June, 2006

The Value of Friendship

Saturday, June 24th, 2006
 
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Although most people don’t consider themselves isolated or friendless, 1/4 of Americans say they don’t have even a single close friend (according to a study reported in USA Today, June 23, 2006). This is a change from just 20 years ago when only 10% reported having no close friendships. Maybe our expectations have changed. Maybe [...]

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Compassion In Action

Friday, June 16th, 2006

When I grew up in San Francisco and then went to school at U.C. Davis during the sixties and early seventies, social activism (anti-war, anti-nuke, feminism, ecology, universal healthcare) was part of the fabric of my life. But I remember my discomfort sitting around the table strategizing with my comrades, using the vocabulary and tactics [...]

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The Difference Between Thriving and Just Enduring

Monday, June 12th, 2006
 
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Dear Jane, What do you mean by “endurance” and what’s wrong with it? I always thought enduring was a good thing. When I am interviewed on radio or TV, I am always asked to explain what I mean by “endurance.” I use an analogy taught to me by one of my mentors, Brandon St. John, [...]

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Is God On Your Side?

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

USA Today had a front-page article, “Rockies seek revival on and off field,” affirming that the baseball team has improved its league standings since it began embracing “Christian values” three years ago. Now, it isn’t unusual to use faith as a motivator and team builder in sports. And if “Christian values” means less drinking, less [...]

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Your Relationship With Money

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
 
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Dear Jane, I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with money. How can I change this so that I am more financially secure? Most of us struggle, at one time or another, about money. But what is that struggle really about? I read an article in USA Today about couples and their relationship with [...]

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