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Lessons from Silas, Shiloh, and Thomas Merton
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April 26, 2017

Lessons from Silas, Shiloh, and Thomas Merton

By Marguerite Jill Dye

 “When ambition ends, happiness begins,” Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and mystic wrote. My husband, Papa Duane, and “I,” “Gammy Jill,” just spent a few unambitious and happy days with our 19-month-old grandson, Silas, in Massachusetts. The days were full and exciting watching…

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April 26, 2017

Enjoy up markets but be prepared for down markets

By Kevin Theissen

Here’s a stock market prediction for you: It will crash.

Winter is coming. Wait, you mean spring, right? Nope, winter in the market is coming.

We are currently in an eight-year bull market. Bear markets, defined as a period where the stock market…

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April 26, 2017

Ski movies: “Cold Prey” (2006)

The title of this piece notwithstanding, “Cold Prey” is not technically a skiing movie; it’s a snowboarding movie, insofar as it concerns sports at all. More importantly, it’s a slasher movie: a group of frisky young adults, a masked killer on the loose—it all just…

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April 26, 2017

Tweaking our passions

When you reach your retirement years, hopefully you will be able to do the things you love. Your hobbies and passions in life probably had to take a back seat to work and family responsibilities during the years you were employed, but now they can…

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April 26, 2017

Diamond in the rough

By Dom Cioffi

I was in Nashville, Tenn., this past week for a marketing conference. This was my first trip to the country metropolis known as “Music City.” And while I spent most of my day attending lectures and workshops with my 20-something coworker, I…

Drumroll, please
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April 19, 2017

Drumroll, please

By Bryan Pfeiffer

Trees speak many languages, their leaves whooshing in summer and trunks creaking in winter. At the onset of spring, trees become sounding boards for courtship. Before the thrushes and warblers and sparrows arrive to sing from branches and boughs, woodpeckers kick off…

Forest bathing, corruption, and cauliflower
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April 19, 2017

Forest bathing, corruption, and cauliflower

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Did you know that essential oils fall from the trees to bathe us with healing properties? Inhaling phytoncides improves immune function. Being surrounded by nature reduces anxiety and hyper activity. It puts us in balance with our center, and clears out…

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April 19, 2017

Staying humble, applying tanner

My first men’s physique show By Kyle Finneron

“Men’s physique debut, you’re on deck!” the announcer said. The other competitors and I looked at each other in a panic. I grabbed a handful of tanner and started to smear it all over my chest and…