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Photo Credit: The Freethinkers Pictorial Text-Book (1890)[1] with cartoons by Watson Heston

To anyone who’s played basketball before, they know free-throw shooting isn’t as simple as it looks on tv. Learning how to shoot free throws takes practice, and repetition, and practice, and repetition, and more practice, and you get the point.

But that’s not where learning to shoot free throws starts. To learn how to shoot free throws, you first have to first learn how to shoot the basketball.

To do this, young people are typically taught what’s called ‘form shooting’. …


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Shot by Marcus Smith

There’s a fragility to life that we rarely talk about. We ponder life’s questions, life’s moments, life’s wonders and challenges with the curiosity of a newborn, and yet many of us so often turn a blind eye to the eventuality of our own path’s conclusion. Though we don’t remember it, we know when our journey began, and while we know where we are now, we have no idea where the story goes or where it will end.

Through it all, we ride the ups and downs with both tribulation and trepidation as our companions. At our best, we live with gratitude and intention, pursuing our interests with curiosity and grace, aspiring for abundance. At our worst, we spend our days in the dark, in an isolated seclusion-of-self, feeling helpless and hopeless, allowing fears and insecurities to color our minds and fill the mental space and time that is our life’s only fiat currency. …


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Well, as someone who has flip flopped across the aisle over the past 18 months multiple times, it’s with cautious optimism that I write this today. I will admit, yesterday I was pro-Hillary. It was climate change that pushed me back towards her, as I am fearful that Trump will push us past the tipping point.

But, to be frank, I never trusted that Hillary would do what she said. Admittedly, I have found Trump’s stance on issues like abortion and the environment abhorrent. …

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