Are we willing to pay the steep price of an indiscriminate global lockdown?

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Primum non nocere. First, do no harm

remains the quintessential principle of treating any illness or disease. A concept, easily forgotten or ignored. Ancient and medieval medicine was famous for its outlandish cures that were oftentimes far worse than the ailment, often leading to the demise of the patient.

It seems, the global tide of mass quarantine, driven by fear-based medicine, has not only caught everyone unprepared but has swept nation upon nation along. It has cemented the responses of (most) local…

Find hope when despair seems the only option

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Why hope? The alternative is fear and despair. I’ve already been there. I have hope, not because I’m good or smart or clever, but because hope is the better option. Hope is a choice, a daily choice — like joy. And a hope that finds its roots and origin in grace is more confident, more palpable, more definite.

“Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.”

Victor Hugo

I was challenged by Danielle Bernock to this Pandemic Word Challenge, in response to Jordin…

Hope is possible, even in the midst of an unfolding pandemic

Zac Durant on

All is not lost.

Easy for me to say.

Shouldn’t we run to the nearest store and stock up on hand-sanitizer and dehydrated and canned food? (Good luck finding any.)

Part of the panic and fear stirred in hearts and minds is due to our global interconnectedness — what with the instantaneous dissemination of information via digital and wireless networks. This news has spread, ahead, or on the heels of the novel virus, piggy-bagging with air travelers, the world over.

It matters that we grow and make each day count

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We either develop and mature or we vegetate — there’s no in-between — much as we may prefer to maintain the comfort of the status quo.

Can there be a more apt time to reflect on the New Year, the new decade, 2020, ahead of us, than right now? Many of us may already have been swamped by listening to and reading yet another version (or disguise) of New Year’s Resolutions and another approach to reaching goals and living a happy and prosperous life. Enough of all this harping the same string!

Looking beyond the gifts and festivities and mistletoe and snow

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Christmas and joy. What can be grander?

Whose heartstrings aren’t touched listening to Bing Cosby crooning the beloved “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”? Add to that, the voice of Michael Bublé, and the treat is doubled!

Growing up on the plains of Southern Africa, made a white Christmas something we could only dream about — only to be seen on Christmas cards, read about in books, or watched in movies. And did we ever dream! Our Christmases were green (and no less grand), even though it simmered in the summer heat! …

A short short story about flowers and flying

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All my panic to get through customs with the parcel for nothing.

Llewellyn Lloyd smiled as he cradled the fragile cardboard box to his chest, striding across the tarmac. He glanced at the terminal building when he reached the portable stairs — he was the last to board. Taking the stairs two at a time, he hurried to the top when the first drops plopped down, then winced when lightning struck, lighting up the skies.

The heavens opened, making him leap across the gap between the stairs and the fuselage, ducking through the aircraft door. …

Grab the reader from the start.

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Disclaimer: this is not a fly-fishing story.

But who doesn’t love a campfire story about the big one, this big, that got away? We snuggle closer to the fire, hanging on the storyteller’s lips, drinking in every word.

The art of good writing nestles in the many aspects of storytelling and narration, from word choice and language to metaphor, rhythm, and rhyme, to theme, tension, and topic. Every word counts. …

Nothing beats being relentlessly of-help

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The challenge many of us face today — getting heard above the noise.

Oh, it’s a beautiful noise, being blessed and burdened at the same time with modern technology and state-of-the-art communication abilities. We live and work in an online world. Yet, our quest remains, how do I stand out? As writers, authors, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, and creatives — how do we make our soapbox stand a little taller, be a bit more colorful and sturdier than the rest?

Believing, then the people will come. We not only try to be interesting; we learn to…

A poem

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first things first: each
ailment needs a name
(that fits), a remedy
that cures or soothes
(but doesn’t kill);

with fiberoptic scope
behold the innards
of a man — through
orifice (and hidden

the mouth and throat,
the nose and ear,
the bladder and
the bowel, the womb
(a sacred tomb),

a scope to look at cells,
and one to count the
distance to the moon and
name each far-off star,
tell the speed of light,

while stupefied
(at loss, at best) no
scope be found
to peer inside
the soul,

or fail to estimate the weight of broken…

The apparent paradox of wealth, poverty, joy, and meaning

Why is it that we make it our business to know who the wealthiest person on earth is?

We are filled with awe, finding some pleasure in pondering such wealth and the seemingly endless realm of influence and power it brings. We close our eyes and imagine what it would be like to live such a life, how happy we would be.

Why is it that when we talk about richness, affluence, and wealth, the first thing that comes to mind is money, equity, or financial prowess? Have we, as 21st-century citizens, become so materialistic? Have we unknowingly (or intentionally)…

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