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What Defines Us?

19 years ago, on 9/11/2001, terrorists struck America. And it, or rather how we responded, came to define the first decade of the 21st century. Then, in the 2010s, the world reeled from the Great Recession, and in many ways … Continue reading

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Tend to Your Roots

“The death of a dream is often a subtle form of idolatry. We lose faith in the God who gave us the big dream and settle for a small dream that we can accomplish without his help.” ~Mark Batterson

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The Upside to COVID-19 (for Writers Only)

Remember… “You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” ~Shaun Hick “When everything is wiped blank, it’s life’s way of forcing you to become acquainted with who you … Continue reading

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Images and Words of Hope

“I remember when I started searching, and just in case was constantly rehearsing what I’d say when hope came back again, ‘Hey, what’s the deal, where have you been?’” ~from the song “Paradox,” featured in the motion picture Healing River … Continue reading

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2020 at a Glance?

And While We’re on the Subject “It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily. “So it is.” “And freezing.” “Is it?” “Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” ~A.A. Milne “2020…(the year) many … Continue reading

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Survivors, Not Victims

“Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high after all I have been through. I said it’s because no matter what, I am a survivor, not a victim.” ~Patricia Buckley There’s a lot of talk of … Continue reading

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5 Years Ago Today

Oh, how the world has changed in the last five years. Oh, how it has changed this year alone! Five years ago today: I’d recently seen Pixar’s Inside Out and cried like a baby; President Obama was normalizing relations with … Continue reading

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Reflection of Light – Look, See, Pray

Originally posted on Look, See, Pray:
Not every experience, photograph or person has to be outstandingly dynamic. Ordinary is good. We have become addicted to the buzz of adrenaline. Bigger, better, faster, louder, brighter- and usually more expensive to us…

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Fame vs. Flame

A Filmmaker’s Journal Four years ago on a June day like this we wrapped production on my first feature film as a writer-director Healing River (then titled Over-the-Rhine). Never dreaming it would take as long as it did for the … Continue reading

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The devils are here

Originally posted on Benyapoesy:
Hell will be one of the most well-known concepts ever:is there anybody who needs to tellempty feelings, pains and people who feed on each other,and is there anybody to tell we are living hell;all vain trials,…

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