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Starting Life Over

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.  Jesse Owens When I grew up in Nigeria it was the custom for young parents who lived away from their tribe to send their children to the…

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Surviving My Worst Embarrassment

I was horrified! Two dozen people watched as I was publicly ridiculed for an awful mistake in the middle of a courtroom trial. It was my worst embarrassment. As a young, recently hired lawyer in a high-powered law firm, I had been tapped by my boss to be his “second” in this complicated case, a…

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Battling a Hoogwar at Home

 [Dr. Stelle’s history of early Mukulian civilization, The Sun Rises, describes an attack by a hoogwar, the ancestor of our modern jaguar, on two young men of that time. For today’s Lemurians “battling a hoogwar” has come to mean grappling with one of the difficult challenges in our lives.] One Sunday morning after the housework…

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Things Our Life Misses

I just got off the phone with the Dean of Instruction, and I was fuming. The job I wanted – a job I had been doing unofficially for three years – had just been given to the other finalist. The Dean said it had been a difficult decision as the two of us had very similar…

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Learning How to Improve

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. – Franklin During our two years as Peace Corps teachers, the only Americans on a small island, Bob and I spent many evenings comparing notes and ideas, seeking refuge from the strangeness of our surroundings in each other’s companionship. I thought I could listen, but finding…

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