […]

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humor

Ever since Jesus first stepped in a pile a dinosaur dung and the disciples laughed hysterically at Him, humor has been an important part of the human experience. It is so important that it is the topic of thousands of scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles as well as dozens of Netflix specials. Humor is also one […]

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cause competition

The destruction and horrible living conditions caused by the recent hurricanes are a real tragedy. I applaud everyone doing what they can to help the victims of these natural disasters. Also, the destruction and horrible living conditions caused by the countless wildfires in Oregon are a real tragedy. I salute the brave firefighters battling the […]

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live in the now

What are you doing right now? What are you thinking about? Are you distracted? If you’re like me, you are thinking about the future and keeping tabs on your smartphone. You likely have a laundry list of things to worry about in the future, including bills, social events, that bump on your back turning cancerous, […]

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easing anxiety

Anxiety is an increasingly common ailment among people of all ages and economic backgrounds – from the non-stop negative self-talk about every mistake, perceived or real, and the overwhelming sense of doom about nothing in particular to the gnawing at the pit of your stomach that may or may not be accompanied by the need […]

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nonprofit

I recently spent the morning cleaning up along the Willamette River. It was pretty boring work. Yet, nothing can compare to what I felt having helped beautify our city a little bit. I am a strong believer in helping others if only for the selfish reason that it makes me feel good. Therefore, I plan […]

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