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[29 Jul 2014]
Focus

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson He probably doesn’t know it, but New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote a great OP-ED piece on calling. He was writing about something so many of us are feeling these days: our lack of focus. We are losing what he calls the “attention war.” Brooks confesses: “I text when I should be paying attention to the people in front of me. I spend hours looking at mildly diverting stuff on YouTube. (“Look, there’s a bunch of guys who can play ‘Billie Jean’ on beer bottles!”).” And I confess that I relate to his confession. I haven’t seen the ‘Billie Jean’ video, but I have watched my share of funny cat episodes. Not to mention whatever it is my friends on Facebook want me to read or watch. Not to mention what ESPN tells me what is important news of the day. Make room in the confession booth ...

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[17 Jul 2014]
Our World Today: Choosing Sides or Stepping Back

by Lauren Van Ham And just the moment when you are all confused leaps forth a voice hold me close I’m love and I'm always yours. - Rumi Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 I had already begun to blog about a fun adventure my Mom and I had undertaken in May, when the NPR sound waves interrupted my train of thought. My hands left the keyboard as I listened to the reporter interview Palestinian families who were registering with U.N officials at a shelter site, near Gaza. With a sigh, I sat back from the computer and felt my chest tighten in the way it does when I experience the discomfort of having so much, when others have so little. I thought about how I had taken a bike ride that morning, through a gorgeous, protected expanse of preserved land; and how very soon, I would be ...

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