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Ben Wright

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Musings: Relationships suffer in busy, modern world

In these fast-food days, we have to work harder and faster to develop human relationships that will fill the void of despair and loneliness.

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Musings: Creativity an in-demand commodity

Creative thinkers do not feed on the reflections of other people’s thoughts. Their findings are brand new and clever.

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Musings: Dependability a powerful virtue

Dependability is a powerful weapon of defense. Without it we are weak and produce very little for ourselves and others.

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Musings: Fear is nothing to be afraid of

Fear is not bad within itself. It is how we manage to control our fear that matters.

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Musings: Happiness starts with family

Taking care of family is taking care of important, high-priority business. It is within this responsibility that we find happiness that is enduring.

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Musings: Preparedness increases chances of success

Planning in advance or working out the details ahead of time is very important to the dynamic of success. Some people call this strategy, while others call it common horse sense.

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Musings: Pedestrians should exercise caution

And to all of us drivers, please be more respectful of those crossing the street.

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Musings: Common cold still hard to kick

As you know, the body’s defense is enhanced by proper diet, sleep and exercise.

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Musings: Hobbies support happy, healthy life

A meaningful hobby might not cause us to live longer, but we will be happier in the time we do have.

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Musings: Setting goals will guide destiny

It is hard to create a plan of attack when we do not have a clear idea of our mission and an adequate plan and strategy.

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Musings: Misplaced blame an injustice of its own

It is amazing how our minds can manufacture a guilty party when we suspect someone has done and injustice to us. We have no proof, no facts and no witnesses.

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Musings: Challenges provide source of motivation, growth

Oh, the power of the human spirit. This power transcends war, disease and all other hindrances.

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Musings: Love of snacks has long history

Snacking, however, is not a recently acquired habit. Primitive human beings snacked and forged on berries, roots, fruit, wild grains and legumes.

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Musings: Great lessons come from tough teachers

The drill sergeant yelled so loud he could be heard all over the range.

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Musings: We are all here to help others

Laura Kate said, “Our teacher is leaving, and all of us kids want to give her a little momentum.”

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Musings: Meaning of ‘friend’ never changes

When our behavior is destroying us, we need a true friend to read reality to us by just stating the facts to us.

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Musings: American creativity rocking right along

It is amazing how our minds become creative when we are involved in repetitive activities that require little thinking, like washing a car or mowing our lawns on our riding lawnmowers.

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Musings: Never mind the Grinches and Scrooges during Christmas

Why is it that at this time of year the Grinches and Scrooges come out of the woodwork? Why is Christmas such a threat to these people?

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Musings: Don’t settle for mediocrity

Why is it that sometimes we find it easier to water down excellence by accepting mediocrity as a virtue? When I visit the medical doctor for a checkup or illness, I expect more than just average knowledge and skill.

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Musings: Changing in the face of adversity

The potatoes, eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity — the boiling water.

Musings: Faith indispensable in good times and bad

Sooner or later, all of us need this stabilizing force for consolation and refuge.

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Musings: History of sports rich in many ways

It is not fair, but I expect a lot from professional baseball players when I think of the money they receive.

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Musings: Truth too often hidden by lies

Let us hope that our nation will again find the road of truth and follow it.

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Musings: Holiday reminder to drive sober

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are meaningful holidays, but they have their downside also. Usually, more alcohol and other drugs are consumed and used during these times. Driving under the influence is more frequent.

Musings: Reality sometimes interferes with dreams

Living with dreams sometimes better than truth

Sometimes we do not want to know the truth so we just choose to live with our dreams.

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Musings: Talents too often left undeveloped

I venture to say that all of us have hidden, unrecognized talents. Even if these talents are noticed, they are often allowed to fall by the wayside or not investigated for their true value and, thus, remain undeveloped.

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Musings: Good decisions require freedom to make bad ones

Decision making has to be in the context and climate of freedom. It is true that there is more opportunity to make good decisions when we have freedom to do so.

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Musings: Dog a priceless, loyal companion

It is my hope that you will remember all those pets that brought or bring happiness and joy to you and your family. This column is a tribute to them.

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Musings: Don't let greed hold you hostage

It takes a wise person to know when to hold them and when to fold them.

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Musings: More than one way to be wealthy

In reality, if we are in good health, we are already millionaires. A serious accident or disease that requires an extended hospitalization could amount to a bill of a million dollars or more in a heartbeat.

MUSINGS: Goals must be set to be reached

To obtain and maintain a healthy weight, the first requirement is to really want to follow through. What we really want out of life is what rules our actions.

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Musings: Faith, charity vital in times of crisis

Let us remember and continue to learn from events like 9/11.

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Musings: Avoiding reality never a good solution

We have to remember, when bad things happen to us and others do not empathize with us, we cannot expect otherwise. Maybe we are too busy to stop and be compassionate.

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Musing: Life offers chance to ponder questions of love

It is a blessing to have been given our life by our parents so we can have the chance to ponder questions about life and love.

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Musings: Being blind to the obvious

It’s sad indeed when a highway can be cleaned one week and the following week it is littered again.

Musing: Count your blessings while you can

People, we only come through this life once. Experience all you can while you can, and do not forget to count your blessings.

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Musings: History can repeat itself

In our society, which is a general term for the entire population, we have many fine and upstanding young and old persons. To remain healthy we all have to be carefully knowledgeable.

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Musings: Memories are priceless gifts

You have probably have met at least two or three people in the past who have left you with unforgettable memories.

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Musings: An imperfect system

It appears that politics and marriage have a lot in common.

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Musings: Beware

A word to the wise, please do not send money or respond to letters that promise this or that.

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Musings: Knowing the question

In today’s world it is difficult to identify all our problems.

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Musings: Role models

Together they transformed a frightening situation into a creative experience.

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Musings: Freedoms must be protected

Remember, all of these conclusions are purely my opinion.

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Musings: Interdependence

Cooperation, sharing, giving and receiving makes the system work.

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Musings: Summer Reading

The power of imagination helps us to form a reality that is creative and productive.

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Musings: Remembering

By remembering, we keep our values alive.

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Musings: Timing is everything

By 1952, when I graduated from high school, the war had wound down. After two years of college, I joined the Marine Corps in order to avoid being drafted.

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Musings: Help

To broaden our understanding of when help is truly help, we need to explore co-dependency.

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Musings: Bad reputation

Apparently, our youth have always received bad press.

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Musings: Addictions

Every addiction has its rationalizations.

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