The weight of guilt and shame

Living life with feelings of guilt or shame stinks. If you’ve lived any significant number of years, chances are you have some regrets.  You’ve probably made some choices and done some things you wish you could take back. I know I certainly have.  And it’s been really tough for me to make peace with myself.  […]

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Do not be afraid

If there’s any single topic I am convinced I can speak with authority on, it’s fear. I’ve battled fear for as long as I can remember.  It colors my childhood memories.  The struggle was given a name as a teenager when it became known as panic attacks. Much of my life has been spent trying […]

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Giving up

Sometimes life strikes you a certain way, and your motivation just evaporates. I haven’t written anything in this space for a couple months despite having a wonderful trip to my ancestral village in Switzerland, something I fully intended to write about. Truth be told, I have a lot I could say, but what gumption I […]

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A word on Confederate monuments

There is an important difference between remembering and honoring. With great hesitation I am submitting my thoughts on the primary motivation for a recent gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville: the removal of a  statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. My hesitation stems from a desire not to get caught up in any of […]

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