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From Where Does Such Violence Come

By Shiela K. Haynes It is hard to watch the news these last few weeks. School shootings are the most horrific thing imaginable. As a parent and grandparent, my greatest fear was always that my child might be afraid, and I might not be there to protect and comfort them. The idea that someone would...

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Too Much Information

By Shiela K. Haynes TMI. Remember that catch phrase from a few years ago? You’re talking to your friend or colleague and maybe share a few more details than you intended. Awkward. And they might have replied, “TMI!” Too much information. I am the queen of TMI. Odds are really good that if you’ve gotten...

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Coaches Make an Impact

By Shiela K. Haynes Coaches are among the most sacrificial people I have ever known. They work incredible hours for an income that covers the bills but will never make them wealthy. They take care of the student athletes under their supervision. Not just the physical development, but the whole person including emotional health and...

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The High Calling of Public Service

By Shiela K. Haynes Public service is a high calling. Our great nation depends on dedicated individuals who are willing to put others before self in an effort to make our communities the best they can be, to create safe places where we can educate our children, raise our families, and enjoy fulfillment in our...

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Journaling Keeps Your Memories Intact

By Shiela K. Haynes I keep a five-year journal. I have never been very disciplined about recording my thoughts and feelings. Like most people, I have a stack of partially filled journals going back years. But the five-year model is different. There is a single page for each date divided into five small sections, one...

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What’s Your Jam?

Each of us needs something in life that is meaningful; something from which we derive a fulfilling sense of joy. Spend some time and think about what makes you happy, what you enjoy doing, and what you aspire to add that would enhance your existence. It may be complex but is more likely something simple....

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Dumping Man’s Best Friend

By Shiela K. Haynes, Editor One morning last summer, I gathered up my laptop and a few pads of paper, grabbed my coffee cup, and gave a quick pat and a kind word to my super-sweet, 95-pound golden retriever as I headed off to work. Sadie is as perfect as a canine companion can be...