Random Thoughts

If You Were President…5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Happy Presidents’ Day. We all love to worship an idealized version of our leaders—the guy in the top hat or the guy with the wig (and maybe one day the lady in the pantsuit). But what if you were president, what would you do? Could you do it? Could you handle the stress of it? […]

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Just Keep Swimming

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger When Lynne Cox was a little girl on her swim team in New Hampshire, she never wanted to get out of the pool. She wasn’t the fastest, and she rarely won races, but that didn’t matter; she was still always the last to get out of the […]

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5 Things We All Need to Learn from Temple Grandin

Photo: (cc) Steve Jurvetson/Flickr I recently had the great pleasure of hearing Temple Grandin speak at the Ecofarm conference in California. She is renowned for transforming the animal slaughter process to be more humane. For example, before she helped McDonald’s Corp transform its slaughtering techniques, only 30 percent of the animals were being killed on […]

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First World Problems: “Ash to Flash”

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Before going one step further here, I’d like to ask you to keep in mind the Ship of Theseus theory as you read. The Ship of Theseus, or Theseus’s paradox, raises the question of whether an object that has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the […]

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The Window Seat

Greetings from California! I’ll be visiting here for the next two weeks. Instead of flying back and forth across the country willy-nilly, I prefer to make one big trip of things like this, and pack in as much in as possible. You’ll be hearing more about my trip as I go. Cross-country flights always incite […]

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What If You Knew You Only Had One Chance?

Photo: (cc) Kokalola/Flickr I know many of you don’t have the same love of Bruce Springsteen that I do; however, this is about more than just Bruce. But it was a Bruce moment that got me thinking about the topic of “just one chance.” It all started two weeks before the release of Bruce’s anxiously […]

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Rule #1: Make Fewer Rules

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger According to Urban Dictionary—and maybe Liz Lemon—a deal breaker in a relationship is “the catch” that one cannot overlook in a particular individual and ultimately outweighs any redeeming quality he or she may have. Or it may be some aspect of a deal you make (to take […]

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5 Ways To Stop Climate Chaos Now

Let’s face it: Climate change, global warming, whatever you call it—but one thing it is for sure is climate chaos—seems so overwhelming that most of us simply shut down emotionally and mentally when we see another headline that says the world is ending sooner rather than later. Even I shut down occasionally! OK, more than […]

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