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Otto Warmbier: Our Leader’s Unrequited Response

  Occupying a position of leadership carries great responsibility. Responsibility for those you lead and for the choices you make to protect, honor, and respect them. When confronted with great adversity suffered by a grieving American family, the President must stand strongly with them to ensure justice and support. The inconceivably heartbreaking case of Otto […]


The Homeless Population and Their Pets

You have likely encountered a homeless person with a pet by their side. You may have even passed judgment without understanding the profound importance of that relationship. While it might seem unusual at first glance, being homeless with a furry companion is actually more likely than you would think. On any given night, there are […]


The Shift in the Upbringing of Children in the Past Fifty Years

Within the past decade alone, the upbringing of children has completely shifted.  As society changes, so do effective methods of parenting. While the basics of raising a child haven’t altered dramatically, certain societal shifts and technological developments have compelled modern parents to use different strategies that their parents used the generation before. These new strategies may […]


Drew Brees: The Saint of New Orleans

When you hear the name Drew Brees, you likely think of a great football quarterback. While this is true, there is much more to Brees than meets the eye. Professional athletes can choose to do what they want with their impressive earnings, so it is especially remarkable and impressive when a player elects to donate […]

Core Values Do You Talk It Or Live It

Core Values: Do You Talk It or Live It?

When it comes to service, there are always people willing to offer their support for their local community. With an outpouring of support, there can sometimes be a gap for people who do follow through on their community commitments. Rather than just “talking the talk”, members of a local community should simply “walk the walk.” […]

Caring For Elderly Parents

Caring for Elderly Parents

The parent-child relationship changes continually throughout a lifetime. Parents morph from heroes to role models to mentors to confidants, but the strength of our bonds can undermine the relationship’s final metamorphosis: the role reversal of becoming a caregiver for your parent. The transition may start with helping them arrange and attend doctor and lab appointments, […]

Effectively Controlling Your Temper

Effectively Controlling Your Temper

All of us have occasionally allowed our tempers to get the better of us with unpleasant results. Anger is a human emotion, and letting it out can be beneficial. However, in a corporate setting, anger should be carefully controlled. You might often ask yourself the “best” way to control your temper. No one answer fits […]

Alternative Sobriety Programs

Alternative Sobriety Programs

Sobriety is never easy to obtain. Any addiction to alcohol or drugs presents a large challenge to become sober and to stay sober. The traditional 12-step program often works, but there are alternative programs available to those who encounter difficulty complying with that program. Women for Sobriety (WFS) This program was founded in the mid-1970s […]

4 Ways to Promote Diversity in the Workplace

4 Ways to Promote Diversity in the Workplace

Each community is unique in its makeup, and each culture within a community deserves to be celebrated.  The same should be said for promoting diversity within the workplace. Promoting diversity doesn’t necessarily have specific guidelines applicable to every workplace, but here are four ways to promote diversity generally. Educate Yourself You should learn about different […]

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