Everything happens for a reason

Everything happens for a reason

“The hardest thing about “everything happens for a reason” is waiting for that reason to show up.” – Karen Salmansohn Over the last five years, I’ve fully embraced the notion that everything happens for a reason. As a younger man, I was too jaded and quick tempered to understand the reality and possibility of this concept. But now well into my 40’s, I’ve seen this notion repeated time and time again. Not only in my own life, but the lives…

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Animal rights – a new day has come

Animal rights – a new day has come

“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”  ― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality When I was a little boy, my grandparents took me to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. From what I remember, it was part of my birthday present that year. I still recall riding in the…

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Failure is not an option unless you allow yourself to do so

Failure is not an option unless you allow yourself to do so

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Chris Bradford Writing this blog is not the only writing I do during any given week. For many years, I’ve been determined to write a novel or screenplay. As anyone who’s tried to create either will tell you, even highly prolific writers, it’s no easy task. For starters, with a full-time job and a long commute, the last thing I want to do after a long day is focus on the creative…

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Thank yous – a worthy project we all could undertake

Thank yous – a worthy project we all could undertake

I recently stumbled upon a book entitled 365 Thank Yous – The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik. As with so many of us, John’s life didn’t play out exactly as he planned. Now in his early 50’s, every facet of his life was crumbling around him from his career, to his finances to the relationships he once fostered with family and friends. Lost in a state of hopelessness, John went for a…

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The year 2016 wasn’t as bad as we think

The year 2016 wasn’t as bad as we think

The year 2016 is coming to a close. Countless posts on social media have revealed that many plan on “flipping the bird” to the outgoing year at 11:59 PM on December 31st.  Why you might ask? Because they feel it was a year of disappointment, hate, violence and despair. It was a year when American’s lost all hope. Sorry to rain on your pity parade, but the only way hope can ever be abolished from our lives is if you…

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