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Photo by elizabeth lies on Unsplash

There are certain things that I do each day, part of the semi-routine I have going. Reading is a habit of mine, and I read everything from online op-eds to large historical accounts. Recently my online reading has been overrun by individuals telling me to be successful, I have to wake up at 5 a.m.

Articles, full of information on what I must do to craft the perfect morning routine for my success. But how do they know that this is the only path to success? They will point to the well-known millionaires and billionaires who are early risers. …

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Top of Teton Pass — View of Teton Valley Wyoming, 2010 | © Candace Woodbury

It’s 2:30pm on a Thursday. I am sitting at Miller Park in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as I write this watching the locals go about their business; the tourists passing through on their way to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The weather is how I like it, unpredictable. The day starting out sunny and warm, but now it is beginning to cool off, and the sky is getting moody, threatening to rain on everyone. I’ve been in Jackson for two days now and have yet to see any wildlife, one of the things I loved about living here.

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normal | ˈnôrməl | adjective
conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected

Normal is not a word that I will ever use to describe a mass shooting or any type of hate crime or violence. Normal is the word that is being used across the internet about the recent mass shootings of El Paso and Dayton.

We don’t have all the information yet on the motives of the young men who committed these crimes, but we know enough regarding the shooting in El Paso. The hateful extremist views in his manifesto spoke of the “invasion” of immigrants to our nation that he believed must be stopped. …

As much as I love reading I can also be a nerd when it comes to technology. I love to use my smartphone, iPad, MacBook… until they started taking up all my time!

This isn’t something that only I am dealing with. There have been many articles on “breaking up” with our smartphones. That doesn’t mean it is easy. In our world today everyone, including our employers, want a response NOW. Even when we are NOT working. They know we have a smartphone and can access our email and social media 24/7. Does that mean that because we can, we should? …

Candace Woodbury

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