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The Western World's Most Challenging Four-Letter Word

Ah, four-letter words. Nowadays they’re everywhere, most with a bad connotation. Even the phrase “four-letter word” tends to conjure up negativity. I’m sure there are many coming to mind right now. 903 more words


Détente, n: The easing of strained relations

It’s my friend Pascal’s word. I guess it’s really anybody’s word, but he was the first in my circle to use it in the context I’m writing about. 1,768 more words

russell reblogged this on russell & pascal and commented:

On Friday evening, Pascal and his lovely wife did something amazing. They opened their home and invited me, my wife (CC from The Counterfeit Christian), and six other people (including their oldest son and a couple that we'd only previously met as bloggers here) to sit down with food, wine, and fellowship. We each listened intently to those with sometimes similar, and sometimes wildly different world-views — but we did so with gentleness and respect. Free from hostility we were able to be open and vulnerable. This environment was very refreshing and led to real connections. We were each advocates of the legitimacy of our adversaries as people, which often led us to legitimize one another's point of view. CC wrote about her experience that night in this excellent post that I'm reblogging. When Pascal and I started the online adventure that is russellandpascal.com, we hoped it could grow to be more than a blog. Gentleness and respect was and is more than a tag-line — its a recipe for understanding and friendship. Our meetings originally started across a physical breakfast table and continue there. The blog is just one medium of our communication. We wanted the meaning behind the blog to be a movement that reached into lives of people. CC describes a ripple effect in her post, and that's a bit like what's happened here. This blog is just another tiny pebble dropping in the pond. We didn't start the ripple, it's been emanating for thousands of years — but we do want to join it. We hope that each of you will take it to your own communities and the effect will grow. Pascal decided to call this meeting a détente, which means the easing of hostility or strained relations. It's now a monthly affair. Consider opening your homes and lives to those of different points of view in your own détente. Questions If someone cared enough to invite you to a meeting like this, would you go? Why or why not? Would you consider hosting a détente of your own? Why or why not? Gentleness and respect, —Russell

30 Days

In 30 days, I will be attending a week-long class that if I pass, will give me more career flexibility. (No pressure)
It will open other doors. 131 more words

Ce ne spunem cand nu ne vorbim by Chris Simion

“Cei mai multi oameni nu sunt ei insisi, ci altii. Gandurile lor sunt opiniile altora. Vietile lor, o imitatie. Pasiunile lo, un citat din altcineva.” – Oscar Wilde… 489 more words

Ink Marks On Empty Dreams

Road Block

I know we all go through our emotional ups and downs but mine always feel so extreme.  When I’m up I feel so motivated and hopeful.  279 more words

"So many people before you have failed, how can YOU succeed?"

“Some have tried, many have failed.”

These words are often said once so many times. At that point, whether it’s a scene in a movie or in real life, like a kneejerk reaction, our brains start looking for solutions. 470 more words


BeLiEve, tAlk & wAlk the talK...

“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.” 271 more words

Life Experience