How Do I Build Strong Relationships?

By Emily W. When I was growing up, my dad loved sharing little life lessons whenever he could. He often found the best opportunities while we were gathered at the dinner table. One of his favorite analogies, in particular, had to do with a spoon. He would pick up the one next to his plate, hold it up, and say, "Have you ever looked carefully at your reflection in a spoon?" At that point, I'd roll my eyes in a "Yes, Dad, I know this story" kind of way. Despite my disinterest, he would continue, ...
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Why I Value Organized Religion

By Andrea B. In our country where religiosity is on the decline (Huffington Post), many seem to celebrate ethereal spirituality but scoff at religious organizations, not recognizing that organized religions exist for the sole purpose of improving spirituality. Dismissing structured religion is like saying, “I like being healthy and though sometimes I get sick, hospitals are for other people, not me.” Others nominally belong to churches, but rarely attend. With mystic Eastern philosophies clai...
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Why Give to the Poor?

By Brigham F. There are a few places around town--on the sidewalks at a busy square I often pass through near my work, and in the middle of the road at certain intersections--where I can count on someone with a cardboard sign describing their troubles asking for monetary assistance. If I happen to have some spare change at hand or a loose dollar or two within reach I'll usually help out. Why do I do this? My dollar or two isn't going to do much to help that person out in the long term. Much l...
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