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War (4 Stories)

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War has always been too much with us. Today, on a planet shriveled by media, we are surrounded by this horrible human ritual.

Did you play war as a child?  Did a parent or grandparent fight in WWII?  Did you fight in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan? Have you lost loved ones to war?  Have you protested war? How do you feel about war today?

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My Own Worst Critic (2 Stories)

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Does this sound familiar?  You finish a challenging task and think “Good job!” But soon you start second-guessing: “Couldn’t I have done it better? Why didn’t I do this or that?”

Before long the “A” you initially gave yourself dissolves into a “B” and sometimes a “C,” and you’re left thinking, I should have been perfect, but I wasn’t!

Are you your own worst critic? Have you ever wondered why?

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Stuff (6 Stories)

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People produce and purchase piles of stuff: pots and pans, papers and paraphernalia. Some stuff we use daily. Other stuff loses its novelty or utility.  Day by day, year by year, stuff circulates through our lives.

What do you do with all your stuff?  Do you hang on to it? Hide it away? Do you sort,  organize, and store it?  Or do you eject it in a desperate attempt to simplify your life?

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Meditation (6 Stories)

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Meditation - the practice of mindfulness to achieve mental clarity and emotional calm - has always been a traditional part of the Eastern religions of Jainism,  Buddhism,  and Hinduism.

In the 20th century, meditation was used by the European psychoanalysts Carl Jung and Erich Fromm as part of their treatments. And today’s Western medical establishment recognizes the benefits of meditation in reducing depression, stress, and anxiety.

Do you meditate?  If so, how long have you practiced it, and how has it helped you?

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Swimming (5 Stories)

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Human swimmers have appeared in Stone Age paintings dating back 7,000 years. In ancient Greece and Rome, swimming was considered a martial art and was required of all young boys.

Do you love to swim?  If so, did you learn as a child or as an adult?  Do you prefer swimming in lakes, oceans, or swimming pools?

Do you now or have you ever feared the water?  Did you ever survive a near-drowning experience, or witnessed one?

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