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My Mother

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I won my first essay contest when I was in the second grade.  The title of the winning essay was “My Mother.”  It was the easiest essay for me to write because I just wrote from the heart and because my mom was so great, it was an easy contest to win. Everyone thinks that …

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The Profile

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It’s 6:25 Sunday evening and my driver isn’t here yet.  That’s quite unusual because they usually arrive at least 15 minutes before the pick-up time, which is five minutes from now.  I don’t mind however, because I have some type of neurosis which makes me anxious when I know people are waiting for me. Oh, he’s finally …

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Suspect #2

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Just as the entire nation did, I too watched the final moments leading up to the capture of Boston Bombing Suspect #2, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, glued to a television screen.  At the time, I happen to be eating dinner at a crowded New Jersey restaurant, where a television hung over the bar but was visible from …

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Financial Freedom

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Money is a major part of modern life.  But through the years I have come to believe that our relationship with money is probably the most dysfunctional relationship in our lives.  And what has further surprised me, is that in a country with as much abundance as the United States, the cultural undercurrent is actually …

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An Old Friend for Dinner

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If in life you fortunate enough meet a person with whom you have a deep spiritual connection, consider yourself both lucky and blessed.  I had friend who I once knew and although I hadn’t spoken to her in twenty years, I have never stopped thinking about her.  Recently, through Facebook, I reconnected with this friend – my …

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Silver Linings Playbook

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I own an investment property which my older brother persuaded me to buy.  I didn’t really know much about real estate and even less about property management.  Through the years, the property brought many challenges most of which were created by the low caliber tenants. One of my tenants is a single mother of three and recipient …

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No good deed

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As Christmas is a time of giving, I decided to give back to my community this holiday season.  So during my year-end break, I volunteered at a local soup kitchen for a few hours each day. When I arrived on the first day, I was asked to help with operations.  This meant stocking shelves in …

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A Look Back

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As I reflect on the year that has passed, I feel really good about it.  And when I look forward to 2013, I am inspired and energized about what is to come.  I once heard someone say that during the course of ones life there are really only a handful of events that are truly …