Growing up, the song “This Land Is Your Land” was taught to us as a patriotic song, but if you’ve ever read anything about it, you know that Woodie Guthrie, the song’s creator, wrote it as a retort to “God Bless America.” He originally titled it “God Blessed America for Me,” but changed it to what we know it as now. Continue reading “Is This Land Really Your Land?”
So…This Is Really Happening?
This is the last post I am writing before the new “era” begins. The last time President Obama will be at the helm of the United States when I hit “publish.”
It still seems so surreal. I feel like I’m bracing myself for a really scary roller coaster ride that I never wanted to be on. Continue reading “So…This Is Really Happening?”
Not One of “Those People”? Then Who Are You?
Devastated. Delighted. Dumbfounded. Emboldened. Threatened. Motivated.
These are just some of the words used to describe this past week in America. To put it super extremely mildly, it’s certainly been a momentous time for our country.
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Is There Hope to Heal the Great Divide?
In less than 48 hours—barring any hanging-chad-like issue, we will know the outcome of America’s 2016 presidential election.
As I pondered last week…what then? Continue reading “Is There Hope to Heal the Great Divide?”
Dear Country: Please Get Counseling After This Election
“You’ve spent a lot of time preparing for the wedding—but what have you done to prepare for the marriage?” is a question brides and grooms are asked when they take a marriage preparation class. So much emphasis is put on “the big day” that “the big life after” can get lost in the hoopla of chiffon and champagne.
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The Viral Spiral of Negativity
Have you ever noticed that it can take just one negative coworker to really bring an office down? Or how one parent berating an umpire can “inspire” others in the crowd to do the same? Or how one person gossiping can open the door to others chiming in and “sharing,” too? Continue reading “The Viral Spiral of Negativity”