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The Barefoot Warrior (The Stone Series, Part VI)

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I believe I might have developed a new publishing genre: the fictional autobiography written under the pen name of its protagonist. Through my own experience of writing such a book, I’ve found that it can be a very empowering process whether you intend to publish or not. I wrote my first draft of The Barefoot […]

The Fraud

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At various point along my path I find myself feeling like a fraud. These moments usually come when serving in positions of leadership, or as a teacher, mentor, parent, or expert of some kind. I see people counting on me for something that I haven’t yet fully developed. I give one hundred percent of myself […]

A Change of Wardrobe

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Have you ever noticed that many of us have a tendency to spend a fair bit of time in clothes that other people designed? Some of these clothes we wear on our bodies. Some may include slogans—on tee shirts for example. Some we wear as attitudes and beliefs. Some we wear as agreed upon possibilities […]

The Power of Shared Story

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This winter I had the opportunity to participate in a community development conference in Colquitt, Georgia. Joy Jinks and the people of Colquitt are revitalizing their town and economy through the arts. How are they doing this? Dr. Richard Owen Geer facilitated a Community Performance workshop at the conference during which a group of participants—most […]

Presence Of Mind (The Stone Series, Part V)

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I was tromping about through Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree National Monument when I stumbled upon this ancient stone one who seemed to be gazing out at the vast expanse before us both. I heard the words of Confucius in my head. “No matter where you go, there you are.” I was reminded of the […]

In the Eyes of Intimacy

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Intimacy. It is arguably the greatest of human experiences. To be seen deeply and nakedly, and to dare see deeply and nakedly into that person on the other side of a shared gaze—is there any act more courageous or fulfilling? Lover to lover, parent to child, friend to friend, it is in seeing one another […]

The Art of Sculpting Your Life (The Stone Series, Part IV)

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Michelangelo once said, “every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Each and every one of us is a sculptor of the most important kind. We chisel away at our lives with every action. The question is, to what extent are we conscious […]