Thanksgiving with people you only see once a year



**NOTE: This is written as a public service announcement and not as a reference to my own family which gets great.

Regardless of how well you get along with your relatives, trying to get through a long Thanksgiving day with them can turn into an awkward and emotionally charged event.

Aunt Edna is sure to tell the story about how you made a fool of yourself thirty-two years ago or Uncle Ralph will take the last serving of your favorite food.

Go into Thanksgiving with a plan or at least some ideas on how to turn the tide.

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Adulting — What I Learned from a Black Lab named Triss


My brother’s dog passed away last month.

When you see the romanticized pictures of dog ownership on TV commercials, you’re getting a glimpse of life with Triss.

She was the sweetest dog who loved to romp in mud, ponds, or snow.  A car ride was a special treat, and if she really liked you, she would forget that she was no longer a puppy and would crawl into your lap, nearly crushing you.

But the final lesson that she taught me was about fear and adulting

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We are all fragile; Three steps to keeping your emotional balance

Do you have that friend who appears to always be doing something cool, hanging out with someone you could only dream of hanging with, or meeting some lofty goal that maybe was even on your list.

Does it leave you wondering what’s wrong with you?

Join the club

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Three robot jobs no one is talking about

I’ve been thinking a lot about robots as I prepare to spec out a futuristic robot trilogy.  Here’s a couple of thoughts on robots.

Robots will take 80% of the current jobs in the next fifty years.

While that distresses me, I thought of three jobs that robots will do that are not currently being done by any human, and therefore won’t have any negative effect on human job security.

All are environmental related and will make our world a better place.

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When God the Father let Jesus down

We live in an age of Christianity that often formula-izes God and His reach.

If that’s true then either Jesus really goofed up or God let him down.

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Three lies you tell yourself about sleep

When I can’t solve a problem (like how to sleep through the night), I find myself making up lies (I call them reasons) why the problem can’t possibly be me.  Here are three lies that many of us insomniacs tell ourselves.

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Today Is A Gift From God

Today is a gift from you, oh God.
Your ways are higher than mine so I will trust them, even when I think I have a better plan.
I give you my body. May I master it so it does not master me.
I give you my heart. I trust that you will provide for it no matter if it needs love, joy, peace, or comfort.
I give you my mind. Renew it for your purposes.
I give you my soul. I will seek no other gods.

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Make Your Life Easier — Letting God’s Word Come To You

Of the many productivity tips that I have heard and read about over the past few years is the one to ask the question “What would look like if it were easy?”

Wait, isn’t this a Monday Meditation where you talk about God?

Isn’t it sacrilegious to make our time with God easy instead of setting aside time and disciplining ourselves and working hard at something that is worthwhile?

No.  Actually, since God should be our focus, we should make it as easy as possible to find Him.

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Analytical Super Powers — Changing your flow chart

Analyticals have superpowers.

I’m sure other races of humans also have them, but since I’m not a part of those races, I can’t comment.

Today, I would like to focus on a very simple fact and why being an analytical gives you a leg up on the Nons.

Most human decisions are based on algorithmic thinking that is not unlike a computer program with the exception that by default, it’s just a repeat of all the most emotional moments of your life crammed into a big decision tree. Which is not always so good for those of analyticals who spent most of middle-school visiting the insides of trash cans.

The good new is that you can change it.
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The Shortest Distance Between Me and God

The shortest distance between two physical objects is generally a straight line.

Sometimes, I’m feeling grumpy or stressed or just far away from God.

You probably feel that way as well and when you do, it’s important to know the shortest distance between you and God.

You’ll have to figure out what that is, but this is the shortest distance between me and God.

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