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Hope Dealer; Need one? Be one.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing? I’m as optimistic as they come, but I’m looking out my window into the world and I am stunned and saddened by the infinite amount of hopelessness I see in the lives of so many. Are you frustrated by the hate, hurt, and divide? If so, I’m with you, and it’s easy to get …

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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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One Life Lesson I Took Away From The Movie “Good Will Hunting” by Billy Soden

Sometimes, while watching a movie, we’re completely unaware of the value being given to us through the dialogue. You know some movies take years to create, and the spoken dialogue is often a result of infinite research, conversations, rehearsals, takes, and tweaks. Well, whatever the brilliant Matt Damon did to finalize this conversation between himself (Will) and Sean (Robin Williams), …

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How I Became A Professional Beatbusker

How I Became A Professional Beatbusker Have you ever been walking leisurely down the sidewalk in a large metropolitan city, turned a corner, and suddenly found yourself assaulted by the wrong end if a slide trombone spewing out wretched low brass versions of Harder To Breathe (Maroon Five), Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake), or Eat It (not the Michael …

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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 …