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Bring on the Purple to Bring Us Together

Donald Trump, who can’t seem to get over the fact that he won the election, retweeted a 2016 election map that shows pretty much the entire country in red, emphasizing the precincts that gave him a majority of their votes. The map purposely attempts to display that “everyone” in vast swaths of the United States voted for him. Unfortunately, this map lacks any nuance. Even in my county, which provided over 70% of its votes…

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Two Books Provide a Snapshot of an INFJ

There are two books by my bedside that I’ve been reading over the past few weeks. It didn’t dawn on me until this morning that my reading of these two books at the same time, the fact that I would check them both out with their juxtaposition between intuition and logical data, actually provides a perfect snapshot of my INFJ Myers-Briggs personality. The two books are The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin and Predictive Analytics…

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The Hardest Job I’ve Ever Done

Last Thursday I spent the day as a substitute teacher at two of our local schools. Teaching was, hands down, the Hardest Job I’ve Ever Done. I checked in at the middle school office and was handed a few pieces of paper that stressed the importance of emergency procedures and safety for the students. When I got to the classroom, I had to read the notes left for the sub by the teacher. Thankfully, the…

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One Source of Our Blindess

“Nonprofit With Balls” is a blog that’s all that and a bag of chips (with some unicorns thrown in for good measure). Its posts, written by Vu Le (pronounced “voo lay” – because I know how to read an About page), offer a typically irreverent, but uncomfortably honest look at the nonprofit world. Vu’s humor makes the uncomfieness easier to bear. (And, frankly, darn it, we do-gooders are not the dour types that we are…

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Feeling a Tad More Eco-Friendly

I’m reading a book called “What We Leave Behind” by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay. It is depressing as hell. It explains how people are murdering the earth, which we absolutely are, but hasn’t offered any solutions thus far. I’m only part-way through the book and am hoping there will be some concrete suggestions that help me feel as though I can do something. Being left in a hopeless morass by a book is no…

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