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  1. So, What’s the Point, Anyway?

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    September 1, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Okay, one morning you’re sitting at the breakfast table happily munching away on your Wheaties and one of your kids glances over at you and asks you with undisguised frustration, “What is the point of it, anyway?”

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  2. Optimism of the Will

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    August 24, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Let’s see: we are stuck in three wars, crushed by debt, faced with high unemployment and a deranged stock market, and all the while we sizzle like a chunk of back fat in a hot iron skillet. So, what do we do? Despair? Brood? Sink into depression? Not hardly.

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  3. Explaining Horror

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    August 6, 2011 by Steven Worden

    In keeping with my usual summer ritual, this past Sunday I bathed my dogs, scrubbing them for fleas and ticks. I recalled how I gave the larger dog, Anthony, his first bath many years earlier and how he had eyed me skeptically as I struggled to get him into the tub for the first time.

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  4. The Demise of a Sacred Space

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    July 22, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Will someone please turn Texas over? To borrow from the last words of the martyr St. Lawrence as he was being grilled alive over a blazing fire: “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.”

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  5. Distrustful Deer in the Headlights of Uncertainty

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    July 7, 2011 by Steven Worden

    According to David Rosmarin and his associates, “Cognitive theory posits that underlying beliefs and thoughts lie at the root of human affect.” Or more simply, change your thoughts and beliefs and you change the way you feel. As that famous folk psychologist, Mark Twain, prescribed years ago, “Drag your thoughts away from your troubles … by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

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  6. Along the Borderlands

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    June 25, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Rural America ain’t what it used to be. For example, sociologists from the University of Missouri have uncovered two interesting findings about living in the country: (1) that over the past 30 years people have been moving from urban areas to rural communities (“the Turnaround”) and (2) over the past same 30 years the number of working family farms has fallen drastically.

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  7. On Exactitude

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    June 9, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Cynicism has moved from being the preferred stance of angst-ridden teenagers to the default setting in society at large. How did we get so fragile?

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