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Former TV person, current college professor and media researcher. Ironman triathlete, meditation teacher and yoga instructor.

Dubious research can seem legitimate in promotional material.

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In this era of misinformation, we’re called to question what we read and hear. This means a little more homework for us in challenging sources and questioning their motivation. It also means discerning marketing efforts disguised as truth.

For us to be responsible media consumers, this can be difficult, particularly…

It’s been a beautiful 25 years, but now I’m done.

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It’s not me, it’s you.

I’m grateful that you’ve kept me filled with hope. Your positive messages have illuminated my path and kept me from living a life of despair. You kept me thinking that there is something deeper and more meaningful in life.

But you kept me from acknowledging…

Make the effort to check its roots.

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Several years ago an ad for a very ugly shoe struck me. The ad’s subtitle said, “For your hybrid yoga workouts.”

Huh? I thought yoga was done barefoot.

So I did a little research. The shoe company and a few yoga instructors decided to market something “new.”

Eventually, the roles change.

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“One more time, Daddy.”

My father conceded to his little girl’s wishes, even though it was a long day at work for him. As he sat firmly in his chair, I sat on his feet and held onto his shins. He extended his legs, carrying me for a ride. …

Why our need to belong can limit our authenticity.

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I recently discovered the crowd-funded show, The Chosen. Because I devour anything related to Mary Magdalene, the first episode truly captivated me.

Then I found myself in a trap. I wondered, “Is it ok that I love this story?” I needed to have my opinions validated by others. …

The ocean breeze knows this mystery.

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The long staircase down the cliff of South Carlsbad was a descent into a deeper consciousness. Each step was a physical reminder to look within. The sand welcomed my feet at the base of the staircase, so I walked to the nearby rocks to find a place to perch.


We are social and spiritual beings.

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Much of the complaints during the pandemic’s restrictions focused on one overused quote by Aristotle: “We are social animals.”

Of course, if you look at the Greek text from Aristotle, you’ll notice the word πολιτικός translates as “political.” So the actual quote is, “[M]an is by nature a political animal.”

We can look to Mary Magdalene.

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In the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb of Jesus after the Sabbath. Although her beloved teacher had been crucified two days earlier, she remained faithful beyond the grave.

When she saw that the stone was moved away from the tomb, she told Peter and John, who…

Reading spiritual texts mindfully can slow down our thoughts.

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With a barrage of noise coming at us at any moment, it’s hard to slam on the brakes from our lives and enter into a blissful state of mind. Our minds will continue to ruminate even if our bodies are still.

If you believe that a certain therapy will work, it just might.

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Mary’s fear of the water was so debilitating that she considered it tortuous to bathe herself. She worked with her psychotherapist, Dr. Roger Callahan, for several months, achieving marginal success when she could sit in the shallow end of a pool. She still couldn’t look at the water without getting…

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