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Transformation and Grocery Store Checkout Lines

Transformation and Grocery Store Checkout Lines

Few places I know outside of, perhaps, a stint in a Tibetan monastery or hanging out in a proverbial mountain cave, can lead to personal growth and self-discovery better than a grocery store checkout line. Now I know your first impression upon reading that is that I’m a fool of no small degree, or I’m just being clever with outrageous ways to get your attention…but no, I’m not. I’m not suggesting that you will step immediately into Nirvana or Shangri-la upon swiping your little piece of plastic at a grocery store, but rather am saying that connections can be made...

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Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

Those words from Janis Joplin's popular song "Me & Bobbie McGee" used to haunt me every time I thought about them or heard them on the radio. I'm not sure what she meant, exactly, but Janis was no stranger to troubled times, nor am I...so I always felt a sort of secret understanding about what she meant. I'm not going to take liberties with Janis' presumed intentions, but I was a close friend of someone who knew her well...well enough to greet her at the Santa Fe airport whenever she wanted to escape from the bright lights and tumultuous world...

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Miracle & Wonders

Miracle & Wonders

My life's been a series of miracles and wonders, even though I've put myself through hell and back to come to that conclusion. I've always loved that expression sung so poetically by Paul Simon for entirely different reasons, but as I look back over the rock and rubble-strewn roads and no roads at all at times that I've covered in my life, I marvel at how I've managed to stay alive and sane throughout the journey. To me, having grown up in a military family and traveled all my life, everything's always been a new challenge to adapt to...something more...

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