COMMENTARY 960.2: Lessons From a Carrot, Egg, and Coffee Bean

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Let’s face it. Painful personal trauma and tragedy – like illness or injury, death of a loved one, loss of a job, or an unexpected breakup of a relationship – are unavoidable. The question is: Will these private calamities erode our capacity to be happy or cause us to become stronger and better able to live a meaningful and fulfilling … Read More

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COMMENTARY 960.1: There Are Two Kinds of People

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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who think those who think there are two kinds of people in the world are self-righteous jerks. A listener called me to task concerning a story about a man who told his […]

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COMMENTARY 959.5: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

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For some, Thanksgiving is the beginning of a holiday season filled with joy and happiness at the prospect of spending time with family. For others, it’s a sadder time blemished by bad memories or dread. Some people see their lives filled with abundant blessings and find thankfulness easy and natural; others are so pre-occupied with […]

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COMMENTARY 959.5: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

Hillary Clinton's Not-So-Tough Talk About Wall Street Reform …

During the Democratic debate last month, Hillary Clinton assured viewers she would be a president at least as tough on Wall Street as her main opponent for the nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders. She cited her history as “a …

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COMMENTARY 959.4: Thanking Your Parents on Thanksgiving

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As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I hope you will think about your parents with your most gentle and generous thoughts and be thankful. Even if you didn’t have ideal parents or a perfect home life, if either or both of your parents are still with you, make an effort to experience and express genuine gratitude. It’s natural […]

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Occupy Wall Street | ibrattleboro.com

Occupy Wall Street is looking to resurrect itself by calling for activists to pledge to a demonstration and sit-in in spring. I have always been a keen supporter of the movement. I joined two Wall St local groups and an offshoot …

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COMMENTARY 959.3: Surviving Critical Relatives at Family Gatherings

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I realize that not everyone lives in a Norman Rockwell world where family gatherings are sources of warmth and good memories. For some, the prospect of holiday get-togethers generates dread and anxiety; they are something to endure, not enjoy. One reason is that family members can be tactless and downright cruel when expressing their opinions […]

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COMMENTARY 959.2: Converting Pessimists Into Optimists

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Every full life has its bright days and its dark days, its triumphs and defeats, its calm and stormy seas. All these high and low experiences could justify viewing the past through the lens of gratitude or disappointment. And the way we characterize our history will determine whether we look toward our future with hopeful […]

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The most important reason to know who you are is that it’s the first step in becoming who you should be. – Michael Josephson

The most important reason to know who you are is that it’s the first step in becoming who you should be. – Michael Josephson

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COMMENTARY 959.1: Trust Involves Character and Competence

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Today, I want to talk about the qualities that generate trust. I’m talking about being trustworthy, not trusting others. There’s a relationship between the two concepts, but a decision to trust another is a choice, not a moral obligation. Being trustworthy, however, is an indispensable aspect of good character. Thus, we should always act so […]

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