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Living Beyond Your Skin Living Beyond Your Skin

by Alex Blackwell on

The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth. – Wilfred Grenfell

My next door neighbor really pissed me off last week.

Thursday is trash collection day. The trucks come early so the garbage cans and recycling bins are placed on the curbs the night before.…

creating your life The Zeros and the Ones

by Alex Blackwell on

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

You can thank a bunch of zeros and ones for giving you the opportunity to read this webpage, or to read anything online. Known as binary code, zeros and ones make up the base code that represents digital data.…

How to Bring More Love into Your Life How to Bring More Love into Your Life

by Alex Blackwell on

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. – Morrie Schwartz

Love lives at your core.

It defines how you see the world, how you see others and more important love defines how you see yourself.…

beautiful words Hear the Beautiful Words

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

Most days the words wash over me.

I’ve heard them all before.

From the time I leave for work until the moment I return home, the words I hear are direct, clinical and spoken with little emotion.…

A soul on fire Soul on Fire

by Alex Blackwell on

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire. – Ferdinand Foch

I’m back.

I could blame my absence on a busy work schedule or wanting some downtime while on vacation. But I know myself better than that.…

five-electrifying-ways-to-unplug-and-actually-connect Five Ways to Unplug and Connect

by Alex Blackwell on

As we get past our material wants and instant gratification we connect to a deeper part of ourselves, as well as to others. – Judith Wright

I have two laptop computers, a smart phone, four email accounts, a Twitter and a Facebook profile, an iPhone 6, four television sets and a blog.…

keep your faith alive What Keeps Your Faith Alive?

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We are twice armed if we fight with faith. – Plato

Some days the bad news rushes over you like a storm surge from a high tide. Rescue feels hopeless. Disaster seems certain.

The ISIS threat – earthquakes – a rising murder rate – things are getting blacker; it’s as if the world is spinning out of control and faith has died.…

dangerous word The Most Dangerous Word

by Alex Blackwell on

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the most dangerous word.

When we make the choice to put something off until tomorrow, we are missing the opportunity to live fully in the present; to live in the here and now; to live this day.…

makes you want to holler What Makes You Wanna Holler?

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Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I grew up in North Carolina, the most beautiful state in the southern United Sates.

No disrespect intended to my southern brothers and sisters, but the Tar Heel state is simply breath taking.…

life is short Life is short, so…

by Alex Blackwell on

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. – Sarah Louise Delany

As I roll into my mid-50s, the urge to cherish every day grows stronger.

The things that once annoyed me now remind me that life is in motion.…

love without saying a word Speak Love

by Alex Blackwell on

Speak low, if you speak love. – William Shakespeare

You communicate with thousands of words every day. From what you say – to what you write, words flow through you and touch others in conversations, emails and notes.

Words also flow into you.…

shake off the cold Brother

by Alex Blackwell on

As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss. – Cassandra Clare

Brother,

Seeing the lilies nudge up from the cold earth helps me remember your birthday will be here soon. The sign of spring is comforting to see.…