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Breaking News: Time for us to be builders, not just consumers
   
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Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-27 20:54:48 -0700 | your-story

There is a wonderful bridge that I have never seen in person, with a wonderful sentiment. "Trenton makes, the world takes." It's a relic of a time when American working men and women made things, a time when people were...
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Breaking News: Don't forget most important of the wedding vows
   
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Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-27 20:57:09 -0700 | your-story

I was out hiking this morning, the beginning of my final week here in Texas, and I found myself thinking about something someone said during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in the late 1990s. "If his wife can't trust him, how can...
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Breaking News: Bageant has the message -- society is broken
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:19:44 -0700 | your-story

When I grow up, I want to be Joe Bageant. I've written about the author of "Deer Hunting With Jesus" before, and I know I have mentioned that he is a person I truly admire. He lives the life many...
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Breaking News: Parents should always sustain children's dreams
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:19:45 -0700 | your-story

When I was 10 or 11 years old, I used to visit my grandparents for two or three weeks in the summertime. They lived about 120 miles from where we did in Ohio, and they lived in a small town...
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Breaking News: You are the center of your world, and you can change it
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:20:27 -0700 | your-story

When I was a kid, one expression I heard quite often from my parents was, "The world doesn't revolve around you." It made sense, I suppose. It was all about taming a runaway ego, but the one thing I don't...
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Breaking News: Not in the Oath, but it makes good sense
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:21:10 -0700 | your-story

I am stunned. I have been quoting what I thought was the Hippocratic Oath as a good rule for dealing with other people in everyday life. "First, do no harm." But when I looked for the actual wording, I found...
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Breaking News: Step outside of two evils and work for good
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:21:42 -0700 | your-story

Have you ever in your life cast a vote that was for something other than the lesser of two evils? I'm pretty sure I haven't. And with politics getting worse and worse in this country, I have come to the...
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Breaking News: SELF-ishness is the bane of our existence
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:22:08 -0700 | your-story

How many people do you know who are really happy? How many people do you know who have enough money, enough possessions, enough power or enough fame? Most of us have heard the expression that self-interest makes the world go...
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Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:22:40 -0700 | your-story

I have a friend on Facebook -- actually my oldest and dearest friend in the world -- who seems obsessed with telling people "truths" they don't want to hear. He's either exposing the "hoax" of global warming, espousing some bizarre...
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Breaking News: Comfort zone? Who needs a comfort zone?
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 04:24:28 -0700 | your-story

If there's one thing too many of us do, it's live our lives entirely within our personal comfort zones. Even when we do things good for us -- such as exercising -- as often as not, we set a routine...
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Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 03:33:06 -0700 | your-story

I was thinking about the recent stories about Sarah Palin and the speculation that she might have had cosmetic surgery. Then I started thinking about what I might have said about it a month ago. I won't even go into...
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Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 00:54:08 -0700 | your-story

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and ask why not."-- ROBERT F. KENNEDY Why can't we have a world in which wealth trickles up? In the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan...
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Breaking News: It's our core values that make us who we are
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-28 00:54:42 -0700 | your-story

Does everyone have basic values? One of the complaints a lot of people used to have about Bill Clinton was they said he didn't stand for anything, that he could triangulate any issue -- no matter how simple of complex...
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Breaking News: You are a better person than you think you are
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-07-27 21:01:13 -0700 | your-story

There's an old saying that God doesn't always give us what we want, but he usually gives us what we need. I think there may even be more to it than that. I think at least in my case, God...
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Breaking News: D-Day spirit what we need to heal our world
   
Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Bandera :: TX :: USA | updated 2012-11-02 04:12:15 -0700 | your-story

Sixty-six years ago today, Allied soldiers stormed the beaches on Hitler's Festung Europa, and all of a sudden a war that had looked as if it would last forever looked finite. They called it D-Day, and it remains as good...
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