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The Anger of The Helpless Heart

Neither Jocko nor Missy could recall the exact point where it began to go wrong.  Certainly, once they moved in with each other things changed.  Each became aware of some irritating habits of the other to which they had been … Continue reading

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You Made Me Do It!

We’ve learned to be aware of the warning signs: Ivan’s face tightens, the pupils of his eyes become pinpoints of white-hot anger, he paces as if he needs to go somewhere but can’t seem to remember where that is!  Ivan’s … Continue reading

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Hand on the Tiller

The “Tar-Baby”, a fictional character in one of the Uncle Remus stories, is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br’er Rabbit. The more that Br’er Rabbit physically fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.  In modern usage, “tar baby” refers to any … Continue reading

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ʻAina, the Temple

A Maori warrior, instructing a young boy on how to fight an enemy, said: “First, make them angry; this causes them to lose focus.”  We nod our heads in agreement with the wisdom of this advice, knowing it to be … Continue reading

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Acceptance

After Lucinda’s funeral and after the Mercy Meal in the Church hall, Fred drove home alone.  The empty house screamed to him of Lucinda’s absence.  Going into their bedroom he opened dresser drawers and held her items to his nose, … Continue reading

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Hammers And Nails

True story: Andrew is a carpenter and one night drives his pickup out into the country to a rough-and-tumble kind of bar that he likes. As he pulls into the graveled lot he can see that so many other pickups … Continue reading

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When Our Emotions Become Inflamed

I know the nicest guy who becomes someone completely unlike himself when he gets angry!  He has admitted to being surprised by how easily his inclination towards goodness can vanish when his emotions become aroused!  He is not alone in … Continue reading

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Wake Up And Get Serious!

When I was thirteen we lived in Carlstadt, NJ in an immense old Victorian house.  One time I crept down the dank, dark basement stairs where the water heater was chortling with rage and almost bouncing!  In absolute terror I … Continue reading

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To Indulge In Anger

On October 20th, 1899 a shipment of rice was offloaded in Honolulu from the ship America Maru.  Ordinarily this event would not have entered the historical records except for the fact that its shipment had also been carrying rats who … Continue reading

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About Those Flying Keyboards…

When people come to me for counseling they are often puzzled about how to grow… psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.  Many have expressed the thought that it is almost as if there must be a “Book of Rules” out there somewhere … Continue reading

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