Willing the Good of the Other

Although the phrase, “willing the good of the other”, may never appear in a sentimental greeting card, it captures the genuine and generous selflessness that should always be understood when we speak of love. St. Thomas Aquinas first suggested that true love derives less from emotion and more from decision. According to Aquinas, love is […]

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Enlightened Self Interest

In today’s world it is easier to get a book published with outlets for self-publishing and small boutique publishing firms. As a result, we have thousands of books every year that could catch our attention and be a good read. One such book is my Godspeed and Guideposts, another is a book by Nathan Wagner,

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Trophy Wife

The term ‘Trophy Wife’ is often used in a derogatory or disparaging way and refers to a wife who is regarded as a status symbol for the husband. “Trophy wife” originally appeared in a 1950 issue of The Economist newspaper, referring to the historical practice of warriors capturing the most beautiful women during battle to

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The Path of Trust

The idea for this blog has been in my ‘started, needs finishing’ file for over a year. Then the other day I was struggling to get my dog, Rooney, to trust me in a certain situation. Bottom line was that her level of trust was way behind my expectations, despite our almost 4-year relationship. What

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I’ve Got a Name

If you know me personally or have followed my blog for anytime, you know that I find nuggets of treasure in song lyrics.  You also know how much my Dad means to me. Recently on my playlist two songs came on back-to-back, Jim Croce’s, “I’ve Got a Name” and Dan Fogelberg’s, “Leader of the Band”. 

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The Station

One day while I was at home on break from college I was sitting at the kitchen table with my Dad. He shared with me a newspaper article called ‘The Station’, written by Robert Hastings. Over 35 years later, I still have the original cutout from that evening’s paper. It means that much to me.

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Burn the Boats

In the year 1519, Hernán Cortés, with some 500+ Spaniards and a dozen or so horses, landed in Mexico. The Spanish conquistador and his men were about to embark on a conquest of an empire that hoarded some of the world’s greatest treasure of gold, silver and precious jewels. Cortés was aware that for more

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It is a Privilege

A new football coaching staff has arrived at my alma mater, Lafayette College, and with a new staff comes a new mindset, new ideas and a new motto.  The Head Coach is using the phrase “It’s a privilege, not a right, to play and coach for the Lafayette Leopards”.  He is building off the rich

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The concept of Unity came forefront in my mind while listening to a sermon at a wedding. This was one of the better wedding sermons I have heard.  It focused on the oneness in marriage and in the married couple’s purpose; moving forward in a mutual direction for the common good of all involved with

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