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Success vs. Greatness

Tonight Matt and I had the pleasure of attending Cornel West's lecture at Weber State University. First, WOW! Listening to Cornel West speak was inspiring. However, I'm not so sure it was his words that always did the inspiring. It was more his rhythym and cadence. I imagine the speech we heard tonight to be what it might have been like to hear the great Martin Luther King, Jr. opine on the mall in Washington DC. These Southern ministers are something else. Both were such powerful orators.

Cornel is gifted with words. And while his elocution was beautiful to behold, I was a bit disappointed at his pessimism. Additionally, I found much of what he said to be like "tinkling brass and sounding cymbals" for he made much thunderous sound in the name of poverty and injustice, but he never once proffered any solutions. Tis easy to find what's wrong. Tis much harder--and so much more inspiriting-- to outline how to make it right.

But I do have to give him props for his po…
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Mother Teresa March

I love the reply Mother Teresa gave to those who asked her to march against the Vietnam War.
No I will not march against the war, but when you have a march for peace, I'll be there.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
And so it is, love is the greatest agent for change. And as my co-worker so beautifully stated today:

Love is the only unlimited resource on earth. Never use it sparingly.
And I write all of this as I listen to one of my all-time favorite songs: Imagine by John Lennon. The lines are so powerful:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries
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To Meat or Not to Meat

I have always loved Hamlet's soliloquy, "To be or not to be." Today I was reminded again of a growing suspicion. . . perhaps meat is not for me. Alas, I am torn for I love Cafe Rio sweet pork burritos, and I love chicken, and I worry how I will ever obtain enough protein if I give it up?

The awareness dawned when walking my usual route. The polygamist colony recently acquired cows and I noticed them one morning. They are beautiful creatures. I felt so sad for their plight. I comforted my conscience by reminding myself that I rarely eat red meat--like not even once a year. However, I could not assuage my guilt as I considered chickens. I eat them and pigs. Are they not as cute?

I quickly removed the thought and decided I would not worry about the awakening now and would allow the awareness to grow till I could no longer ignore it.

Well today I had a conversation with a world renowned nutritionist who was giving me some tips about supplements and health conditions. She is …

Certain Uncertainty

There is very little we can be certain of besides uncertainty. Yes the paradox of certain uncertainty. So why do we crave certainty in life when the only thing certain is uncertainty? I love this quote by Helen Keller:
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On the Hunt

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I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I headed up today, but after spending a good chunk of time seeing what is available, I think I know better what I want. I want something I can subdivide into at least 3 lots. Huntsville requires 3 acres minimum to be subdivided so that puts me at a parcel around 10 acres total. If the land comes with a house already on it, that is totally fine so long as I can rent it …


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