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The Earth Remembers

It's a tight window, This duration of time. Three thousand or so years since the expanse of civilization. The Earth remembers… The time before; The quiet time near forgotten. She longs for a period of silence And of rest and peace. The…

Moving On Minute 7-7-20: On Getting Older

I'm getting old. As they hear me say that, folks over fifty, sixty, and seventy reply, That's nothing, you whipper-snapper. You have plenty of time left before you're old like me. But I wore a fanny pack out in public yesterday. And I…
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Moving On Minute 6-16-20: Who's Weird?

After living in the same home for seven and a half years I finally visited my backyard neighbors. . . Last week our shared fence blew over in the wind for the second time. The boards on it are cracked, and the old rusty screws that hold the…
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Moving On Minute 6-9-20: Wear It Out

Visualize, for a moment, all the clothing you own but never wear. . . You know exactly what I'm talking about. Some of it is deep within your closet. More still is buried inside your dresser drawers or in some plastic bins in the garage or…
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How Non-Blacks Can Show Black Lives Matter

This is going to be the most difficult piece I've ever penned and it should be. . . By now the whole world should have heard of George Floyd. George Floyd was the forty-six year old African American whose life ended tragically on May 25th…
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Moving On Minute 5-26-20: Remembering The Children

I can still remember back when people were social beings. People used to greet strangers with a handshake or a pound. Maybe there was a hug if they got close or felt a connection. People didn't feel weird around their families, or about going…

Grit

Grit Inspired by the Charles Portis novel TRUE GRIT What is grit? Physically it's loose particles of sand and stone. Think coarse sandpaper or the sand inside a bathing suit after a visit to the beach. Used to describe a person, grit's not…
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What Are We Really Complaining About?

Many people are confused about the new world we are entering into. Many more are afraid and are being misled. Pictures show armed protesters at capital buildings across the country. Footage can be seen of healthcare workers embattled with them…
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Homeschooled

I've been reflecting on parenting in this extended period at home with my child. Although there are certainly moments worth celebrating, I spend a lot time considering the many mistakes I make as well as the ways I can do and be a better father…
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Moving On Minute 4-7-20: Apart Of The World

I keep writing about pandemic living, and how could I not? It's in my face everyday. From the first notification on my cell phone in the morning, to every news report and email I come across throughout my day. It's on the faces of all my…
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Moving On Minute 3-31-20: All This Time!

Just a few months ago no one had time for anything! People used to say things like, "I never spend enough time at home!" or "I'm just too busy!" That was only a handful of weeks ago. Currently strict stay-at-home and shelter-in-place…
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Pandemic Pandemonium

Pandemic Pandemonium Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk You hear coughing up the aisle you’re walking down. It’s coming from the blonde woman a little ways up. You head down one of the adjacent aisles feeling…
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How to Create a Better World

Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk I remember being young and thinking the world was one messed up place. Discrimination, pollution, poverty and war were just some of what formed my pessimistic worldview. I contemplated…
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Moving On Minute 2-25-20: The Time To Not Help

It's frustrating having someone you are attempting to help refuse your assistance. Whether delivering kind words, advice based on life experience, or physical aid, some people just don't want your help. Sometimes they just want to do things…
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Moving On Minute 2-2-20: Put Down the Phone!

  Put the phone down! There I said it. How much time do you spend on your cell-phone each day? An hour? That's unlikely isn't it? Is two hours or four more realistic?   It's time to remember the separation…
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A Fuller Life of Less

Reduction and minimalism have been recurring themes here at Moving On Upwards. (Getting Rid Of It All, Don't Want Want, Greed. . ., Downsizing) Although the concepts have been laid out through these and other emotional-fueled works, I have…
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Moving On Minute 1-19-20: Cultivating Calmness

When I was younger I always found myself quick to react. My eyesight blurred. Focus and clarity gave way to a range of different emotions. Whenever I became frustrated, envious, and even overly-excited, each became a blinding wave that…
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Moving On Minute 1-13-20: Changing Your Mind

How much distance is found between the fool and the genius? or. . . How much change is real, and how much is just in our head? Those of us that recognize our own inherent imperfections and strive for improvement are burdened with so much…
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I Can't Play With You, I Barely Have Time To Play With Myself

I'm sorry I can't play with you. My priorities have changed. Family, productivity, and longevity have replaced all the game playing of my former self. Much of my favorite past-times consisted of playing games. Although I do see some value…
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Moving On Minute 12-29-19: Resolve to Never Make New Years Resolutions Again!

