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Food for Thought: Two Touching Stories

This month, I decided to share two touching short stories that are based on true historical events. Be sure to read both, as they are connected in some “coincidental” manner. Without giving away the story line, I can tell you what I have learned from them. In a blink of an eye, your life can

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey is one of my favorite inspirational authors. When I first read his bestseller, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," I knew this man had a knack at making the most complicated subjects simple to understand and easy to apply. Since some of you may not be familiar with his classic book, I’ve

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Are You Productive or Merely Busy?

Do you think being busy is a good thing? I don’t think so and here’s why. Being busy, or "busyness," is not the same as being productive. Same holds true for activity vs. action. Activities are aimless and result in "busyness," while actions are purposeful and lead to productivity. Activities reduce your morale, whereas actions

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Uncertainty and How to Overcome It

We're all born into a world of uncertainty. Our natural state is one of disorientation and once we understand that, we can then set about finding some meaning and order, setting some realistic goals, and finally come to the realization that we exercise a lot more control over our lives than we may think. It’s

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10 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

Is it possible to be happy? Happiness is our natural state. Have you seen an unhappy baby or young child? We’re born to be happy, but lose it over time. Can money buy happiness? Money can’t buy you love, nor can it buy you happiness. Money can help because it can buy you pleasure, but

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Embrace the Power of Interdependency

Life is, by nature, highly interdependent. This is scientifically proven in quantum physics. To try to achieve maximum effectiveness through independence is like trying to play tennis with a golf club - the tool is not suited to the reality. Interdependence is a far more mature, more advanced concept. For instance, if I am physically

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What You Need to Know About Tax Breaks

This year, the last minute extender legislation passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Act) contains good news for just about everyone. It makes many of the long-favored tax breaks (so-called extenders) permanent and retroactively extends (some for five years, others for two years) the rest of them, and, for the cherry

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Thomas Jefferson Really Knew His Stuff

His Portrait is on the $2.00 Dollar Bill. This is amazing. Be sure to read the 2nd part (in RED). Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature

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What's Ahead in 2016

At the close of last year, many real estate experts predicted the U.S. Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in 2015. That prediction never came to be, but even if rates rise later this month or next year, Ralph McLaughlin, a housing economist at Trulia, doesn't think it will scare away many buyers. If rates

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10 Stress Management Strategies from Wayne Dyer

There’s nothing natural about living a life filled with stress and anxiety, having feelings of despair and depression, and needing pills to tranquilize yourself. Agitated thoughts that produce high blood pressure, a nervous stomach, persistent feelings of discomfort, an inability to relax or sleep, and frequent displays of displeasure and outrage are violating your natural

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