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open Bible
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Examine the evidence and decide for yourself

Some people say there is no God. Others say their god is the one true God. Since all these voices are in disagreement, we are left with a choice. We can either pick and choose whatever we want to believe based on what appeals to us, or we can seek to discover what is true by examining the evidence. I have chosen to do the latter, culminating in seven irrefutable proofs the Bible is God’s Word.

However, before I dive in, let me begin by saying I wasn’t raised in any church, nor did I grow up reading the Bible…

green gas spewing from canister
green gas spewing from canister
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It harms the speaker just as much as the hearer

You know how in Disney’s 1942 animated classic, Bambi, Thumper the bunny reminds us if you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all? Well, I’m sorry to say, one day last week I said a whole slew of not nice things. What started out as me thinking I could complain just a little bit without any harm being done, turned into an all-out rant and rave. By the time I was through, I learned negativity is an indiscriminate poison.

It would be convenient to say I don’t know what came over me. Yet, that would not be honest…

bay pony in barn stall sticking out his tongue
bay pony in barn stall sticking out his tongue

A City Slickers Confession to Being a Rodeo Junkie

I have a confession to make. When I was younger I was mad at my parents for being city folk. All throughout my childhood I was plagued with the feeling that I was a country girl being forced to live an urban life. In particular, the cowgirl in me desperately wanted a horse. But but since we lived in town, there was no place to keep one.

As a result, I grew up rather jealous of my friends who lived in the country. I thought they were living my dream, with horses to ride and barns to play in. Yet…

class photos from a 1960’s high school yearbook
class photos from a 1960’s high school yearbook

You really can’t afford NOT to go

After moving 1,000 miles away from my hometown, I never came back for any high school class reunions. In fact, more than twenty years of such negligence led me to forgetting all about their existence. It was quite by accident, then, that I found myself attending my 35th class reunion — and boy was I glad I did!

It happened like this: I had flown back to visit my parents a few days earlier. We decided to go to the local Farmer’s Market to buy some veggies, when we ran into the father of one of my classmates. …

Las Vegas casinos on The Strip
Las Vegas casinos on The Strip

What they offer in entertainment they lack in basic human rights

I recently returned from a week’s vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sure, it was fun to get out of town for awhile and go some place interesting. But amid all the glitz and glamour of The Strip, I quickly learned good drinking water and a place to sit down are not considered basic human rights.

Reason #1 to Avoid Vegas: No Water for the Thirsty

Water is my beverage of choice. As a water lover, I was disappointed to discover the tap water in Vegas is completely unpalatable. I am not just talking about a little chlorine that could be filtered out using one of those pitcher filters, either. …

bull elk in snow
bull elk in snow
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A Lesson in What Not to Do

I have only been in one car accident in my life. It was more than thirty years ago. A younger cousin was driving my car on Interstate 90 west of Manhattan, Montana, and I was asleep in the front passenger seat. We had just come up over a rise, when I awoke to her screams. I opened my eyes in time to see we were going to hit an elk.

A second later, we hit it. Everything happened so fast, I don’t remember if I screamed or not. All I remember is crashing into it broadside. …

blue mug on counter reads “take it slow”
blue mug on counter reads “take it slow”

Respect Your Limitations or Pay Dearly for Ignoring Them

Although I do believe each of us has unlimited potential, that doesn’t mean we don’t have limits. Just as we can’t be all things to all people, neither can we do everything that needs doing. There are limits to what you and I can do.

I am not at all fond of this reality. Perhaps that is why life saw fit to remind me — yet again — of the importance of respecting my limitations. I suppose I should be grateful for such a valuable reminder, but like all life lessons it was in no way fun.

It all started…

chemistry laboratory
chemistry laboratory
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Ever wonder what those yard signs are really saying?

One of my neighbors has a yard sign declaring “science is real.” It’s difficult to ascertain the full meaning of what they are trying to communicate in those three words. After all, what kind of science are they wanting us to believe is real?

If the sign were larger, or the letters smaller, there would be room to clarify. But that’s where things start to break down. Let me explain.

Imagine if the sign read, “real science is real” or even “real science is real science.” That would be a little more clear, although clearly redundant. Whereas if the sign…

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Where are you now and where do you want to be?

After recently being reminded negativity is an indiscriminate poison, I determined to sow and grow only good seeds in the garden of my heart. In the process of challenging myself to change habitual patterns of speech and thought, I took an honest look at where I was in relation to where I wanted to be. As a result, I had an epiphany of sorts. What became clear were five levels of mastery on the path to perpetual positivity.

If you consider yourself to be a positive-minded person — or you aspire to be one — identifying your current level of…

Two ways to cultivate a teachable spirit in yourself

books, apple, pencils, and ABC blocks on table
books, apple, pencils, and ABC blocks on table
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You know that old adage that tells us to never stop learning? For most of my life, I viewed it as an admonishment to purposely seek out new information, and acquire new skills, in order to expand my horizons. I thought it was about choosing to boldly go where I hadn’t gone before.

I still think never stop learning can mean that. But now, I see another side I hadn’t seen before. In addition to actively seeking out learning opportunities, never stop learning can also be about simply accepting (and leaning into) the many lessons life brings.

You don’t have…

Salina Christaria

Author, blogger, speaker and deep thinker, passionate about encouraging us all to be unstoppable in the pursuit of our potential.

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