Category Archives: Reflections

Dept. of Alternative Facts: Yellow Jacket Nests

Yellow jackets (n): type of wasp which builds nests and lives in tight, social groups; very defensive of their nests; stinger is not barbed, thus can aggressively attack threats to their nests with multiple stings September is yellow jacket hunting … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Quotes

Quote: (v) to repeat a saying from someone else, usually with implication that this is a person of authority thereby giving the phrase added significance. Having worked in a therapy world for many years, I have seen lots of quotes. … Continue reading

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Poem: Honor

We come to honor our father, (Husband, grandfather),In this memorial. We honor his years of youth,Sewing the harvest of his adult years, Courting and marryingOur mother (grandmother),And pursuing the educationWhich would be the cornerstoneOf our family. We honor his young … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 7, Comprehend

To comprehend: (v) to listen to, consider, and understand the position of another person If you thought that I was done talking about empathy, forgiveness, and the “Left Behind” movies, indulge me a little longer in order to comprehend what … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 6, Mercy

mercy: (n) to show compassion, and offer forgiveness, to someone who has offended or wronged you I started this series on empathy, with an assertion that for God to become human in the person of Jesus, they would experience life … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 5, Synergy

synergy: (n) the interaction between two or more factors such that each works more efficiently that the individual parts alone To review, we now have three elements for empathy: emotions, knowledge, and beliefs. While I have split these off for … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 4, Belief

belief: (n) a strongly held set of conclusions about some phenomenon which can neither be proven nor refuted based on information; assumptions which provide meaning and purpose to someone Beliefs, faith and values, are our course of meaning, purpose, and … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 3, Knowledge

knowledge: (n) acquired information Knowledge is the realm of facts and data. Information. Learning. Researching. Studying. With this knowledge we can develop theories and hypothesis. We can set up experiments. Look at results. Validate or negate conclusions. In the Judeo-Christian … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 2, Emotion

emotion: (n) a subjective experience in response to other people or events; feelings; neural activity in the limbic system Emotions are highly personal experiences for which we give words that congregate around ideas of energizing and calming, desirable and undesirable … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 1

empathy: (n) the ability to comprehend how someone else feels, knows, and believes about some phenomena Some of my regular readers responded to my recent post about forgiveness (regarding evangelical Christians supporting Trump’s term in office) with puzzlement about how … Continue reading

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