Motives & Manganese

By Mike C. In June 1974 billionaire playboy Tony Stark, uhh… I mean Howard Hughes,  launched the Hughes Glomar Explorer (HGE).  At 618 feet and 36,000 tons, the ship was a pretty impressive sight.  Reports said it had the capability to pick up 5,000 tons of ore off the ocean floor each day.  And what kind of ore were they looking for – gold, silver, platinum?  Actually they were reportedly looking for manganese. The story gets stranger.  It turns out that the whole manganese story was ...
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How Can I Have Compassion for Those Who Hurt Me?

By Emma Lu D We were seated on folding chairs surrounding the room. Many of the attendees seemed in a restless state. Then mixed voices erupted and they projected their anger upon each other like fiery darts. The problem seemed focused on conflicts in the Home Owners Association regarding fence lines, landscape choices, and mixed concerns regarding new roofing. As I viewed the situation, it seemed the challenge was between those who wanted to be in charge versus those who were in charge. The sa...
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Can Forgiveness Help Us Cope with Family Hardship?

By Alexandra W. I did not grow up in the happiest of homes. It wasn’t terrible or abusive, but it was far from perfect. I dreaded going home each day after school. When away, the actual situation was easy to forget, but the moment I walked through the door I felt the weight of reality slip back on my shoulders. The reality was that my parents, both fabulous individuals, frankly did not like each other most of the time. The reality was that more often than not there was a fight, a slammed door...
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How Can I Forgive Others?

By Richard M. My “conversion” to a life of forgiveness and tolerance began 20 years ago when I lost one of the best jobs I ever had. I was managing a team of engineers, working hard to grow our business, and climbing the ladder of worldly success when the corporation re-organized our division and assigned my team to one of the most selfish and offensive men I had ever known. I tried to adjust to his harsh style. But it was no use. He was rude and evil, and I was horribly offended by things he...
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How Can a Moment of Impact Change Your Life?

By Anonymous I once heard that we all have moments of impact. Moments when your life changes either for good or for bad. I find myself reflecting back to a moment from many years ago, a moment that changed the way I dealt with hurt and hate. That moment of impact changed my whole view on what forgiveness really means. From the time I was 7 I lived with my Aunt and Uncle. Although I lived with them, I still knew my parents. My Dad was abusive and my Mom neglectful. I wanted to shut them out of ...
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