What should matter in US politics

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

In this election year we are being treated to both the best and the worst that democracy has to offer. Among the best aspects of democracy on display are the right to free speech and the right for any citizen to run for public office. The downside of this freedom is the tendency for election campaigns to sink to low levels with mudslinging and personal attack ads.

Democracy is typically a bit messy and chaotic as it unfolds and allows the expression of the whole spectrum of humanity...

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Grieving Whitney

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM

In some ways we lost Whitney Houston several years ago, when her song was first tarnished by the drugs and alcohol that ravaged her life. We should have seen this coming. We should have been able to prevent this. That’s what hurts so much when you lose someone like Whitney. Her precious gift that we cherished and admired is what made her so vulnerable.

She admitted to terrible stage fright, fearing “the sound of 10.000 disappointed people.” She admitted to being her ow...

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Get rid of your resolutions and find harmony in 2012

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

As we turn to a new calendar year many of us are following the longstanding tradition of making “resolutions”: promises to ourselves for changes we hope to make as we begin this new start in our lives. But the word resolution also describes the moment in a song when a musical chord progresses from dissonance to consonance. You know that sound: the achingly beautiful point in a melody when a minor chord releases into a major chord by the shifting of just one note.


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Light in the darkness: why Christmas matters more than ever

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM

This year the material trappings of modern Christmas - tinsel garlands, shiny glass bulbs and bright green cardboard trees - began appearing in stores and shopping malls just before Halloween, which is earlier than I recall seeing them in the past. With the economy struggling for the fourth year in a row, retailer...

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Intangibles part 2: Tebow does what really matters

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 13, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Over a month ago an article was posted called “Intangibles: 5 Leadership Lessons from Tim Tebow,” describing the qualities demonstrated by Tebow in his approach to football that should be imitated by everyone. That post was written in response to the sports analysts who had already pronounced Tebow a failure as an NFL qu...

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Intangibles: 5 leadership lessons from Tim Tebow

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Ever since quarterback Tim Tebow was drafted to the NFL in the first round by the Denver Broncos, sports analysts have debated his talents and questioned his suitability for professional football. While they criticize his quarterbacking skills, most commentators admit that Tebow has “intangibles,” qualities that make him appealing to fans and an emotional leader for his teammates.

These qualities, say the experts, are not sufficient to make Tebow a winner at the game of foo...

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Sacred illness and Magic Johnson

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

In previous posts the phenomenon of faith healing has been examined as well as the very difficult situation when healing is sought but doesn’t happen. The point was made that illness can be a sacred occurrence and may come in service of spiritual growth or the...

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Grief: How to help in difficult times

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 12, 2011 at 2:45 AM

The subject of grief doesn’t come up very often in conversation except in times of tragedy. The death of Steve Jobs last week is one such tragedy that has led to many disc...
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His job is not finished ...

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM
The world was stunned yesterday by the announcement of the passing of Steve Jobs, just one day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S; and I can already feel that the planet is a bit colder and darker with the extinguishing of his brilliant fire of inspiration.

Not a day goes by that I don’t marvel at the amazing capabilities of my iPhone (and I still just have the 3G!) or experience gratitude for my MacBook Pro that receives the creative effluence of my brai...
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Myth or miracle: a look at faith healing

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on September 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM
When the world-renowned healer Braco came to Denver at the end of June I felt I had to attend one of his “gazing sessions” in order to judge for myself the validity of the claims being made about him. You can read about that in the blog “Braco’s gaze: my experience with a healer.”

Before I attended Braco’s ses...
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