Seven Tips for Stepfamily Success

Seven Tips for Stepfamily Success

The stakes are high in marriage for those looking to get it right the second time around. While remarriage can heal the scars of divorce, and blended families can provide newfound hope and optimism, recent statistics show that over 60 percent of second marriages fail. As ominous as this sounds, there are key steps you and your partner can take to maintain a happy remarriage. In his book “Stepfamilies”, James Bray found that at the…

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An Interview with the Cast and Crew of ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

An Interview with the Cast and Crew of ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

At Comic Con I was able to ask some of the cast and crew questions about this show August 17, 2019 by Jay Snook Leave a Comment A chat with the cast and crew of ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resitance’ I recently watched Dark Crystal again. It isn’t a bad movie, but it definitely has some weird moments. So when I heard about Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance I wasn’t sure it was a good…

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Safeguard Your Relationship From the Apocalypse

Safeguard Your Relationship From the Apocalypse

— John and Julie Gottman are well known when it comes to relationships. With 30+ years of experience and research behind them, they know something about what makes relationships tick, and what makes them burn to the ground. If you follow any of the Gottman’s work, you’ll probably have heard of the 4 horsemen. These are the 4 patterns or habits, that when they gain a foothold between 2 people, can take down even the…

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Who May Use the King’s Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time

Who May Use the King’s Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time

—David Bollier The relationship between law and the commons is very much on my mind these days. The following public talk, which I gave at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin on September 8, is a kind of companion piece. The theme: this year’s celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and its significance for commoners today. You can find more resources on the Magna Carta and Law for the Commons in the new…

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Where’s Our Resistance?

Where’s Our Resistance?

 Enter the Dragons Tonight, Young protesters in Hong Kong are directly challenging China’s communist rulers. Inspired by kung fu legend Bruce Lee, their leaderless structure is frustrating efforts by the authorities to stymie them. The protests, which started as a peaceful rebuke of the Hong Kong government back in April, have evolved into a direct challenge to Communist Party rule over this former British colony. With slogans such as “Free Hong Kong” and “Hong Kong…

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Hopelessness and Despair

Hopelessness and Despair

I know that I can argue with a lot of people on Facebook, and we all have people in real life we don’t connect with easily. I just wanted to say that no matter what, no matter how much we argue, I’m glad you’re in the world. 129 people, on average, will commit suicide today in the US. And it’s impossible to tell what will be the thing that makes that final decision for them….

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A Pretty Speckled Little Bird

A Pretty Speckled Little Bird

Did you know that just because someone looks like someone you know doesn’t mean they act the same?  And, did you know “something’s funny” sometimes means you’re never supposed to laugh? La, la, la, we were on vacation, the whole family.  That meant Aunt Bernice and Cousin Linda, too.  Seven of us crammed in Dad’s station wagon, going home.  I love vacations, but ten days up north—and they make me sleep in the “ante-room”—that’s not…

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10 Ways to Deal with a Broken Heart

10 Ways to Deal with a Broken Heart

Moving on from a breakup is a complicated process. Following the shock of the initial separation, are feelings of anger, sadness, and grief that is often crippling and mind-numbing. The pain of a breakup is so profound that it sometimes leaves us not knowing what to do next. Though there’s no one medicine to soothe out a broken heart, there are specific ways that will help you move on and heal faster. Here are ten…

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No, Your Racism Is Not Welcome at My Table

No, Your Racism Is Not Welcome at My Table

Back in 2016 I wrote a book called A Bigger Table. It was the continuation of my then twenty year journey as a local church pastor, trying to craft spiritual communities where all people are truly welcome—especially those most often excluded based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious tradition, nation of origin, or a less rigid theology. I still believe fully in that bigger table. Given the clarity with which I’ve declared my contempt…

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It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice

It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice

—I am a nice guy, and as the saying goes, I usually finish last (especially in love, but that’s a whole other story). Generally, I’m nice to people, as long as they are nice to me. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the gesture will be returned with a pleasant ‘thank you’, and we’d all go on our way. Then there is the one-percent of the time when something like this happens: Spent another summer…

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