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Do You Believe in God?

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Sundays have become a day of ritual for me and as many people do on Sundays, I spend a part of it in spiritual reflection. In other words, I pray. Through the years, my faith has gone through a dramatic course. I was raised in a Catholic home and even attended Catholic school. But at …

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The Power of Me

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For the better part of a decade, I have hinged my beliefs on the idea that there is a master plan already laid out for each of us, and all we have to do, is simply live it. I also believed, that a spiritual force guides all that happens, and whether you call it God, …

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The Banking Strangler

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In the wake of the financial crisis, the federal government has implemented a sprawling piece of legislation known as Dodd-Frank. This legislation consists of over 400 new rules that will change the framework of the entire banking industry and will ultimately hurt you – the consumer. Most people feel that the financial crisis was caused …

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Paper Tiger

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The current stand-off between Russia and the West, should serve as America’s wake-up call. As Mitt Romney’s statement that Russia is America’s greatest geopolitical foe becomes a vivid reality, Obama continues to warn Putin through a hollow drum of rhetoric. Moreover, Obama has made it abundantly clear that the US will not respond militarily. America …

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Organic Empire

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The word “organic” has become one of the most powerful words in the food industry as it has changed the entire pricing paradigm on the most basic of human essentials – food. Morphed out of 1960s radicalism and stimulated by growing interest in health and nutrition, the organic movement was based on the idea that …

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The New Cold War

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Although the Cold War ended over two decades ago, I would argue that the events of the last several days are an indication that a new Cold War may be igniting.  The events which I am course referring to, is the Russian invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.  This invasion is much more endemic of a …

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Ukraine’s Long Road to Freedom

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A battle has been won for the opposition of Ukraine, but the proverbial war is far from over. I begin by stating how truly proud I am of the Ukrainian people as their determination, perseverance and resolve over the last several months, have brought them to this historic point. Ukraine one again finds itself in …

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Once an Addict, Always an Addict

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The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was tragic.  Addiction is a disease which afflicts so many, yet so few truly understand.  Hoffman’s life may have seemed superficially great but addiction doesn’t discriminate and it supersedes circumstance. I grew up in an upper-middle class town that was nestled just under 20 miles from New York …