“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is growth. If we do not invest in our personal and spiritual growth, it is the same as dying. Before we seek growth in others, we need to commit to it in ourselves.

Conversation with My Inner Critic
Thomas reviewing a recent post. The SOB is drinking my scotch!

Conversation with My Inner Critic

In late 2016 I was struggling a bit. Life was moving along OK, but I felt like I wasn’t doing anything productive or creative. Things were just too mundane, I wasn’t learning anything or challenging myself in any way. I was just going through the motions.

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Things I’ve Learned in My Interracial Marriage
Holding Hands

Things I’ve Learned in My Interracial Marriage

Earlier this month was the 50th anniversary of the Loving v Virginia US Supreme Court decision that struck down laws against interracial marriage in the United States.  While this landmark decision didn’t affect most couples in this country, it ended up being very important to me.  I’m from the south and I’ve been in an interracial relationship for almost 20 years and married for 16 of them.

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Review: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

I knew very early on that I was an introvert.  Of course I didn’t know that’s what it was called back then; I doubt many people did.  As a kid, I was simply referred to as “quiet” or “shy”.  I was just as happy being alone in my room with a book as I was outside playing with my friends.  Shy?  You bet; painfully so at times, especially around girls.  (I can’t remember the last girlfriend I had that didn’t have to make the first move.  And that includes my current wife).  But as Susan Cain writes in her book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“, shy and introverted are not necessarily the same, and it is important that we recognize the distinctions.

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