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Columbus and Other Cannibals

When Thom Hartmann used the word “wétiko” in the movie I Am, it blew right past me the first couple of times I watched the movie. Then I watched the movie a third time so I could slow it down to understand the

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The Heart Works Best in Mime Words get in the way when we try to speak from the heart. How are we to know that the mere mention of the color purple conjures up childhood horrors for one person when it is one of our

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Planes, trains, and automobuses

We were eagerly looking forward to riding the Amtrack Empire Builder from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Portland, Oregon for the inaugural World Domination Summit. We had reserved a family sleeping compartment for the two of us  with windows on both

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Cultivate Your Inner Hayseed

One of the most complicated and intelligent people I know chose hayseed as his screen name. It bothered him when people assumed that he was a bumpkin because he chose to live in the country. The meaning I think he

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It Takes Lots of Practice

Dorothy Hopkirk Ackerman passed away March 10th. Her memorial service was held on March 19th. She was 91 when she died. She and Gene Ackerman had been married almost 70 years. One of the people who spoke at the service

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Many Teachers, One Master

There is a saying in India that a person can have many teachers, but only one master. Some of the common elements in this relationship include: The establishment of a teacher/student relationship. A formal recognition of this relationship, generally in

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Lou Bedor’s 10 Life Lessons

Last week I went to the funeral for Lou Bedor, father of my best friend Margaret. It was the best life celebration I’ve ever attended. One of the highlights was this top 10 list from the euology given by his

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Work in the world lovingly

There are so many opportunities to pay attention to the things that we don’t want, which ironically seem to bring more of those things. To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for,

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Here’s Help for Honey Bees

We are fortunate that the University of Minnesota has a honeybee research and outreach program, which has been operating since 1918. It is the only one of its kind in the Upper Midwest, the top honey-producing region in the United

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Umstülpung is a German word that describes an inversion process where one thing ceases to exist in order to allow a new living field to manifest. The following exercise is from chapter 21, Principles and Practice, of Theory U: Review

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