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Justin Shimko is an award-winning writer and political analyst. He began as a reporter in his college days at the University of Oklahoma, writing for The Oklahoma Daily (rated as one of the best collegiate newspapers in the nation) and The Oklahoman, the statewide newspaper, winning awards from the CSPA and the Society of Professional Journalists. He later moved on to research and writing work for a number of political campaigns. His email is [email protected]

Corage: The Astonishing Power of Gratitude

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We like to hide our feelings, push them deep down away from everyone - and ourselves. But embracing gratitude can be a powerful tool to not only open ourselves to feelings, but work through them. By Sally Eames Last week, I read a blog post titled “Fuck You Spiritual People For Using Gratitude As A […]

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Reluctant Xtian: How to Observe Armistice Day (Veterans Day)

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While most people wave flags and sign Onward Christian Soldiers to celebrate Armistice Day, I weep that war ever happened and question why we obscure grief. By Tim Brown For such a short verse, John 11:35 gets a lot of airtime.  And rightly so. I guess we all need permission to cry.  And if we […]

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From the Right: Quick Takes on the Illinois Elections

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Sen. Dick Durbin’s election was close (by his margins), Democrat control of Congressional Delegation is weaker than we thought, is the Illinois 10th turning into the New Hampshire 1st are up today regarding Tuesday’s Illinois Elections. By Justin Shimko Two days after the election and we’re still poring over the numbers to find nuggets of […]

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From the Right: Why Last Night Wasn’t A Republican Wave in Illinois

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From the Right: Why Last Night Wasn’t A Republican Wave in Illinois

The Republican Wave that swept the party to control in the US Senate and to record margins in the US House missed Illinois, as Democrats maintain their supermajorities in the General Assembly by Justin Shimko “Welcome to Red America.” “GOP Dominates Midterms.” “Republicans Ride Wave…” Those headlines may define the national election results but they […]

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power Part V - Fear and Doubt

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power Part V – Fear and Doubt

Fear and Doubt Can Take Hold Of Our Lives, But Sometimes That Kind of Destruction Is Necessary to Achieve Courage to Change. By Sally Eames Other people enjoy watching scary movies, especially at this time of year. I don’t like them. At. All. My imagination is so vivid, my dreams so real, my suspension of […]

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power Part IV - Letting Go

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power Part IV – Letting Go

Letting Go of The Old Ways Isn’t the Hard Part. It’s Making Sure We Don’t Go Back and Pick It Back Up. By Sally Eames Boy, this is so hard for me to do. I am not at all good at letting things go. Let me correct that. I’m really good at letting things GO. […]

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power III - But Where Am I Going In This Journey?

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Figuring out where we are going in our journey of life means we also need to do what is needed to stay grounded and make intentional changes. By Sally Eames I love to sit on my roof in the mornings and think. Even though the weather turned colder (and wetter), causing me to spend less […]

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power II - Change or Opportunity?

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Times of change can be hard and frustrating, but those are usually the ones most necessary. By Sally Eames From all indications October is starting out to be a bumpy, change-filled month. What a horrible time to step into an entirely new way of being. Actually, it’s a great time to be doing just that. […]

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Corage: Stepping Into My Power, Part I – Happy Birthday

It’s time to dedicate this next year to stepping into your own power. Here is the first of the monthly series on how to do that. By Sally Eames My birthday was last month. As a present, I gave myself an entire day of care, meditation and exploration: all dedicated to stepping boldly into the […]

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Corage: Up on the Roof

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Corage: Up on the Roof

Returning to the Roof the other day made me realize I created a ritual without even noticing. So can you. By Sally Eames Last month, I wrote about the importance of ritual. I want to return to that topic because I’ve suddenly realized I created one and have been living with it for weeks without […]

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