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First penned by Plato in ancient Greece, it’s the key to creating stories that connect.

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During the past 50 years, the Doobie Brothers have sold 50 million albums. Although they’re a 70s band whose members are now in their 70s, don’t write them off as throwback old-timers. They know a few things about creativity that could make you a better and more financially successful writer.


Gabby Petito and America’s perverted relationship with the Divine Feminine

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Whenever a story like the Gabby Petito case takes off like a California wildfire, there is probably an archetype at work. Yes, it’s about race. It’s about inequity, and it’s about privilege. …


Choosing to visit the much-hyped immersive experience may depend on how you feel about ‘Emily in Paris’ & condoms.

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The immersive exhibits built around the Dutch painter who famously cut off his ear might be more appropriately named the Van Gogh prophylactic experience.

I don’t mean to trash the exhibit that’s attracted millions in 29 American cities this year. But now that I can say “been there, done that”…


Life | Pandemic | Travel

How a Dying Woman Became a Lasting Reminder of the Importance of Human Connection

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It is one of those nights when the commute between Seattle and my so-called home in the San Juan Islands feels more like punishment than reward. Long day, long drive, long boat ride. I’m working harder than I want at a job I dislike to maintain a bourgeois veneer I…


Here are five ways to end the polarization they exploit all the way to the bank.

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This morning, I watched a man take Ivermectin on some kind of Internet TV show. It was a kind of schtick intended to show the anti-parasite drug was safe and might even be better than vaccines against COVID-19. For the record, the FDA and the drug’s maker have both said…


A Colorado grand jury has indicted five men for McClain’s death. But will that prevent this tragedy from happening to others?

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A name is destiny. And a name like Elijah carries a great deal of weight. Christians, Muslims, and Jews all revere him as a prophet. You’d think bearing the name Elijah might protect you from harm. But there is one line in the New Testament that says quite the opposite…


‘Riverdale’ TikTok memes aside, there may just be another side to the story.

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In one of the many day jobs I’ve held while trying to support the Muse, I was once required to raise $50,000 for the company’s annual charitable giving campaign. I’d never worked as a fundraiser before. And I wasn’t happy about the assignment. I resented the underhanded way the task…


After Slaying 9 People in a Church, Dylann Roof Would Like to Live. His attorneys say he should not be executed. What would you do?

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In case you’ve forgotten, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof took the lives of nine people in 2015. All were members of a Bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (also known as Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina. All were Black.

The senior pastor and a state senator…


There is a big difference between freedom and license.

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As the descendant of enslaved people, I care a lot about freedom. My family archive includes a photograph of my paternal great grandmother who was born into slavery. The look in her eyes always sends a shiver through me.

She was well into her late middle years and no longer…


If you don’t know these three key concepts, you are probably getting it wrong — and adding to the confusion

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the “don't ask/don’t tell” of America’s highly amped-up culture wars. It’s also a great example of why you should never allow your adversaries to frame an issue. Especially one that strikes at the root of the country’s other amped-up issue — identity.

Unfortunately, advocates of…

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