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Ben Wright

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Musings: Choose art that inspires, uplifts

Not all is gloom in the art world. For example, there are songs and music that uplift us in a powerful manner.

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Musings: Dedication, sacrifice often required for success

It takes a person a long time to learn to sing and it takes ballet dancers years to hone their skills. Both produce beautiful creations of entertainment.

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Musings: Harnessing stress can empower us

To maintain mental and emotional health, we have to learn ways to combat stress, tension and worry.

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Musings: Our value lies in service to others

Our worth is determined by our value to our immediate family and extended community family.

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Musings: Finding solutions starts with knowing the problem

Not knowing what problems we presently face, we cannot give blanket solutions. No one can.

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Musings: Freedom has many forms

We have to make democracy work by our responsible actions and principles. We have to stand up for what we believe.

Musings: Live in present to prepare for future

We cannot live in the past. We can only live in the present. In realty, that is all we have.

Musings: The problem of solving problems

At times when I am attempting to solve a problem, I find myself trying the same failing attempt time and time again, getting nowhere.

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Musings: We can all be instruments of happiness

There are at least four components of happiness. You may add to this list.

Musings: Ingenuity is a double-edged sword

The lesson learned here is that an unhealthy ingenuity is destructive and dysfunctional, whereas a healthy ingenuity is constructive and contributes to our well-being.

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Musings: Good advice often difficult to heed

Maybe this is the issue behind requiring uniforms in public schools. We just do not like to be told what to do or wear.

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Musings: Distracted driving causes too many crashes

How do you tell a person to be safe and not text or talk on their cell phone without offending them?

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Musings: Taking oaths should be taken seriously

Let us not take lightly oaths and pledges, for they classify who we are and for what we stand.

Musings: Education not confined to classroom

Hopefully, the coming school year will accomplish for all students and teachers the goals of observing, comprehending and analyzing.

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Musings: The economics of being thrifty

It has been stated: Be thrifty when you are young, and when you are old you will be able to afford the things that only the young can enjoy.

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Musings: Immune system a marvelous defense

Having a healthy immunity helps us have a better quality of life because it protects us against something harmful.

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Musings: Don’t go it alone during tough times

Our hope lies in the fact that it will not always stay this way. Life has its ups and downs. Right now it might be down, but it will let up.

Musings: Origin of words a fascinating topic

Terms, or words, are like wagons which can carry a variety of materials like lumber, stones, fruit, vegetables and other stuff. Thus, terms are carriers of different meanings.

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Musings: Religious fanatics twist faith

Their god is the ideology of their own making and has nothing to do with the true God.

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Musings: Reading a key to personal growth

My point is that if we learn to read and comprehend what we have read, then we can learn anything. Reading opens up a brand new world for us.

Musings: Courage is key to defeating defeat

We will never really know that we have courage until we look failure in the eye and feel its threatening power.

Musings: Signs of family violence often hidden

Fear for her life, losing her children and being considered a failure are a few complicating factors in this painful dynamic. So she feels trapped.

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Musings: How we spend a sign of who we are

In reality, it comes down to how we use our money. Our use and our charity usually are important clues as to our personality and our character.

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Musings: California fires spark memory of 66-year-old secret

Until today this has been our secret of secrets.

Musings: Planning is key to success in life

It may be a stretch of the imagination to believe that everything in which we are involved in in life has to do with planning, preparation and readiness.

Musings: Justice should include compassion

Most of us, I would venture, would rather be given mercy than justice.

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Musings: Being a good neighbor is easy

A good neighbor responds if called upon to help if it is at all possible. A good neighbor responds also if not called upon if an emergency arises.

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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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