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Running on Love

Most of Ashton Eaton’s work had been done in the years leading up to the two rainy June days at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon; running, jumping, and throwing day after day, week after week, year after year. Strained tendons and pulled muscles, being raised by a single mom who […]

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The Good Deed Ripple Effect

Just what is the 'Good Deed Ripple Effect'? It is one someone is witness to or a recipient of a good deed and then that someone becoming inspired to do a good deed for someone else. Hopefully, somebody will see you in the midst of doing your good act, or as the recipient of it, […]

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What You are Seeing is Love in Action

Take time, right now, to reflect on what drives you in periods of great difficulty. Is it love? Is it anger? Hope? Hate? Each of these emotions are legitimate. But only one is comforting. To grow a greater good, we must find more common ground. We share so much more than we are led to […]

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Countryside Changemakers

For several springs and summers many years ago, I lived in Norway on an old farm with cabins like these shown here. There were about ten of us that lived at this compound, which had been converted into a rafting company headquarters. Every Sunday evening we would gather in the great house to share stories […]

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Alaskan Commodes and Community Advocates

My wife Danielle and I used to live in a small Alaska seaside village. Seldovia, Alaska, is a beautiful and friendly town of 300 hardy souls. You get there only by boat or bush plane. The cabin we rented was on pilings. The tide would come in and go out under the place. Sea otters […]

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The Bill of "Rights": A Plan to Do Right by Each Other and the Earth

Recently a friend accused me of being politically biased. I was making a case for responsible behavior at the congressional level, suggesting that all elected officials keep and live by their word. I pointed out that mine was a partisan-free request. I offered up this ideal in the face of the current Supreme Court nomination […]

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The Secret Destinations of a Chia Pet

We first noticed them in a dust cloud that swirled along a monstrous alluvial fan. Like Las Vegas illusionists coming through dry-ice mist, they came from within the whirlwind, materializing out of nowhere. Rather than sporting circus suits and magician faces, these two Andean campesinos wore dirty, torn pants, wiped sand from their eyes, and […]

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The Greatest July Fourth Story Ever

Just out of first grade, enjoying summer riding his bike, building forts with friends, catching lizards with his sisters, and playing Army, Dawson stood on the curb in the heart of downtown Redmond, Oregon, on July 4. “Dad,” Dawson said during the small town Independence Day parade, “In next year’s parade I want to drive […]

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Ten Ways You and I Can Help End Racism

In the past week, I have been involved in many conversations about protests and riots in America. Each conversation was different. But they revealed a common dislike of institutional and individual racism. These discussions about minorities, murder, rioting, and looting went here and there, from the rights of the oppressed to the rights of the […]

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Rubbing Us Right: The Common Ground Platform

I was on Facebook yesterday and got into a discussion with someone I had just met online. We formed one of those quick friend-of-a-friend, point-counter-point relationships. She asked me a question and told me that I was a fool if I didn’t answer it a certain way. I responded by asking her who benefits from […]

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