Becoming Good

In the movie City Slickers (1991), Curly tells Mitch the secret of life. “One thing. Just one thing.” Mitch asks, “What is the one thing?” To which Curly replies “That’s what you have to find out.” Now, I’m not going to profess I know what that “one thing” is for everyone but I will give a suggestion on one thing that may be a lifetime pursuit. That is to be a good person.

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Love means that yes, we are connected

There is a common notion these days that we are independent creatures. “Live your life” as you want to or need to. Yes, I agree this is quite compelling. Yes, I agree that no one should live their life based on another person’s ideals or worse, wants. You need to live your life to the best of your ability and according to the dictates of your own conscience. But, you have to realize there is a caveat to that. A life filled with love means you are not truly as independent as you think. Your actions will affect others.

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When reality of it all settles in and stinks

In 1985, I went to the movie house with my friends and watched The Goonies. Actually, I’m just assuming I did because I’m from a small town and on Friday nights my friends and I were usually either at the Family Recreation Center or we were at the movies. I don’t actually remember my first time watching The Goonies. It has become one of those I have watched so much that I can’t really remember a time before I knew Mikey and the gang. I will say that from the first watch I felt like an honorary Goonie. Thankfully, it wasn’t until many years later that I discovered otherwise.

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The Samson Pill: Metamorphoses Chapter 10

X. 7 years ago…

Cooper graduated high school as valedictorian.  Most of his teachers were glad to see him go because most had to admit he was smarter than they were.  Although he never boasted about it but just by him being himself they all had come to realize it.  Jo Baldwin never let Cooper take advantage of that fact.  He wanted his son to enjoy being a youth as long as possible. But on graduation day he had to admit, his son was no longer a child but about to become a man.  Several colleges had come knocking and Cooper decided to go back to California.  But first, he was going to have the best summer.  He called his immediate plan the “George Bailey” tour.  Named after the character in It’s a Wonderful Life, Cooper planned on traveling the world for a few months with Malone to take in sights, sounds, and tastes.  They planned on living and experiencing as much as they could possibly cram in.  Then, as he promised his dad, he would go to school while rooming with Malone.  It was the perfect plan.  It was all scheduled to begin the day after graduation.

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