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Hamilton, The Teacher

The last weeks, I have been immersed in the soundtrack to the Broadway musical, Hamilton. Several months ago, when I first learned of this unique approach to history, I was, admittedly, skeptical. As a history buff, I wondered how a story of American history — from the historical period I enjoy most — could be…

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What If All You Need IS Love?

(Originally written in March 2016, but never posted. But LOVE is still relevant today, and everyday.) This morning, I, like the rest of the world, awoke to the news of the horrific terror event that occurred in Brussels, Belgium. As I watched the images cross the television screen, I thought, “When will this stop?” in collective…

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I Climb Trees

I am an amateur genealogist and have been for over 30 years. Not many people know that, nor do I talk about it often, because it is a personal undertaking where few people understand the underlying reason. Frankly, I do not tell a lot of people about my ingrained desire to climb the family tree…

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Spring Forward

Spring is busting out all over in my corner of the world, and I love every green and flowering minute of it. The season lauds the awakening of the earth, the rebirth of nature, and an influx of energy after such a long winter’s nap. The spring season signals a time when I have an…

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Warrior in Training

My favorite type of book is the memoir. I love to read about a person who pushed through a difficult situation and emerged on the other side, stronger. I want to listen to what they learned on that journey, and perhaps glean something from their experience that could be applied to my life. The trials…

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Balancing the Bliss

Over the last couple months, I have read a few articles which criticize the adage “follow your bliss” as the worst career advice ever given. Even a well-known television personality, Mike Rowe, best known for the show Dirty Jobs and known for his support of manual laborers, weighed in on the subject. Thought these articles, and I…