Let me start off with the compulsory Happy New Year! to everyone. Happy New Year! It's my sincerest wish that 2020 and the next decade hold everything you aspire to and hope for. I hope more is coming your way than you could even wish for. Now…
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What Being Jewish Means

I am Jewish. It's not a statement of my religious affiliation, and it doesn't fully describe my beliefs, spirituality, and life practices. To me, being Jewish is a piece of me, like being short or incredibly intelligent. It's similar to…
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Still Fat On The Inside

I used to be fat. In my opinion I weighed somewhere between thick and heavy. My max weight of 210 lbs on a five foot five inch frame indicated my body mass index was 34.9. The BMI stated I was obese. I was five points above overweight. But…
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Moving On Minute: 11-24-19 Karma is for Snowflakes

Closed-minded people write karma off as some new age-y foofoo. They see those of us who believe in it as dumb snowflakes. Yet, even when they're intelligent, closed-minded people are indeed the dumb ones. Karma is real, and it is everywhere! The…
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Moving On Minute 11-3-19: Choose Positive & Choose Success

A positive mindset is the difference between a successful person and a victim. If you're reading this, then you're probably open-minded and it isn't new news. Still, it's  good to be reminded. And if you are a victim you're probably ready…
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Moving On Minute 9-16-19: Don't Leave Angry!

Everyone has experienced bitter partings. Sometimes disagreements and disappointment can lead to resentment or other negative feelings. These emotions are so strong that we want to throw up our hands and walk away, or hang up on the other…
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Moving On Minute 9-1-19: Peel the Labels Off

I'm filthy rich! or I'm so poor! I'm sick! or I'm uber-healthy! I hate him. He's mean. and She's so nice. They're all just words, or more precisely, just labels... But then again, perception is reality.   One day that…
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Moving On Minute 8-25-19: Impulsive Urges: Don't Control Them, Direct Them

Some people say, "You have to take the good with the bad." The way our impulses and urges work confirms this statement. Sometime I feel an urge to eat a handful of cookies or chocolates. Other times I feel a similar impulse to go get…
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Moving On Minute 8-11-19: Don't Pick Up The Phone!

Don't do it. You're staring at your phone's caller ID as yet another unknown number, or worse yet, a restricted phone number is staring back at you. You may not know exactly who it is, but really, you know exactly who it is. It's no one…
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Moving On Minute 7-14-19: My Network Gave Me Everything

It's impossible to downplay what my network has done for me, and it goes far beyond professional networking. Assuredly, professional networking is important to one's business and financial success. It may possibly be the most important skill…
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Don't Want Want

It's an incredibly liberating to do away with want. Want sucks money directly out of our wallets, bank accounts, and the mattresses and coffee cans we hide it in. In modern times it's too simple to say, "I want this!" Whether we're looking…
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Simplicity Parenting Reflections

Simplicity Parenting may not have stacked up in the category of best books I've ever read, but it was one of the the most important books I've consumed. It will be a long while before I read a book with a message that is as powerful and resonate. Simplicity…
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Moving On Minute: 3-27-19 Don't Overthink It!

How many thoughts go through our heads throughout the course of a day? It's a ridiculous amount. Could anyone possibly know what we're thinking about at any given time? Even with all the fancy technology available in today's world,…
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Moving On Minute 3-16-19: Communicating Love to Friends

  How often do you tell a friend that you love them? It's probably not often enough. There are those friends that we love tremendously, and yet the sentiment goes unspoken. The love I speak of is not the type one feels toward a a…
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How Much Does The Thought Really Count?

It's the thought that counts. Is there another blatantly more misleading phrase in the English language? The phrase embodies the difference between saying and doing. If I want to help someone out, is it actually as important, or more…
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Assisting Others' Change: Choosing How Much to Invest and When it's Time to Stop

It's common knowledge that to create change in life, one needs to want to change first. Nobody is going to be able to make anyone else change. It just doesn't work. When someone resists change and continually put up barriers that prevent…
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Why Read This? Here's 51% of the Reason.

A friend recently asked me what people get from reading my writing. I had to ponder this. I started listening to the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie shortly after hearing that question. In the early chapters…
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Habit Stacking / Don't Snooze

My alarm buzzed this morning at 5:52 am. I hit the snooze button knowing the back-up on my phone was set for seven minutes later. I drifted back to that light NREM sleep that doesn't really have any positive benefit for the body. It kind…
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The Scam Is

You get a job to get paid, but you gotta work lots of hours each day. Divide up those hours by how much you get paid. It's not a lot by the hour. The fact is it's a fraction after taxes. Still you're there early and after hours; sometimes…
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The Things I am Learning Volunteering

Children are strange little beings indeed. At their best they are smiling rays of light and life that uplift us in our darkest moments. At their worst they are snotty, obnoxious little people. Regardless of your general outlook on children,…