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“Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” ~ Steve Jobs, Survivor

John Hennessy was the President of Stanford University when he introduced Steve Jobs as the invited commencement speaker for their 2005 graduates. Hennessy remarked in his introduction, “More than 100 years ago, in describing his vision for a new [Stanford] Universty, Leland Stanford wrote, ‘The imagination needs to be cultivated and developed to assure success in life.’ Stanford clearly understood that …

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 Five 5th-Grade Heroes Stand Up To Bullying

Five 5th-Grade Heroes Stand Up To Bullying by Billy Soden   When you are a parent, you worry about your kids. You worry because you love them, and most parents work to guide their kids in a way that gives them the tools they need to function in the world and make good decisions when they’re not around.  But, you …

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How To Rescue A Lost Beagle by Billy Soden

Tia is an animal rescuer with a big heart. Unfortunately, her heart is not enough to rescue some animals because other health issues keep her from running or chasing after some of the more elusive dogs.  That does not stop her from trying, however, as you can see in this video. Using a little creativity and a lot of patience, she is …

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The Battle Over Finger Drumming – Will It Ever End?

Ok people, listen up! There has been an ongoing battle of sorts between people who really enjoy finger drumming and those who would like to throw finger drummers off a cliff, or something like that. It’s not currently our world’s biggest problem (I wish it were!). First, decide right now in your head which one of those two camps you fall …

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First World Problems

First World Problems by Billy Soden   Most of us heard the phrase “first world problems.” The reference is usually made when someone whines or complains about something trivial, especially when compared to “non-first-world” areas on our planet. Places that have no electricity, no water, no wi-fi, no cell phones, no plumbing, or no state-of-the-art healthcare (if any at all), are …

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The Legend Of Valentine’s Day (Alternative Facts Version)

The Legend Of Valentine’s Day (Alternative Facts Version)   The mystery has shrouded the history of Valentine’s Day since the beginning of time. Many will tell you of stories about a patron saint, “St. Valentine” that was born of ancient traditions that evolved from the Catholic Church. We have recently discovered some surprising “alternative facts,” however, that are about to blow …

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The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Afford

The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Afford Thirteen years ago, I wanted to start a gift-giving tradition with my two sons. I wanted it to be meaningful, personal, and financially attainable no matter what my financial circumstances were in any season of life (like this year!  ). So, I decided to write a letter to each of them. Every year …

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My Gift Suggestion

My Gift Suggestion I know it’s been a while since I posted on my website here. Sometimes life has a way of tricking us into thinking that time goes by slowly, only to have us look back and realize differently. It’s Thanksgiving day, and I’ve had a quiet holiday at home with my kids traveling on a holiday vacation with their …