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Freedom Requires Sacrifice. It Also Requires Us To Help Others Achieve Freedom.

This July 4th, Americans celebrate their Independence Day, the day we formally declared our separation from England in 1776. We remember the enormous sacrifices required to turn that declaration into true freedom and to maintain that freedom over the last 242 years: countless conflicts, loss of life and treasure, separation from family and friends, misery […]

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Ask Yourself This Simple Question. Every. Single. Day.

My mother passed away last year at age 95 after a years-long physical decline and struggle with dementia. We had many conversations during that time, most of them simple and present, focused on who and what was immediately in front of us (her granddaughter, a chocolate brownie, the bright red cardinal flying by). As the […]

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You can’t spell “rumination” without “ruin”

It’s a well-known factoid that 60% to 70% of our daily thoughts (give or take) are negative (see, for example, a Psychology Today article on the topic). And upwards of 90% of those negative thoughts are just retreads from the past. So, we are generally repeating the same negative thoughts to ourselves over and over […]

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Positive Thinking: The Antidote to the Anti-Freedom

I didn’t laugh out loud when Tony asked me to write a guest post for “Declaring Freedom.”  I knew he was graciously offering a platform to a neighbor who’d had just enough success as a writer to declare writing their profession.  But I did allow myself an internal chuckle.  Because unlike Tony, I couldn’t be […]

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Take a Retreat to Boost Your Personal Freedom

For millennia, retreats have been used by sages, scientists, and saints to refresh and refocus, and have often been the occasion for profound personal transformation. The founder of Buddhism, Gotama Buddha, recommended his followers spend the 3 months of the rainy season in one place and focus on their meditation practice, called the Vassa. The […]

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You don’t need to become an expert – you just need to keep trying.

I stood at the top of Marx, a wryly-named double-black-diamond expert ski trail at the peak of Big Sky’s Lone Mountain, over 11,000 feet above sea level. I had worked myself up to this over a week of skiing with my 25-year-old son Max and a couple of his friends, but now that I was […]

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It’s Thanksgiving – so give thanks and be free!

We recently packed our bags and moved out of our house of 23 years in high-priced suburban New York and moved to the non-nosebleed-priced countryside outside of Woodstock, NY (real estate hackers will recognize this as a neat bit of real estate arbitrage, and fans of Robert Kiyosaki will realize that we finally turned our […]

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