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Why Chaos in Congress is Good for America by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille “Why can’t the two parties in Washington just get along?” “Why can’t the politicians just stop bickering and work together?” “With the factional divides in the Republican Party, no Speaker of the House can get anything done.” “Shutting down the government is a failure of leadership.” “I wish Washington would just stop … [Read more...]

The Ben Carson VS. Rand Paul Debate by Oliver DeMille

Measles, Vaccinations, Common Core, and the Deeper Issue We’re All Experiencing The disconnect right now is tearing our nation apart. Over and over, people engage in the Surface argument, while the Deeper issue is actually a lot more important. For example, consider the national discussion of whether the government should mandate vaccinations … [Read more...]

The Article of the Year! by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille The Best... Last week Rachel asked me if I was going to write a “best books of the year” article like I have the last few years. “I’m not sure,” I sighed. “To tell the truth, I think it’s getting a little old. I see ‘best books,’ ‘best movies,’ ‘best albums,’ of the year, etc. in most of the national magazines and newspapers … [Read more...]

A Genie & Entrepreneurship

By Oliver DeMille The old Cold War-era joke is told of an American, a Frenchman, and a Russian, lost in the wilderness, who find a lamp and rub it. Out comes a Genie. He offers them each one wish, for a total of three. The American pictures the large ranch owned by the richest people in the valley where he grew up, and wishes for a ranch ten … [Read more...]

Do These Shackles Make Me Look Fat?

Humans tend to remain oblivious to all but the most tumultuous changes. Few of us notice the first few pounds we’ve put on.  It’s not until our clothing becomes obviously and uncomfortably tight that we suspect something is amiss. Even then few are willing to step on a scale to confirm the suspected weight gain and fewer still are willing to … [Read more...]

Named Must Your Fear Be, Before Banish It You Can

By Kevin Mogavero “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” ~ Yoda Ya’ gotta love Yoda!  The thing I love most about this particular quote is that he ends the sentence with, “you can.” Which is a pretty powerful assumption – that you can banish your fear. It’s pretty amazing that banishing our fears and achieving our dreams can be … [Read more...]

You Haven’t Told Them Until You’ve Shown Them

By Chris Brady Nightmares Imagine you’re on stage in front of a bunch of people. They’re all looking at you, it’s quiet as a funeral home, you can hear a pin drop, your mouth is dry, and you have no idea what to say or what you’re even expected to say. You don’t know why you’re there, you don’t even know who these people are, and then you … [Read more...]

LIFE Adversity Quotient

By Orrin Woodward Adversity Quotient (AQ) is the ability to persevere through numerous setbacks in order to achieve one’s dreams. Everyone has the ability to develop AQ, but winners through purpose, vision, and perseverance develop it, while the rest do not. The LIFE community is a great way to start learning AQ. Here is a portion of the … [Read more...]

A New Definition of Success

By Oliver DeMille The Religion of Prosperity The lasting legacy of the twentieth century may be its materialistic definition of success. Indeed, the “religion” of prosperity has grown to dominate politics, philosophy, religious debate, family and community culture and even education (people sent their children to school with patently … [Read more...]

“Oh, Spaniard, You Should See the Colosseum!”

by Chris Brady Here's a snippet from a manuscript I'm roughing while here in Italy; musings on the Colosseum in Rome. I also struggled, as I guess most do, with the purpose behind this amphitheatre. This enormous, beautiful structure was constructed as a showcase of cruelty. Only God knows how many murders occurred here, how many innocent … [Read more...]