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COMMENTARY: Will This Be a Good Christmas?

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Will this be a good Christmas? To lots of kids, the answer may be embedded in the response to the question: “Whaddja get?” On the other hand, retailers and Wall Street investors will look to sales and profits. What a pity that the spiritual and social potential of this holiday can be so easily lost. Of course, Christmas is a … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Will This Be a Good Christmas? appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: The Treasure of Old Friends

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In my lifetime, I’ve had the good fortune of having a handful of good friends. Each of my four teenage daughters have many hundreds. At least that’s what they call every Facebook connection they collect like trophies. The list of those kinds of friends includes people they barely know, some they don’t know at all, and even some people they … Read More The post COMMENTARY: The Treasure of Old Friends appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Personal Note: My Optimism Re-Emerges

I confess my irrepressible sense of optimism was repressed quite a bit by an election process that I found deplorable in so many ways. You can see my assessment of the year from an ethical perspective on the Conan Nolan show airing in Southern California on  Channel 4 NBC at 9:am on Christmas morning (will anyone watch?). Nevertheless, I will not … Read More The post Personal Note: My Optimism Re-Emerges appeared first on What Will Matter.

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“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

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“You don’t get to choose how or when you die. You can only decide how you are going to live.” – Joan Baez

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“You don’t get to choose how or when you die. You can only decide how you are going to live.” – Joan Baez

COMMENTARY: Deal or No Deal?

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Sarah’s mom agreed to let her 16-year-old go to a party if she promised to be home by midnight. But as the Cinderella hour approached, Sarah did a quick risk/reward calculation. She knew her mom would be angry and probably ground her, but she was having so much fun she decided it was worth it. Sure enough, when she got … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Deal or No Deal? appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Be a better friend. Support, encourage, advise, listen and console with love and kindness. Experience gratification in knowing you bring out the best in and want the best for your friend. – Michael Josephson

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Be a better friend. Support, encourage, advise, listen and console with love and kindness. Experience gratification in knowing you bring out the best in and want the best for your friend. – Michael Josephson

COMMENTARY: The Seven Cs of Character

As you consider your goals for the New Year, I hope you’ll think about working on your character. No, you’re not too old and I don’t mean to imply you’re a bad person. As I’ve said often, “you don’t have to be sick to get better.” In fact, it’s a lot easier to make a good person better than a … Read More The post COMMENTARY: The Seven Cs of Character appeared first on What Will Matter.

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It’s easy to dodge our responsibilities, But we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. –Sir Josiah Stamp

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It’s easy to dodge our responsibilities, But we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. –Sir Josiah Stamp

COMMENTARY: Give Good Memories

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In a society preoccupied with the quest for material possessions, it’s easy to overlook the fact that our most valuable possessions are our best memories. Good memories are a form of wealth. They are not simply something we own, they become part of who we are. Through our memories we can literally re-live and re-experience past pleasures. So, if you … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Give Good Memories appeared first on What Will Matter.

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